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Sam And Max Save The World Remastered Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Sam And Max Save The World Remastered Review
  • On December 29, 2020

Sam and Max Save the World Remastered is a new take on the classic point and click adventure game that is a must-play for fans of the genre. Find out why in our Sam And Max Save The World Remastered review!


Sam and Max Save the World is a very fun point and click adventure game that was released in an episodic nature way back in 2006-2007. It was later ported to the Nintendo Wii in 2008, which is how I got to enjoy the full season a second time after first playing all of it on PC. It’s a 3D point and click adventure game that manages to bring to life the dynamic duo with a bang. You’re going to have a great time with the six episodes included in Sam and Max Save the World Remastered, as you take on the wacky adventures of the Freelance Police!

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It’s now 2020, and Sam and Max Save the World Remastered is out on the Nintendo Switch thanks to the work of Skunkape Games. This new studio was formed from the ashes of part of the original Telltale Games team, and it shows in how the new take on this beloved episodic game looks and fells on Nintendo’s console. The game has enhanced graphics, new lighting, a 16:9 presentation, an expanded soundtrack with five new songs, and all of the very funny dialogue and challenging puzzles you all know and love. There are six episodes to play, all included right from the start on Nintendo Switch as a full season!


The story goes live this: one day, Sam and Max are chilling at the office, waiting for their next big case. Suddenly, the phone rings… it’s the Commissioner! It seems that former child stars are running amok in the streets, and only the Freelance Police have what it takes to solve this particular conundrum! It seems that the poor fellows have somehow been hypnotized, which is why they’re doing bizarre things, such as promoting a video of a weird-looking self-help guru type of individual.

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As for the gameplay, the controls have been revamped for this 2020 release. You can move around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, running by pressing and holding down the ZR button. You will be able to interact with things and characters by pressing the A button. You can press the L button to show all of the hotspots in the area so that you can then use the right analog stick to select what – or who – you want to interact with. Any objects you collect will be added to your inventory, which you can check with the Y button so that you can take a closer look at what you have found so far. You can also take advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s screen when playing in Tabletop or Portable Mode – or if you’re playing this one on a Nintendo Switch Lite – by literally pointing at things with your finger and clicking on them, moving around while tapping on different areas of the screen.


Going back to the first episode of this season, allow me to discuss the first puzzle set you have to solve to give you an idea of what to expect from this quirky and charming series. Before you can actually talk to the Commissioner, you need to pick up the phone, right? Unfortunately, the phone has been stolen by a rodent, and it demands Swiss cheese as ransom! You won’t be able to leave the room without recovering the phone, so your top priority will be to find some cheese to recover it.

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Searching around the office, you’ll be able to interact with a box of – last month’s – donuts, a 2002 roadkill calendar, a boxing glove – which might come in handy – a poor plant named Hubert that desperately needs some water – to which Max replies he’s teaching Hubert to fetch it for itself -, a photo of the pair’s trip to the moon, a picture of their motorcycle trip through the Midwest, a water cooler that is now a fishing tank, a coatrack – that is missing part of the noose collection -, Max’s desk, a bowling ball, a file cabinet, an old case file, a bulletin board, a lava lamp, a VCR, a TV, a coat hanger used as an antenna, a dartboard, a wastebasket, a light switch, the office door, Jesse James’s hand, the closet door, and the rat hole where the rats live. Every object you interact with will lead to Sam, Max, or both, making a comment about it, and some of the items you will interact with will be added to your inventory.


The good news is that when opening up the closet, you’ll find a ton of cheese! The bad news is that it’s not swiss cheese. If only there was a way to try and trick the rats into thinking it was… but wait! What if you, say, open up the inventory with the Y button, and select Sam’s Big Gun, so that you can then press the ZR button to shoot at the cheese? Why, it would leave them full of holes, which is what Swiss cheese is known for! After delivering the cheese, Jimmy Two-Teeth refuses to comply with its end of the bargain, which forces Sam and Max to play good cop/bad cop with this two-timing vermin.

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Sam and Max Save the World Remastered is out on Nintendo Switch for only $19.99, and it’s a must-buy for point and click adventure fans. The team at Skunape Games has done a wonderful job of bringing this classic to Nintendo Switch with a completely revamped presentation while preserving all of the solid gameplay and great humor that make Sam and Max, well, Sam and Max.

This Sam and Max Save the World Remastered review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Skunkape Games.

Review Overview

A superb point and click adventure series, completely revamped for 2020