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Strong Bad Episode 5 - 8-Bit is Enough Review

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Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Strong Bad goes 8-bit in the final installment of the SBCG4AP series

Dry those tears, folks - it’s finally time for the last episode of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People! Surely they’ve saved the best for last?

At the very least, they do tie up some loose ends. For example, we’ve seen a broken Trogdor arcade cabinet in the last four episodes, which finally comes into play when Strong Bad accidentally breaks it even more, somehow causing Trogdor to partially break out of the cabinet. So now there is a Trogdor arcade cabinet walking around beating people up with its beefy arm!

After disregarding safety warnings and messing things up even more, Strong Bad causes the real world to merge with the videogame world. Regulars such as Strong Sad and the King of Town start thinking they’re certain characters and start dressing the part, while real videogame icons (such as Snake Boxer and 8-bit Limozeen) escape into the real world!

To set things straight, Strong Bad has to recruit allies (Ranging from Mr. Fixit to the Innkeeper), and visit various videogames , such as Stinkoman 20X6), eventually ending up in Peasant’s Quest, where he must enter Trogdor’s lair and slay the beast to return everything to normal.

As you can imagine, because this episode is based on videogames, it’s got the highest number of hilarious in-jokes yet. It’s not unlikely that you’ll constantly laugh during play. The developers also took the perfect opportunity to use the extensive history of the Homestar Runner site; if you’re familiar with it, you should know that there are quite a few fictional videogames that exist in the Homestar world. A lot of them are referenced in this episode, ranging from Thy Dungeonman to more recent ones such as Space Circus Catastrophe (the game that was included in SBCG4AP episode 4).

While you can explore some games, there is, of course, also one you can play – this time, it’s Gel-Arshie’s Pro Fruitboarder, in which you play as Gel-Arshie trying to collect strawberries and cherries while avoiding pineapples, all the while performing stunts on your surfboard. This is actually involved in the main story, as it is one of the games you have to explore the insides of. It’s certainly one of the better games to play in the series, but it is still rather repetitive.

Conclusion

Episode 5 is about videogames – that can only mean good things! It’s no longer than any of the other episodes, nor is there more to do, but it’s got more jokes than any other entry in the series, plus we finally get to see Trogdor in 3D: what more could you want? Sadly, the ending does not hint at a second series of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, which is quite a shame – we can only hope Telltale and the Chapman brothers agree to another!

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gameking23

#2

gameking23 said:

I'm glad too that this series is finaly over. I wish Cue Sports and Cave Story would already get here.

WarioFan63

#3

WarioFan63 said:

Strong Bad wasnt holding up Cave Story! Thats been a 2009 release from the start.

DazzaAdmin

#4

Dazza said:

I blame Trogdor for burninating MaBoShi's Arcade! :-p

Great review Marcel. You can breathe a sigh of relief now that the series has reached it's grand finale (for now!)

Super_Flip

#5

Super_Flip said:

It looks like We can finally take our hands off Strong Bad and get back to the other Wiiware and VC games, now that the series has finally come to an end.

SilentJ

#6

SilentJ said:

I just couldn't get into Strong Bad so I'm glad that's over. Hopefully we can see some good games released soon. I miss being bombarded with too many games to keep up with.

Stuffgamer1

#7

Stuffgamer1 said:

So much hate for this series! Come on, it was awesome (especially Episode 4, and now this one, I'm sure)! Most of the very-small-amount-of-not-crap on WiiWare thus far...

SilentJ

#8

SilentJ said:

@Stuffgamer1
I don't think anyone hates the series. If anything I think most people loved these games. I actually went to the Strong Bad site and watched a couple videos. I was hoping to get really into it so I could get the games but it just wasn't my thing. I hope they release more games in the future for fans of the series. I'm just glad there's more room for other games for now. I might even give Strong Bad another chance once I finish up some of the games I've already started.

WarioFan63

#9

WarioFan63 said:

I blame Trogdor for burninating MaBoShi's Arcade!

Look, lets just try to avoid talking about Dangeresque 4: The Maboshi Projective right now ok?

ACK

#10

ACK said:

I seem to remember everyone rejoicing that Telltale was releasing a series of episodic Adventure games on WiiWare just a few months back... Did everyone remember why they don't play Adventure games anymore or what?

Personally, I welcome variety, even if that means more of a somewhat archiac genre. It's just too bad that Telltale wasn't able to do break the crystallized mold. (Although they apparently had little intention of doing so.)

As far as Strong Bad clogging the pipeline, what's wrong with a little delayed gratification?

Wiiloveit

#11

Wiiloveit said:

@Dazza: You can have MaBoShi when we get World of Goo (hopefully this Friday... or else).

