frenetic out-there story that seemingly has no business staying
coherent once again is hilarious
- Beginning "interrogation Sam"
sequence plays more as hard-boiled detective movie than funny
Sam & Max gaming
- It's the usual assortment of intuitive-to-solve mixed with
head-scratching "What do I do next?" point & click puzzles
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Max 303: They Stole Max's Brain!
Score: 8.5 / 10
More than one adversary throughout the
Freelance Police's many zany adventures has accused Max of being a
mindless numbskull. In They Stole Max’s Brain!, Max proves that
accusation as true, as the furry, frenzied bunny loses his mind –
– and his now brain-free body becomes the
unwitting vessel for the world-domination-seeking pharaoh, Sammun-Mak.
The game begins with Sam discovering that his buddy Max's brain has
taken leave of his bunny body. And he's not very happy about that, not
one bit. Gamers get to see a decidedly different Sam, one not seen
before – a angry,
vigilante-serious Sam – one that's going all Dirty Harry on everyone, in
search of answers of what happened to his little buddy’s brain. The
gameplay moves away from the usual point & clicking and turns into a
hard-boiled detective interrogation simulation.
And Sam's not afraid of playing rough and tumble "bad cop" until he's
got the answers he needs. This episode beginning is likely the least fun
that anyone that’s ever played a Sam & Max game before will have. But
fortunately from there, the silliness and insanity of the storyline
returns and somehow remains coherent despite the bizarre and
that's-just-nuts twists and turns. That's along with the typical Sam &
Max gameplay that everybody's come to love (and sometimes hate, because
the usual assortment of hard-to-figure-out puzzles along with the
puzzles that are less frustrating) at the forefront of this mind-finding
A wacky, alternate reality where the world's leader is an Egyptian bunny
pharaoh – and a reality that has everything to do with the inadvertent
intercession of Sam and Max with incendiary implications just another
typical "boring" day in the lives of the madcap Freelance Police.
Although the humorless beginning brings a little too much Dirty Harry
attitude with an angry, scary side of Sam gamers haven’t seen before,
once They Stole Max's Brain! really gets going, the gameplay once again
is yet another hilarious gaming delight heading into the final two
episodes of the season.