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Telltale Games have reduced the price of The Penal Zone on the iPad to £1.79/$2.99 until February 10. The first episode of season three was first launched on Apple’s iPad platform on April 3 for £5.99/$9.99, so this is more than a 40% discount over the RRP.
However, the following four episodes were never to be seen on the iPad and there appears to be no imminent plans to rectify their absence, so you may be better off buying the package as a whole on PC, Mac or PSN.
The wait is over, folks! The first episode of The Devil’s Playhouse is out, seeing an evil General Skunkape landing in Sam & Max’s street and bent on collecting all the psychic toys. It’s up to you to steer Sam & Max along in their adventure and find these toys before the power-hungry space ape does.
The Penal Zone is available for PC, Mac and PSN. Head on over to your ‘My Telltale‘ page to download the episode if you’ve already bought it – if not, get right on it, you’ll be missing out. Our review empowers you.
There’s only a couple of hours left until The Penal Zone will be making a worldwide launch, and you’ve probably already got it on pre-order. If you haven’t, what are you doing? If you need a bit of convincing, continue this article to read our thoughts on the first episode of The Devil’s Playhouse.
If you want a quick summary, it’s good. Very good. You should probably get it.
The media train is in full force for The Devil’s Playhouse, with gameplay footage appearing on Gamespot. The four videos all show gameplay footage from the beginning of the game, one with an interview with Telltale’s Will Armstrong on top. Over on Giant Bomb, they have posted a “Quick Look EX” a thirty minute walkthrough of the game’s opening (an early build) by Armstrong and Chuck Jordan. If you haven’t realised, there’ll be spoilers.
Along with the screenshots previously released, there are also four new pieces of concept art show characters Sal and Papierwaite, and a museum and lab location. These, along with the trailer, can be viewed on our page for The Devil’s Playhouse.
With all this new media out there, it’s a perfect opportunity to kit out your computer with some great wallpapers. So head over to our downloads page to bring your desktop to life with high resolution backgrounds.
Finally, the A.V. Club conducted an interview with Steve Purcell to talk games. Speaking of interviews, we’ve got one coming up with Steve too. Go here to ask your question to him – closing this Monday.
The following link and article contains minor plot spoilers. Look away if you’re overly sensitive.
IGN have posted up an article on their site with a first look at the new season of Sam & Max from the GDC 2010 show floor. The series will be simultaneously launching for the PC, Mac and PS3 on April 15. According to the article, the episode opens with Sam & Max being held captive by General Skunkap and having to make use of a disembodied alien brain to escape. We will be guided through the story by a Rod Serling-style narrator who will appear now and again to intersperse narration. There’s less emphasis on inventory use this time round, and instead “Max now has psychic powers like telepathy and the ability to transform into inanimate objects”. The article also mentions Sam having a notebook which contains references about returning characters and mission objectives, presumably for players who are new to the franchise.
With five episodes in total, the season will be sold at $29.99 for the full set, with PlayStation 3 owners being able to pre-order from the console’s download service. If you order through the Telltale site for PC and Mac, you’ll gain access to an exclusive board on the forums to chat with developers. Keep your eyes on the site, more details can be expected in the very near future.
More happens round here than just interviews. While we are all patiently (or not) awaiting the announcement of season three, some small pieces of news have been dropping here and there. They’ve all been posted up over on our Twitter, but for those not paying attention, here’s what’s been going down.
» On February 22nd G4TV showed off season three’s logo and mentioned they’d have an exclusive interview with Telltale’s CEO Dan Connors. They also said that “big Telltale news is happening in a couple of days”. Still waiting on the video and the announcement.
» The ESRB, a video game rating board, put up their rating of The Penal Zone (episode one) and gave it E10+ along with revealing it would be coming to the PS3. There was a description which explained the reasoning behind this rating (as is standard by the ESRB), but it was later pulled at Telltale’s request.
» After a lengthy and close battle against Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, Sam & Max won the Mac vote on Telltale’s site. This means that they will be the next game to be ported over to the Mac platform.
» And finally, there’s a new feature that has been added to the right hand sidebar of the site. Go look! It shows a random quote from Sam or Max every time you load a page. If you’ve got a quote you want to see, contact us and up it’ll go.
That’s all for now! With Telltale attending the Game Developers Conference from March 9-13, it can be expected that more Sam & Max news is on its way very soon. Keep your eyes here to be kept in the know.