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Title: Sam & Max Hit the Road
Author:LucasArts
Rom Player: PC
Reviewer: FatSatan

Synopsis: If thereís one thing LucasArts excels in, itís making humorous adventures. Their impressive track record includes the Monkey Island series, Maniac Mansion and its successor, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, several Indiana Jones games and so on. Doubtlessly one of the best is Sam & Max: Hit the Road.

The duo Sam & Max, a dog in a blue suit and a saw-toothed rabbit, first appeared in the comic Sam & Max: Freelance Police, and later in a cartoon. Personally, Iíve known them only from this game. Sam and Max are a pair of first-rate sadists who revel in destruction and violence, Max being just a bit worse than Sam. Despite this, they have the curious profession of Freelance Police. At times the police commissioner assigns them missions that they perform in the style of private detectives. Usually breaking as much personal property as they can on the way.

When the game starts, the duo more or less saves a woman from the death ray of a mad, love-starved scientist. I say more or less because after kicking the scientistís butt, they leave without untying the woman still trapped under the death ray. Arriving back at their seedy office, they receive a phone call from the commissioner. Before long, Sam and Max are knee-deep into the case of a missing Bigfoot thatís disappeared from a carnival. Their adventure takes them through fancy places such as the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota, the Graceland-like home of a villainous British country star, and the Mystery Vortex.

The controls are what youíre probably used to from LucasArts adventures. Thereís several icons you can cycle through to click on things: the eye (look at), the hand (pick up), the squeeze doll (use), the mouth (talk to), and since youíre controlling Sam, an icon to use Max on things. The game isnít insanely difficult, and if you have some experience with adventures you wonít have trouble beating it without a walkthrough. The humor is irresistible, though I canít vouch for it reaching the level of the comics. Voice acting is great and the characters are hilarious. You donít want to miss out on this game.

Best Cheats: As far as I know there are no cheats to the game, but keep your eyes out for Easter Eggs (hidden surprises) and try out anything that comes to mind.

Game Play: 8
Graphics: 9
Music/Sound: 6
Originality: 8
Overall Rating: 8



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