Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Low Prices

By John Walker on July 26th, 2010 at 9:00 am.

A proud man, a proud flag.

I’m not sure for how much longer this will last, so get in quick. Telltale’s best series, Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People, is currently available in full (all five episodes) for £4 on Steam. That’s… all five for less than the price of one episode on release. It’s 82% off the full price. Each game takes a couple of hours, so by my maths that’s ten hours for four quid. Or 40p an hour. What else can you do for 40p an hour? Park in Malmesbury, that’s what. But I’m going to contend that SBCG4AP is even more fun than that.

These games benefited from the adventuring genius brain of Mike Stemmle (Sam & Max: Hit The Road), with the fabulous series highlight episode 3 created by him, and his influence throughout. The writing was handled by The Brothers Chaps who write the (seemingly now dead) Homestar Runner from which Strong Bad emerged, and is fantastically funny. £4! Get it!

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  1. Vinraith says:

    Forget Steam, it’s available for $5 DRM-free direct from Telltale with the collector’s DVD included just for the cost of shipping.

    http://www.telltalegames.com/strongbad

    • Dean says:

      Yup, cheaper direct from Telltale at just under $5
      http://www.telltalegames.com/store/

      To clarify, the download has the Telltale launcher DRM, but they also send you the DVD for the cost of ‘shipping’ which has no DRM at all.

      I say ‘shipping’ as I ordered that with the first two Sam and Max seasons (at $10 each, again with the DVDs) and was offered free shipping to the UK.

    • Deano2099 says:

      And the offer is now over on both Steam and the Telltale site.

  2. Larington says:

    I paid more for this than that, it was definately worth the money imo.

  3. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    I heartily endorse this product and/or service.

  4. Saul says:

    I don’t understand why Strong Bad is funny. I bought the full series ages back and played for about an hour before giving up in bafflement. I don’t think I solved any puzzles and I certainly didn’t laugh. I have a good sense of humour which almost always agrees with RPS. Can someone please tell me what I’m missing?

    • Risingson says:

      You’re missing the same surreal sense of humor that invaded all the Sam & Max games: popular culture mixed with bizarre characters. The third episode, the one involving hard rock cliches, is one of the better parodies I’ve found in games.

    • Dominic White says:

      I want my own Black Metal Detector.

    • Saul says:

      I never quite clicked with Sam & Max, true– I never got into Hit the Road back in the day, although I played most of Season 1 of the Telltale series. Perhaps that’s it. I love absurd English humour (the Mighty Boosh is a personal favourite), but maybe I don’t get absurd American humour. I’ll have to give it some more thought.

    • Clovis says:

      Hey, don’t blame it on “absurd American humor”. I love that stuff! I finally got around to watching Archer last night. Fantastic!

      But Strongbad? Ugh. I can’t stand it, at all. I really don’t see why people like it. I get the jokes, but they pretty much never make me laugh. I can’t stand the voices. I enjoy Aqua Teen Hunger Force (even Meatwad), but half the Strongbad characters are like fingernails on chalkboard.

      Also, it’s ugly.

    • Ginger Yellow says:

      Archer isn’t particularly absurd; it’s just over the top.

    • Wulf says:

      I have to agree. I didn’t get that many laughs out of the Strongbad games, I actually enjoyed them more for having a decent flow to them, between the episodes. That’s something that the earlier games (especially the Sam & Max games) lacked. Later games perfected it, though.

      With Strongbad, I feel I’d have to be a bit more childish to appreciate it, and in the case of Sam & Max, I feel I’d have to be a lot more childish, and have a very basic, primary-colors sort of view of the world. I did enjoy Sam & Max though, it’s not that I have to find everything funny, I just appreciated it for how strange it is, which Purcell excels at. I have to say though that I found the Sam & Max animated series far more entertaining than any of the games.

      There are certain things I think I need in order to enjoy humour though, and I think those elements are found only in scarce amounts in Sam & Max and not at all in Strongbad. Specifically: a sense of camaraderie and charm. I got that from Tales of Monkey Island, though, and that’s why it’s one of favourite Telltale experiences. I suppose I like Tales as well because it goes beyond just cheap humour. It tries to tell a story, and it has likable characters, all of which seem to be the sort of spice I enjoy when it comes to humour. If it’s just yucks, so to speak, I find it hard to get into.

      However, there were some moments in Tales that really got me smiling from ear-to-ear, this was usually followed by laughter. One such instance was Winslow’s “I’ll give ‘er the old scurvy buttons, sah!”, and what followed on from there. Tales left a much more positive imprint on me, and I remember laughing a lot more. Oh, and that Guybrush leans more toward subtly witty comebacks and cracks might help too, I suppose.

    • Wulf says:

      Oh, also, the Maquis de Singe was one of Telltale’s best characters, in my opinion.

  5. NPC says:

    I was looking at that deal all weekend, but RPS’ recommendation is good enough for me. Bought!

