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“Sam and Max: Abe Lincoln Must Die!” PC Review

Hey, Frayed Wire readers! This is a review Josh made on his old site, but is now being moved here!

No, this isn’t the console version of Tactical Assassin – this is the hilarious and free game (for now at least) featuring Sam, a 6 foot anthropomorphic dog, and Max, a 3 foot “hyperkinetic rabbity thing” (quote from Wikipedia). I had not played any of the Sam and Max games before this, but I found it free on Steam, and decided on a download.

One of the first things I noticed in Abe Lincoln Must Die! was its constant humor. The actual game is somewhat linear, but you’ll want to click on everything you see just to hear what funny things Sam and Max will say about it. The supporting characters also add to the humor, from the stubborn White House security to the paranoid owner of Bosco’s Inconvenience Store.

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You play this game with nothing but the mouse, because everything is controlled through points and clicks. This lends itself well to the game, which is heavy on text and puzzles (although not in the same way as games like Phoenix Wright and Hotel Dusk: Room 215). Some of the puzzles are baffling at first, but this is never really a problem because you’ll be able to keep yourself occupied by exploring every item and person in every corner of the game. When you do find the solution, you’ll laugh at its hilarity and at the sheer genius of it.

The usual problems with point and click text-heavy games like this is the lack of replayabillity. This is especially a concern for short “episode” length games such as the recent Sam and Max titles. While it is true that the story doesn’t change for a second play through, the whole thing is funny enough that it’s worth going through again anyway. Also, if you’re playing this episode of Sam and Max, chances are you bought the whole 6-episode season one pack. I got this one single episode for free on Steam, but my guess is that most players will have access to more episodes after they’ve beaten this one.

To those players, a few things may be starting to get annoying by episode 4, however. For one, the locations are recycled over and over through out this entire season. Each game places you in a small section of the city, leaving you with practically the same level design every game. I only know this because of what I’ve read from other places, so I haven’t gotten angry at this problem yet. I’m just telling you this as a warning if you’re familiar with the Sam and Max locations. Another problem, I’m told, is that there is a shortage of new characters each episode. Once again, I haven’t experienced this problem since the only episode I’ve played is this one, episode 4.

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Graphically, there’s nothing groundbreaking here, but I understand that the developers were going for style over technological achievement. In that respect, the graphics are just fine. Most importantly, they flow smoothly and without any glitches.

I loved the music in this episode. The jazzy tracks for your office and the city around it are amazing, and the kooky presidential theme played when you visit the White House fits perfectly. The voice acting is spot on for Max, the rabbit. That can’t really be said for Sam, however. His tone of voice doesn’t always match what he says. For example, when he says something sarcastic, it will come out as laid back and without much emotion.

Even so, this episode has gotten me interested in the Sam and Max series. I’m not sure if I’ll end up buying Sam and Max Season One, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be a bad buy at all.

Final Score: 7.9 out of 10

By Josh60502

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  1. Sweety
    August 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    big sam and max freak here!! i was looking thorugh the new archives and I found this post.

    I played Sam and Max hit the road back in the 90s and ive been hooked ever since!

    also the thing with his voice is that its not supposed to change much.

  2. December 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    when it comes to free games, i always look for free flash games because they have small file sizes :..

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