Name: Sam & Max 205: What’s New, Beelzebub?
Genre: Point-and-Click Adventure
Sam & Max Season 2 has finally come to an end with episode 205: What’s New, Beelzebub? After witnessing the death of Bosco in the previous episode, Sam & Max decide to travel to hell to find their favorite conspiracy theorist’s soul and bring him back to the land of the living. While there was a slight weakness earlier on in the season, the fifth episode does not disappoint and offers a fulfilling experience filled with laughs, drama, and fire-peeing enemies.
The graphics and sounds are similar to the rest of the season’s, and while the visuals have never set out to stun gamers, they still get the job done. Voice acting is, as expected, fantastic, with Sam & Max shooting out one-liners faster than you can say “Holy Hamburglar hopping on Hamburger hill!”
Humor is the crux of a Sam & Max episode, and What’s New, Beelzebub is chock full of it. Gamers find themselves picking up the story as soon as the previous title ended, landing face first in hell, right next to the body of Bosco. Walking in to hell is a different experience then it is in most other games, as it is actually a bureaucratic mess.
Working the desks are characters from earlier in the series such as the Shambling Corporate Presence, Brady Culture, and Hugh Bliss, all with different jobs to make hell work for their boss: the devil. As expected, Sam & Max’s Satan isn’t the typical Devil, as he speaks with a pompous British accent and talks more about efficiency then evil.
The puzzles all work well, moving the story and humor along during the several hours of the title. Telltale’s hint system, which debuted with Season Two, makes sure that any instance that would have the player confused is quickly alleviated by Max’s guidance. Many plot points that started in Season One and earlier in Season Two are tied together fairly well when compared to the previous season. While the end of Season One seemed like Telltale was giving gamers an elbow to the ribs and a “See what I did there?”, the end of Season Two actually makes sense and it feels like it was the conclusion planned all along.
What’s New, Beezlebub? is a fantastic ending to the series with few faults worth mentioning. Everything fans of the series love is here in ample supply, and there is really no excuse, barring not owning a computer, for not picking up the entire season if you haven’t done so already.