Telltale brings “Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse” next month

“A psychically empowered lagomorph battling unusual and fearsome villains can mean only one thing: Freelance Police Sam & Max are coming for a new series of monthly episodic games.”

I couldn’t have put any better myself, Mr. Press Release.

Originally teased at the conclusion of their fantastic Tales of Monkey Island series, Telltale Games announced that the third season of their award-winning Sam and Max series, entitled “The Devil’s Playhouse,” will launch on the PC, Mac, and PS3 on April 15th.

The first episode of the five-part season, “The Penal Zone,” starts with our favorite rabbity-thing obtaining some unusual psychic abilities, opening up a whole new set of adventures for our beloved Sam and Max.

Back in December, the teaser site announced that we would “no longer [be able to] blindly mash buttons to unleash a torrent of irreverent banter.” Undoubtedly, the psychic powers will come into play, but just how significantly has the gameplay has evolved? We won’t know until next month, but, given Telltale’s record, I’m sure it’ll be amazing. Keep your eyes on the Fridge, and we’ll keep you updated.

For those who wish to preorder the season now, you can place an order at Telltale’s “Devil’s Playhouse” website for their regular price of $34.95. You’ll also get access to a free game of another Telltale series and be recognized as one of their “Elite Forces,” which will give you access to exclusive pre-release information, chats with the creators, and other fun stuff. I plan on getting mine later today, and you should too!

See the full press release after the jump.


Check out mind expanding trailer and pre-order special at

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – March 11, 2010 – A psychically empowered lagomorph battling unusual and fearsome villains can mean only one thing: Freelance Police Sam & Max are coming for a new series of monthly episodic games. Telltale Games’ Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse premiere episode The Penal Zone will release April 15th. This series will be Telltale’s first for the PlayStation® Network, exclusively for the PlayStation®3 (PS3 TM) computer entertainment system. The games will also release on PC and Macintosh.

As Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse opens, Max has been bestowed with a set of powerful psychic abilities from an unusual ancient source that he’ll wield against the strongest and strangest foes the Freelance Police have ever faced. Join gaming’s greatest dog and rabbit sleuths as they investigate the source of these powers, with manic Max exercising new and amazing abilities with each episode. Max’s shape shifting, teleportation, mind reading and future sight powers prove particularly useful as intergalactic simians, eldritch gods, under-dwellers and an arcane scholar ruthlessly hunt down these powers for their own evil ends. The teaser trailer released today at gives a peek at the skewed humor of The Devil’s Playhouse. The very first in-game screenshots and new concept art are also posted at the site.

“Telltale continues to excel at channeling Sam & Max’s extremely peculiar sensibilities,” said Sam & Max creator, Steve Purcell. “For each subsequent season they somehow manage to toss ever more mind-addling scenarios at the Freelance Police. The creative team inhabits these characters so well that if I were their parents I’d be worried about them.”

The PC pre-order for the series which begins today at includes a FREE game episode from the Telltale library along with exclusive membership in the Freelance Police “Elite Forces” – all for just $34.95. Freelance Police Elite Forces members will gain access to a private forum for scheduled chats with Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell and Telltale designers along with first look posts about upcoming episodes before they release. Additionally, these customers will get special deals at the Telltale Store over the course of the season, as well as custom forum avatars and desktop wallpaper downloads. The pre-order for PlayStation users is expected to begin March 18th on the PlayStation Network.

“With Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse, we’re bringing PlayStation fans five months of exciting episodic content and continuing our commitment to deliver exclusive, innovative gaming experiences to the PlayStation Network,” said Rob Dyer, senior vice president of publisher relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “The unhinged humor, unforgettable cast and irreverent undertone of this enduring franchise are aspects we expect will resonate with our audience, and both Telltale and SCEA can’t wait to deliver.”



About Telltale, Inc.

Telltale is the first and only digital publisher to release interactive episodic content on a monthly schedule. Founded in 2004 by LucasArts veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader, establishing the model for downloadable game seasons and releasing more than 30 games to date. Telltale’s titles have won numerous awards including “Adventure Game of the Year” accolades from publications such as IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpy, and Adventure Gamers, and have been recognized by mainstream outlets ranging from USA Today, to The New York Times to Variety. Telltale currently develops and publishes episodic series on PlayStation® 3, Mac, PC, Wii TM, and Xbox 360 TM.


About Sam & Max

Sam is a six-foot dog in a baggy suit sporting a trombone-sized .44 hand-cannon. Max is three feet of pure unleashed id with a saw blade grin and the impulsive nature of the average piranha. Together they patrol the sticky streets of a fantastical New York City, righting wrongs, pummeling perps, and ridding the urban landscape of the shifty legions of “self-propelled gutter trash” that litter their streets. Sam and Max got their start in comics in 1987, courtesy of cartoonist Steve Purcell. They have appeared in many formats over the years, including two seasons of an episodic graphic adventure game series; an award-winning animated series in 1998; an online web comic in 2006, for which Purcell was awarded an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic; and The 20th Anniversary Edition of the Surfin’ the Highway comic anthology which was nominated for a Eisner Award in 2009.

Written by: Dwight Tejano

Dwight is the founder of Open the Fridge, which he started in 2008 and rebooted in 2010. Due to the nature of early adopting, his bank account is normally empty. He likes to sing in world-renown choruses to forget such things.

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