Sam & Max Episode 201: Ice Station Santa Image
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  • Summary: He's the most powerful opponent they've ever faced, an ancient being of myth – Santa Claus! With Christmas presents on the attack and carols of gunshots, Sam & Max must storm the North Pole to bring down a less-than-jolly foe. Can our heroes save the world's children from a holiday taintedHe's the most powerful opponent they've ever faced, an ancient being of myth – Santa Claus! With Christmas presents on the attack and carols of gunshots, Sam & Max must storm the North Pole to bring down a less-than-jolly foe. Can our heroes save the world's children from a holiday tainted by tears, turmoil, and Torture-Me-Elmer? Find out in the Season Two premiere, Ice Station Santa! [GameTap] Collapse
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  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. 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.
  3. You would be crazy not to at least give this a try.
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. As a game in isolation, it's hard to get away from the fact that finding the right object to give to the right person or thing isn't the most fun you'll ever have with a game.

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  1. TysonA.
    Nov 11, 2007
    9
    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. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2012
    9
    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. Expand