Review: Strong Bad Episode 4 - Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective (WiiWare)

Is Dangeresque 3 another box office hit?

The time has arrived - after 4 years, one of the most anticipated Strong Bad-related things is finally here! In Dangeresque 3, the sequel to Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque, Too? and Dangeresque 2: This Time, It's Not Dangeresque 1, you once again need to search for clues and talk to various characters to advance the plot.

This time, though, you don’t really play as Strong Bad - you play as Dangeresque! (No, it’s not just Strong Bad wearing sunglasses, where did you get that silly idea?) The game opens up with Strong Bad answering yet another fan e-mail asking when the movie will finally be released. Coincidentally, it was just finished, so Strong Bad pops the movie into his VCR and the rest is up to you!

Dangeresque 3 tries to be as much like a low budget action movie as possible: cardboard title cards, abrupt transitions and obviously fake stunt actors are all present and correct. It’s also packed with clichés: Dangeresque must team up with old adversaries to defeat a new foe, he gets to find his missing father, Dadgeresque, and he has to get information from shady informants -- stuff you'd find in pretty much any other action film.

All old Dangeresque characters return and they’re just as cheesy as they used to be. Perducci, Killingyouguy, Cutesy Buttons, Renaldo and others all make an appearance. Every character is horrible at acting, which just adds to the humour. They mis-pronounce names, read the dialogue in very monotone voices, and even forget lines!

Another thing worth noting is the ridiculously high number of different locations this time. There's so many that your map (which, this time, is a super high tech global positioning system) will only have a single empty space left at the end of the game!

Like the other episodes of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, there’s a “retro” game to play as well. In 'Space Circus Catastrophe', you must rescue members of the space circus (performers, ringleaders and bears) while shooting down evil space clowns. You also have to dodge asteroids by quickly moving in the opposite direction of where they’re coming from. Like the previous games in the series, it’s fairly simple but for some reason it manages to entertain longer than the others. Unfortunately, just like the previous episode, there’s no do-it-yourself Teen Girl Squad comic this time – Sorry TGS fans!

The Extended Play (unlocked after beating the main game) in this episode is also a bit more entertaining. This time you can see deleted scenes, bloopers, and other material cut from Dangeresque 3. As with the three episodes before it, you will most likely take around 2 hours to beat this instalment.

Conclusion

Dangeresque 3 is pretty much just like the previous episodes of SBCG4AP – not too long, but fun while it lasts. This episode is a bit different from the others in that it actually finally successfully delivers something the website has been promising for over 4 years. With lots of funny dialogue and memorable moments, such as thwarting the invincible Killingyouguy in a car chase and defeating an amazing CGI monster, this is easily the best episode yet in the series. Let's hope the series finale is even better!

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