Strong Bad Episode 1 - Homestar Ruiner Review by WiiWare World

Telltale Games have been developing some of the most prominent and downright hilarious adventure games of the past several years. Homestar Runner has been responsible for one of the most popular and ridiculously enjoyable Flash cartoons of this millennium. It may seem fate that these two forces would one day collide to produce the most offbeat adventure game in recent memory, but not even Nostradamus could have predicted the result would be titled Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People. But here we are playing the green-eyed, glove-fisted former villain's groundbreaking WiiWare release, Strong Bad Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner, on the assumption that we, too, are cool and attractive. After repeatedly harassing Telltale Games to release some of their first-rate adventure games on the Wii such as the excellent Sam & Max, it seems like a dream come true, even if no one in his or her right mind was dreaming of a game based on the Homestar Runner web comic.

As the most popular Flash cartoon around, Homestar Runner has prospered as a discreet operation with a certifiably cult following. It's set in Free Country, USA - just your average American town, complete with a derelict drive-thru speaker that offers profound insight, a concession stand that sells everything from pretend candy to lawn-mowers, and a castle inhabited by its ruler and his personal Poopsmith. The cartoon generally follows the frolicking adventures of Homestar Michael/Hal Runner, a dim-witted star athlete, and his group of friends and acquaintances, such as his on-and-off-again girlfriend Marzipan, his best friend Pom Pom, and the Brothers Strong. Collectively, their escapades hark back to a time when all cool and attractive kids scribbled their own derisive comics, made sound effects while playing awesomely crude videogames, and positively tormented their younger brothers. In fact, if you grew up in the late '80s-early '90s then your imagination likely concocted adventures similar to the ones in Homestar Runner, and in those imaginary fantasies every boy was Strong Bad.

Not unlike The Simpsons, in which most episodes focus on the antics of everyman Homer Simpson while every kid who grew up watching the series knew that his son, Bart, was what made the show cool, Strong Bad makes Homestar Runner look bad. He's the complex kind of guy who gets off on playing pranks on anyone less freakishly awesome than he and fancies himself a bit of a criminal mastermind, but isn't above appreciating the joys of soaking in a bubble bath or a good old-fashioned session of dress-up. He's a short and stocky dude with a luchador mask for a face and boxing gloves for hands, but in his mind his muscles are so bulging that his styles are left no room to hide. In reality, he's a bullish nerd whose sarcastic wit combined with an extensive use of simple, often demeaning adjectives have conspired to make him the most popular character in the cartoon, not to mention the obvious choice of protagonist for a videogame adaptation.

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