Also, I can't wait to get my hands on this - but no hint of a second series? MAKE IT HAPPEN, TELLTALE!

EJD

#12

EJD said:

@Wiiloveit: I totally agree about WOG; I'm worried as Wikipedia says it's due Spring 2009. :( I can't wait that long! Especially after seeing some gameplay today at college; it seems like this is one of the games that is almost universally loved and will go down as a classic with other games such as Pac-Man and GoldenEye.

I hope WOG gets a sequel and that 2D Boy keep up the quality of their games.

As for Strong Bad, I don't like the Flash series so none of the games have interested me. It would be great to get more episodic games on WiiWare.

CorbsAdmin

#13

Corbs said:

I wouldn't hold my breath for a European World of Goo release in 2008 if I were you. :)

KnucklesSonic8

#14

KnucklesSonic8 said:

This game is great thus far. Definitely one of zee best! :D

The fan service joke near the beginning was FUNNEH!

Saisinkolimonadin

#15

Saisinkolimonadin said:

Loved all the games, but still, glad it comes to an end. I really don't have the extra money or the extra energy it takes to go a couple dozen miles to the nearest bigger city by train to buy a Wii Points card (and movies, music, games and other things, I mean, if I came this far I'll have to buy something) and bam, 50-70 or something euros and hours of highschooler's oh-so-precious time succesfully wasted. The series was great, but I think it's time for the Chapmans (Chapmen?) to get back to the website and Telltalers to other projects. I don't want a second season, at least not in a while.

CorbsAdmin

#18

Corbs said:

I gave up on Maboshi a long time ago. And after seeing it in action, I'm not overly interesting in it. I'm about puzzled out. :)

Objection

#20

Objection said:

You may not believe me, but I am the person who sent the email that led to the SBE "Japanese Cartoon." This led to the creation of Stinkoman, who I heard is in SBCG4AP Epi5! So I'm (really extremely kinda) in a video game!
@WWW- Please make a mini-article, listing what episodes are best if you don't plan to get them all, unless you want us just to go by numbers.

ACK

#22

ACK said:

I don't get it when people say they are puzzled out, or anything to that effect...

I just like good games. Any game, any genre, any time. As long as the game's good, it's really that simple.

CorbsAdmin

#23

Corbs said:

It doesn't help that I'm not much of a puzzle game fan as it is. If it's something really great like a World of Goo, I'll enjoy it, otherwise it normally gets passed over by me unless I have to review it.

I say bring on the shooters. The WiiWare service is a perfect outlet for them and it might keep me off the Saturn and PC Engine for awhile. Plus I can pretty much guarantee you that I'll never be shootered-out! :)

shadows262

#24

shadows262 said:

@ACK!
but when you get too much of the same well it gets old.
ok its like playing 3 different named games but they all have the same gameplay and objective. Puzzlers in otherwords are getting really old and thats because there is so many on Wiiware.
@Corbie
Yes shooters, RTS, and Platformers!

calculon

#25

calculon said:

Huzzah! The last SB game for a looooong time I hope. Well, I guess it's back to enjoying more of the usual obscure, less-than-average quality puzzle games and half-baked remakes that make the WiiWare service so memorable.

I personally don't really care if World of Goo does come out this year, nor next year for that matter. I downloaded the demo on Steam and thought it was ok. But in the end - regardless of its production values - a puzzle game is still just a puzzle game and I'm getting tired of constantly working what little grey matter is left in my brain.

My only hope is that High Voltage's racer will appear sooner rather than later. That way the less sensible (i.e. fun) side of my brain can get some exercise too.

DrakeStaff

#26

Drake said:

@ Objection_Blaster: There's almost no difference in gameplay between the episodes, so it all just boils down to what plot you like more. For me it would go: 4 > 5 > 2 > 3 > 1.

Stuffgamer1

#27

Stuffgamer1 said:

I will either agree with Drake's list, or swap 4 and 5. I'll have to play 5 before I can say...

And as this message list continues, you can clearly see why I said everybody (or the majority, at least) hates (or at least dislikes or wants the end of) SBCG4AP. Personally, I'd be happy if they kept right on making them (I'm one of the rare Adventure game nuts, especially when they're the comedy type), as they add up to the majority of the worth-while WiiWare games, imo.

WarioFan63

#28

WarioFan63 said:

I just like good games. Any game, any genre, any time. As long as the game's good, it's really that simple.
Just when I worry theres no hope for gamers today, glimmers like this appear.

