Sam and Max Hit the Road (1993)

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Two screwball detectives are hired to track a couple of human oddities that went missing from a local Tourist Trap.


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Credited cast:
Sam / Psychic / Flambe / Vanuatoo (voice)
Max / World of Fish Fisherman / Additional Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marsha Clark ...
Trixie the Giraffe-Necked Girl / Evelyn Morrison (voice)
Denny Delk ...
Shep Kushman / Burl Kushman / Lee Harvey (voice)
Bruno (voice)
Tony Pope ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Beth Wernick ...
Additional Voices (voice)


The year is 1950 and Sam and Max are a pair of detectives somewhere in New York. While Sam is a no nonsense, dry humored, drab individual, his bizarre life is kept interesting by partner Max, a perverse and sadistic midget with a psychotic sense of humor, violent tendencies and a swearing fetish. Living in a rundown office building/office, they pass through life day by day off of saved money from their glory days, and spend time watching TV and participating in other strange activities as they wait for an assignment. One day, after a dry spell of employment, Sam and Max are called to the scene of a kidnapping at a local tourist trap. It seems two human oddities, a Bigfoot and a giraffe necked girl, have been kidnapped, and the Siamese twin brothers, who are no stranger then the oddities they promote, are paying a large cash sum up front for the return of their prized possessions. From there Sam and Max must travel across country in search of the two, as well as contend with a rock and... Written by K. Lynnith

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Two of the muzak songs heard in Snucky's are from Day of the Tentacle (1993), the other one is Conroy Bumpus' "King of the Creatures"; the song he's seen singing at Bumpusville. See more »


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Max: Sam, this place is making my head ping.
Sam: That's probably the metal plate in your head.
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A dry wit and a silly story
2 June 2004 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Sam & Max is one of my favorite adventure games. Even though it's now quite old, and I was a young teen when I first played it, I still find the dry, sarcastic humor funny. It's perfectly in synch with my own sense of humor.

There are a few slow parts to Sam & Max, and parts of the game where the puzzles may be too aggravating to work out without resorting to a walkthrough. Don't think of it as cheating -- the real charm to this game is in its humor and silly storyline. For that reason I also recommend reading the comics the game was based on. I can't say I particularly enjoyed the short-lived TV show on FOX, but any diehard fan will watch it no matter what I say.

Although this game won't run on newer computers as-is, it's possible to play this game on Windows, Linux, Mac, PocketPC and even Dreamcast with an application called ScummVM. I highly recommend playing this game if you get the chance.

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