Sam and Max Hit the Road is a classic graphic adventure game that was released by LucasArts in 1993. Now considered one of the classic point-and-click adventure games, Sam and Max was received initially with great acclaim and critical reviews.
It was praised for its humor, voice acting, gameplay, graphics and music. To this day, it remains one of the top games of all times on awards listings and publishers’ lists. Known for its hilarious opening as well as humor throughout, it remains one of the most entertaining PC games.
It is based on the comic book characters of Sam and Max, the “Freelance Police”. The characters were created by Steve Purcell and was originally produced several years prior in 1987 as a comic book series.
In 1993, the game was released for MS-DOS. Again in 1995, it was released for Mac OS. In 2002, another re-release. The game uses the SCUMM engine with the iMuse audio system. This keeps the music in synchronicity with the action at all times.
The SCUMM system allows the player to have command boxes at the top and bottom of the screen and a list of inventoried icons to lead the player through the game.
Sam and Max Hit the Road was one of the first games to hire professional voice over talent to play the characters. Nick Jameson and Bill Farmer were the voices of its title characters.
Sam is a 6 foot tall dog dressed as a private investigator and a cop. Max is a 3 foot tall hyper rabbit with no clothes, which does not seem to inhibit his investigative work.
Although not a character in the typical fashion, their car, the 1960 DeSoto Adventurer steals some attention while aiding them in their work. It is painted to look like a black and white squad car fit for a full dozen donuts and a car chase.
The vigilante duo of Sam and Max, who take it upon themselves to solve mysteries, have their interest peaked at the beginning of the game with a call from the commissioner requesting they investigate the runaway carnival Sasquatch named Bruno.
From there, the pair are taken on a journey across the country, stopping at typical Americana sites, familiar to game players. Some of the familiar sites are Mount Rushmore, The World’s Largest Ball of Twine and several other tourist traps across the country.
Sam And Max Hit the Road is definitely not designed for young children to play, despite its youthful animation style. It has quite a witty repertoire of references to pop culture, politics, celebrities and movies.
The initial release was for MS-DOS, Mac OS and Windows. The game’s minimum Windows requirements is Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 with a 1GHz Processor. The minimum amount of RAM is 256.
There is an optional 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7. Of course, a mouse and keyboard are needed to enjoy this game. Don’t forget your sense of adventure and sense of humor.