Friday, December 5, 2008

AVS in US Shops, Atari to publish S&M Season 2

Wow, news from the whole trifecta of companies covered on this blog! The Adventure Company has released A Vampyre Story to North American retailers, so US and Canadian gamers can finally get the game if they wish to have a nice box on their shelf. The picture at the top of this post is a screenshot sent to The Pumpkin Post of a planned A Vampyre Story easter egg that was cut due to time constraints. It is of an 8-bit version of the game that utilizes a reproduction of the SCUMM interface as seen in Maniac Mansion.

I was wondering what was going to happen with a retail release of Season Two of Sam & Max. True, there is a DVD release for season purchasers at Telltale's website, but Season One got a retail release published for PC and Wii by The Adventure Company. It seems Season Two will see Telltale getting a bigger publishing partner. Atari will be publishing the game for PC retail, and Wii fans will be happy to know that Season Two is getting a Wii release as well, also to be published by Atari.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Don't Mind the Mess

I'm adding quite a bit of content at the moment, so you're likely to see a lot of stuff creep up on the main page for a few weeks. Don't worry, once it's all added in things will get back to normal around here again.

Also, you might have noticed the name change of this blog. When I was adding content to the Games page, I added in Autumn Moon and Double Fine's games because I'm excited to play them and I love them a lot respectively, so I thought it would be best if I let Autumn Moon's and Double Fine's adventure games get covered here too. They don't get released as often as Telltale's episodic games.

So, this blog is now titled Autumn Double Tale. I already made an A Vampyre Story piece of fanart for the news anyway, so might as well go all the way. :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Grim Fandango 10 Year Anniversary

As of this October, Grim Fandango is 10 years old!

On October 28, 1998, LucasArts' first 3D adventure game was released. Grim Fandango was their most ambitious adventure game project to date, spanning 4 game years over 2 CDs. Tim Schafer got together with most of the Grim team to celebrate the occasion with a cake adjorned with the game's protaganist, Manny Calavara.

Congrats to the Grim Team! It's hard to believe it's been 10 years.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States. Enjoy a Homestar Runner 20X6 Thanksgiving cartoon to celebrate the holiday!

If you're in the mood to start your Christmas shopping (and since tomorrow is the start of the holiday shopping season in the US, you should be), Telltale has set up a Gift store where you can purchase items as a gift for your friend or loved one. Even better, they are now offering two new bundles. Bundle one is a Sam and Max Gift Bundle featuring both seasons of the Sam & Max games (that's 11 episodes) on extras-filled DVDs, topped off with a copy of Surfin' the Highway. Bundle two is a Wii Game Gift Pack featuring the Wii versions of Sam & Max Season One and CSI: Hard Evidence. (Region alert: these are the North American versions and won't work in PAL Wii consoles.) They are offering gift wrapping for all purchases (excluding downloadable games of course). And, to sweeten the deal they're also offering free USPS shipping for people who're buying a downloadable game along with physical merchandise! This offer's only good through Wednesday 12/3 though, so don't wait too long.

Oh, and I also feel the need to mention Rob Smith's new book Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts. This book tells the story of LucasArts from it's early days as one of the upstart Lucasfilm computer divisions along side what would become Pixar, to the legacy-forgetting company that it has become today. It contains a lot of concept art on released games, and details a lot of games that were cancelled including Sam & Max Freelance Police. The cancellation of this game was the catalyst that led to the formation of Telltale Games, and eventually led to the creation of the episodic Sam & Max games that we all know and love. It's going to be released sometime in December, but if you live within driving distance of San Francisco and RSVP in time, you can get it early and for a 20% discount at the release party on December 4th.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Culture Shock Review

With Sam & Max Season One finally getting released for the Wii this past October, it's a good time to take a look at the six episodes available on the disc. Culture Shock is the first episode of Season One, and starts things off with a bang.

