Unlike the game, this review of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People: Episode 1 : Homestar Ruiner does not come with the prerequisite that you are attractive and/or desire to ruin Homestar.
The first of 5 promised “Adventure-Packed Actionsodes” has awesome’d it’s way onto a WiiWare, and PC near you. And you should totally give the game a spin (or whatever the digital equivalent of that popular phrase is).
Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People tells of the adventures of Strong Bad, a man of mystery, intrigue, and witty remarks aplenty. A citizen of Free City USA, bent on spreading his knowledge and opinion upon all the townsfolk.
In the first episode of SBCG4AP, Homestar Ruiner, Mr. Bad is out to pumel a certain no armed fellow by the name of Homestar Runner (an email he got told him to). When Strong Bad finds Homestar, he learns of the Tri-Annual Free City USA Race to the End of the Race! (do do dooo!). Obviously not enamored with the prospect of Homestar stealing the spotlight, Strong Bad aims to take him down. But when things backfire, Mr. Bad learns that evil doesn’t win the race.
Cheating wins the Race.
If you’ve played a Telltale adventure game before (Sam & Max, or Bone), you’ll be in familiar territory. Pointing and clicking to move, examine objects, or use items. The conversation system has been toned down from Sam & Max (where you’re presented text), to where your options of dialog are represented with imagery (Such as a characters, or items). At first I wondered if this was simplified for the Wii audience (which could have issues pointing at text ) but I found myself liking the style of it the more I played. One of my main qualms with Sam & Max was that clicking the text was followed by your character reading back that exact text. This way the humor stays fresh.
The game didn’t overstay it’s welcome, nor did it seem like a pointlessly drawn out version of one of the shorts on Homestarrunner.com. For new comers to the franchise, the humor is funny enough to keep your interest regardless of your level of fan-dom. However, spending an afternoon watching some of the shorts on the site would likely add to your appreciation. As a fan of the site, I was pleased to notice some of the references to inside jokes. The interaction with Homsar is awesome, and it’s good to see that he’ll be featured more in the next episode. It’s also interesting note certain foreshadowing for future episodes, in Homestar Ruiner. The way things are working, I think visual clues like this will add to the excitement of the following episodes.
The game is friendly to newcomers to the adventure game genre, yet it will entertain even seasoned players. You owe it to yourself to at least check out the free demo. While I played on PC, I’ve been told the Wii version has few differences.
The teaser included for the next Episode has me excited to get my hands on it. “Episode 2: Strongbadia the Free” releases some time this month, but you can pick up Episode 1: right now either on WiiWare or through online distributors.
Until next episode: THE SYSTEM IS DOWN!