Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. AceGamez
    100
    After nine episodes and nearly a year and a half, this stuff hasn't begun to feel old or tired.
  2. I am very impressed that Sam & Max have kept living up to the high standards we have come to expect. The story is fresh, enjoyable and funny. Everything about the production is professional and well done.
  3. A zombie episode is perfectly fitting for the series, and it's a refreshing change of pace from past themes. Telltale once again pulls it off with buckets of style in Night of the Raving Dead.
  4. Assuming you don't have a strong aversion to seeing vampires walk around with their thumbs dangling lazily from their nipple rings, you can't really go wrong with this.
  5. 90
    Great character parts by Jurgen, Cybil, and the comical Hans Moleman.
  6. Once more, gamers won’t be able to find a more smartly and funnily crafted story along with the usual Sam & Max hijinks to enjoy.
  7. PC Gamer
    88
    Night of the Raving Dead lacks a truly memorable, show-stopping sequence to really put it over the top, but it's Grade-Z(for zombie and zany)through and through. [May 2008, p.66]
  8. Pelit (Finland)
    88
    If it has zombies, it can't be bad - at least not, when we're talking about Sam&Max adventure. After a little bit boring second episode NRV takes the series back where it belongs: to the top five of the recent adventure genre. Equipped with witty humor, funny characters and completely absurd plot the night of the living dead is worth every penny. Some puzzles are a little bit illogical and not all the jokes are funny, but so what? [June 2008]
  9. If you’re just getting into Sam and Max, Night of the Raving Dead isn’t a bad place to start and definitely worth the cost, though you’ll miss out on some of the in jokes.
  10. It's hard not to rave about one of the series' best episodes to date.
  11. The most consistently hilarious scripting in any game or series to date, which we’re sure is becoming increasingly and splendidly darker in tone as the season progresses.
  12. This episode has all the humor we've come to expect from a Sam & Max game and some challenging puzzles. Unfortunately, there are a few pacing snags, and we spent some time running back and forth trying to figure out what to do, even with the hint system set to maximum.
  13. At least I can say something that I haven't yet said to date—the ending makes me extremely interested to know where the story is going now, and with only thirty days between episodes, it won't be a long wait to find out.
  14. Like the previous games in this series, Sam & Max - Night of the Raving Dead is a neatly put together adventure that is stamped by professionalism.
  15. Sam and Max continue to deliver humorous adventures on a monthly basis. While this is probably one of the more difficult games that they have released recently it is also one of the most fulfilling in terms of story.
  16. Episode 203 doesn't succumb to 'third-episode in a series' syndrome. This episode provides all the hilarity you'll need to be satisifed, and if you love zombies then it's a plus.
  17. The puzzles are all fun and can become quite difficult as the game progresses. More th[a]n one time I found myself clueless as to how to get out of a room or to defeat an enemy, having to try every available option before finally finding a solution.
  18. PC Zone UK
    75
    This may be Sam and Max at their most entertaining, but it's not their most logically coherent outing. [May 2008, p.89]
  19. It may be short, but Sam & Max episode 203 is definitely worth your time and money!
  20. It's better than Ice Station Santa, yet not quite as good as Moai Better Blues. It remains small in both size and scope, while those who have stuck with the series since Season 1 will find that much of the actual gameplay is basic meat-and-potatoes fetch-questing. And yet...it's indecently cheap and, for all its minor flaws, the ongoing saga of Sam & Max is still the funniest game around.
  21. This episode is the weakest this season so far as in terms of humor, but is the strongest in terms of puzzle solving. However, Sam & Max fans want the hysterical gags the series usually offers, so they may be a little disappointed.
  22. PC PowerPlay
    70
    So without trying to sound too overjoyed by a game which satirises, and celebrates, a culture of nonchalant melancholia, it would be very difficult to hate this episode. In the words of Max: “You have a castle and a zombie army. What do you have to be so down about?” [Apr 2008, p.68]
  23. 68
    The puzzles are just fine, but the gags just aren't as funny or as frequent as we've come to expect from the series.
  24. PC Format
    64
    It's a better game than last month's "Moai Better Blues," if only because the ever insufferable Bosco is missing in action. [Apr 2008, p.113]
  25. PC Gamer UK
    62
    This is better (and easier) than last month's "Maoi Better Blues," but nowhere near as good as "Abe Lincoln Must Die." [Apr 2008, p.83]
  26. 60
    After the high quality of the first two episodes of Season Two, it's disappointing to see the series misfire as it reaches its midpoint.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. JimboHutch
    Feb 17, 2008
    7
    Just as good as the other ones in the season, but loses a point for not improving on certain things. The game still feels low budget, with outJust as good as the other ones in the season, but loses a point for not improving on certain things. The game still feels low budget, with out of place reused characters continuing to detract from the experience. The jokes are as before, on occasion being chuckle-funny but for the most part just missing. Entertainment wise, the game is still a decent deal. Also, the memory leak is still there that will somehow manage to eat up a whole gig of RAM. Full Review »