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|Strong Bad's Cool Game for|
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People (abbreviated SBCG4AP) is an episodic series of point-and-click adventure games developed by Telltale Games based on the Homestar Runner web cartoon, with Strong Bad as the lead character. A total of five episodes were released for WiiWare and Windows between August 11, 2008 and December 15, 2008.
The Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People series is a series of video games that uses point and click mechanics. The player plays as Strong Bad, one of the most popular characters in the Homestar Runner online flash animation series, as he goes through his life, interacting with characters. Each game contains a different goal that the player must reach by talking to characters and using items.
Apart from the point and click mechanics, each episode features an arcade-style minigame. For example, the first episode features a top-down boxing game called Snake Boxer 5. Other features include a customizable map, hidden and collectible items such as 3×5 cards used to create Teen Girl Squad comics, and the ability to take pictures to send to friends through WiiConnect24 or by e-mail (depending on the version used).
The series was first hinted at in a Homestar Runner short posted on YouTube, called "Strong Bad Gameways", a parody of pre-flight safety demonstrations with the Wii Remote. The game itself was officially announced on April 10, 2008 in a press release from Telltale Games. A second season may be made if the first season sells well.
According to Mark Darin, lead designer of the series at Telltale Games, both of the Brothers Chaps were quite involved in the production process of the games, even early on, "In the design phase, we have brainstorming sessions with them where they contribute to the ideas that will eventually become the plot of the episodes. Then one of our designers will write the episode script and pass that along to the brothers where they review, edit and rewrite whatever feels necessary to make the whole thing feel more “Strong Bad-y.”
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People - Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner was released on August 11, 2008.
Strong Bad receives an email suggesting he "beat the snot out of" his long-time rival Homestar Runner. When he gets there, however, he discovers Homestar has entered the Free Country USA Tri-annual Race to the End of the Race, and decides it would be even more fun to beat Homestar at his own game than to simply beat him up. He then disguise as Homestar and loses the race. The resulting chaos turns Homestar into a loser, earns him a criminal record, and makes his girlfriend Marzipan break up with him. However, these efforts backfire when Homestar moves into Strong Bad's house, believing him to be "the only friend I've got". In an attempt to get Homestar out of his house, Strong Bad must undo the harm he did to Homestar's life. Homestar Ruiner also includes a minigame, Snake Boxer 5, a parody of the Atari 2600 game Boxing that sees the player controlling a boxer named Boxer Joe from a top down perspective as he battles round after round of snakes in a boxing ring.
Homestar Ruiner received generally positive reviews from critics. The Wii version holds an average of 81% from 10 reviews at Gamerankings, as well as a Metacritic Metascore of 81 from 13 reviews. N-Europe gave the game a 9/10, praising its many in-jokes and references to the Homestar Runner cartoons and its simple but clever use of WiiConnect24. They were however concerned that players who haven't watched the Flash cartoons will be a little lost and unsatisfied in regards to some scenarios, characters and jokes. IGN gave the game an 8.1 out of 10, with the authentic presentation, voice work, music and the opening song impressing them the most. They also believed the game to be a must download for fans, but felt that the experience was short-lived and doesn't break any new ground for the genre. In contrast, GameSpot believed the cartoon's humor did not translate well to an adventure game, and gave it a 5/10. ONM gave it 88%, naming it one of the best WiiWare games so far, but that the humour in it isn't for everyone. It was awarded Best Voice Acting for the Wii by IGN in its 2008 video game awards IGN also made it a nominee for Best Story and Best WiiWare Game., this is the only Episode to be rated T.
Strong Badia the Free
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People - Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free was released on September 15, 2008.
As the episode begins, The King of Town institutes an e-mail tax. Strong Bad is the most heavily affected. However, being unaware of the existence of the tax, he is put under house arrest (with an explosive collar around his neck), a predicament that leads him to unite the citizens to rise up against the authorities. Strong Bad then declares his own plot of land (an empty lot featuring a fence, a spare tire, and a graffiti'd stop sign, which Strong Bad has named "Strong Badia") an independent nation. The inspirational speech he gives to the citizens inspires them to create their own independent countries. In order to overthrow the King of Town, Strong Bad must work his way through the countries and unite Free Country USA once again under the Strong Badian flag. Strong Badia the Free's minigame, Math Kickers: Featuring the Algebros, a parody of beat 'em ups such as Double Dragon, involves the player solving math problems by punching enemies. In addition, the game also features a second minigame called Maps & Minions.
Strong Badia the Free has received generally positive reviews from critics. The Wii version holds an average of 86% from 5 reviews at Gamerankings, as well as a Metacritic Metascore of 82 from 7 reviews. IGN, which gave the game 8.2/10, echoed their assessment from their Homestar Ruiner review, noting the game to be slightly longer and more complete than its predecessor, yet still geared very much towards fans. GameSpot, who disliked the first episode, gave Strong Badia the Free a 7.0/10, believing the game was a marked improvement with a more linear and original plot, and funnier jokes they felt did not need to prop up the weak gameplay noted in its predecessor. ONM gave it 86%, saying that although it was longer and funnier, the strategy at the end is weak resulting in a lower score.
Baddest of the Bands
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People - Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands was released on October 27, 2008.
As the game opens, Strong Bad's FunMachine (an Atari 2600-like video game system) suddenly breaks. Strong Bad does not have the money to get it fixed, however. In an attempt to get money, he organizes a Battle Royale of the Bands, complete with local bands and celebrity guest stars—the 80's hair band Limozeen. When this still does not cover the fee, Strong Bad is forced to compete with his own rock band and claim the cash prize.
