Sam & Max: Hit the Road
Way up many adventure gamersâ€™ list of favorites is Sam & Max Hit the Road. The two leads are an anthropomorphic dog (a six-foot-tall canine gumshoe) and a rabbit (a three-foot-tall hyperkinetic rabbity thing). All they ask out of life is a boat of a car, mounds of junk food, and the chance to indulge in mindless violence in the name of law enforcement. They like to call themselves the ‘freelance police’, and have a talent in solving apparently unsolvable cases.
Their debut in a comic book series by Steve Purcell gained them fame, and they enjoyed cameo appearances in several of LucasArtsâ€™ previous releases, including the first two Monkey Island games and Day of the Tentacle before finally starring in their own graphic adventure in 1993. The game has since become a retro classic, as highly regarded as the Monkey Island games or Day of the Tentacle.
The winning combination in Hit the Road is humor, characters and engaging puzzle-centric gameplay. The detective duo find themselves lumbered with the case of Bigfoot and the giraffe-necked woman, two critters who’ve fled the confines of the local carnival. You must search America for clues in a clapped-out Ford DeSoto, and on your way find attractions that are truly bizarre.
The game uses a map system to get around important locations, so this is by no means a linear game. You can travel between locations at any time, and often you’ll have to backtrack to previous areas to solve a puzzle in a new area, or check to see if you’ve missed something. The puzzles aren’t extremely hard, so you’ll hardly ever get stuck for very long. The game uses a modified version of the SCUMM system, and banished the old control panel from games past with a more intelligent multi-purpose cursor.
As with the Monkey Island series, the main jist of why Sam & Max is so charming is because of its humor. And while Guybrush was a genuinely funny wisecrack, the crime-fighting pair here plaster every line of dialogue full of sophomoric jokes.
System Requirements: 486 CPU, 580K RAM, DOS
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