RATING INFORMATION  

Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse - Episode 1: The Penal Zone

Platform: Macintosh, Windows PC, PlayStation 3

Rating Category:

Content Descriptors: Alcohol Reference, Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes

Rating Summary:

This is a 'point-and-click' adventure game in which players control private detectives, a wily dog named Sam and a sarcastic rabbit called Max, through a comical episode of mystery case-solving. The storyline is infused with one-liners and running jokes that are based largely on 'play-on-words' suggestive innuendo; for example, the 'penal zone,' 'the carefully placed rat-dropping,' the 'bowel-tingling climax.' Some of the stronger innuendo includes a line about fetishes and how 'touching' is a character's 'third favorite thing to do.' The heroes sometimes use an exaggerated-sized bazooka to threaten a villain; they may also shoot an alien enemy in the back of the head, which only causes a scratch. And one sequence depicts a man's face falling into a bowl of spaghetti, revealing a 'cartoony' axe sticking out of his head. The game contains a few references to alcohol; for example, lines about mixing margaritas or 'the drunken revelries of toothless secessionists.' Characters sometimes use the words damn and hell in the dialogue.