Sam & Max must investigate a case of hypnotism, where a group of former child stars from a hit television show in the 1970's have been brainwashed to promote the maker of a self-help video. The three former child stars are raising a ruckus on the city street that is home to the office of Sam & Max Freelance Police. Fans of LucasArts' Sam & Max Hit the Road will be happy to see that the street is very familiar, with Bosco's grocery store and the cafe that sells bad food still on the corner. The cafe is not open for business, but we finally get to set foot into Bosco's and even get to meet the man himself.

Bosco is a very interesting character. He is an ultra-paranoid individual who seems to run his grocery store only to finance his various dubious BoscoTech inventions. Bosco's Inconvenience Store is littered with security cameras and various BoscoTech inventions that are present to keep people from stealing from the store. The other store owner on the block is Sybil Pandemic, licensed therapist, well at least this week. Her sign outside of her shop shows her to have had at least 3 previous jobs. The characters are all full of quirks and personality, and as the game progresses, these quirks become even more evident.

Humor has always been Sam & Max's main selling point, ever since the first comic featuring the duo appeared way back in 1987. Here, the humor is top notch. The humor is quirky, containing plenty of one-liners, especially from Max.

I'm not a big fan of action sequences in adventure games, so it must be said that there are two action sequences in the game in the form of car chases. It's very reminiscent of the chase scene in Out From Boneville, in that the DeSoto is moved across the screen and there is debris on the road that slows you down. This time around though, since it is a Sam & Max chase, Sam's gun can be used at any time during the chase, and a bullhorn can be used by Max to shout at other drivers.

The voicework in Culture Shock is very good, with three notable exceptions which I will get to at the bottom of this paragraph. Max's voice actor does a great job portraying the character, falling somewhere between the voice of Max in Hit the Road and Max in the animated series. Sam's voice actor chose to stay fairly true to the film noir feel of Sam's voice from Hit the Road rather than the gruff portrayal of Sam found in the animated series. Both voices sound really good, with Max as the standout as his voice is full of energy. Sam's voice actor does a remarkable job with the voice throughout most of the game, but sometimes his portrayal seems a bit stiff and lacking of emotion. All in all though, both main character's voices are great. Telltale had a tall order to fill to keep fans happy with the voices, and they managed to succeed in my opinion. The supporting characters also mostly have nice voices, with Bosco's gruff voice and Sybil's mid-range voice fitting their characters perfectly. The former child stars known as the Soda Poppers, on the other hand are quite grating. Their personalities are interesting, but their voices are much too falsetto to be enjoyable. I know exactly where Telltale was going with this, with the grown men trying to keep sounding like the little kids they used to be on TV much like Screech from Saved by the Bell. However, the characters are triplets, and each one of them sound this way. This gives them a lot of screen time, and their voices quickly become tiresome before the game is over.

The music in the game is great. The jazz intro is wonderful, very reminiscent of the Cheesy Understated Credit Sequence from Hit the Road, but unique enough to stand on it's own. The music that plays during car chase sequences is also very catchy. A sountrack CD is available for Season One, and I recommend purchasing it wholeheartedly. Each subsequent episode has music as good or better than this one, and it really does makes for some great listening pleasure.

Culture Shock is a fine return to form for the crime fighting (and causing) duo. With the exception of the voices of the Soda Poppers, there's not too much that I can say that can count against the quality of the game. Even with the grating characters though, it's still well worth the purchase for the game's many other redeeming qualities. It's really funny, the duo themselves are voiced well, and the music is wonderful.

Final Verdict: 4 out of 5


Sam & Max Hit the Road (the first Sam & Max game, by LucasArts) ReviewEpisode Two Review

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Baddest of the Bands Review

Baddest of the Bands is the third episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive people. This episode sees some improvements in some areas, although some areas feel lacking compared to Strong Badia the Free.

In Baddest of the Bands, Strong Bad decides to start a battle of the bands contest in order to raise money to fix his broken Fun Machine. He must get three bands on stage, and then sabotage those bands so that he can win the Battle of the Bands contest himself.

