I Wish I Was A Lagomorph
HIGH Smooth, remastered visuals and plenty of accessibility options.
LOW It might be difficult for newcomers to get into.
WTF I wish more games gave an option to skip the minigames like this one!
After the first season of Sam & Max from Telltale Games back in 2006, a second (and final?) season was soon announced. These new episodes would continue the adventures of the “Freelance Police” as they found themselves in absurd and surreal situations like exorcising a demon from Santa Claus, or facing off with a Eurotrash vampire.
While each episode pretty much works as its own thing, Beyond Time and Space makes ample connections to characters and events of the previous season — so much so that many elements will probably fly over newcomers’ heads. For this reason, I think Beyond Time and Space is best recommended to those who’ve already enjoyed the previous installment, Save The World.
With that said, Beyond Time and Space is an adventure game, and it functions like most in the genre — walk around in a third-person perspective, talk with characters, pick up objects and use them to solve puzzles. While the various challenges here are (on average) more logic-based than they have been in the past, there are still plenty of surreal solutions to problems like having to use a toy bomber to stop Santa from shooting people dead, or using water from the Fountain of Youth on a baby Jimmy Hoffa.
Along with puzzles come another staple of the series — minigames. There’s plenty of variety here, from running over “Torture Me Elmo” dolls with a Desoto, to fisticuffs in simple boxing simulations. While those won’t probably make core adventure fans happy, they’re meant as short breaks from puzzling, so overall, I would say they’re good at fulfilling that purpose.
In terms of presentation, developer Skunkape brings us another dazzling remaster — HD visuals, improved lip-syncing, all new jazzy musical tracks and more. Overall, the tweaks here are all definitely for the better, and changes that were made in the previous installment (specifically, the voice actor playing Bosco is now a person of color) carry over.
Along with the cosmetic and audio changes, Skunkape included some new accessibility options which can be used to tailor the difficulty of minigames, and how often hints for puzzles will pop-up. These go a long way towards easing newcomers into this sometimes-maddening genre, and many developers would do well to take notes here.
Overall, Beyond Time and Space raises the bar in the way a sequel should, and the quality of the remastering is solid. Players who enjoyed Sam & Max Save the World should absolutely pick this one up — And who knows, maybe there’s another one in our future?
Disclosures: This game is developed and published by Skunkape Games. It is currently available on PC and Switch. This copy of the game was obtained via publisher and reviewed on Switch. Approximately 4 hours of play were devoted to the single-player mode and the game was not completed. There are no multiplayer modes.
Parents: The game is rated T by the ESRB, it contains Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Mild Language, Mild Blood and Fantasy Violence. Despite the absence of salty language, considering the pretty adult humor (specifically with references to pop culture) and a couple of instances of cartoonish violence, I would also recommend the game to a teen audience.
Colorblind Modes: there are no colorblind modes.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Gamers: This game features subtitles for all spoken dialogue. Text cannot be altered or resized. (See example above.) Audio cues are not necessary to complete the game. In my view, this game is fully accessible.
Remappable Controls: There is no control diagram. The game is controlled via the mouse with some additional keyboard shortcuts, and it is not possible to remap the controls.
- Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (Switch) Review - January 19, 2022
- Inspector Waffles Review - January 12, 2022
- Sam & Max: Beyond Time And Space Review - January 8, 2022