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  • Summary: [WiiWare] Charming. Suave. Awesome. These are the words Strong Bad would use to describe himself. In a world gone mad, only one man can be trusted to save the day. A man with an attitude. A man called Strong Bad. As the star of the Homestar Runner Web cartoons, Strong Bad has been answering[WiiWare] Charming. Suave. Awesome. These are the words Strong Bad would use to describe himself. In a world gone mad, only one man can be trusted to save the day. A man with an attitude. A man called Strong Bad. As the star of the Homestar Runner Web cartoons, Strong Bad has been answering e-mails (in boxing gloves), pranking his friends, pummeling his enemies, and making people with questionable taste snort milk out of their noses for years now. And he's branched out to star in Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, a monthly five-episode series. In Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner, Strong Bad's plans to beat the snot out of Homestar backfire, and he ends up with an unwanted houseguest cramping his style. Now he needs to get life back to normal by any means possible. But wait, there's more: Teen Girl Squad comics, achievements, funny costumes and arcade games. You can even send pictures and messages to Wii Friends using Strong Bad's computer. So how about it? Can you handle Strong Bad's style? [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 95
    Long time Homestar Runner fans will be pleased to see that all the major characters they've come to know (Marzipan, The Cheat, Coach Z, Pom Pom, etc.) are included along with many inside jokes.
  2. Bucketloads of humour, an involving and relatively challenging gameplay experience, lots of references and continuity for long time fans, and generally a fun game to play.
  3. I found that the game’s humor and entertaining quest made it well worth the $10 investment ($8.95 for the PC). Like many adventure games, the replay value is not tremendously high, but the promise of future downloadable episodes helps to resolve this issue.
  4. The amount of content and the price point is just on the right side of comfortable, with the story trading ambition for authenticity. As a result, this first game can be called 'pretty good', but it’s still a little short on awesomeness.
  5. Unfortunately, the first episode doesn’t definitively establish itself as a proper videogame as much as it is a charming adaptation of the Flash cartoon. As well as Telltale Games did at offering a tremendous service to fans of Homestar Runner, they are only occasionally able to prove that playing a cartoon is better than watching one.
  6. SB:Ep1 is a mixed bag; it's funny, but can get old during a sustained playthrough, and it's got some neat puzzles, but they're presented in a disjointed, directionless way that'll have players doing things not because the story or characters dictate them, but simply due to odd item placement and situation setups that seem like they should be done just because.
  7. You wonder if players will have wanted to spend this amount of time loafing around the Homestar Runner universe, or whether their interaction with it is best limited to ten-minute bursts via their web browser. [Oct 2008, p.101]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jan 5, 2012
    7
    Great game, worth 10 bucks. I had to run into Roger's Video and buy tons of wii points to buy these games. Although it's graphics aren'tGreat game, worth 10 bucks. I had to run into Roger's Video and buy tons of wii points to buy these games. Although it's graphics aren't pretty, the controls are great and it's witty and highly original. No more DragonAge for you, kiddies. Expand
  2. DME
    Jul 5, 2012
    5
    Homestar fans will be pleased to an extent, but all the sarcasm and witty humor can't save a game that is just plain boring. All you do isHomestar fans will be pleased to an extent, but all the sarcasm and witty humor can't save a game that is just plain boring. All you do is walk around the place doing small tasks. This would be perfectly acceptable if only the tasks felt redeeming. The story itself is disappointing. It's simply about one character (Marzipan) throwing a party and Strong Bad not getting invited. However, the humor is enough to make me want to see what's in Episode 2, so I'll see if that's any better. Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2011
    4
    As a long time fan of Homestar Runner and Strong Bad, I had high hopes for this game. General reviews on Metacritic seemed to indicate that itAs a long time fan of Homestar Runner and Strong Bad, I had high hopes for this game. General reviews on Metacritic seemed to indicate that it was a good buy, too. Well, color me disappointed. I spent the entire time stumbling around the Homestar "universe" saying to myself "What am I supposed to be doing?" -- Granted, this game *is* sort of built in the style of the old Sierra games where you get things in your inventory and use basic reasoning to figure out what you're supposed to do. But I felt like those games always had a decent storyline/plot guiding you along. This game does not. Sure, you can crank up the Hints to "High", but even then, figuring things out was very trial-and-error and quite arduous. Not really what a game is supposed to be: Fun. Just to get thru this game, I had to reference a walk-thru many times. And each time, I said "Oh, that's what they want me to do? Wow, that's dumb." -- Now, that I've rained on this game completely, I have to say that it does have some redeeming value. It's mildly amusing to "live" in the Homestar universe and interact with the characters, but in the end, it's really not worth it. My recommendation: Skip this game. Expand