Episode 3 of Telltale’s Strong Bad series brings back most of the things found in previous installments, but leaves a few behind.
The newest episode focuses once again on Strong Bad’s exploits. This time, his Fun Machine breaks, keeping him from playing his retro-style games. To raise the money to fix it, he decides to hold a Battle of the Bands– a strange leap, but one not unexpected from Telltale and the Brothers Chaps. On the way, he has to get celebrity judges, security and bands for the event.
Everything plays out basically as it did in Episode 1 of the series. Where Episode 2 featured new elements like the Maps and Minions map and a more coherent story arc, Episode 3 is back to random events and in-jokes. Don’t get me wrong–it’s hilarious for fans of the series, but Baddest is just not as good of a standalone title for regular gamers.
Baddest of the Bands is still worth a purchase for most, but it no longer exceeds expectations. Get it, play it, laugh– and move on.