Once again, it’s time for the Conquistadork (that’s me) to encounter and defeat a game I really should have played years ago: Computer Savings Time.
I miss Homestar Runner. Desperately. For those of you completely out of the loop, Homestar Runner was a bizarre, yet entirely wholesome, web cartoon that starred a speech-impeded, armless sweet heart and his bizarre friends. The appeal to Homestar… You know what? I’m not going to spend a lot of time explaining, because if you don’t know what Homestar Runner is, you seriously need to be watching it. Look: I linked to it right up there at the beginning of this paragraph. Go ahead and tear through some of those cartoons. I’ll wait.
So with a glorious piece of gloriousness like that, how were the storytelling dynamos at Telltale Games supposed to resist? And so, in 2008, they released the episodic Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People. Since Homestar Runner recently kindasorta made a comeback and Telltale’s release of their Game of Thrones series, I was thrilled to play my way through their take on some new Homestar material, which is essentially what you’re promised if your franchise game is being made by Telltale.
True to that form, Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People is a story game with the point-and-click mechanics that we’ve grown to expect from Telltale. It follows Strongbad as he gets into trouble and briefly ruins the life of the speech-impeded Homestar Runner. Hijinks, footraces, and non-painful nudity ensue–and it’s every bit as fun as any episode of Homestar Runner you’ve ever seen. All of the original characters and present, and none of it feels stretched or phoned in–this was definitely a labor of love.
While it’s true that some of the item collection feels a little too “old school adventure game” random, none of it is so difficult that it’ll keep you stumped for terribly long. There are lots of little extras and hidden easter eggs that I had a terrific time finding in addition to the main quest pieces. It’s also true that the interface feels a little clumsy–I found myself occasionally clicking and reclicking and trying to set the mouse up just right in order to hit the proper link or button. In a way, it’s almost fascinating: if you’re a recent devotee to the story/games of Telltale, there’s something to be gained from watching them develop and grow. Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People is far from baby steps, but it’s definitely a link in the evolution that would bring us up to their present-day greatness.
It’s also a short game–I clocked in at just under three hours by the end. The regular priced $20 tag that it’s currently hefting on Steam might not be worth it to some based on this fact, which uis understandable. But picking it up at half that (or, knowing the insanity of your average Steam sale, even less) is definitely worth your time if you’re a longtime devotee to the beauty that is fhqwhgads, Teen Girl Squad, and Strong Badia .