Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. For anyone that is still wondering if they should spend the money on Season 3, they should. Telltale has managed to craft something so great that anyone who has a PC should pick it up. It is a very rare for a string of episodic releases to be this good.
  2. They Stole Max's Brain! accentuates Sam's own special powers. While Max was away, I came to appreciate Sam on a whole new level.
  3. PC Zone UK
    It has an amusing script, good puzzles and wonderful voice-acting. [Sept 2010, p.88]
  4. 85
    They Stole Max's Brain! is another superb episode, with a great twist.
  5. It's not a drastic improvement over the last game, but considering how high-quality the season has been so far, I doubt anyone is going to complain.
  6. Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse Episode 3 is both great fun and sometimes depressingly hard because of the wacky puzzles. However Episode 3 can't quite live up to the brilliant Episode 2.
  7. PC Gamer UK
    The puzzles are excellent. [Sept 2010, p.105]
  8. This new chapter is a great tribute to noir films and also has a great development of the story and great puzzles. A five-hours-long perfect mix that won't disappoint Sam and Max die-hard fans.
  9. Highly enjoyable episode. It starts off with a great film noir-style sequence, and delivers plenty of varied situations and great laughs. The Freelance Police are in top form.
  10. PC PowerPlay
    Same great quality, plus enough subtle tweaks to shake things up for the better. [Aug 2010, p.61]
  11. Despite the episode's fantastic opening, They Stole Max's Brain! is a good, but not great, Sam & Max adventure. It's a shame there aren't any extras to make you play through again.
  12. PC Format
    The most interesting part of the episode is how it plays with the characters. [Sept 2010, p.104]
  13. But, as usual, it's all expertly crafted and written and still highly amusing.
  14. The lastborn from Telltale is once again a great product. The game is witty, hilarious and has a great story, if you loved the previous chapters you'll love this one too. Unfortunately it's not as original as The Tomb of Sammun Mak, especially in the puzzle department. Get the whole series, you won't be disappointed.
  15. Sam & Max: They Stole Max's Brain! contains some smart puzzles and a strong story, but slightly disappoints after the great Sam & Max: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak. The game is quite short, but the predictable cliffhanger still leaves you wanting more.
  16. Sam & Max return in the darkest, angriest episode yet! Even if it's not as strong as last month's outing, They Stole Max's Brain is well worth your time.
  17. This episode doesn't showcase the duo at their best, but it's still worth your while to continue following where they're headed.
  18. They Stole Max's Brain is another very well done episode in a season 3 definitely successful.
  19. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Another great episode comes with surprising "noir" opening and continues with extremely fun and original playability. Not such a breakthrough like Episode 2 but still way above average game. [July 2010]
  20. Lost the appeal of the previous episode, They Stole Max's Brain mixes good and less fun moments, challenging puzzle and boring ones. It's not a bad game at all but not even the best TellTale's product.
  21. After a colourful second episode, this third one feels regrettably dull. Its off-putting first part and rather short adventure both contribute heavily to the feeling. But despite its shortcomings, They Stole Max's Brain still is a decent part of the series, and belongs right there with the others. Let's just hope the fourth one will be on the up side again.
  22. By the time you're getting each and every character in the game to hail the glorious Sammun Mak for the 30th time of asking, you just want it to end. After such a fantastic introduction, we really didn't see this one coming. Did someone steal Telltale's brain?
  23. Surprising introductory puzzle aside, it does nothing to innovate and barely feels like its moving the plot along. Much as I enjoy this particular series, They Stole Max's Brain! -- nothing personal, Sam -- is for the dogs.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Jun 5, 2014
    [Sam&Max Season 3 - SteamPC - 9/10] Point and click adventure goodness with Detectives Sam and Max using new twists. The writers succeeded in[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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