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Sam and Max: Abe Lincoln must die
DESCRIPTION OF SAM AND MAX: ABE LINCOLN MUST DIE
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Abe Lincoln must… die? Remind whoever utters this phrase that they’re only, oh, 144 years too late. But history lessons can wait. Abe’s death threat isn’t a day-late, dollar-short command from someone extremely out of the loop; it’s the name of Sam and Max’s newest episode-slash-videogame.
In Telltale’s Abe Lincoln Must Die, episode 104 of the Sam and Max series, gamers are treated to a different type of game. While FPS and role-playing games require a certain amount of skill and have an actual solid plot, Sam and Max’s newest adventure is more of an interactive 3D cartoon. The two learn that the powers-that-be plan to tamper with gun control, and subsequently go on a mission to eliminate the threat at its highest level.
For those unfamiliar with the characters, Sam is a walking and talking dog, similar to McGruff the Crime Dog – only Sam isn’t exactly a champion of the anti-drug movement. He is somewhat of a straight-laced character, but only when compared to Max. Oh, you don’t know Max either? Max is a sharp-toothed, sharper-tongued rabbit who could find humor in genocide. His foul-mouthed antics are a perfect Watson-like accoutrement to Sam’s Sherlockesque focus.
When the game starts out, you’re debriefed Sam and Max style, with plenty of humor and a vague storyline. The Telltale Games episodes are all extremely well-written and definitely among the funniest videos you could watch online. The fact that you can play along in this adventure game is a huge bonus.
The game works a little differently than others you may be familiar with. People hear “online games” and sometimes think of online baccarat or blackjack. Well, let’s just say that you’d be wrong. Okay, you’d be really wrong – like life-altering wrong. Abe Lincoln Must Die is wholly original in its plot, its writing, and its graphics.
When it comes to the graphics, picture your favorite 3D cartoon on steroids for an accurate picture of Sam and Max. The humorous dialogue is the staple that holds the pages together, and to advance in the game, you have to work through character interface; for example, you’ll run into a Secret Service Agent guarding the White House and will be given a list of questions and commands. Selecting the right one will get you in the door; selecting the wrong one will be as useful as having two thumbs. Well, on second thought…
Other original aspects of the game work to set it apart from Internet-based pastimes like online casinos – such as the exploration and puzzles in the game. Exploration, in this sense, isn’t a vast landscape, however. It’s more to do with figuring out which piece of dialogue will advance your game. You’ll spend a lot of time talking to the same characters. But don’t worry too much about being bored. The ongoing humor, primarily provided by the evil rabbit Max, will definitely keep your devilish sensibilities enticed.
The full version of Abe Lincoln Must Die is now available for free. But with funny dialogue, original characters and a completely nonsensical atmosphere, it would be worth the previous charge of $8.95 to be simultaneously offended and entertained by a talking dog and a jabbering rabbit with a sadistic side.
SPECIFICATIONS OF SAM AND MAX: ABE LINCOLN MUST DIE
Operating System: Windows XP
Game data:Binary executable
Licence:Not a real license
TIMELINE OF SAM AND MAX: ABE LINCOLN MUST DIE
Released: 8 March 2007
Rereleased: 4 November 2007
Added to RIP: 2 April 2009
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