Posts Tagged ‘Episodic’

Get a free Trogdor game today to celebrate TrogDay (Strongbad)

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Download Complete Trogdor Episode from Telltale’s Game Series Today only at www.trogday.com

Happy Trogday, everyone! Seven years ago today, the beefy-armed dragon, Trogdor, first appeared on HomestarRunner.com, burninating the hearts and minds of audiences around the globe in the Strong Bad email installment, “Dragon.” In celebration of this momentous anniversary, Telltale Inc is giving away the very special Trogdor-themed episode of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People for free at http://www.trogday.com. As part of this celebration, Telltale is also making the full season available for $19.95 (reduced from its regular $29.95 list price).

First drawn into existence through the artistic aplomb of Strong Bad, Trogdor is best known for terrorizing countrysides and burninating peasants and their thatch-roofed cottages at every available opportunity. Over the years, the green scaled menace has exploded in popularity, with devotees paying tribute through homemade offerings, including delicious Trogdor-shaped baked goods, Halloween costumes, custom plushies, and some pretty legendary tattoos.

“From the instant I drew Trogdor, I knew I’d done something special, something lasting,” said Trogdor creator and all-around awesome dude, Strong Bad. “Even cooler than that butt with three cheeks I one time drew.”

In the Trogdor episode of Telltale’s game series, entitled 8-Bit is Enough, the beefy-armed dragon of legend has broken free of his arcade cabinet prison and is burninating Free Country, USA without remorse! With the help of classic 8-bit Videlectrix characters, Strong Bad must find a way to conquer the scorching menace and restore Strong Badia to its former glory. This episode is the fifth episode of the critically acclaimed five game series.

More information can be found at http://www.telltalegames.com/strongbad.

Telltale and Aardman’s Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures Debuts on Xbox LIVE Arcade

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Telltale also introduces individual Wallace & Gromit PC episode purchase options

Telltale’s first episodic game for Xbox LIVE® Arcade, Wallace & Gromit: Fright of the Bumblebees has released worldwide. The first of four episodes comprising Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, the English language game is available for 800 Microsoft points and includes subtitles in German, French and Spanish.

The Xbox LIVE Arcade release brings Fright of the Bumblebees to the living room where players can enjoy the interactive experience in the same comfy environment as a Wallace & Gromit film. Since its first release on PC, Fright of the Bumblebees has been well very received, with acclaim from outlets including London’s Sunday Times, which stated: “There’s enough mechanical madness, gentle humour and, of course, ripe cheese to please the most ardent fans.” IGN honored the episode with an Editor’s Choice Award, saying, “Telltale nails the look and feel of a Wallace & Gromit short film.”

In Fright of the Bumblebees, scatterbrained inventor Wallace and his crafty canine companion Gromit embark on a new honey enterprise, “From Bee to You.” When demand out-steps supply, Wallace tries to boost his worker bees’ production using a home-brewed growth formula-with comically disastrous results. Playing as both Wallace and Gromit, you must unravel the mess and restore order to the duo’s quiet Northern England neighbourhood.

The next three episodes of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures will launch on Xbox LIVE Arcade in the coming months. Telltale’s acclaimed Sam & Max games are also coming soon to Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Telltale is also announcing that the PC versions of Fright of the Bumblebees and the second Wallace & Gromit episode, The Last Resort, are now available for individual purchase for $8.95 at http://www.telltalegames.com. These were previously only available in a $34.95 series bundle. As with Telltale’s other series, customers who buy one Wallace & Gromit episode for PC will be able to upgrade to the full season for $26.

Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures episode 2 out now

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Join Wallace & Gromit in The Last Resort, the Newest Game from Telltale and Aardman

Crafty inventor and canine companion ready for beach holiday, even if the English weather isn’t

Telltale and Aardman are announcing the release of The Last Resort, the latest of four monthly Wallace & Gromit games that open up the world of West Wallaby Street like never before. “The Last Resort” is available today for PC from www.telltalegames.com as part of the Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures series. The games will also be coming soon to Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Telltale’s Wallace & Gromit games are like interactive films, with humorous storylines and creative characters conceived in collaboration with Aardman’s award-winning team. In the new episode, Wallace and Gromit’s Blackpool holiday is rained out, so the enterprising inventor and his clever dog bring the beach to their basement with the construction of West Wallaby Waterworld, a makeshift resort complete with sun, sand, and Wallace’s homemade boardwalk attractions. Keeping their guests satisfied turns out to be tricky business, particularly after one is thumped on the head by an unknown assailant. Everyone is a suspect! Now Wallace and Gromit must work together to finger the culprit, with a little help from Wallace’s latest invention: the Deductomatic.

Customers can purchase the Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures series from www.telltalegames.com, and the first two episodes, Fright of the Bumblebees and The Last Resort, will be delivered digitally with their checkout. The full series purchase from Telltale also includes the Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures Collector’s DVD, containing the four games plus bonus content for just the cost of shipping shortly after the finale episode. The third and fourth Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures episodes will release for PC in June and July.

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures launched in March to rave reviews, with Yahoo! Games UK calling the premiere episode “Wallace and Gromit’s finest and best looking video game outing to date.” IGN awarded the episode with its coveted Editor’s Choice Award, saying, “Telltale nails the look and feel of a Wallace & Gromit short film.”

The four-episode Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures series sells for $34.95 (approx £24). To purchase the game, visit http://www.telltalegames.com/wallaceandgromit.

Penny Arcade Episode 1 available at a discounted price.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

EPISODE ONE OF PENNY ARCADE GAME AVAILABLE AT DISCOUNTED PRICE

Get all of the thrills, chills and combo kills at half the price! Hothead Games today announced that Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is available on multiple digital distribution platforms at a discounted price now through April 12. Gamers may purchase the Windows, Mac and Linux versions via the indie digital distribution service Greenhouse (www.playgreenhouse.com) for under $10 and Xbox LIVE Gold members can experience the game named “Best Xbox LIVE RPG of 2008″ by IGN.com for only 800 Microsoft points.

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is an RPG-Adventure game set in the comic-book-meets-pulp-horror-meets-H. P. Lovecraft deranged 1920s universe of New Arcadia, delivered to gamers via accessible episodic releases. Players join Gabe and Tycho, the crime-solving team of the Startling Developments Detective Agency, to combat savage enemies and solve mysteries hidden deep in the sinister heart of New Arcadia. The game is the result of close collaboration between Hothead Games and Penny Arcade, featuring distinct artwork and characters designed exclusively by Mike “Gabe” Krahulik, story and dialogue by Jerry “Tycho” Holkins, and both brought to life by the Hothead team.

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is rated “M” for Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for all platforms

Wallace and Gromit Episode 1 released!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, A New Comedy Game Series from Aardman Animations and Telltale, Premieres Today

First of four monthly, digitally-distributed episodes now available from www.telltalegames.com

Make a nice cuppa and settle into your favorite chair for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, a new game series debuting today at http://www.telltalegames.com. “Fright of the Bumblebees,” the first of four digitally-distributed games starring the popular Plasticine duo, is available now. Subsequent installments will be delivered in May, June, and July.

Wallace and Gromit, the well-meaning but accident-prone inventor and his capable and highly-intelligent canine companion, have been delighting audiences with their animated adventures for twenty years. Their most recent outing, Wallace & Gromit in A Matter of Loaf and Death, aired with record-setting viewership this past Christmas. Telltale’s Wallace & Gromit games are designed for the same all-ages crowd as the films, and will be appreciated by gamers and non-gamers alike.

Alternating between the roles of both Wallace and Gromit throughout the game, players will banter with a charismatic cast of characters, tinker with Wallace’s creative contraptions, and enjoy four all-new stories set in the colorful Wallace & Gromit universe. Given the franchise’s global appeal, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures includes subtitles in German, French, Italian, and Spanish. In today’s debut episode, “Fright of the Bumblebees,” Wallace attempts to save his bumbling honey business through the growth of supersized flowers. When these giant flowers lead to an unintended consequence, giant bees, Gromit must step in to save the town from the angry swarm.

