Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 72
    As an introduction to the season, The Penal Zone does a good job of setting the stage for more zaniness to come. Unfortunately, the story elements here are a bit thin but at least the episode focuses on one truly interesting new character in the cast.
  2. 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.
  3. I'll also go out on a limb and say this is probably the easiest of the Telltale titles I've played to date. For me, that's a good thing.
  4. But I cannot fault the game for being clever, and at just under 3 hours total, the episode is over just when things begin to really mesh, leaving you wanting more from the second episode.
  5. AceGamez
    70
    Telltale Games have created a charming little adventure – a rare low budget gem tucked away amongst the PSN dross.
  6. A good episode with a spoonful of originality, The Penal Zone is probably the best start of TellTaleGames' history. Taking Max's control directly is so amazing and explosive that any other feature looks less important: adventure games have founded a old/new (crazy) house. On the other hand the game is really short.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Apr 22, 2014
    8
    I decided to get this game off of PSN because it was on sale for just a dollar. This was my first experience ever with the Sam and MaxI decided to get this game off of PSN because it was on sale for just a dollar. This was my first experience ever with the Sam and Max franchise, and my first adventure game experience for probably about 10 years or so, and I can say that I am happy with my purchase. The thing to know about this game is that it is a dialogue-driven experience. While I do wish that there was a bit more puzzle solving, the large amount of dialogue was surprisingly never boring. The characters in this world are all a bunch of weirdos, especially the protagonists, which makes this game consistently engaging and funny. If you are looking for a slow and relaxing game to laugh at and give your brain a bit of a workout, I would recommend Sam and Max. Full Review »
  2. Jul 4, 2011
    1
    There are very few things that are good in this game. The humor is sometimes good, and the answers to the countless number of puzzles you willThere are very few things that are good in this game. The humor is sometimes good, and the answers to the countless number of puzzles you will encounter are SOMETIMES interesting (other times stupid.) There are many things bad about this game. The story is horrible. There are many load time that are way to long. The graphics are terrible. The music is annoying. Most of the time the answers to the puzzles DON'T MAKE LOGICAL SENSE. Full Review »
  3. May 2, 2016
    5
    Plainly bad, from beginning to the end, even by TellTale standards. Nowhere near the first two seasons. The controls and camera are as bad asPlainly bad, from beginning to the end, even by TellTale standards. Nowhere near the first two seasons. The controls and camera are as bad as it gets. The story is bad but the voice acting is ok, not enough to make it a good game but at least it does not stink. The new gameplay elements are boring and the puzzles revolving around them make no sense. Full Review »