This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sam & Max series. It was 1987 when the very first Sam & Max comic was released, inspiring one of the greatest and most charming adventure game series ever.
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GOG.com has been my go-to site for adventure gaming for quite some time. It used to just be for the classics I remember from my misspent youth; whiled away with pointing and, indeed, clicking. Now, more and more modern titles...
The last few years have been an interesting time for the adventure game genre. After a decade of disappointment, fans finally started to see more and more titles appear and most importantly, become successes. Big changes in the industry, such as the rise of digital distribution and the popularity of episodic content created a more favorable environment to craft these games in. More opportunities for indie developers started to appear as well.
In this, the second part of the feature, I'll be taking a look at what impact these changes have had on the developers and their games as well as what we might be able to expect in the future (hoverboards, hoverboards, hoverboards.) Providing us with words of wisdom are: Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry; Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale Games; Dave Gilbert, creator of the Blackwell series and founder of developer/publisher, Wadjet Eye Games; and Josh Nuernberger, creator of Gemini Rue.
For almost a decade, I used to hate being an adventure game fan. It meant that I had experienced some of the best writing and most inventive gameplay the medium had to offer, only to have that taken away from me by a market that screamed, "No! We want to shoot more chaps in the groin!" The adventure genre went from being gaming's golden child to being commercially nonviable and generally ignored. On the rare occasion when a new game appeared to remind me why I loved the genre so much in the first place, it would flop, and I'd be left trying to explain to countless people why they were insane for overlooking some truly incredible titles.
That this grim era of desperation seems to have passed us doesn't mean the struggle is over, though. Not at all. I've been lucky enough to get the chance to pick the brains of four helpful gents, each who have had a significant impact on my favorite genre: Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry; Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale Games; Dave Gilbert, creator of the Blackwell series and founder of developer/publisher Wadjet Eye Games; and Josh Nuernberger, creator of Gemini Rue. They offered their insight into the state of the adventure genre, how it has changed over the years, and what the future holds.
In the first part of this two part feature, I'll be looking back at the history of the genre, its fall from grace and how it started its slow ascent back into the hearts of gamers.
This time Sam and Max star in Night of the Raving Dead and will head to Germany where they will go up against an emo vampire and zombies who like to get their freak on. The third episode in Beyond Time and Space&nbs...
Telltale Games has a bit of a deal going on right now, if you're in the market for some videogame adventuring and enjoy the occasional movie.
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouseis being offered for free to those in Canada and the United States, but there's a catch: you have to sign up for a one-month free trial of Netflix. You can grab either the PC or Mac version of this five-episode series, assuming you don't already have a membership to Netflix.
The offer ends on April 4. Jump on this, if you are eligible.
Telltale Games has announced what it's calling "the Citizen Kane of poker games," and it might be right -- Poker Night at The Inventory sounds like the best thing ever.
The game will star Penny Arcade's Tycho, Max of Sam & Max, they Heavy from Team Fortress, and Homestar Runner's Strong Bad. They're going to -- get this -- play poker. The game features fully-voiced characters, and will used Telltale's dynamic dialogue system as the character trash talk each other, tell stories, and react to the game in progress. Poker Night at The Inventory will be available on Steam this fall for both PC and Mac, and will cost $4.99.
If you've been a fan of almost anything Telltale Games has ever done (and really you should be) then the teaser trailer above is going to get you pretty darn randy in your nether reasons. The teaser is short and sweet, bu...
The third season of Sam & Max from Telltale has been chugging right along with two rather enjoyable chapters. Max has psychic powers, the duo have learned a bit about their ancestry and dealt with some of the most interesting characters the series has offered to date.
The third episode released last week and it really surprised me. Somehow Telltale has managed to make a game that is, at the same time, both startlingly different and mired in a rut.
I am really enjoying The Devil's Playhouse, the latest season of Sam & Max. The writing is sharp and funny as ever, and Telltale has been experimenting with some interesting mechanics in the first two episodes. It's all o...
The second episode in the third season of Sam & Max released today, entitled, "The Tomb of Sammun-Mak." We've already played it because we know how important it is that you know what you're getting into with these videogame things that are so popular with the kids.
Season 3 was off to a strong start in The Penal Zone. Can Telltale keep up the momentum? Read on for our review and I will tell you.
Thanks to episodic gaming, we rarely have to wait for a sequel. Such is the case with Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse. The series is slated to pick up again "in just a few short weeks" with the release of the second epis...
Sam and Max, Freelance Police, have had a busy few years. Between repeatedly saving the world, making new friends and taking control of the United States government, things have barely had a chance to slow down for the dog and his rabbity thing pal.
Now the new season of Sam & Max, The Devil's Playhouse, has begun with its first chapter, The Penal Zone. I have played it and I have some comments to make which may sway you one way or another in regards to making a purchase. It's a new thing we're trying out, so let us know how you like this post. I think it'll be called a "Review."
The third season of Sam & Max kicked off this afternoon for owners of PS3s and PCs, as the first digital episode barreled its way onto PSN and PC digital delivery services. But Steam users, specifically Valve enthusiasts,...
The new season of Sam & Max, The Devil's Playhouse, premieres on PC this Thursday. To get a hint of what we're in for, Telltale released this new video of footage from the game. In it, Sam & Max travel using one of Max's terrifying new psychic abilities and then interrogate the proprietor of a local greasy spoon, Grandpa Stinky.
I've played the first chapter and, well, you're going to have to wait for the review to find out. Ooooh. Mystery! Come back on Thursday after the game drops and I'll have the skinny for you. Until then, please enjoy this little taste.
Yeah, I'm just as sick of all of this iPad game talk as the next guy, but here's a good case for the device -- a new way to experience point and click adventure games.
Telltale Games has launched "The Penal Zone," the first e...