It seems like the new thing for adventure games is to release them in tiny, episode-sized chunks that can be beaten in under five hours. They are, of course, cheaper than normal games, with this particular game costing 8.95$, I believe, but I’m still not entirely sure if I support this kind of thing. Anyway, that is point 1 of this review. The game is super short.
The shortness of the game is made more noticeable by the fact that all of the puzzles are very easy to solve. All of the clues in the game are very easy to find, and what you’re supposed to do next is generally very obvious. This didn’t bother me as much as puzzles that are insanely complicated, or clues/items that are so obscure I’d never be able to figure out what they do without a walkthrough, but I still like to have to think every once in a while when I play these games. That being said, I still had a good deal of fun playing this game.
Caveat to the above point of me having fun with this game: I am familiar, though not overly familiar, with Strong Bad, so I already knew and enjoyed his humor before playing this game. If you are not a fan, you might not be a fan of the humor in this game. If you don’t like the humor, then there is really no point to playing this game. Do yourself a favor and check out homestarrunner.com, or wherever Strong Bad stuff is (I haven’t been there in a while), before you look further into this game.
There are a few extras in the game that add to the fun, such as the Snake Fighter 5 minigame, which is sort of like Punch Out with a snake as your opponent. There is also a super secret code to unlock the scandalous hidden game mode. You can also play a choose-your-own-adventure sort of minigame involving hot babe stick figures. The minigames definitely help to add to the longevity of the game, unlike unfun button-tapping minigames that games love to have for some reason.
The visuals and voices are true to the REAL Strong Bad nonsense, which I think is vital to any game that’s based on something you can see and/or hear. I hate it when the voices and visuals don’t match my memories.
Speaking of things I hate, I hate annoying/convoluted controls in adventure games. Fortunately, this game doesn’t have those. Everything is very intuitive, and you don’t even accidentally click things/go places you didn’t want to go too often. All adventure games make me accidentally click things/go places I don’t want to go, so minimalizing that is all I ask for.
Here’s the so basically: If you’re a fan of Strong Bad, the game is worth getting. If you are not a fan, it’s not worth getting. That’s it!