So far we have learned that we cannot handle Strong Bad’s style and that imprisonment for non payment of a creamy ding snack cake tax is a terrific excuse to form your own country and overthrow the local government. Now Strong Bad is back for his third adventure in Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People: Season 1 Episode 3 Baddest of the Bands. Otherwise easily recognized as SBCGFAP:S1E3BotB.
This time around Strong Bad has to earn money to fix his Game Machine that suddenly starts smoking at the beginning of the episode. So how would one logically go about doing this? If you answered: “I would form my own rock band to rival the baddest of all rock bands and win a rock contest”, then you are right. And honestly who didn’t answer that way?
This review features the PC version, but Telltale also made a Wii Ware version which Telltale promises is nearly identical.
My review PC Specs are:
* Windows XP SP3
* AMD Athlon 4200 X2
* Nvidia Geforece 8800GT
* 2 Gigs of DDR
Graphically not much has changed since Episode 1. I have to give Baddest of the Bands’ graphics some credit, the game looks almost exactly like the internet cartoon. All of the characters look just like their online versions and the animations for each are all taken straight from the website. There have been some graphical improvements made for the game. Strong Bad will be able to move about freely in each environment. The game features a foreground and backgrounds that Strong Bad can move about in, so the game isn’t strictly presented in a flat cartoon style.
There is another mini arcade game that you can play within this episode. It looks like an early Nintendo 2d shooter. Once again the graphics aren’t the point of the game.
As one could imagine, I had absolutely no trouble playing the game on my PC as the hardware requirements for the game are fairly low. Unlike the Wii version, the PC version does features scalable graphics so the PC version should look sharper than its console counterpart. Baddest of the Bands also features widescreen support.
All of the series regular voice actors are present in SBCGFAP:S1E3BotB and do a fine job reprising their roles as the assortment of oddball characters. If you have heard any cartoon on the Homestar Runner website then you will know what to expect.
In my Episode 1 review I complained that some of the voices were a bit staticy. This time around I didn’t notice the issue and the voices came out pretty clear. I don’t know if Telltale games fixed the issue or it was just a hardware issue that I was having.
This is a point and click adventure, thus throughout most of the game you will only need the mouse pointer and the left mouse button to play the game. You control Strong Bad by pointing where you want him to go on the screen and then clicking there.
The mini game in this episode features a 2d side scrolling shooter. The object is to fly around the screen and pick up hot blondes while shooting down aliens. You use the WASD keys to move the plane around the mouse button to shoot. The mini game’s controls work pretty good.
Overall the controls work well and aren’t distracting.
Baddest of the Bands is a point and click adventure, so anyone who has ever played Strong Bad Episodes 1 and 2, Sam and Max, Escape From Monkey Island or any other comedic adventure game should know what to expect. The game opens with Strong Bad playing his Game Machine and it starts to smoke and breaks. Naturally Strong Bad is not happy about this and he has to get it fixed. In order to raise money to fix the broken machine he logically decides to enter a rock band contest being judged by non other than “Limozeen” – the worlds rockenest rock band. The story is once again very clever and you will be led on a quest all around Free Country USA to assemble essential rock items like flaming cars with blondes standing on the hood, dragons, swords and even bats.
In addition to the main storyline and the mini games there are also several hidden collectibles that you will be able to search for throughout the game. There is a photo booth that will allow you to change Strong Bad’s outfit and then have him pose in front of different backgrounds. You can then take pictures of Strong Bad’s “Awesomeness” in game and email them to your friends.
Baddest of the Bands is a little more straight forward than Episode 1 and most players won’t have any problems advancing through the story. Telltale was smart enough to include an adjustable hint system that will give you audible hints if you get stuck.You can download the single episode directly from Telltale Games’ website for $8.95. In addition, you can order the entire season of five episodes for $34.95. The third episode will take veteran adventure gamers about an two to three hours to finish the main storyline. However, many gamers will find a couple more hours of fun if you search for all of the collectibles, explore all of the interactive elements of the game and play the mini games. The $34.95 collection is a no brainer for Homestar Runner fans and the game is definitely worth a spin at $8.95 for people new to the Homestar Runner universe.