Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse

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Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse
Developer(s) Telltale Games
Publisher(s) Telltale Games
Series Sam & Max
Release date(s) Episode 1: The Penal Zone
NA/EU April 15, 2010
Episode 2: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak
NA/EU May 18, 2010
Episode 3: They Stole Max's Brain!
NA/EU June 22, 2010
Episode 4: Beyond the Alley of the Dolls
NA/EU July 20, 2010
Episode 5: The City that Dares Not Sleep
NA/EU August 30, 2010
Release type Multi-platform
Genre(s) Graphic Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
GameID(s) Episode 1: The Penal Zone
NPUB30185, NPEB00181
Episode 2: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak
NPUB30219, NPEB00214
Episode 3: They Stole Max's Brain!
NPUB30220, NPEB00215
Episode 4: Beyond the Alley of the Dolls
NPUB30221, NPEB00216
Episode 5: The City that Dares Not Sleep
NPUB30222, NPEB00218
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Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse is a graphic adventure video game developed by Telltale Games. It is the third "season" of the Sam & Max episodic series created by Telltale Games, following Sam & Max Save the World and Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space. The first episode was released as one of the first apps for the iPad on April 2, 2010, and was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and the PlayStation 3 on April 15, 2010.

Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse is a series of graphic adventure games, requiring the user to control Sam and Max to specific locations, interacting with the environment, collecting and using objects, and talking to other characters in the game in order to solve puzzles and complete the game. The previous two seasons of "Sam & Max" have used a traditional point-and-click interface, which is well-suited for Windows and MacOS users but did not translate well to traditional gamepad controls. The game engine for The Devil's Playhouse has been redesigned to handle both the point-and-click scheme and typical console-based controls for third-person perspective games. On a Windows or MacOS computer, the player has the option of plugging in a gamepad to use this second set of controls. Other aspects, such as inventory management, have also been refined to better suit console players or players not familiar with the adventure game genre.

Whereas in previous episodes Max would follow to wherever the player directed Sam, The Devil's Playhouse gives the player direct control over both characters and the ability to swap between characters. This allows for better differentiation between the two characters and increases the variety of gameplay options. A constant theme through the series was a psychic power that Max gained in each episode, such as the ability to read minds, see glimpses of the future or teleport himself to any telephone for which he knows the number. This aspect played into the separate characters' controls in order to solve the puzzles in the game. The PlayStation 3 version of the game features an additional psychic power not present in the other versions.


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