SAN RAFAEL, CA, May 10, 2007 â€“ Gamers' favorite deadpan dog and slightly psychotic rabbity-thing are going where no team (or game series) has gone beforeâ€¦ to the moon, little buddy! The final chapter of Sam & Max: Season 1, "Bright Side of the Moon," has just been released to customers worldwide at www.telltalegames.com, marking the culmination of a landmark series considered by many to be the first truly successful demonstration of episodic gaming.
"The episodic model was one of those often talked about concepts that had yet to be fully realized," says Dan Connors, Telltale's CEO. "With Sam & Max: Season 1, we not only built and shipped six games in seven months, but we did it in a way that took advantage of everything the episodic model has to offer. We created a completely unique and enjoyable gaming experience, and the beauty is, we're just getting started."
Since the series' debut last October, the overarching storyline in Sam & Max: Season 1 has revolved around an increasingly insidious mind control plot. In "Bright Side of the Moon," Sam & Max must blast into outer space to infiltrate a utopian lunar retreat and confront the mastermind behind the scheme. But when the crime-fighting duo's special brand of chaos intersects with a disturbingly toxic tranquility, have these freelance police finally met their match?
"With huge dollops of creative frenzy tossed into episode 6, the Telltale crew nicely tops off a great season,â€ says Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell. "I'm really pleased." Telltale's Design Director Dave Grossman adds, "Bright Side of the Moon is the snuggly-fitting cap on the Serious toothpaste of Season 1. I feel clean."
Downloadable versions of all six episodes are now available at www.telltalegames.com. Individual episodes may be purchased for $8.95, while the full season of six episodes sells for $34.95 (a savings of almost $20 over the individual episode price). Anyone who has already purchased an individual episode can upgrade to the full season for $26, as described at www.telltalegames.com/store/samandmax-season1-upgrade.
Customers who purchase the complete season of downloads from Telltale (either for $34.95 or via the $26 upgrade path) are eligible to receive the season on DVD for just shipping and handling. This disc, which will be packaged in a slipcase with a new original cover by Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell, will start shipping in June. Additional details and ordering instructions can be found at www.telltalegames.com/store/samandmax-season1-disc.
The complete season of Sam & Max episodes is also available to GameTap subscribers. Visit www.gametap.com/samandmax to learn more.
About Sam & Max
Steve Purcell published "Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple" as his first Sam & Max comic in 1987. Sam & Max solved assorted crimes and mysteries as Freelance Police in their sturdy 1960 Black and White De Soto Adventurer from their home base in New York City. After a series of follow-up comic books, Purcell worked with a team at LucasArts to create the critically acclaimed Sam & Max Hit the Road adventure game in 1993. The dog and rabbity-thing duo moved to television in an award-winning animated series in 1997. They are now appearing in an all-new webcomic series at www.telltalegames.com, which has been nominated for an Eisner award for Best Digital Comic.
About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale delivers Tales for Your Imagination â€“ high caliber interactive entertainment which features engaging stories, strong characters, and rich environments. A new era of interactive entertainment is emerging, with customers expecting more from their investment in play time. Telltale is developing and deploying cinematic quality animation and storytelling technologies, to create entertaining and exciting interactive adventures which meet these new expectations. Staffed with long time industry veterans, Telltale creates tales based on Jeff Smith's Bone series, Steve Purcell's Sam & Max characters and television's popular CSI program in partnership with Ubisoft. Telltale offers content development and custom publishing services for license-holders interested in adapting their properties for interactive delivery. Telltale has created innovative tools, designed specifically for rapid development of high quality, space-efficient titles for digital distribution. Telltale titles can be downloaded from its website, as well as online partners such as Yahoo! Games, Direct-to-Drive, Trymedia Systems, Boonty, and CNET. To learn more about Telltale, please visit www.telltalegames.com.