Back In Action
The Sam & Max franchise is chock-full of classic, absurd crime-solving adventures, from the original 1987 comic book series to LucasArts and, later, Telltale Games’ video game series. Now, Sam & Max are taking the jump into a whole new medium – virtual reality!
Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual is the sixth Sam & Max video game, despite its website claiming it’s either the fourth, seventh, or twentieth. Happy Giant Games are acting as the developers this time around, with the Freelance Police’s creator Steve Purcell acting as a game design consultant. This comes after an 11-year gap between original Sam & Max games (Sam & Max Save the World was remade in 2020), as Telltale Games’ collapse left the series in limbo for a while.
The latest Sam & Max title follows our titular two heroes as they embark on a recruitment rive to beef up the ranks of the Freelance Police and encounter a most unlikely ally – You! You’ll be undertaking Sam & Max’s assorted training tests to prove yourself as a crime-fighter extraordinaire -it takes a lot to save the world, after all – and maybe even unearthing the truth behind the training grounds…
This isn’t Happy Giant Games’ first rodeo with Sam & Max – a bunch of the team members were involved in the production of the original DOS Sam & Max game all the way back in 1993, Sam & Max Hit The Road. Among these Sam & Max veterans is the new game’s writer Mike Stemmle, who acted as co-writer and co-designer of Hit The Road. As such, This Time It’s Virtual is sure to retain the charm and humor that Sam & Max fans have come to love from the series.
Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual is available to purchase now on Oculus Quest, with a Steam VR version coming soon and a PlayStation VR version scheduled for 2022!