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

Telltale Games
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Macintosh, Windows PC, PlayStation 3
Alcohol Reference
Cartoon Violence
Comic Mischief
Mild Language
Suggestive Themes
  • No Interactive Elements
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.