Archive for July, 2010

Happy Birthday Steve Purcell!

Did someone say birthday?

Today is the birthday of none other than Steve Purcell, creator of Sam & Max and all round artist extraordinaire. I’m not sure how old he is, but judging by recent photos I’d place him at around 25. Join us in wishing Steve a very happy birthday, and here’s to many more!

Thanks to user Icedhope over on the Telltale forums for the tip off.

New shirt and sales in the Telltale store

To celebrate the San Diego Comic-Con taking place this week, Telltale have created a special section in their store to offer discounts on certain items; of note are all the Sam and Max seasons and the paperback version of Surfin’ the Highway. Everything has two dollar signs so you know it’s a bargain.

There is also a brand new shirt, “featuring your favorite dog and lagomorph crimefighting team during their salad days”, for the sale price of $15.16. Members of the cotton fanclub can also be satisfied with the 100% dominance they hold in the shirt’s materials.

What do you think of the new shirt? I’d personally like to see Telltale try something a bit more abstract with their designs – something that a non-Sam and Max fan could appreciate while at the same time allowing us obsessives to pick up on the reference to the series.

Go Beyond the Alley of the Dolls right now

The penultimate episode of the third Sam and Max season, Beyond the Alley of the Dolls, is available to download on Telltale’s site. The text here is just to fill space. Chances are you’re already downloading the game, eyes too full of glee to be reading this. You don’t care to know that the Sam clones are closing in on their hunt for toys. Why should you? You’ll be playing it in a bit.

Oh, so you can read our review here? Big deal. You’re playing the game at this point. No one is reading this. I could say whatever I want. How’s the weather over there? Good? Good.

304: Beyond the Alley of the Dolls Review

Sam clones are invading New York and there’s only one dog and rabitty-thing duo up to save the day when you go Beyond the Alley of the Dolls.

Is the episode up to scratch? Click the link below to read our full review of the penultimate episode in The Devil’s Playhouse.

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Beyond the Alley of the Dolls trailer

GameTrailers have snagged an exclusive and are premièring the Beyond the Alley of the Dolls trailer. With all the Sam clones running loose, Sam and Max take shelter in Stinky’s Diner – but why did Gramps fire Sal and what’s with all those cloning pods?

As their embedding system sucks, check GameTrailers directly to see the trailer in all it’s glory. Only three more nights sleep until we go Beyond the Alley of the Dolls on July 20.

Beyond the Alley of the Dolls coming July 20

Beyond the Alley of the Dolls will be coming to PC, Mac and the US PSN on July 20, this coming Tuesday. EU PSN will follow a day later. We’re also told to expect a trailer for this upcoming clone-fest “very soon”.

To quote the marketing spiel, the fourth Devil’s Playhouse episode will contain “an onslaught of oversized canine clones akin to a zombie apocalypse” and “has our heroes running for cover in a barricaded ramshackle diner as the game kicks off. And it gets even stranger from there”. Exciting!

Beyond the Alley of the Dolls screenshots

Remember when we’d fully recovered Max’s brain and we thought everything was fine and dandy, but then that thing happened with all those things doing their things? Looks like those Sam clones (oh… damn) are back for the upcoming episode later this month.

Three screenshots for the fourth Devil’s Playhouse episode Beyond the Alley of the Dolls have been released by Telltale. Max and Grandpa Stinky are welcoming us to the gun show, while in the third a horde of Sam clones walk towards us wearing nothing but disco nappies.

Interview with Nicki Rapp

When she’s not filling hostel guests with caffeine, Nicki Rapp grabs a microphone and becomes voice actress extraordinaire! Those of you who’ve played through the recent They Stole Max’s Brain! will known her voice for the role of the mighty and great Sammun-Mak. Telltale fans might also recognise her as Morgan le Flay from Tales of Monkey Island.

I was delighted to be able to interview the enthusiastic Nicki Rapp about her involvement in the series and her career in general. Give it a read and feel free to post your feedback for Nicki in the comments.

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