CorbsAdmin

#29

Corbs said:

I'm a bit too finicky for that type of attitude. It's like first-person shooters. I hate them. Even the greats like Halo 3, I absolutely can't stand. I'm glad gamers love them, but they're not for me.

Cthuloops

#30

Cthuloops said:

I personally like FPSs, Fighting, Platforming, Racing, Strategy RPG's, and the occasional Shooter but I hate puzzlers. The only puzzlers I like are World of Goo and crosswords. So I'm hoping we do get to see more variety on WiiWare from now on. That is wishful thinking though and I don't see it happening too soon. :(

shadows262

#31

shadows262 said:

FPS are great but their getting old just like puzzlers are.
only FPS i like are Metroid Primes, and Call of Duty.
But that upcoming game The Conduit looks amazing. Anyone agree!?

Clayfrd

#32

Clayfrd said:

@Corbie - I'm not crazy about FPSs either. I like one very occasionally, but it is basically... every other genre that I like. I'm also not crazy about RPGs. I like them, but very few catch my attention. The ones that I can manage to play I usually love, but it's not common.

Stuffgamer1

#34

Stuffgamer1 said:

I prefer 3rd person shooters to FPS. Take it a step further, and stuff like Ratchet & Clank is the BEST! But I generally like almost anything but most sports and racing games (exceptions for Mario and Sega sports and Mario Kart). I generally don't like shooters (side or top scrolling) or fighters much either (with rare exceptions for both as well). Asides from that, I'll take Adventure, Action, Action-Adventure, RPG, Strategy (even though I suck at most of them, I still play a few), Platformer, Board Game, GOOD puzzlers (there's plenty of bad ones out there, y'know), and various weird games some would describe as "casual" (like Brain Challenge on Xbox 360 or Crosswords DS).

Interesting how this suddenly turned into a discussion of gaming tastes, huh? :P

Clayfrd

#35

Clayfrd said:

@Stuffgamer1 - Any article can turn into a discussion on something unrelated at anytime. Let me get us back on track.

Great review, Marcel! I never tried the SB games, and I don't plan to, but it's nice to see the review so promptly.

Wiiloveit

#36

Wiiloveit said:

@Drake: I feel it should still be pointed out that episode one is still a great place for newbies to start. I actually preferred 1 to 2. My list: 4>3>1>2.

MarkyVigoroth

#37

MarkyVigoroth said:

I like dragons and video games, and this, which gives both, also has an 8?
I now truly want this! (But still, I should get Bio Miracle Bokkute Up for myself and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King for my brother, the latter as an Epiphany present... :P)

Hyperfludd

#38

Hyperfludd said:

The fun series finally ends.

I have never ever seen Homestar Runner before I invested in this series, but I instantly fell in love with the characters. It was a great ride.

Here's for season 2!

Stuffgamer1

#42

Stuffgamer1 said:

@vettes2 and Clayfrd: In short, it's about a bunch of weird characters doing weird stuff. Really, it doesn't have much of a definable premise. But that's what makes it great. If you want to know more about it, all I can really do is recommend you check http://www.homestarrunner.com/main3.html and see what you think. Click "first time here?" and go from there (yes, I've already told Clayfrd this elsewhere, but I assume vettes2 didn't see that).

I'd never heard of the site until the announcement for the games series came up on WiiWare World, but I became an instant fan. I was annoyed to learn that my best friend was already a fan but had been holding out on me... :P

Objection

#46

Objection said:

Any word on a disc release? Cuz otherwise I might as well Steam the whole season for $35 and save myself some money and a lotta space on my Wii...

Drizzt

#47

Drizzt said:

Yikes, it does certainly seem like there is a bit of hate on this great series. I have only played the demo of this episode, but I've played and beaten 1, 2, and 4. Dangeresque 3 (episode 4) is my favourite and had me laughing the whole time.

Matt_Walker

#48

Matt_Walker said:

I have enough points for ONE Strong Bad game, and I'm wondering which one is the best? 1,2,3,4, or 5?

I'm leaning towards Dangeresque, but I really want to play this one, too...

-TR

#49

-TR said:

@Matt Walker: I'd say my favorate is 4, then 2, and 5 refers to the previous games a fair bit, so you're ebst to start either at the begining or with Dangeresque.

Curt

#51

Curt said:

I sure hope there's a second season. These were fun games. Personally, my favorites were the first two.

Riiibz

#53

Riiibz said:

@SilentJ: It's hard to get into homestarrunner.com when there are so many cartoons on the site, mainly because of all of the in-jokes.

SKTTR

#54

SKTTR said:

I never heard about Strong Bad and the Homestar Runner series before until I played Strong Bad's game, episode one. I think there's no better way to get into the series.

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