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Homestar Runner is alive again! Not nearly as alive as it once was, but there have been Halloween cartoons the last two years, and hints that the Brothers Chap are learning HTML5 to replace the aged Flash site. Which is all a very good reason to embrace what was previously the animation’s swansong, a series of adventures made with Telltale.

With puzzles from the likes of Mike Stemmle (Sam & Max Hit The Road) and writing and voice work from the original creators, this coalesced into Telltale’s first not crap adventure game – in fact, it was positively good. Two of the five episodes were great!

Most importantly, it was extremely funny – with the caveat that if you’re the sort of slughead who doesn’t find H*R funny, then you won’t enjoy this either. But then you don’t deserve to enjoy anything. It picked up and ran with the cartoon’s running jokes, while including great new stories, some really decent puzzles (and some mediocre ones), and all came together just right.

Sadly the seven year old game is currently grossly overpriced both on GOG and Steam. (Although GOG will knock a significant $14.50 off a further purchase.)

13 Comments

  1. JarinArenos says:

    $5 on steam for another three hours or so until the winter sale ends.

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    Risingson says:

    I played it and it was mostly one of these perfectly tuned Telltale adventure games. I did not quite like the fourth and fifth episodes, but the first three were quite brilliant.

    I loved most the third one, the one that talks about the music industry, the music festivals, the group megacomebacks, and many things that are not only familiar but satirized in a very accurate and funny manner.

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      Risingson says:

      I’ll add some more lines. Apart from being funny, it’s great because how it blends the two worlds of the flash animation originals and the Grossman design: it has the anarchic humour, tender characters and lively world of the brothers and then it has some kind of cohesive design and plot. In this case it’s quite a feature.

      And the voice acting. And the music.

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        Risingson says:

        BTW: the first Sam & Max seasons are wonderful and fun. Whenever John does not make a slight effort to say why he thinks something is crap, don’t trust him.

        • KDR_11k says:

          Sam & Max got better with each season, I found the first a bit spotty but would still recommend it. It’s a shame that they stopped after 3 and turned away from point&click completely in favor of those choice based games that are compatible with any license.

  3. Urthman says:

    If you enjoy the Strong Bad videos, I think you’d enjoy these games at least as much, even if you hate adventure game puzzles and just play with a walkthru. It really is just an interactive sbmail (or more like a hundred interactive sbmails) with the same quality and density of gags, silliness, and hilarious voices.

  4. KDR_11k says:

    I played it back on the Wii… Wow, that was long ago.

  5. drucifer says:

    Donk!

  6. Deano2099 says:

    Available for $15 direct from Telltale…

  7. jonahfalcon says:

    Actually, yes, I have played it, and I’m in the middle of a re-play (Ep 3), and trying to 100% each episode with the Homestar Wiki.

    “OW, MY SNOT!”

  8. unit 3000-21 says:

    Is it worth playing if I don’t know anything about Homestar Runner?

    • jonahfalcon says:

      Well, it depends on your sense of humor. Watch some trailers and see if they make you laugh.