Sam & Max Episode 202: Moai Better Blues Image

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  • Summary: A surprise trip to the tropics turns into a working vacation when Sam & Max sign up to stop a massive volcano eruption. Will their special blend of bewildering wit and renegade justice be enough to win over the gods, not to mention the locals? [GameTap]
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    But given the extreme budget pricing, the laugh-per-dollar ratio is astounding.
  2. While there’s only two or three hours, tops, of gameplay in Moai Better Blues, it turns out to be a less is more situation: it’s always fun, always funny, always teasing the brain for solutions to puzzles in a short, single-sitting burst.
  3. Sam and Max may have dated graphics, wonky lip-syncs, and a play style that hasn’t been seen in almost a decade but the game consistently becomes more than the sum of its parts.
  4. Moai Better Blues is a gorgeous game to look at and listen to and a unique, enjoyable experience as a whole.
  5. Moai does manage to disguise the triple-puzzle rut of the series better than the other episodes. [May 2008, p.89]
  6. It's more of the same but still better than the last episode, because Moai Better Blues offers more demanding riddles than its predecessor "Ice Station Santa" and the weirdest story since "Abe Lincoln must die". But it would be better still if it were at least as long as the other episodes. It's over far too soon.
  7. A fun, entertaining, but unfortunately disappointing entry in the Sam and Max series. It retains the great writing of the other episodes, but its considerable lack of difficulty and completely lackluster ending make this episode the worst in the series thus far.

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  1. Jan 30, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Overall, I liked the game, but I just found it too difficult. I did get through the game with liberal uses of a walkthrough, but I didn't like the fact that I had to use one :P Some people did like the challenge, but for the rest of us who have a real life and want to get back to it as soon as possible, games that are too difficult aren't very enjoyable. Also, I suffer from a very short term memory which made the game that much more difficult. For example, there's a part where stinky sells a "basalt sandwich" which you need, but she'll only give it to you later in the game when you get transformed into youngsters (it's a "kid's meal"). Trouble is, by the time I needed it, I'd forgotten what the kid's meal consists of (she tells you early in the game), and stinky doesn't tell you (she only tells you that it's only for kids). For someone with an abysmal memory, this wasn't enjoyable at all Expand

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