I feel a great disturbance in the Force… as if a million voices suddenly cried out in laughter… and peed their pants a little.
That’s right… it appears that a game based on the Internet cult cartoon, “Homestar Runner” is coming for the PC and Nintendo Wii.
The games will be released as episodic content and delivered via the Internet. TellTale games is developing the games, and they have great experience with making successful episodic content, as they revived the adventure PC genre with their “Sam & Max” serials, which wraps up their Second Season.
PC gamers will likely be able to download the games directly from TellTale’s website (and possibly GameTap since TT and GT are in bed together). Wii gamers can download each episode through the Wii Shop Channel.
While Homestar Runner has been a popular underground web cartoon for many years (certainly the guys at Fark.com had something to do with this), Strongbad has emerged as many people’s favorite characters. This gruff-voiced, luchador-mask-wearing, anti-social badass has a series of cartoons where he answers reader email, where our favorite antagonist creatively insults the author. The email is usually a basis for a tangent of comedy which tends to become quite absurd, having roots that are Monty Python-esque (in this author’s opinion).
From the initial screenshots, we can see that many of the series’ characters are involved in the game. Homestar Runner, Strong Sad and The Cheat can be seen, and the trailer shows the rest of the characters (including Marzipan). And yes, StrongBad’s Lappy 486 is included, so you know there will be email hilarity.
As mentioned previously, TellTale is spearheading this game, and they always get a few chuckles from their “Sam & Max” games. I expect the StrongBad serials to frequently produce many “laugh-out-loud” moments. TellTale has started to incorporate minigames into the latest S&M games, so I expect the StrongBad games will have minigames not unlike “Wario Ware”.
I’m sure the writers of the original cartoons have their hands in this, as TellTale commissioned Sam & Max’s original creator (Steve Percival) when developing the new adventure series.
Here’s some of the info from TellTale’s website. They also have a blog post about the game. Oh, yeah, and you can watch the trailer here.
Charming. Suave. Muscular. Awesome. These are just a few of the words that Strong Bad would use to describe himself. In a world gone mad, only one man can be trusted to save the day… for himself. A man with a mask. And boxing gloves. And an attitude. A man called Strong Bad.
Alright listen up, gamertypes! This is the place where I’m gonna be complaining about how these Telltales won’t use any of my ideas. Mustard-gun peripheral for the Wii-mote? NIXED! That shaky blue/red, Rad Racer-style 3D that makes your headaches puke up smaller headaches? KAIBOSHED! The “flame cubicle” I wanted to install in the Telltale offices? SBLOUNSKCHED!!
Oh, and don’t get me started on all my proposed titles they rejected. They scoffed at the genre-bender “Strong Bad: Sudoku Puzzmaster” and didn’t have the guts to name the game “Strong Bad’s 9.5 rating in Nintendo Power or ELSE Challenge ’08.” Hopefully the “mayonnaise cubicle” I installed while the Telltales were at lunch will get them to start properly respecting my style.