The storyline sees a dramatic downturn this time around, as a Battle of the Bands is a much less interesting storyline than uniting fractured countries to overthrow a corrupt government, as in Strong Badia the Free. The humor level is high though in this one, and after all humor is the bread and butter of all of the Homestar Runner universe productions. I found myself enjoying the humor in this game more than the previous two. Strong Bad's quips seemed much more sharp than either of it's predecessors.

The user-placable map is back from Homestar Ruiner. The only new location to be found here is a stage, which is used four times for the venue's four acts. There isn't much different about these locations, apart from one stage which is located next to a small body of water. The new character in this game is the mock-hair band Limozeen, presented here in their Saturday morning cartoon form on a cardboard cutout with a speaker and webcam attatched (so that the band can relax in their tour bus rather than deal with actually listening to the bad bands).

This time around, the Teen Girl Squad comic is not customizable. I'll try not to spoil too much, but the developers did manage to make the comic worthwhile to the game by integrating it into the story. This made the Teen Girl Squad experience much more satisfying in my opinion. I think it's great that Telltale is working the extra activities into the storyline starting with the metal detector in Strong Badia the Free. I hope that this trend continues, since it goes a long way to help keeping things from feeling tedious and tired.

Baddest of the Bands may not have the strongest plot, but it makes up for it with it's humor. The extra activities are beginning to feel less tedious as Telltale continue to work them into the plot of the main game. Strong Bad's quips are the meat of the games in the Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People series, and in Baddest of the Bands they are the sharpest yet.

Final Verdict: 3½ out of 5

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dangeresques and Vampyres and Deals, Oh My!

Head over to the Telltale site or fire up your Wii and head to the Wiiware Games channel to download the latest episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective!

Also, the new trailer for the final episode reveals the name as 8-bit is Enough, and has some nice surprises for fans of the Homestar Runner universe with appearances by fan favorites Trogdor and Stinkoman.

To celebrate the release of Dangeresque 3, Telltale has a deal going in their store where you get free shipping on anything and everything if you have at least one downloadable game in your cart.

And although it's not made by Telltale, I feel I must let everyone know that A Vampyre Story, the first game by Autumn Moon (founded by Bill Tiller of Curse of Monkey Island fame) is now available in Germany. Non-German folk (such as myself) can download the demo of the game (which is available with both German and English text and speech) here.

Update November 20: Gamer's Gate now has A Vampyre Story available to purchase for direct download. UK Gamers can purchase the game in shops now or at Play online.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween!



Today is Halloween, which is a magical day for Telltale related stuff. First, we have the yearly tradition of Telltale's Dave Grossman and his Pumpkin House of Horrors. I look forward to his new pumpkin every Halloween, and this year's is one of my favorites. :)

Next, we have the winners of Telltale's annual Halloween Contest. There's quite a few neat fan-made goodies to oogle this year, and best of all: even the losers went home winners. Telltale is giving everyone who entered one of their downloadable games for free (Telltale Texas Hold’em or any episode of Sam & Max, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, or Bone)!

And finally, The Brothers Chaps have posted this years latest Homestar Runner Halloween Cartoon. The costumes are always great, and are much better than my feeble attempts above. :)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Baddest of the Bands is Out Today!


Telltale has released the third episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People today. Baddest of the Bands has Strong Bad starting and entering a Battle of the Bands contest.

As always, there's a trailer for the next game with this one. Next time on SBCG4AP: Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective. Strong Bad will finally make the long awaited third movie in the Dangeresque buddy-cop series.

Since I haven't updated in a while, there's a bit more Telltale news that I missed. The biggest news is that Sam & Max Season One is now available on retail disc for the Wii!

Also, Telltale has a special promotion going on from now to Halloween where if you purchase a Strong Bad game for PC (including the season pass), you get the Sam & Max episode Night of the Raving Dead for free.

Lastly, Telltale is holding their annual Halloween contest again this year. This year, they will accept fan-created epitaphs of both Sam & Max and the Homestar Runner universe. You have about 17 hours left to enter, so come on in here if you're interested.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Strong Badia the Free Review

Strong Badia the Free, the second episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive people takes the ball from Homestar Ruiner and runs like crazy. It's not quite a touch down, but it's a great step in the right direction.

