Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
Buy On
  1. 67
    The game's still fun and unusual, and it's worth checking out if only to enjoy some of the more clever writing in gaming. But don't forget your patience -- you'll need lots.
  2. AceGamez
    The content is still pure gold, you just need to persevere through the presentation issues - besides, they do say that true love is loving the flaws as much as everything else.
  3. For both the young (who were either too youthful or not even born to have been around for the point & click adventure gaming rage of the early 1990s) and old (those who were lucky enough to have experienced the golden age of LucasArts point & click adventuring, including the classic Sam & Max Hit the Road), the Wii version of Sam & Max Season One is sure to bring more than a few rib-tickling chuckles and guffaws along with the superbly written story for a hilarious gaming journey.
  4. It’s a good package of short and amusing episodes for new players to dig into. Series vets may want to stick with the PC version.
  5. 70
    There may be times when the humour falls flat, but on the whole this proves to be a pleasure right until the end.
  6. Funny jokes and logical riddles can't work up the bad wii port.
  7. At the end of the day, Sam & Max Season One is an excellent game with enough punch to overcome its deficiencies.
  8. When the laughter dies and some of the jokes fall flat, however, Sam & Max teeters as its gameplay is unable to support much interest for some stretches. [Sept 2008, p.105]
  9. Each episode presents its own challenges, humour and fun -- and for the Sam & Max fan, it will be worth picking up and playing through. For those not familiar with the Sam & Max franchise, the game is probably of most interest to adventure game and puzzle game fans.
  10. Because of the clever story and interesting characters, it's worth struggling to the end through the more tedious puzzles (or cheating with an online walkthrough). But if you were hoping for a more player-friendly adventure, you might want to skip straight to Sam and Max Season 2.
  11. The adventures of Sam & Max are without a doubt the best point and click adventures ever. Despite the fact that the game doesn't even come close to the PC-version, we still recommend every gamer that has never played a Sam & Max before should start playing it. If you already played the game on your PC than there is nothing new for you to explore. But cheer up, season three is nearly coming!
  12. While graphically inferior and less wieldy than its PC counterpart, Sam & Max: Season One on the Wii still captures the wit and humor of the franchise very well. An enjoyable and refreshing game in a sea of Wii mediocrity.
  13. The point-and-click genre isn’t for everyone, and a port of an episodic PC sequel to a 1993 computer game may not be as exciting for most gamers as it was for me. However, if you’ve ever been a fan of Sam & Max, or point-and-click games in general, then you should play this game.
  14. Games Master UK
    A nice change of pace and that rarest of things: a genuinely funny Wii game. [Oct 2008, p.74]
  15. A few technical issues get in the way, but the hilarity of this adventure series still shines through.
  16. The first six episodes may not be perfect but they certainly show glimpses of the greatness that could well be on the way as the team get to grips with their new way of producing adventures for the duo.
  17. Sam & Max makes almost everything right. Also the characters and the story are funny as hell.
  18. 71
    The slow pace of these games isn't for everyone, but if you're a fan you'll probably get your fix with Sam & Max: Season One.
  19. Sam & Max: Season One is a game that, from a technological perspective, just won’t do anymore. The game falters, wavers, stutters, and even crashes on occasions. It’s easy to overlook those shortcomings though, because some of the episodes are hands down hilarious, the puzzles are fun, and the game packs a large cast of comical characters. Nostalgia’s just around the corner, because Sam & Max remind once again us of the good old days.
  20. 75
    For those uninterested in PC gaming that are looking for a simple yet entertaining gaming experience, Sam and Max Season One should meet their needs nicely.
  21. Point and click-adventures aren't exactly released in abundant numbers these days, but Sam & Mac: Season One is one such release that manages to breathe life into the genre and add a healthy dose of humour into the mix at the same time. The sence of humour, the voice acting and and the script are all fantastic and the only annoying factor is that the puzzles can become a bit illogical at times. This might turn some people away from the experience, but have no doubt that this is a great and fun adventure.
  22. Five months later, the port of the first six adventures of Sam & Max comes to Wii. Managed by the Wiimote pointer and without any visual improvement worth mentioning, it is still a good opportunity for those who was not able to play them already, as the port retaini the same comedy value and high quality.
  23. If you are fan of point and click adventures, there is absolutely no reason why you should not buy this game even with the shoddy programming code.
  24. A hilarious game that highlights the pros and cons of the point and click genre.
  25. The conversion could have been better, but we've been dying to see this on Wii for ages and it's still bags of fun to play. [Issue#26, p.76]
  26. Nintendo Gamer
    Finally, point 'n' click done right. [Oct 2008, p.58]
  27. Nintendo Power
    There are moments of genuine hilarity, but the humor too often feels overwrought or simply falls flat. [Oct 2008, p.89]
  28. Sam & Max: Season One may just be the best. It's a smooth, smart point-and-click, simple when appropriate, perplexing when needed, and quite possibly the funniest game you'll ever play.
  29. Sam & Max: Season One is a strikingly niche title very much in love with its PC predecessors from LucasArts and Sierra.
  30. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    We loved it, but we understand a lot of people might not. A niche experience then, but a great one. [Sept 2008, p.88]
  31. Pelit (Finland)
    The kings of the silly and witty make their way to the consoles. Sam&Max is still one of the funniest games on the shelves. The Wii version suffers a little inaccuracy of the mote control but fortunately it doesn't spoil the fun. If you crave for an adventure and haven't tried this out, now is the time. [Feb 2009]
  32. Saying that, if you've enjoyed the characters in the past, there's more than a good chance you'll like these adventures, especially as they get better as you move along, even if the video presentation doesn't make a similar improvement.
  33. If you can get over the gameplay issues and quite fancy a slow but considered puzzle adventure full of quirky humour, you'll be hard pressed to find better value Wii game.
  34. The soundscape may be imperfect, but the sheer sense of writing quality makes up the difference.

Awards & Rankings

#69 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. guyx
    Mar 16, 2009
    Sam And Max is a very entertaining series that kept me hooked with the insanely bizarre story and the clever puzzles. Highly recommended.
  2. Jan 3, 2011
    Sam & Max is a fairly fun game for anyone to play. No real control issues to note, pretty good graphics for a Wii game. One of the betterSam & Max is a fairly fun game for anyone to play. No real control issues to note, pretty good graphics for a Wii game. One of the better point and clicks out there. Full Review »