Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. The puzzles are harder without hints causing game players to say Duh for much longer. I loved the plot and I love Sam & Max.
  2. If you haven’t jumped onto the bandwagon yet, you are doing yourself a disservice by missing the best comic adventure games in the modern era.
  3. An excellent addition, difficulty levels is something that would benefit every adventure game.
  4. AceGamez
    Hilarious, well structured, brilliantly acted and lovingly constructed. It's also easily the longest episode in the series so far.
  5. Ice Station Santa is definitely one of the longer episodes of the batch, and it may easily become a fast favorite. Still, even with the hints turned completely off it will only take you a handful of hours to plow through this gem.
  6. There are plenty of hijinks and hilarity to be found during Ice Station Santa in the unraveling of the Santa legend, Sam and Max style.
  7. Sam and Max begin Season Two with a bang (and a giant robot).
  8. 90
    While there have been some changes and remodeling in the time off, this is more of the same good stuff as the first season. If the craving for more has hit you by now, this will make the perfect stocking stuffer.
  9. You would be crazy not to at least give this a try.
  10. Pelit (Finland)
    The second season starts out nicely. Everything that made the first season so terrific is still in the game: nutty humour, witty dialogue, entertaining plot and interface that works. The puzzles are good, although still not hard on adventure game terms. The sub-games do need something new, though. Driving the car is nice, but starts to get a little bit dull. [Dec 2007]
  11. Excellent writing and fun gameplay make the game very enoyable, but the short hours may prove to the icebreaker for some.
  12. netjak
    Ice Station Santa is a huge step in the right direction for the Sam and Max franchise.
  13. This is an amazingly strong start to the second season.
  14. Playing through Ice Station Santa not only reminded us, as most of the Sam & Max instalments tend to, that there really aren’t enough good point and clickers around, but also that there aren’t enough games with a Christmas theme to them.
  15. PC Gamer
    Aside from a somewhat anticlimactic ending, Santa ranks as one of the series' best and sharpest-written episodes. [Feb 2008, p.86]
  16. It holds it all together with coherency, and more of a sense of storytelling than was ever apparent in Season One. [Jan 2008, p.75]
  17. If you're looking for a few hours of non-stop comedy then you would be a fool to pass over Ice Station Santa. This Sam & Max adventure hasn't evolved much from the first season, but it tells an interesting story full of memorable characters and plot twists. After this game you'll never look at Santa Claus in quite the same way.
  18. You can get through 201, like the other Sam & Max episodes, in under five hours, and for fans of the sardonic humor of the series, there are few better ways to spend an afternoon.
  19. New character animations and game improvements make the world more entertaining and lively, kicking off a very strong start to the new season of games.
  20. 80
    What you're really going to enjoy here are the great new settings and gags. The new stuff makes the whole experience seem fresh. Let's just hope they don't get overused in the coming months.
  21. 80
    The puzzles themselves are very well-done. They aren't outrageously difficult by adventure game standards but they're very organic to the game's unique worldview and can be a bit challenging to those not used to the complete disregard for linear thinking, logic and classical physics that characterize Sam and Max's world.
  22. A little longer, a lot tougher and a lot more elaborate than any of the previous episodes (except for maybe the awesome Reality 2.0), Ice Station Santa is a lot of fun while it lasts, and totally worth the nine bucks it costs to play.
  23. 80
    Sam & Max's design crew runs a well-oiled humor machine, and Ice Station Santa flaunts everything from suicidal alley rats to demented gift exchanges to a trio of time-displaced Christmas spirits who turn the expected feel-good story cliché on its head.
  24. 80
    A hilarious little adventure game buoyed by riotous humor, intuitive puzzles, and original charm.
  25. Play Magazine
    If you enjoyed the silly, cynical and delightful whimsy of past Sam & Max adventures, this episode will bring that smile back for another couple of hours...if you can scrounge up a measly $8.95. [Dec 2007, p.97]
  26. games(TM)
    Despite Telltale’s reluctance to evolve Sam & Max further, this opening to Season 2 is still one of the best point-and-click games of the year and remains the benchmark by which all other episodic adventures will be judged. [Chrismas 2007, p.133]
  27. PC PowerPlay
    Some say the Point-and-click adventure is dead, but with a combination of fun gameplay and humorous send ups, Sam & Max 201 proves that good things come in small packages. [Jan 2008, p.62]
  28. This game is a hoot! However, it seemed shorter than previous episodes from Season One and was not overly challenging. I didn’t like the profanity, either. But I did enjoy playing the game, and the whole Santa theme was highly amusing.
  29. Ultimately, Sam & Max is a finely crafted, hilarious adventure game with classic gameplay whose moments of frustation are overshadowed by the moments of unadulterated joy that they eventually lead to.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 19, 2012
    Great deal on Steam for £10 for the complete series.Great fun and a bargain for a funny and entertaining adventure,with pleasingGreat deal on Steam for £10 for the complete series.Great fun and a bargain for a funny and entertaining adventure,with pleasing characters and plot.You can spend an afternoon enjoying each episode as you please for the few hours each one lasts,which is just about right,as there are 16 episodes,which adds up to a satisfying and lengthy experience overall.Ice Station Santa has a great little setting,and is fun to play.You have to listen to the dialogs and scratch you head for a moment a few times,but its ultimately quite hilarious.Well done 9/10 for this episode,and a lengthy one at that. Full Review »
  2. TysonA.
    Nov 11, 2007
    Excellent -- a lengthy and hilarious episode. Stands up with some of the best in season 1 and has many throwbacks throughout the fresh Excellent -- a lengthy and hilarious episode. Stands up with some of the best in season 1 and has many throwbacks throughout the fresh content. Be prepared to listen to many dialogs twice just to fully process the multi-layered jokes. This series keeps getting better and better -- I bought the whole season without hesitation. Full Review »