In Strong Badia the Free, Strong Bad is placed under house arrest after the King of Town places a tax on e-mails. Strong Bad has to find a way to get out of the house, but he has an exploding collar on his neck that will go off the moment he walks out the door. Once escaping imprisonment, he declares that he will create his own, independent nation under the Strong Badian flag. He asks the citizens of Free Country, USA to join him, but they all decide to make nations of their own.

Now Strong Bad must travel to these nations and convince their leaders to join Strong Badia in it's fight against the municiplality of the King of Town. Since this is the Homestar Runner universe we are talking about, the "nations" all consist of one person (or at the most two people) in their usual stomping grounds. For instance, Marzipan's house becomes a nation, as does the House of Strong. There are locations that we haven't seen before in the game's continuity that should be quite familiar to fans of homestarrunner.com. Every location, including the locations previously seen, is well utilized as a nation. None of the locations get a major overhaul, but are given banners or new objects to show they are now countries. These are exactly the small-fry changes that the characters would make in the flash cartoons, so it's actually nice to see that Telltale didn't go overboard with the concept.

The user-placable map from the last episode has been replaced with a map of the nations. In order to enter a nation at the lower portion of the map, Strong Bad has to form an alliance with the adjoining nation so he can have safe passage to the new nation. Strong Bad must play to each character's personality quirks in order for them to join forces. Each time an alliance is formed, an early-film style newsreel is shown with a narrator telling the viewers the news. This is a nice touch, and adds a lot of polish to the game making meeting the game's goals seem a lot less tedious than Homestar Ruiner.

To my pleasant surprise, there is actually a great deal of character development here. We get to see one character in particular in a way never before seen. It's unchartered territory for the Homestar Runner universe, but surprisingly it actually fits in perfectly with the series' atomosphere. I loved that aspect of this game, and would love to see more of it in future games.

Another thing that I really loved was that the game had Strong Bad going into drawing tangents while reading his e-mail. Strong Bad's plain reading of the e-mail last time felt a little lacking, so it was nice to see Strong Bad's trademark illustrations while he was making his point in this e-mail. I'd love to see the game get into some "made-up" territory, as is common with the Strong Bad e-mails, but as things are now I'm still a happy camper when it comes to the e-mail aspect of the games.

One thing that did seem tedious this time around was the trophy quests and the Teen Girl Squad comics. Telltale did try to make things a little fresher by making the Teen Girl Squad comics chalk drawings on rock as "Cave Girl Squad" this time, but the experience still feels a little hollow. I love the Teen Girl Squad comics on homestarrunner.com, and making your own comics sounded like fun when it was announced. However, the experience feels lacking. The comics aren't exactly being made, but rather connected like a jigsaw puzzle. And, like last time, the better puzzle pieces are hidden throughout the game. This time around though, I just didn't feel like there was enough incentive towards putting in the effort to finding the pieces of comics and the trophies. It feels like just more of the same-old same-old.

Strong Badia the Free is a much more satisfying game than the last. It has a fairly epic plot and a good deal of character development, but it still fits nicely within the Homestar Runner universe. The quests and comics are starting to feel tired already, but thankfully they aren't necessary to complete the game.

Final Verdict: 4 out of 5

Monday, October 6, 2008

Homestar Ruiner Review

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People is Telltale Games' new episodic series that follows in the footsteps of their previous hit, Sam & Max. Telltale has always been a company who blazes new territory in the often-forgotten genre of the graphic adventure, so Strong Bad is aiming in a slightly different direction than Sam & Max.

The series is being built with the Wii gamer in mind, although it is available for both Wiiware and Windows platforms. From the moment the first game in the series, Homestar Ruiner, starts up, it's console roots become apparent with the title screen, with its message to click a button to begin. However, even here, the humor in the title is evident. Strong Bad, the series' protaganist and namesake, comments on his surroundings with many humorous quips until the player pushes a button.

