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Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People Review (PC)

Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People is made by Telltale Games – who master in episodic content. Alongside the popular Sam & Max episodes comes a new line of content, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People. Telltale plans to release five episodic games of Strong Bad, with Homestar Ruiner being the first.

Homestar Ruiner takes place in the Strong Bad world – as you would see it in the online episodes. The game will take you to Marzipan’s house, to Bubs’ Stand, and even the King of Town’s Castle. If you’ve been watching the Homestar Runner episodes, then the game won’t introduce any new environments. At the same time, if you’ve never watched any of the episodes, then some of the locations might not make sense–like The Stick or the Cool Car. Strong Bad will tell you what they’re all about, but you won’t get the full meaning of the locations.

Simply put, this is an item-based game. To get through the game you’ll need find various items and find the correct use for them. For example, you’ll need to order a bottle of ‘Total Load’ from one of your e-mails to frame someone for using illegal pills. Getting the items and putting them to use is not the easiest take since the game doesn’t directly tell you what to do. That’s not to say the game is extremely challenging–you do have the option to change the hints up to high–but I found that it didn’t help too much.

There isn’t much depth here. You point and click to where you want to move and click on items you want to use. The entire game will take about five to seven hours to complete. There are hidden items to find, mini-games to partake in, and a photo booth to dress Strong Bad up in.

Telltale did a fantastic job on getting the dialog right. If you are familiar with Homestar Runner, you’ll see familiar faces saying familiar lines. All the dialog is smart and quirky, while still remaining clean for kids. Everything remains funny throughout the entire story, which unfortunately gets held back by all the item searching. The basic premise of the story is Strong Bad trying to ruin everything for Homestar, who no doubt annoys him. Everything Strong Bad tries to do ends up turning against him and he needs to fix it.

Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People will cost $8.95 and is worth the price. Besides the lack of information with the items, it’s a good game for fans of Homestar Runner. But if you’re coming into this game without any knowledge of what this is about, just beware that there will be a lot of jokes that you won’t understand, draining a lot of the real enjoyment that is to be had from Strong Bad.

6/10

Originally posted on Endsights, August 11, 2008

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March 5, 2009 - Posted by | Review

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