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Strong Bad Episode 5: 8-Bit is Enough (WiiWare) Review

Review for Strong Bad Episode 5: 8-Bit is Enough on WiiWare - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

We have seen Strong Bad trying to undermine the protagonist of online web animation 'Homestar Runner' in Homestar Ruiner, try to rule the world in Strong Badia the Free, become a rockstar in Baddest of the Bands, as well as finally make Dangeresque 3, the threequel to the extremely amateurish action movie from the Homestar Runner universe that fans have been begging for over many years. Now the culmination of all that makes the series so special is here in the form of 8-Bit is Enough, the fifth and final entry in Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. Surely it cannot fail to live up to expectations...right?

The past five or so months have seemingly flown by and it feels like just a few moments have passed since Strong Bad first came blasting onto the WiiWare scene claiming that players simply could not handle his style, and boasting on a regular basis that he was indeed Lord Awesome of Awesomeness, or something inherently similar. Quite frankly the Mexican wrestling-esque styled character is such a complete oddity, even when compared to the vast array of 'unique' creations that have graced TV sets over the years that he would not immediately strike the average person as being a potential source of great humour. However, the character traits conveyed through the impeccably strong script, the wonderfully delivered voice acting and laugh-out-loud comic timing, mixed with some welcomed slapstick humour make Strong Bad a natural lead for what really should be Homestar Runner's show.

In this, the fifth and final entry into Season One of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Trogdor, the beefy-armed dragon of legend, has shaken free from his video game confines and is now running around the countryside, 'burninating' everything in sight without the slightest amount of regret. With a dragon on the loose and numerous other 8-bit classics leaking into the real world, it is all fun and games until the proud land of Strong Badia falls to Trogdor's fiery wrath at which point something needed to be done and feet firmly put down before more crazy shenanigans could take place. Up steps Strong Bad as he must take back the night by sending this scorching menace back into his arcade cabinet once and for all. Just one problem...does anybody know how to kill a dragon?

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As with previous entries into this point-and-click adventure, players use the Wii Remote to point at various elements around the in-game world and then simply click to interact with them. This either results in an oft-humorous diatribe about items or people, or the start of conversations with other characters that can lead to further progress in the game by triggering events. On several occasions players will be tasked to use the numerous items they collect along the way in different situations, again to help them edge ever closer to the final credits. Just as with the previous four games, the format is faultless, with the control set-up so simple and intuitive that anyone can simply jump in, whilst the difficulty level of puzzles is balanced well enough to be simplistic in some cases, yet sufficiently taxing in order to maintain the attention of veteran gamers (this is also helped by the in-game hint system, which can be tinkered with depending on the level of a the gamer playing).

So what makes this so different from the last four entries, and is it actually a better game on the whole? Well, Telltale and the Chapman Brothers have saved the biggest laughs and wittiest script for last to ensure the series ends with real style. The game focuses on the Videlectrix collection of retro-styled games and how their characters end up spilling into Strong Bad's world, with him travelling to theirs as well in an effort to cease Trogdor's terror. Throughout the game players will come face-to-face with parodies of various 8-bit classics, such as Megaman, Donkey Kong's arcade titles, Super Mario Bros. and even King's Quest. Then later on there is the shock of an unusual take on First-Person favourite 'Doom'! In addition, there are several stylish 8-bit characterisations throughout, including Strong Bad himself being changed into a pixellated being as he is transferred to the 8-bit realm. Throw in a bunch of hidden extras, as is the norm with this series, as well as the fun that can be had with Strong Bad's 'Fun Machine' (an Atari 2600 look-a-like device) once the main game has been completed, and you have yourself one of the best WiiWare experiences available on the service so far. Show this some support and hopefully Telltale will be convinced to get cracking on a second season of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People...

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Gameplay

With the point-and-click mechanic already tweaked to perfection over the past four episodes, the addition of extra elements this time around only helps to bolster what was already a splendid game.

