We've been waiting for the third installment of SBCG4AP for a little while now, jonesing for a new episode after thoroughly enjoying the first two. For myself, this third episode is my favorite, as the combination of a "band off," and what I found to be the best writing in the series so far, have come together and dropped hot, delicious gaming action all over my face. Grab your leopard print pants and Squealin' Larry Limozeen Microphone and head past the break for the full review. Well all right!
This third episode starts with Strong Bad heading into his room to spend some quality time with Senor Fun Machine (AKA his Videlectrix console). In booting up Limozeen's Hot Babelian Odyssey (the first of many, many awesome Limozeen references), sparks fly from the console and Strong Bad realizes he's got to get the thing fixed. The only person in town who can do it? Bubs.
Next stop is Bub's stand, where we really get the plot rolling. Bubs can fix the console ... for a big bag of cash. How does one acquire these highly sought-after bags of financial freedom? Why, a battle of the bands brings in the dough! So, Strong Bad sets his mind on getting this thing started, which requires security, celebrity judges (a flyer to design album art for Limozeen is Strong Bad's ticket to get them to be the judges), and a venue, according to Bubs.
I won't go any further into the story, but if you've played the first two episodes, then you know the score. Items aren't what they appear (using Jalapeno cheddar cheese spray for graffiti? Only in the Homestar Runner universe) and it's basically one big goofy and comical time. Like the previous two episodes.
What set it over the top for me, personally, is all of the Limozeen references. And Strong Bad's awesome album art he drew when he was 8 years old. And Strong Sad as a pretentious rock journalist. It all came together to be what I think is the most appealing episode in the series to date.
By now, you should know this is a point-and-click adventure game. Either you love the Homestar Runner universe enough to overlook your distaste for that genre of games, or you don't find any problems with the point-and-click style. If you actually invest the time and get into Strong Bad's adventures, you'll find yourself laughing at the antics of him and those around him, wondering where the time went when you finish an episode and crave more. This is another great episode from Telltale Games, one which solidifies this series as "must-have" for myself. Catch up with Strong Bad and the gang if you haven't played any of the episodes until now. You won't be disappointed.
Final score: 9/10