If you’ve been playing these episodes as they come out, you’re probably already way ahead of me on the whole “should I play this one?” thing. Believe me, the games don’t change that much from episode to episode, so there’s no one better than you to tell you whether or not you’re going to enjoy this installment.
If you haven’t played any of these games, then you should probably head on over to my review of the first Strong Bad game.
Anyway, let me actually give some review to this review. You’re going to see a lot (like 90%) of the exact same stuff you’ve seen in the other episodes. You still get the photo booth, collectibles, minigames/diversions, etc., and the same humor you’ve grown to love (or at least grown accustomed to). It’s fair enough to say that the only real “new” thing you get in each episode is a new bit of storyline to play through. This isn’t a bad thing, since this episode doesn’t drop the ball it’s been juggling for two other episodes.
I actually prefer the story in this episode to episode 2, although episode 1 is still the best, in my opinion. This episode has you setting up a battle of the bands in order to earn a sack of cash to pay for repairs to your precious gaming console. There’s no nobler goal, to be sure. The story is fun to play through, even though the puzzles are rather simple, much like in the previous two episodes.
At times like these, I start wondering what else I can say to fluff out my review. I’ve already added a good amount of fluff, considering the point I wanted to make was “If you liked the previous episodes, play this episode. If you haven’t played the previous episodes, play the previous episodes before deciding whether you want to play this one.” That’s two sentences, and this review is already five paragraphs long, so yeah, fluff. Fluff fluff fluff.
OK, that’s enough fluff. I think this is a good enough size for a review, considering the tiny size of these episodes. Especially since this episode is so similar to the previous two. Here’s a bottom line for good measure: I like these games. They are funny and enjoyable to play. They aren’t the most challenging games, but they aren’t frustrating and they don’t suck up my whole life like some bazillion-hour Squeenix title. Play the first game and, if you enjoy it, keep on playing! It’s totally worth the nine dollars or however much it costs.