The lights dim. You hear a cacophony of high pitched wailing. The stage is instantly showered with lights, and pyrotechnics! Squeedly versus Meedley duel it out with guitar solos. Go Squeedly! Go Squeedly! Squeedly Wins! Then things take a turn for the worst, when a stage light comes crashing down, which shakes the lead vocalist to tears. Crying is most certainly not rock and roll. Looks like they won’t be winning this battle of the bands.
A masked stranger was seen fleeing the scene, but was not available for comment at this time.
Baddest of the Bands is the third episode of the Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People series, and it rocks. Yes, that is a horribly cliche thing to say, but I’ve never been accused of being trendy, so I’m willing to let that slide. As the title indicates, the theme is music. When Strong Bad’s new Limozeen game tape rocks too hard that it fries his fun machine, he takes it to be repaired. Unfortunately, he lacks ‘a big bag of money’, so he has to come up with a way to raise it. He chooses the obvious solution, which is to bring all of the citizens of Free Country, USA together to form bands to compete in a battle of the bands. Obviously.
The general gameplay doesn’t deviate far from previous episodes (I imagine that Telltales saving that for episode 5: SBCG4AP: The Case of the Long Titled Wacky Cart Racer!). I found the puzzles to be more complex, which of course makes them immensely more satisfying when you solve them. There’s a particularly great puzzle later on in the game involving Coach Z, Bubs, and a box of Records. Fans of the series will be able to spot quite a few more inside jokes this time around as well.
With the musical theme as this time around, there are quite a few unique songs you’ll hear through your adventure. As a fan of the web-series, I own a copy of the Strong Bad Sings: And Other Type Hits CD, so I’m a fan of hearing the character made music (specifically Coach Z’s rap jams). A rousing interactive tune from Homestar is quite possibly the funniest moment of the series. I found myself laughing out loud a lot more this episode. I only wish that there was a way for me to stick some of the songs onto my Mp3 player (make it happen Telltale!).
I thought the scope of the previous episode would be hard to follow up, but once again Telltale really delivered. Each new episode becomes my favorite episode. If you’re looking for a great way to spend a weekend, Baddest of the Bands is definitely worth your time. While it’s not required that you play the previous episode, it definitely helps. Plus the price of entry isn’t bad, at 8.99 or 1000 Wii Points.
SBCG4AP Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands is available at a PC or Wii near you right now! Don’t leave Meedley hanging for the reunion tour!