Sean Clarke, Head of Aardman Rights said: “The partnership with Telltale was a natural one. Their talent for crafting engaging adventures with humour and charm fits well with the Wallace & Gromit style, and the four games of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures make excellent new additions to the series.”

To celebrate the series premiere, Telltale is offering the full series on PC for the limited-time special price of $29.95 (approx. GBP21), a 15% savings on the regular price of $34.95 (approx. GBP24). During the launch week, customers who purchase Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures will also get an amazing 50% discount on all other items in Telltale’s store, including the acclaimed Sam & Max games, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, and related merchandise. These special offers expire March 29.

To buy Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures or download the free demo, visit http://www.telltalegames.com/wallaceandgromit.

New Wallace & Gromit Game Demo Now Available, Series Premiere Coming March 24

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Limited-time preorder offer begins today: save 25% and get two free games

Interactive entertainment pioneer Telltale, Inc. and Aardman Animations are announcing that Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, the new comedy game series based on the colorful claymation duo, will premiere for PC on March 24. The digitally-distributed four episode series of Wallace & Gromit adventures will be delivered monthly from http://www.telltalegames.com. The series’ Xbox LIVE Arcade debut will follow soon.

In Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, the world of West Wallaby Street comes alive in four brand new stories you can play. Like the films, each Wallace & Gromit episode finds the earnest inventor and his faithful canine companion embarking on ambitious new ventures laced with unexpected (and always amusing) complications. Players will experience all of their favorite elements from the acclaimed Wallace & Gromit films: imaginative storylines; warm, character-based humor; creative contraptions; physical comedy; and a distinct visual style. A demo that showcases both Wallace and Gromit as playable characters can be downloaded exclusively from Yahoo (http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/wallace-and-gromit/) and FilePlanet.com today. Starting tomorrow, the demo will be available from Telltale’s website and mirror sites around the web.

For PC, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures is available as a downloadable, four episode bundle from Telltale’s website (http://www.telltalegames.com/wallaceandgromit). In the March 24 premiere episode, “Fright of the Bumblebees,” Wallace & Gromit are struggling to find success with a honey business plagued by giant problems. Subsequent episodes, scheduled for May, June, and July, will take the duo from an underground beach resort to a sprawling carnival to a country club hiding an age-old mystery.

In a special preorder offer, which starts today and will run through March 23, customers can get the full, four episode series on PC for just $26-a 25% discount off the regular $34.95 price. Customers who preorder will also receive two free bonus episodes, one from Telltale’s acclaimed second season of Sam & Max (named Adventure Game of the Year by PC Gamer, IGN, and Adventure Gamers) and one from Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People (runner-up for IGN’s Adventure Game of the Year award).

To take advantage of this limited-time offer or to view the latest game trailer, visit the official Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures website at www.telltalegames.com/wallaceandgromit.

Wallace and Gromit news

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

TellTale games has produced some new screens for the upcoming episodic Wallace and Gromit series:

Also of note is the news that the episodic series is coming to the Xbox 360 via Live Marketplace as well as the PC (No news on whether or not it will appear on the Wii this time). Fans looking for news should keep an eye on Telltale’s blog (http://www.telltalegames.com/community) and sign up for our monthly newsletter. They’re doing a special deal with the newsletter right now… when you sign up, they’ll give you a free Strong Bad or Sam & Max episode to play while waiting for Wallace & Gromit to come out. New subscribers can get the free game now through February 28, by signing up here: http://www.telltalegames.com/mytelltale/subscriptions

That’s pretty awesome! Here’s the full press release.

Telltale announces Xbox Live Arcade debut with episodic Wallace & Gromit series

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures brings all-new stories, characters, and contraptions to Xbox LIVE Arcade and PC this spring

Telltale, Inc. announced that their highly-anticipated episodic series, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, will lead the company’s expansion to Xbox LIVE Arcade this spring. Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures will also be available for PC.