Once that is done, the player is taken to a menu that is themed after the menu screen of it's source material, homestarrunner.com. If you have never been there before, I strongly recommend choosing the Toons menu and then checking out some of the Strong Bad Emails. This game is funny enough to stand on its own, but it is full of so many injokes for series fans that even people who have watched just a handful of the cartoons on the site will appreciate it more.

The cast of characters in the game include series regulars Strong Bad, a neer-do-well wearing a mexican wrestler mask and boxing gloves, Homestar Runner, an athlete with no arms and a spech impediment, Marzipan, Homestar's hippy on-again-off-again-girlfriend, Pom Pom, a round ball who is also an athlete of sorts, Bubs, the sketchy concession stand owner, and Coach Z, the coach at the local track who has a penchant for rapping and maintaining poor hygeine.

The game begins with Strong Bad singing a very catchy song about his awesomeness, immediately followed by him checking his email on his Lappy 486. The e-mailer suggests Strong Bad "beat the snot out of Homestar", so after a humorous response to the letter, Strong Bad decides to give Homestar a pummeling. He heads to Coach Z's race track, where he finds out that there is a race and he's not invited to join. Strong Bad comes up with a plan to enter the race, and in the process ends up totally humiliating Homestar in the process. This is where the meat of the story begins.

Homestar decides to move into Strong Bad's house, since he can't show his face in public, and with his warped sense of reality, he views Strong Bad as his only true friend. Now, it's up to Strong Bad to somehow restore Homestar's reputation so Homestar will finally move out of the House of Strong and things can get back to normal for our masked anti-hero.

I have to say that the plot in this episode is very thin. The game is just a long Strong Bad e-mail, but it lacks much of the randomness as well as the funny out-of-character made up stories that are in the best SBEmails. It was a look into a regular day in Free Country USA, and as the email "boring" showed, there's not a whole lot of substance to a normal day here. That said, it does stay true to the source material, and the characters do stay true to their own personal nuiances throughout.

The saving grace of this game though is the humor, which is top notch. Homestar Ruiner is a very funny game. There are so many injokes in this game to please fans, as well as many general jokes that even people who are just vaguely familiar with the source material should find quite funny. Strong Bad, in particular, has many quips throughout the game that truly made me chuckle. His snarkiness truly helped keep the game from feeling too dull.

The game has many side activities, which is part of the game's experiment of adding in more traditional video game console-style elements. There is an Atari 2600 style game available on Strong Bad's Fun Machine in his room called Snake Boxer 5. This game is a simple game where you are a boxer who looks very much like a top down Strong Mad, who fights a Snake. There is no ending, the game just keeps getting faster and harder until you die. It's a fun distraction once or twice, but like the games from the era that it parodies, there isn't a whole lot of substance to it.

The other major mini-game in the game is the ability to make Teen Girl Squad comics. These comics star stereotypical teen girls who are toatally obsessed with boys, die grusome deaths and come back in the next comic, and are voiced by Strongbad in falsetto. The object of the mini game is to combine different objects with different girls to try to get each girl to die a painful, yet humorous death. Strong Bad grades each death based on how humorous he finds it. Througout the Homestar Ruiner game world, there are more pieces of paper with Teen Girl Squad objects to find. Finding these objects and combining them with the proper time girl at the proper time causes a death that Strong Bad finds more humorous.

The Teen Girl Squad score is added to your awesomeness factor, a rating by Strong Bad that also factors in other activities in the game such as annoying people or creating tree sculptures. Unlike most adventure games, this does give Homestar Ruiner some replay value. Completing the game doesn't end the collection either, as Telltale created what they call "Extended Play". Here, players can keep trying to raise their awesomeness factor as well as talk to the game's characters to hear their final thoughts on the events of the game.

