Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. The focus is clearly comedy, and though the game is easier and shorter than the average graphic adventure, the quality of the script, voice-acting, and even the end-credit song is worth the price of admission. Let’s hope they keep it up.
  2. A damn fine episode of a damn fine series.
  3. If you’ve enjoyed the first two episodes of Sam and Max’s capers, then Sam & Max: The Mole, the Mob and the Meatball will be just as pleasurable to play, although be forewarned this is the shortest of the three so far.
  4. Consistently good B to B+ material and an excellent excuse to subscribe to GameTap.
  5. If they can find enough substance for the continuing chapters we’ll continue to advocate their creations. Valve and Ritual, follow Telltale’s lead.
  6. With Episode 3 it seems like each location involves a more comedy goodness than before, allowing you to have even more fun with the dialogue and some of the scenes.
  7. It's good for a few laughs, and it actually seems slightly better animated than the last two (at least to me, maybe Sam and Max made me crazy). If you liked the first two episodes, you'll love this one, i can assure you of that.
  8. The funniest Sam & Max episode yet. The humour is witty and absurd. On the minus side, problem-solving is still a little too easy and the episode could last longer. It would have been nice to have some new minigames, too. [Mar 2007]
  9. So few games display such effortless charm, and even fewer are rammed with as much warm humour.
  10. Unlike previous episodes, this one doesn't have as many pointed one-liners or gags, but it remains amusing nonetheless, much like a mid-season television show.
  11. It's a little too short and a little too easy, but its tale of freaky mobsters, crooked gamblers and evil teddy bears is still a good time while it lasts.
  12. 80
    All told, Sam & Max fans have plenty to celebrate with three top notch (albeit brief) episodes.
  13. The third episode maintains the series' excellent standard for laugh-out-loud writing and voice-over work, and the puzzles, while tilting toward the easy side, are enjoyable and witty. [Apr 2007, p.54]
  14. Great continuation, hilarious dialogue, pleasing music and easy puzzles make this another solid chapter.
  15. This newest Sam & Max adventure may not reach the same heights as the past games, but it's still worth checking out due to its sense of humor and memorable characters.
  16. I wish I could give a higher rating, but this particular episode is just too short and easy.
  17. Satisfying if a bit on the short side.
  18. While some of the set ups and situations are undoubtedly quirky and amusing, there’s nothing this time around to compare to the idiosyncratic psychoanalysis dream-sequence or the sitcom filming from the first and second instalments respectively. And in a game so straightforward, this is a problem.
  19. Sam & Max's third episode feels shorter than the previous two, and at least part of that is due to so many of the environments being recycled from previous episodes.
  20. It's the shortest and easiest yet, with the episodic formula's skeleton (office/street intro, on-location puzzle, three-pronged task, conclusion) showing more obviously through the tighter, more linear flesh.
  21. 70
    While the script is the best so far of any of the episodes, Episode 3's abbreviated length makes it less of a bargain than the earlier installments. That being said, the entire Sam & Max experiment is shaping up quite well.
  22. Fun to play, despite its brevity, enlivened as always by the snappy repartee between the loquacious canine Sam and his manic white rabbit sidekick Max, who seems to get the best lines. The humour and silly situations guarantee that you will play with a constant smile on your face.
  23. 70
    Exploration and variety take a backseat to the constant stream of jokes (an unavoidable trade-off, given the series' episodic nature). Everything else is unmitigated and unapologetic fluff -- the joy is in Sam and Max's wit, after all -- and seasoned adventure gamers might find the game too simple to really sink their teeth into.
  24. Not a bad game, but not up to the usual Sam & Max standards.
  25. So far Season One is not particularly epic or memorable, but still a very good-looking and extremely fun diversion, and faithful to its franchise. But we're all hoping for a bit longer game next time.
  26. I don’t need to play the same game three times.
  27. 66
    While the humor is a bit better, this is definitely the weakest episode in the series owing to its uncomplicated puzzles and short length.
  28. The only problem is that each episode is getting easier. The episode is still worth $8, though barely so. [Apr 2007, p.68]
  29. This episode has the shortest playtime and smallest laughs-per-dollar-spent ratio, and it cribs many elements from the previous episodes. Only worth playing if the following episodes improve greatly.
  30. Far too little new content for your very few bucks. Ho hum. [Apr 2007, p.89]
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Dec 27, 2014
    8
    Probably the worst of the first three episode. It took under two hours to play without checking anything from walkthrough (and I usually suckProbably the worst of the first three episode. It took under two hours to play without checking anything from walkthrough (and I usually suck at adventure games). Also this episode doesn't shine on story department quite like the episode 102 did. So basically you get less of everything. Still enjoyed it and would recommend it. Full Review »
  2. LL.
    Dec 1, 2007
    8
    This was hilarious, the puzzles were simpler than Ep2s (harder than Ep1s) but the setting, characters and jokes were fantastic... Plus the This was hilarious, the puzzles were simpler than Ep2s (harder than Ep1s) but the setting, characters and jokes were fantastic... Plus the MUSIC! AHHA! Full Review »
  3. KatO.
    Oct 4, 2007
    10
    Episode 3 is, in my opinion, by far the best episode of all. It may be slightly short with somewhat simpler puzzles, but it makes up for it Episode 3 is, in my opinion, by far the best episode of all. It may be slightly short with somewhat simpler puzzles, but it makes up for it all very well with the golden shiny humor it radiates. Buying this has a higher priority than bying food for your children. Full Review »