Sam & Max Hit The Road
Written by Shigamoto   
Saturday, 01 October 2005
After the duo Sam & Max had appeared in several of Lucas Arts adventure games they decided to give the dog and the rabbit their own game, maybe they were the first pair of dog and rabbit who ever got one?

Sam & Max is part of the United States freelance police, your case is to find Bigfoot and Trixie the giraffe-necked woman who have escaped from a carnival. The story is quite weird, either the game was intended for kids or the storywriters might need some help. If you follow the story it will take you on a trip all over the United States. Each scene in the game is connected with a map over the US.

At first glance Sam & Max Hit the Road is very much like an interactive movie. The game features the Lucas Arts adventure game engine SCUMM. SCUMM was also used in games like The Curse of Monkey Island or The Dig.

As always with Lucas Arts adventure games a lot of hand drawn beautiful images are shown. The graphics is what makes this game so special. They are not very detailed, but the cartoon style graphics works so well it's almost sad that they are rarely used anymore. Sam & Max are drawn with great personality for something made in 1993.

The point and click interface works fairly well. It's kind of hard the first couple of scenes to get the grasp of. The hard part is not the interface itself but to single out what you actually can use and click on. You instantly notice that there are not that many objects that you can interact with.

Sam & Max Hit the Road is packed with wacky humour apart from the main plot. In each scene there is always something completely strange happening. Many of the jokes are pretty neat, they are not hilarious though. However if you don't appreciate the humour in the game you might get a bit frustrated.

I have to give credits for the soundtrack in the game. Every scene has its own track and it really adds to the overall playability. For example at the carnival you have a circus style soundtrack while there is a more secure one in Sam & Max's office.

To summon things up Sam & Max Hit the Road is an adventure game above the rest, it has personality that many other games lack. The weird humour and plot might be a bit exaggerated at times and if you don’t enjoy the very narrow jokes in the game it’s hard to stand tall. The graphics and soundtrack just adds more to the whole experience, just as it should be. If you like adventure games you have to test Sam & Max Hit the Road.

Uziana.com has been informed that the game might be hard to get a hand on. Lucas Arts does not sell the game anymore in their webshop, but it is available in adventure packs. You can also try EBay, however prices can get pretty steep since there are many interested in the game.


Related: Loom, Maniac Mansion Deluxe, Myst
Developer: Lucas Arts
Related Website: http://www.samandmax.net/
Publisher:
Lucas Arts
O/S: DOS, Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP (depends on which version you are using)
Cost of Full Game: N/A
Year of Release: 1993

Requirements:
Pentium 133 MHz, 32 MB RAM, 2MB VRAM
Tested on:
AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz, 2x512 MB RAM, Geforce 4 64 MB





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