Sam & Max Episode 101: Culture Shock Image

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  • Summary: Culture Shock begins as Sam and Max discover that a group of former child stars have become involved in nefarious deeds. Only the six foot dog and his cunning rabbit companion can unravel the mystery! [Telltale Games]
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  1. Positive: 41 out of 47
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  1. One way or the other, if you have a glimmer of an iota of a flicker of adventure love left in that congealed lump of moldering paté you call a heart, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. This game only slightly suffers from being too short and otherwise easily bunny hops into gold star adventure game territory.
  2. Not just a fun adventure game on its own but also an impressive example of how the growing episodic game trend could evolve.
  3. The game is designed to be the opening episode in a collection of related games, but its story is still self-contained and there’s no cliffhanger designed to compel you to buy the next episode in the series.
  4. Still, it delivers an excellent—albeit it extremely short—experience. [Dec. 2006, p.72]
  5. Some of the humor errs on the side of cornball, but the charm, vaguely sleazy trappings and surreal violence of the Sam & Max comics are more intact here than in any other adaptation thus far.
  6. One of the most refreshing adventure games in a long time full of clever and funny dialogue. The puzzles are much like the main characters: witty and out of control. [Feb 2007]
  7. The comic hit rate is lower here than you might have hoped for, but Telltale shows a commendable knowledge of when to simply emulate the Sam & Max of old and when to move forward. [Dec 2006, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. JacobP.
    Nov 12, 2007
    Excellent game, it lives up to the expectations fans have had since the original game in '93. A must have.
  2. PhilP.
    Jan 2, 2007
    Could have been a little longer but it took me about as long to beat as Half-Life 2 episode 1 took, and at like half the price, I say it is well worth it. I missed this kind of adventure puzzle game play, I am glad tell tale picked it up - I have already paid for the entire "season" and am eagerly awaiting the next episode. Expand
  3. NickG.
    Dec 10, 2006
    This is a great puzzle-type adventure game. The puzzles are amusing and can be logically worked out, the humor is entertaining, and the graphics are pretty decent. My only complaint is short the game is even for just being a single episode in the series. It can easily be beat in a day. Expand