Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The soundscape may be imperfect, but the sheer sense of writing quality makes up the difference.
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. Nintendo Gamer
    Finally, point 'n' click done right. [Oct 2008, p.58]
  7. Games Master UK
    A nice change of pace and that rarest of things: a genuinely funny Wii game. [Oct 2008, p.74]
  8. Sam & Max makes almost everything right. Also the characters and the story are funny as hell.
  9. 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]
  10. 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.
  11. At the end of the day, Sam & Max Season One is an excellent game with enough punch to overcome its deficiencies.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#64 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  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 »