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PALGN: Strong Bad - Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner Review

PALGN writes: "Within the first few seconds of beginning the premiere episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, players are greeted by a typically song-struck Strong Bad himself. The titular masked protagonist of Telltale Game's latest episodic endeavour pleadingly harmonises to the non-lady crowd to "please stop trying to handle my style". A rather apt chorus line if instead taken to heart by those unfamiliar with the comedic stylings of the Brothers Chaps and their Homestar Runner universe.

Unlike Telltale's success with the Sam & Max property, the playing experience of Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner can very well be hampered by unaccustomed experience with the Homestar Runner subject matter. Case in point, the Sam & Max franchise thrives on near non-existent background details, making it easy for almost anybody to jump into the police dog and hyperkinetic rabbity thing's spontaneous far flung adventures – no matter the medium in question. While it's evident Telltale took considerations in making the humour in Homestar Ruiner universal, a lot of the intentional comedy nevertheless relies on understanding the nuances and peculiarities of the characters. Something a four hour (give or take) episodic game, in this case, can only hope to achieve when placed alongside its full season brethren."

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