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GameOverOnline Review: Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Episode One: Homestar Ruiner

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''Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People is the latest episodic adventure series from Telltale Games, the makers of Sam & Max: Season One and Season Two (plus some CSI games that it's probably better not to think about). The Same & Max games must have done well for the company, because they're no longer relying on the likes of GameTap and The Adventure Company to publish their products, and instead they're only selling episodes directly from their own web site. The price seems to have gone up (you can buy each episode for $9 or the entire 5-episode season for $35), but that's not much of a detriment if you like humorous and twisted adventure games, because it's hard to beat the quality that Telltale offers.

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People is based on the Homestar Runner comic book series written by Mike Chapman and Craig Zobel. This comic debuted in 1996, and it features the likes of Strong Bad (who sort of looks like a smaller version of Jack Black from Nacho Libre), his brothers Strong Sad (think the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man) and Strong Mad (think Frankenstein), and other assorted characters including Strong Bad's arch-nemesis Homestar, Homestar's girlfriend Marzipan, and Bubs, the concession stand owner. I'd never heard of the comic book series before playing the game, but from what I can tell it relies on Strong Bad's warped sense of reality (including that he's cool and attractive), and it leans more towards "South Park" than it does the Freelance Police.

In the first episode, Strong Bad decides to ruin the reputation of Homestar. This is surprisingly easy to do, since nobody seems to notice when Strong Bad dresses up like Homestar or imitates his voice on the telephone, or when some odd things happen at the Free Country USA Tri-Annual Race to the End of the Race. Only... Strong Bad's revenge is short-lived. He soon discovers that his actions have created some unintended side effects, and so he has to spend the second half of the episode undoing everything he did in the first half.''

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