Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People (or SBCG4AP) is one of many point and click adventure games from Telltale Games, alongside the previously mentioned Wallace & Gromit that I own and am slowly…slowly…making my way through. I finally finished the final episode of SBCG4AP today, so here’s a brief re-cap of my thoughts on it.
So, like pretty much all of the Telltale Games serials SBCG4AP is a five part episodic game costing £21.99 on Steam (or the 40% off price of £13.19 in the Steam Summer Sale currently running). As I’ve mentioned before with the Telltale games, your enjoyment of them really depends on if you like the license the game is about – I’m familiar enough with Strong Bad to enjoy it (which isn’t terribly familiar, really), but the game obviously wouldn’t interest someone unaware of the series, they wouldn’t get the references or jokes throughout the game.
The game-play is relatively simple to play – made up mostly of talking to other characters, and rubbing objects against things. The game wasn’t too challenging, though like a lot of point and click games, there are still moments that have you stumped as to what to do next. The game also had a few technical issues, on quite a few occasions the speech would cut out, and wouldn’t resume until I either restarted the game or waiting until the characters moved to a new location.
Those issues aside, the game was generally fun. The series is a little slow to start, with the first episode, Homestar Ruiner, not really catching my interest a lot. As the series moves on, the episodes get a lot more interesting and fun. Dangeresque 3 is particularly fun for it’s over the top, film noire style game plot and general humour. The final episode – 8-Bit is Enough, felt really short though. Each episode previous having taken a little over two hours to finish, while 8-Bit was finished a fair bit quicker. This let the series down a little at the end after the high point of Dangeresque, but ah well.
After completing each of the episodes, you unlock an extended play which varies a little from episode to episode. In Dangeresque 3, for example, you can revisit the game’s locations as a kind of ‘DVD extra’s’ mechanic. There is also replaying the cute little Teen Girl Squad game in a previous episode.
Look and sound-wise, it’s still pretty impressive that the game has such a short voice acting cast, with the majority of roles being played by Matt Chapman. The game’s graphics aim to look like those on the Homestar Runner website, which is achieved pretty well.
So, to finish this short look (because it doesn’t need to be long) if you enjoy point and click/adventure games, and Homestar Runner/Strong Bad – you’ll probably like the game. While short, it was a generally fun experience, though it probably won’t appeal too much to people not aware of or really into the universe.