For the third time, Skunkape Games is giving Sam and Max, better-known characters in the nineties, a slight facelift.
Why did we say the third time? Skunkape Games previously released Sam & Max Save The World Remastered and then Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space Remastered, so the anthropomorphic dog and rabbit might be somewhat familiar to gamers again these days. The original Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse was released episodically from April 2 to August 30, 2010, on PlayStation 3, PC, Mac, and iPad, but this time, we’re getting the entire pack.
Sam and Max were created by Steve Purcell when he was younger, and he started a comic book series featuring the two characters in 1987. (There was also an animated series during 1997-1998 called The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police.) For us, it’s the game adaptations that matter: the first one, Sam & Max: Hit the Road, was released in 1993 during the LucasArts adventure game era. The team worked on Sam & Max: Freelance Police between 2002 and 2004, but the adventure game, which tried to use 3D instead of SCUMM and the GrimE engine, was canceled due to market and economic conditions.
Sam & Max: Save the World was previously released as Season One nearly fifteen years ago. It was followed by Sam & Max Beyond Time & Space and Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse. These three games were created in episodic format by Telltale Games. As a result, we can expect the studio’s typical gameplay in The Devil’s Playhouse, but since it also used LucasArts’ point-and-click style as a starting point, there is no significant difference.
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse Remastered will be released sometime in 2023, but Skunkape Games has not specified which platforms the stoic dog and sometimes unpredictable rabbit will be made for. It’s likely to come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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