It's nice to see Telltale continuing to experiment with taking their games in new directions, much as they did with Sam & Max Season One. That series picked up momentum as the season went on, so I have high hopes that Telltale will do the same with Strong Bad. At this point, Strong Bad Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner is a fun game, light on plot, but heavy in humor. The mini-games and console-style collect everything side quests do help with replay value somewhat, but at this point they don't seem to add much for those who aren't completists. The ability to hear from characters in Extended Play after the story ends, however, is a very welcome feature.

Final Verdict:

3½ out of 5

Monday, September 15, 2008

Strong Badia the Free Released!


Today is the day! The second episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People has been released. Help Strong Bad reject the "fat-thority" of the King of Town and unite rebel factions in Strong Badia the Free.

Get it for Wiiware from the Wii Shop on your Nintendo Wii console or head to the website of Telltale Games to get the PC version.

As with Homestar Ruiner, the game contains a trailer for the next episode. The name of the next episode is Baddest of the Bands, and according to the IGN preview mentioned below of Strong Badia the Free, it deals with metal music. Hopefully Strong Mad will feature strongly in this episode, as he's a metal head. I love that big lug.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Flight of the Amazon Queen Updated

I'm going to use the LucasArts SCUMM defense again to make this post relevant. :) And for those who missed it that time, the defense is that this game now runs on a program originally designed to run LucasArts adventure games, so it somehow fits the criteria of Telltale (and the games previously made by Telltale employees) that this blog covers. :)

The freeware release Flight of the Amazon Queen, my second favorite free game currently supported for the 2D adventure game program ScummVM, has been updated to 1.1.

This version re-compresses the sound with the latest ScummVM tools so that any clicks at the beginning of speech should be fixed, as well as any problems with speech playing too slow. Although the slow speech problem has a work around in ScummVM 0.12.0, so you might not even notice that problem.

You can download the game for free from the ScummVM download page, and while you're at it pick up the latest version of ScummVM to play the game too. :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Homestar Ruiner is out now!

Homestar Ruiner, the first episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, is available to purchase today. The PC version is available now worldwide, and can be purchased at Telltale's site.

US Wii owners can buy the Wiiware version from the Wii Shop Channel today. The European Wiiware release will be happening this Friday.

I have played through the game and absolutely love it. I'll post my review of the game soon. Be sure to check out the preview for the next game, Strong Badia the Free, from the menu of Homestar Ruiner (it also plays automatically after you beat the game). It's brilliant.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Wallace & Gromit Cinematic Teaser and other goodies

Telltale's Wallace & Gromit page has been updated with the fantastic cinematic teaser trailer from Comic Con so we can all have a chance to watch it now.

There are also renders, screenshots, concept art, and answers to frequently asked questions about the series.

I'm really looking forward to this one. Wallace & Gromit seem perfectly suited towards episodic gaming.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wallace & Gromit and Strong Badia the Free


Telltale has announced their mystery game: Wallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures, based on UK based Aardman Animation's Wallace & Gromit claymation short cartoons and movie.

In other news, although the first episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Homestar Ruiner, isn't out yet, IGN has a preview of the second episode from Telltale's presentation at Comic Con. The episode is called Strong Badia the Free, and without spoiling too much, has a plot that involves Strong Bad in a struggle against the King of Town.

On the subject of this site, as you can tell, I have decided to do something to stand Telltale Fan out from the crowd a bit. I don't have the inclination to do frequent news. The International House of Mojo and Telltale's own blog are better sources for that stuff. Instead, I'll just be covering the big stuff, and each post will have a weird fan image created by me. :)

I'll also probably have some more fan stuff created by myself up at a later time. I have a lot of ideas, and a lot of enthusiasm for Telltale, so I'm sure I'll have a lot of neat stuff up here at some point. :D

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

WiiWare World interviews Mark Darin about Strong Bad

Telltale's Mark Darin has been interviewed by Wii World about Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Drascula is Now Free With ScummVM

Drascula isn't a Telltale game (or a game by the people who work there), but it's sort of relevant because it now can be downloaded completely for free and played in ScummVM. ScummVM was originally created to play the SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) games by LucasArts (Maniac Mansion to The Curse of Monkey Island), and many of the people working at Telltale now made those SCUMM games.

