Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Episode 5: The City That Dares Not Sleep Image

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  • Summary: Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse is based on the indie comics by Steve Purcell. Sam is a six-foot dog in a baggy suit sporting a trombone-sized .44 hand-cannon. Max is three feet of pure unleashed id with a saw blade grin and the impulsive nature of the average piranha. Together they patrol the sticky streets of a fantastical New York City, righting wrongs, pummeling perps, and ridding the urban landscape of the shifty legions of "self-propelled gutter trash" that litter their streets. Sam & Max is Telltale's longest running episodic game series to date. Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
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  1. 100
    Comedy's a tricky thing to nail in any format, and episodic gaming remains just as elusive for most developers. Against all odds, Telltale gets both right with Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse.
  2. The only negative aspect about this game is that we are going to have to wait a while for another installment.
  3. The City That Dares Not Sleep is certainly the second best entry in Season 3 (The Tomb of Sammun-Mak remains the clear standout).
  4. Sam & Max shows again the potential for weird stories, however the game time lacks and the puzzles are far too easy.
  5. The fifth and final chapter of Sam&Max's third season is epic and nostalgic, full of surprises and old friends. The third series of Steve Purcell's characters is over with elegance and with the classic taste of their latest adventure. See you soon, Sam and Max!
  6. Despite the odd rough story edge and puzzling design choice, The City That Dares Not Sleep is a refreshing, triumphant end to The Devil's Playhouse.
  7. 40
    As it stands though, they're merely running good franchises through the dirt, like a Godfather III or a Sonic Adventure would.

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  1. Sep 3, 2010
    A great conclusion to the season. The plot is excellent and full of surprises. The graphics and music is excellent just like the other episodes. Its great to see most of the characters from Sam and Max since the first season but I was hoping to see how the office or Bosco's is like with the updated graphics since the office cannot be access in this season. Expand