December 30, 2010

Knee Deep In This Puzzle Shit: Samulacra (Dogglegangers)

It only took months due to an obscure boot bug due to having multiple monitors, but I finally finished up Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse. I felt I needed to before I could start on the Back to the Future games I just bought. So I finally played through and beat Beyond the Alley of the Dolls! How’d that go?

Pretty good!

It had been awhile, so I had sort of forgotten how well put together this season of Sam and Max was. It is really just amazingly polished, and they had kicked up the puzzle solving another notch. Max’s psychic powers really give the games the extra level of options needed to really make you have to think about some situations. It’s cool.

That said, there were several places where I got stumped in this episode. It’s kind of silly in that regard. You’d think I would immediately take the stance that I should mind-read everyone, but that wasn’t always obvious to me, and that held me up for awhile. Feel free to write that off as me being stupid, I suppose.

I was also not really all there for the premise of the episode. Yes, this is a game where stupid, crazy shit happens all the time, but the idea of a million Sam clones was never really ever explained in even a crazy way. An explanation was given that makes no sense, even within the whole style of the crazy world of Sam and Max, but it really click for me. In the end, it doesn’t matter, I suppose, but I’m just holding this season to a higher standard. Heh.

Still, while not one of the stronger episodes, this one was really entertaining. Once I got it working, I had a great time, and the whole Devil’s Playhouse season is a great chunk of gaming. I’ll talk about the last episode later, but, you know, feel free to pick it up and enjoy it if you haven’t yet for some reason.


If I am not mistaken then you suffered from a bug in a Sam & Max episode that was related to multiple monitors.

It would seem that I have the same problem with “Beyond the Alley of the Dolls” – it only starts if there is only one monitor connected to my PC :-(

Were you able to fix / workaround it?

Thanks in advance!

Comment by Harald Dehner — February 8, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

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