So, this post IS relevant in a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon kind of way. :) Plus, I can't help but promote a previously commercial but now freeware adventure game. :D

Friday, June 20, 2008

Cast Your Vote for Sam & Max Wii box art

Telltale wants to know which box art you like better for the upcoming Sam & Max Season One Wii release. Make your opinion known.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bone games now available on Steam

For those of you who have yet to experience the games based on Jeff Smith's Bone comics, there is now one more option for you to get the game. Both games in the series, Out From Boneville and The Great Cow Race, are now available on Steam.

The episodes can be bought individually for $8.99 each, or in a double pack for $14.99. They can also be found in the Telltale Everything Pack, which features the Bone games, both seasons of Sam and Max, and Telltale Texas Hold'em for $69.99.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Welcome to Telltale Fan!

I have a personal blog on Wordpress, and I wanted to try out Blogger, so I decided to make this one a little more focused. So, I decided to dedicate my blog to my favorite company, Telltale Games (and occasionally the adventure games created by these great folks when they were over at LucasArts).

Everything Below This Line Is Just Site Pages

Dráscula

Dráscula is an adventure game by the Spanish developer Alcachofa Soft. In the game, a British real estate agent named John Hacker has to rescue a blonde woman who has been kidnapped by Count Dráscula.

The game is available for free from the ScummVM downloads page.

Dráscula is now supported by ScummVM, a program designed to let 2D adventure games run on multiple platforms. With ScummVM, Dráscula now runs on modern versions of windows, as well as Linux, Mac OS X, and many consoles such as Dreamcast, Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable. For a complete list of platforms supported by ScummVM, see here.

Bone: Out from Boneville

Bone: Out From Boneville was Telltale's first adventure game. It was released on September 15, 2005.  A Mac port, developed by a company called Vanbrio, was released on October 13, 2006.

Bone: Out From Boneville was Telltale's first episodic game, and was based on the comic of the same name by Jeff Smith. Phoney Bone gets the Bone cousins tossed out of town. A swarm of locusts cause the Bones to get lost in a new land.

The retail versions of Bone: Out from Boneville are out of print, but the PC version can still be purchased digitally online through Steam.

Go Inside Bone: Out From Boneville
Review

Last Life

Last Life

Last Life is a three part episodic adventure game based on modern adventure games such as Kentucky Route Zero and Telltale's The Walking Dead series, where a detective must investigate his own murder. It is being developed by Rocket Science Amusements and will be published by Double Fine.

The first episode will be funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign. If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still back the game through Paypal.

Reality 2.0 Injokes


Telltale Texas Hold'em

In Reality 2.0, there is an ad floating by for Telltale's first game.

More Reality 2.0 Injokes:
BackForward

CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder Injokes


"A few thousand crying fans is nothing."

Maya Nguyen, the marketing director of LZP Games explains the marketplace realities that are the company's reasoning behind the cancellation of Fuzzy & Bill as well as the ignorance of fan outcry towards the cancellation.

In-joke image from The International House of Mojo

More CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder Injokes:
BackForward

Spectrum

The ZX Spectrum was a popular line of computers by Sinclair Research.

1981
Collect items around Count Dracula's castle so that you can ultimately put an end to the evil vampire.
Retrieve thirteen treasures from an abandoned goldmine-era town by searching Boot Hill and the mine.
Find your way through the mysterious fun house before the park closes and you are thrown out.
Find all of the treasures in a recently discovered Egyptian pyramid and escape alive.
Teleport to distant worlds to collect items, so you can fix your spaceship and return home.

1980
Enter a castle and remove the curse that has been placed on Count Cristo by his enemies.

1979
As a secret agent, you must race against time to complete your mission before a nuclear power plant explodes.

1978
The first commercial adventure game. Travel through an enchanted world in a search for 13 treasures.
Travel from your London flat to a tropical island in search of pirates' gold.