    • JuJuCam says:

      Same here. Telltale is a company that I really want to like but have only heard “Good, but…” reviews and my playthrough of the free episode of the Monkey Island game wasn’t all that convincing. But for this price I feel like I’m missing out if I don’t snap it up!

  6. Arkiruthis says:

    Yay! Malmesbury!

    (proceed…)

    • James G says:

      @Arkiruthis

      That’s two mentions of Malmesbury on RPS recently.

      Wondering, was the mention in this post entirely driven by car park charges, or has Walker recently visited Malmesbury? (For WOMAD, I’d be guessing)

    • TeeJay says:

      Quotes from famous residents:

      “The life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” – Thomas Hobbes,

      “Listen, old Culky’s got himself a nice little earner isn’t it?!” – Colin “Culky” Culk.

  7. Optimaximal says:

    I always felt Dangeresque was the best episode, if only because it was so cleverly done. Baddest of the Bands was the best ‘adventure’ game though.

  8. Ginger Yellow says:

    Yeah, Dangeresque was also my favourite, writing wise, but Baddest of the Bands and the one with the video game parodies were both awesome.

  9. James Brophy says:

    It left me Stone cold the first time I played on of the ep’s on the wii. I understand the characters are all idiots i just wish the game would stop telling me that. Once your 20 minutes in that joke has run out of steam and 40 minutes in I’ve run out of interest.

    I’m not a tell tale hater. Strong bad just doesn’t appeal. I love their take on Sam & Max and Monkey Island. Everything they have done there to forward adventure games as a medium has been absolutely ignored by the gaming press. I find it quite odd that people still talk about how great lucasarts was when everyone there has now gone on to make Far better games which don’t get talked about for why they are better..

    • Wulf says:

      Yep. With recent replays of both Monkey Island 2 and Tales of Monkey Island under my belt, I can honestly say that Tales came out the better. Monkey Island 2 is the funnier game, no doubt, and it’s still got some of my favorite, most fondly remembered laugh-out-loud moments, but the storyline is really a bit crap, and it’s really not all that fun to play, with either interface.

      I found Tales of Monkey Island to be all most as funny, but it had a better storyline going on throughout the episodes, much better than any of the official games (FAO Curse fanboys: yes, this includes Curse), which all pretty much stank in the story department. It was generally more fun, too, and had a number of moments which came across as genuinely endearing. I found myself caring about the Tales characters much more than those of Monkey Island 2.

      I ended up finishing my Tales replay even before my Monkey Island 2 replay (which is still going, but I’m fairly near the end, now). And comparing the two of them, I’d have to say that yeah, Tales is a huge improvement. I always liked 2 better than Curse, because – for me – Curse pretty much stank in every department, same for Escape. I’m really hoping they’ll do another Tales of Monkey Island series, because Tales is how I want to remember Monkey Island.

  10. Kid B says:

    Was thinking about parking in Malmesbury whilst playing the game on my laptop. But £8 for a gaming exp is a bit too much

  11. Psychopomp says:

    They’re great. Except Strongbadia. I hated that one.

  12. Rick says:

    “Best series”? Haven’t you played TTG’s last two episodic games? They’re way more advanced in terms of design and general fun than SBCG4AP. Thats not to say SBCG4AP is bad, but TTG have easily topped it since.

    • Wulf says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Really though, I think that going by what I’ve read here on RPS about the games, and in PC Gamer reviews, childish humour is ranked over everything else, this includes a story, the characters, the gameplay mechanics, flow between the episodes, and so on, and so on.

      Tales of Monkey Island and the Devil’s Playhouse (which I like, despite it not being to my humour) are vast improvements. I’d rank Tales a bit higher than Devil’s because it seems to opt more for a more immature sort of humour that just doesn’t click with me, but I can’t deny that Devil’s is appreciably bizarre, has a pretty fun storyline, and has some of the better gameplay mechanics I’ve seen in a game.

      Hmm… the only other reason I’d rank Devil’s down a bit when compared to Tales is that there was too much reliance on Max’s toys, where most puzzles were solved via use of the toys rather than anything else. Also, Wallace & Gromit was really quite good.

  13. Navagon says:

    So I finally got around to playing the free 8 bit episode I got a while back and it made me laugh enough to justify the heavy outlay on the entire series. Now that’s a pretty crazy-good endorsement right there.

  14. Urthman says:

    If you don’t like Strongbad, you’re not going to like these games, but if you do like Strongbad, you’ll be delighted at how well these games capture the humor of the videos and how consistently they deliver.

    And the games themselves are good. I’m not a big fan of the Telltale-style adventure games, but I really enjoyed all five of these.

  15. itsallcrap says:

    Hmph, I guess I missed it. Says £21.99 for me.

  16. Travis says:

    The biggest strike against these games is you have to listen to Strong Bad’s voice for fifteen hours.

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