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures will deliver all of the humor and charm of the duo’s popular animated films, with a monthly series of brand new interactive stories in Telltale’s unique episodic format. Alternating between the roles of quirky inventor Wallace and his faithful canine companion Gromit, players embark on their own style of entrepreneurial business ventures, tinker with creative contraptions, and interact with an ever-expanding cast of fun and endearing characters in each episode.

“Our episodic series focus on story, character, humor, and cinematic presentation-very much like a television or film production. This all makes for a great living room experience through the gaming console,” says Telltale CEO Dan Connors. “We’re looking forward to expanding our catalog onto Xbox LIVE Arcade.”

The series’ launch follows the record-setting Christmas Day premiere of Aardman’s new Wallace & Gromit short film, “A Matter of Loaf and Death,” the most watched TV program in the United Kingdom on Christmas Day with 14.3 million viewers. The film also recently won an Annie Award for Best Animated Short and secured a BAFTA Award nomination in the same category.

Showcasing visuals modeled closely after franchise originator Aardman Animations’ clay creations, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures is Telltale’s most cinematic series to date, immersing fans in the stories and interactions with the colorful personalities of West Wallaby Street. The game also features a new direct control scheme for gamepads, designed specifically for Xbox.

Telltale has become the industry leader in regularly delivered episodic games, with the release of two award-winning Sam & Max series and most recently, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People. The Strong Bad series became the first monthly episodic set for a connected console, with the finale episode releasing in December on WiiWare and PC. Telltale plans to announce additional titles for Xbox Live Arcade in the coming months. For more details about Telltale’s games and Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, please visit http://www.telltalegames.com.

Strong Bad Episode 5

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Yes, the day has been announced. December 15, the 5th and Final Episode of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People will be released on Nintendo Wii and PC.

Here’s some screens and a trailer for your pleasure!

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Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People builds to big finish with episodes featuring Dangeresque and Trogdor

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

New episode set to release November 17 on PC and WiiWare, followed by “burninating” season finale

SAN RAFAEL, CA, November 11, 2008 – Starring in a popular web cartoon wasn’t enough. Strong Bad, who has been answering fan emails on Homestarrunner.com since 2001, has crossed over to dominate PC and WiiWare™ gaming in Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, an episodic series created by Sam & Max developers Telltale, Inc., and Homestarrunner.com creators Mike and Matt Chapman. Starting this month, the Strong Bad game series is barreling to an exciting climax with two episodes featuring the franchise’s most iconic characters: Dangeresque, a crooked cop in pursuit of glory, justice (sort of), and big sacks of cash, and Trogdor, the one-armed, fire-breathing dragon who burninates peasants across the land.

 

First up is Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective, Strong Bad’s oft-delayed cinematic oeuvre, set to release on November 17. The final installment in a series of low-budget action flicks starring, written by, and directed by Strong Bad, Dangeresque 3 has been teased on Homestarrunner.com for over five years. Unlike the first two “movies,” which took the form of online cartoons, Telltale’s Dangeresque 3 game places you inside the film in the role of the title character, with Homestar Runner, Bubs, The Cheat, Strong Mad, and the rest of the Homestarrunner.com crew rounding out the cast. Complete with shaky camera shots, flubbed lines, and awkward post-production editing, Dangeresque 3 provides the humorous, homemade movie experience Strong Bad fans have come to expect, plus an added layer of interactivity.

 

In Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective, what starts as a simple job to recover a long-lost formula morphs into a high-stakes race to save the world from certain destruction at the hands of Dangeresque’s unhinged nemesis, Uzi Bazooka. The filmic fantasy is maintained throughout the game, down to the inclusion of interactive “deleted scenes” accessible only after the main storyline has been completed. The original Dangeresque cartoons and a preview of the upcoming game can be viewed at www.dangeresque3.com.

 

Then comes Trogdor! If you’ve ever snickered at a Homestarrunner.com cartoon, you probably recognize the name. After months of speculation, Telltale is confirming that the infamous one-armed dragon plays a role in the fifth and final Strong Bad episode. A first glimpse of the menacing Burninator—as well as another surprise for longtime Homestarrunner.com fans—can be seen starting on November 17, in the preview video included with Dangeresque 3.

