Sam & Max Episode 104: Abe Lincoln Must Die! Review

I’m guessing that if you’re reading this review then you’ve either played the previous three Sam & Max episodes or are waiting on the sidelines to see if the whole series looks like it will be worth a play through. After all, who starts a story with Episode 4? Anyone? Anyone? Lucas? Lucas? Anyway, on to the latest adventure of our favorite gumshoe hound dog and psychotic rabbity-like creature…

Episode 4: Abe Lincoln Must Die! is probably one of the more oddly titled games to come along in a while, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II, The Rise of the Witch-King excepted of course. Its title suggests that it’s a free game given out by Church’s Fried Chicken restaurants across the South, but it does not involve time travel or various geographical regions attempting to pull a Lazarus and rising up again. Instead this Sam and Max case involves a diabolical plot by a mysterious group to get a giant robotic statue of Abe Lincoln elected president. Sam and Max react in the only way that makes sense – by throwing Max’s hat, er, oversized head, into the ring to run against the robot, thus saving the American people from a robotic president by giving them one who pledges to nuke Antarctica. Those uppity penguins have it coming…

Episode 4 is the best in the series in terms of plot and satire. Sure, American politics is as easy a target as its TV-obsessed culture, but this time out the humor is a bit more biting and there are far more subtle touches added for the amusement of those who pay close attention to things. Episode 4 also takes the series a step back in the right direction as far as the puzzles are concerned. Episode 3’s puzzles were surprisingly easy and straight-forward, but this time out you’ll need to do a little more thinking as you make your way through the game. Episode 4 does suffer a bit from the fact that it recycles most of its locations from the previous episodes, which takes some of the fun out of exploring and seeing what Sam and Max have to say about each object that you click on.

If you’ve played the first three episodes, then by all means play Episode 4. It’s one of the better episodes in the series and will hopefully build some momentum for the series as it enters its final two episodes. If you’re still wondering whether to take the plunge, Episode 4 should definitely nudge you closer to the edge of the pool.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 84%. American politics will never be the same after Sam and Max get through with it. Whether or not that’s good for the country is debatable, but it makes for some enjoyable gaming.


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