Graphics

Translating the 2D world of the Homestar Runner source material into 3D on Wii works wonderfully, and the life given to all elements is extremely pleasing indeed.

Sound

A mixture of memorable old school-styled music and perfectly executed voice-over work is almost sheer perfection.

Value

As with the other four episodes, 8-Bit is Enough provides a few hours of entertainment for its 1,000 Wii Points price-tag and then offers even more once the main mode is completed.

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

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Rated 9 out of 10

Telltale Games and the Chapman brothers have ended the first Season of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People on a major high, with this last episode proving to be the wittiest, most engaging and laugh-out-loud hilarious of all five outings.

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Telltale

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Question.
I got the first strong bad episode and really liked it, Then I got the second and I didnt like it nearly as much, I thought it was much shorter than the first and wasnt worth the money. I havent bought one since because of that episode.
Should I reconsider and buy the others?

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I think you should. Personally I really liked the second episode. The third one is great but maybe it's better for those who are familiar with the series.

I've got the last 2 but not played them yet.

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For me 3 was the weakest link. In my eyes the order goes: 5 -> 4 -> 2 -> 1 -> 3.

If you're really unsure, perhaps hold off and wait to see if Telltale does a Wii disc collection, similar to Sam & Max Season One...

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Fair enough.
I will wait till im in the mood for one before considering to buy one.

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Nice - great to see it ending well - with an episodic range it's very hard to keep the quality consistent and from the looks of things Telltale's delivered really well! Definitely want to see games built and distributed in this way, keeps fans playing and satisfied too.

Good stuff Adam

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They Seem to be popping these games out mighty fast. I've yet to look into one due to lack of wii-age. But I will once I get it back.

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They were monthly Episodes, but they were a bit lax with releasing Episode 3 in Europe. From then on it was pretty on schedule though.

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SuperLink said:
They were monthly Episodes, but they were a bit lax with releasing Episode 3 in Europe. From then on it was pretty on schedule though.

That was Nintendo's fault because of its insistence on having one week dedicated to VC and one to WiiWare, rather than do what other territories do and put both out in the same week Smilie

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I just started playing this yesterday, and what can I say? I'm already seeing why it's the best episode... and by quite a ways too.

For HomestarRunner fans, this game is heaven! I've only been playing for an hour or so and there are already a countless amount of references to obscure HSR running gags AND popular culture! (On a similar note I noticed a 4Chan reference near the end of Dangeresque 3). Marzikong is an instant classic! Smilie

And I love 20X6 and Peasant's Quest, so I can't wait to see more of them in this! Smilie

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Glad you've been enjoying it as much as I did. Hopefully more people will give this final chapter a go. Sadly, after the strong start for the first release, the popularity of the other four chapters seems to have been much lower (here in the UK, at least).

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Finished it last night, gotta say I was disappointed at how short it was, and the huge lack of Stinkoman, one of the best characters EVER. Smilie

But maybe it felt much quicker because I enjoyed it so much Smilie Extended Play doesn't seem to have nearly as much as Episode 4 though...

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Yeah, I kind of noticed the reduced amount of Extended Play in this one. I also think the way you do - the game went quicker because it was so enjoyable. Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands lasted the longest just because I got so bored...easily the weakest of the 5, IMO.

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I agree it was the weakest, but I did enjoy it quite a lot. I thought the first was also pretty weak.

Except the song. "Stop trying to handle my style!"

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Class song, definitely - and the first time I did the light-swith rave it had me in stitches. Same with the 'Jibbly-jibbly' scared scene when SB finds that picture in Strong Mad's closet the first time! Laugh-out-loud funny stuff.

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Knowing those things as series staples, I literally squealed when I saw them, especially the painting, because it IS really creepy xD

http://www.homestarrunner.com/ween07.html
http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail45.html

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Good point - I need to actually check out the website now. I tried to avoid it whilst I went through the five episodes as I wanted to be a 'neutral' when reviewing them. That's why I also only reviewed Ep.1, Ep.2 and this one. Mike covered Ep.3 and Karn did Ep.4.

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