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  • Summary: An otherworldly power for controlling matter and space calls to the strongest and strangest who might wield it -- intergalactic warlords and eldritch gods, under-dwellers and scholars of the arcane. Gaming's greatest dog and rabbit sleuths Sam & Max seek the power's ancient secrets, as manic Max gains shape shifting, teleportation, mind reading and future vision abilities for battling these foes. Expand
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  1. 100
    It's a bigger, better-looking adventure that moves the series forward in some surprising and substantial ways, and it remains one of the few legitimately funny games out there.
  2. Given Telltale's record for producing excellent games, returning fans shouldn't even think twice about picking up this first chapter for Chapter 3.
  3. The Penal Zone is a really good adventure game, and has the chances of being the best Season of Sam & Max that has come along, but it still has some minor bugs to work out with the interface.
  4. It's been a whole two years without a new adventure for the Freelance Police, but the wait has been worth it, at least for one episode
  5. Private investigators are back in full force. A two-year break served this series very well – you will enjoy every improvement they made to the graphics and interface. [Issue#191]
  6. Two years later, TellTale strikes back with the first chapter of the third season of the adventures of Steve Purcell's charming characters: Sam & Max. New graphisc engine and several changes in the control system are its main features. And, for the first time, we get to control Max and his superpowers.
  7. While it's enjoyable to solve puzzles and uncover a story in a genre that doesn't receive a lot of mileage these days, it's a little unfortunate that the themes and humor borrow from this ancient Looney Tunes-meets-90s-attitude rather than create a new world and identity all its own.

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  1. Apr 28, 2012
    10
    The Penal Zone started off this fantastic comedy saga. All I have to say is this : This episode is well designed, the graphics are very good, the actors are brilliant, the gameplay is fun and the storyline is brilliant and hillarious. That goes for every episode. Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2014
    9
    [Sam&Max Season 3 - SteamPC - 9/10] Point and click adventure goodness with Detectives Sam and Max using new twists. The writers succeeded in creating more interesting puzzles and interesting and successful story mechanics - Simultaneous Multiple Universes - Present Past and Future coexisting in your Brain - and to top it all off they worked in some special powers for Max. The unusual irreverent humor is Present and In Your Face. Add to Fart. Bingo.

    [Released 2010 and played four years later]
    [DRM] Steam only, thank goodness there are no GamesForWindowsLive on this title, nor Uplay, nor Origin, nor RockstarSocialClub, I did not have to create an alternative account.

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