Baddest of the Bands has received generally positive reviews from critics. IGN gave it 8.4/10, claiming it has "the best puzzles our hero has encountered yet" as well as "the best Strong Bad mini-game so far". WiiWare World gave the game 7 out of 10, commenting that while the series continues to appeal to fans of previous episodes, it does not offer anything for new players. ONM gave it 88%.
Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People - Episode 4: Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective was released on November 17, 2008 in North America.
This episode gets its scenario from an in-joke in the website. The episode is actually the "film" Dangeresque 3. Strong Bad has finally finished his long awaited film and invites his friends over to his basement for the film's premiere. The player then assumes the role of Dangeresque, embracing the cliches and tropes of the action film genre, with the movie looking like a very low budget film. Look's like I'm gonna have to jump...
Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective has received generally positive reviews from critics. Nintendo Life gave the game 8 out of 10. They called the game 'easily the best episode yet' and hoped the series finale would be even better. IGN gave the game and 8.5/10, again praising Matt Chapman's voice work and the music as well, which they stated was "a little more ambitious than the other episodes."
8-Bit Is Enough
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People - Episode 5: 8-Bit Is Enough was released on December 15, 2008. This is the last episode of the Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People. The final episode features Trogdor, the infamous one-armed fire breathing dragon.
The PC version was made free for download for one day in 2010 in celebration of "Trogday", the anniversary of Trogdor's creation.
The story begins at the end of the Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective when Strong Bad jumps off of the couch and hits the Trogdor arcade machine. The Trogdor arcade machine grows an arm, legs and wings and comes to life. Strong Sad claims that Strong Bad damaged the 8-bit containment field and needs to order a replacement. Sadly, through an odd series of events, the containment field is broken, resulting in the world of videogames and the world of Free Country USA combining. Video game elements and characters begin invading the real world, and vice versa. In the ensuing chaos, Trogdor escapes his game and "burninates" Strong Badia. Strong Bad must defeat his fiery creation once and for all, by getting party members from other games to advance to the dungeon of the beast and restore balance between the two worlds. But, uh, anybody know how to kill a dragon?
- ↑ Squires, Jim (2008-05-23). TheBBPS talks with Telltale Games. TheBBPS.com. Retrieved on 2008-05-24.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Harris, Craig (2008-04-15). Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Hands-on. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Morganti, Emily (2008-06-05). Top-secret SBCG4AP news!. The Telltale Blog. Telltale Games. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Frequently Asked Question. Telltale Games. Retrieved on 2008-04-11.
- ↑ Telltale Games (2008-04-10). "Announcing Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People for WiiWare". Press release. http://www.telltalegames.com/company/pressreleases/id-65. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- ↑ Nintendo Voice Chat Podcast, Episode 31. IGN.com (2008-12-15). Retrieved on 2009-01-07.
- ↑ Interview with Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman, Mark Darin. Adventure Classic Gaming (2008-12-23). Retrieved on 2009-02-23.
- ↑ Snake Boxer 5. Homestar Runner Wiki. Retrieved on 16 July 2009.
- ↑ Gamerankings: Strong Bad: Episode 1. Gamerankings. Retrieved on 2008-08-21.
- ↑ Metacritic: Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2008-08-21.
- ↑ Whincup, Nathan (2008-08-11). WiiWare Review: Homestar Ruiner. N-Europe. Retrieved on 2008-08-28.
- ↑ IGN: Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People -- Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner Review. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-08-11.
- ↑ GameSpot: Strong Bad: Episode 1 Review. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2008-08-12.
- ↑ IGN Wii: Best Voice Acting 2008. IGN.com (2008-12-18). Retrieved on 2008-12-19.
- ↑ IGN Wii: Best Story 2008. IGN.com (2008-12-18). Retrieved on 2008-12-19.
- ↑ IGN Wii: Best WiiWare Game 2008. IGN.com (2008-12-18). Retrieved on 2008-12-19.
- ↑ "Two WiiWare Games and One Virtual Console Game Added to Wii Shop Channel". Nintendo of America. 2008-09-15. http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/FFpR_XYs4cTGtdcuF4JUDj82zzg7JjuC. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
- ↑ SDCC 08: First Look at Strong Bad Episode 2
- ↑ PAX: Strong Bad and the Math Kickers
- ↑ Gamerankings: Strong Bad: Episode 2. Gamerankings. Retrieved on 2008-09-19.
- ↑ Metacritic: Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2008-09-19.
- ↑ IGN: Strong Badia the Free Review
- ↑ Strong Badia the Free Review
- ↑ "Two WiiWare Games and One Virtual Console Game Added to Wii Shop Channel". 2008-10-27. http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/oT8dyUiAQmpN9sL4wlTj346dEWnyry8F. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 IGN: Baddest of the Bands Review
- ↑ WiiWare World: Baddest of the Bands Review
- ↑ "Two WiiWare Games and Two Virtual Console Games Added to Wii Shop Channel". 2008-11-17. http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/FCrmkLDGg8ykQ8G-xy7vCCrEMGLa3Fvs. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
- ↑ Nintendo Life Review Dangeresque
- ↑ IGN Review Dangeresque
- ↑ Strong Bad season finale coming Dec. 15! -- Episode 5: 8-Bit Is Enough
- ↑ 8-Bit Is Enough webpage
- Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People at Telltale Games
- Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People at Homestar Runner Wiki