 

Like episodes of a television sitcom, the Strong Bad games are self-contained and new players can jump into the series with any episode. The first three Strong Bad episodes are available now, for PC from www.telltalegames.com/strongbad, or for the Wii™ console through the Wii Shop Channel. Fans anticipating the upcoming Dangeresque 3 release can preorder the PC version from Telltale, either individually or as part of a 5-episode season pass.


About Homestarrunner.com
Homestar Runner was conceived in 1996 by Mike Chapman and friend Craig Zobel as an idea for a weird kids’ book they would only make a few photocopies of for friends. In 2000, Mike and brother Matt dusted off the idea and launched HomestarRunner.com, featuring the Flash-animated exploits of the characters. Since 2002, they have updated with new cartoons almost every week including the popular feature ‘Strong Bad Email’ in which fans get their emails answered by the cartoon’s charming antagonist, Strong Bad. Mike and Matt write and animate the cartoons with Matt and Missy Palmer providing voices for the characters. The site has been featured and mentioned in the New York Times, Wired Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and, most importantly, two songs from the site were featured in the Guitar Hero series.

Review: Sam and Max Season 1 (Wii)

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Sam and Max Season 1

Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: The Adventure Company
Format Reviewed: Wii
Other Released Formats: PC
Number of Players: 1
Online Features: None (Each Episode was downloadable on the PC as they were released)
ESRB Rating: Teen (Mild Language, Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor)
Genre: Adventure, Point and Click, Casual
Release Date: 2008-10-14
MSRP: $29.99

If you’re an older gamer raising your gamerlings like I am, you may remember the original Sam and Max Hit the Road from Lucasarts way back when (1993, the year I graduated high school) on the PC. It was one of my favorite Lucasarts Point n click games. I remember progressing to Sam and Max:HtR from Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, up to Day of the Tentacle and so on. Sam and Max season 1 brings that back in a good way.

If you’ve played the Sam and Max Season 1 episodes on a PC, stop here. The Wii version is just as good, nothing has been touched save for a couple little Wii embellishments: All 6 episodes are playable from the menu, Wii-motion control (basically turning the WiiMote into a mouse), and widescreen support.

It’s hard to present this game as a “must-play” game for hard-core gamers. It’s happily rooted in the “casual games” genre that the Wii is made for and which is exploding, attracting everyone from 5-year olds to 80-year olds. Sam and Max Episodes are not exceptionally difficult, and trying every object on every other object will eventually get you advancing on. It’s point and click perfected, and it works great.

You play as Sam and his “rabbit-thingy” sidekick, as the Freelance Police, basically detectives that like to take out their gun at any opportunity. You interact with the environment and when there’s conversation, it’s all yours to guide with multiple responses, some of which are all needed to advance the story. The writing is what makes Sam and Max great. The humor is presented with tongue in cheek, and planted firmly there. The characters you come across are just plain wacky. Graphics are also a fit to the Wii, being cartoonish and bright, not a strain on the Wii’s graphic processor. My only gripe about the Wii version is that the load times are much slower off a disc than off my PC’s hard drive.

I loved playing these on the PC, and I think that all of the episodes are fun to play through, and I would recommend playing in order, as there is a story-arc that spans all 6 episodes, though they are stand-alone otherwise. If you’ve already played all 6 episodes on the PC, it’s probably not worth widescreen support to buy it again, even at the bargain price of $29.99. If you haven’t played this and enjoy the point-and-click genre, this game is one to get. It’s got a sense of humor, is not overly difficult to play, and can be played in bite-size sessions.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 – Worth buying if love adventure games and you haven’t already done so on the PC.

If you enjoy Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, currently on Episode 3 for the Wii, you will be right at home with Sam and Max, and therefore this would be a must-have game. Sam and Max Season 2 just wrapped up its 5-episode run on the PC, so expect a Season 2 on the Wii in the near future, and probably a Disc version of Stong Bad after it ends its run.