|System: Wii (WiiWare), PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Telltale Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Telltale Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 17, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The comedic way Episode 4 features a story within a story is even more intriguing. All of the roles in Dangeresque 3 are played by different characters from the Homestar Runner cartoon who have been previously featured in the Strong Bad episodic series. Their acting abilities are extremely sub-par, which tends to amplify the games funnier moments. At different points in the film, characters forget lines, mispronounced names, and ad-lib frequently. The movie is riddled with hilariously bad edits and cheesy, low-budget special effects. Fans of the webcomic and the gaming series will undoubtedly find moments of sheer preposterous brilliance in this episode.
Due to the cinematic feel of the episode, the adventure flows more steadily than in some past installments. The puzzles still seem to be falling on the easier side lately. While most are reasonably enjoyable and straightforward, theres one in particular later on in the game that requires you to interrogate the same character in five different locations using the same four questions over and over again. This seems a little unnecessarily irritating. Still, the game has its shining moments. One that immediately comes to mind is a scene where Strong Bad has to figure out how to leap from the top of a car being chased by Killingyouguy (Strong Mad) to a helicopter floating just out of reach by using the vehicles voice automated defense systems.
This time around, the Fun Machine is actually a little more integrated into the game; it even plays a role in the film. The retro-inspired game this episode, Space Circus Catastrophe, has you jetting through space to avoid asteroids, while blasting diabolical space clowns and saving other denizens of the space circus. Sadly, theres no make-your-own Teen Girl Squad comic option in Episode 4. This seems to be a trend, since the previous episode included the comic in the game, but didnt allow you to make your own. To balance this out, the extended play mode unlocked after beating the main game is far more robust than those in previous episodes. Youll be able to visit any of the locations in the game and check out funny behind-the-scenes interviews, bloopers, and outtakes from Strong Bads Film
Dangeresque 3, the episode and the low-budget movie, is a great surprise. It takes the game in an unexpected direction, offering another round of fresh variety to keep the standard point-and-click adventure mechanics from growing tiresome. Many whove been following the series from the beginning will find its the best episode so far. However, its likely to be unseated by the fifth and final episode, 8-Bit is Enough. It sounds like Telltale is pulling out all the stops to deliver the goods in the season finale. The appearance of Trogdor will no doubt signal the burninating apocalypse. SBCG4AP has had a strong run this year, and it provided a pleasant respite during the downtime for Telltales other beloved adventure game.
CCC Staff Contributor