Sam & Max: Episode 204 - Chariots of the Dogs

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Sam & Max 204: Chariots of the Dogs is the fourth adventure game in the series of the same name.


The plot is about the events happened to Sam and Max — they are personas of Steve Purcell's comics. In the game, Bosco, the severely paranoid and conspiratorial thinking owner of Bosco's Inconvenience store, disappears.
Sam and Max try to track him down; when they do, they discover a strange organization called T-H-E-M. The interior motif of the Chariots of the Dogs is time travel and aliens. The characters are caught by a flying saucer while investigating the case. They find a high-tech elevator that allows them to travel in time. Sam and Max begin to move between several time periods, simultaneously trying to fix the passing paradoxes.


The player performs as the anthropomorphic dog Sam and a hare called Max, detectives from the Freelance Police. The player aims to solve various puzzles, complete tasks, and choose between options given in branched dialogues. All of them lead to the final puzzle, so the player should take sidelong thinking to finish the game.

Key features

The dialogues between characters have the usual TellTale sense of humor; there are a lot of plot twists and callbacks. The game also has original soundtracks. All of the actions happen in the 3D parody universe.

Release date
Telltale Games
Telltale Games
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for iOS

iPhone 3G S, iPhone 4, iPod Touch Fourth Gen, iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, Watch 4, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OS X 10.5 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 256MB of RAM
  • Graphics: Not Recommended For: Macs with integrated graphics
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Last Modified: Jun 25, 2020

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Sam & Max: Episode 204 - Chariots of the Dogs reviews and comments

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"Sam & Max: Season Two: Chariots of the Dogs" is the fourth Episode of the second Season of the fun-satirical episode Point-and-click adventures. The overturns sadistic Bunny Max and the jovial Dog Sam form a congenial Team. They are freelance police Officers, investigative Detectives and solve every Case with their Firm, however absurd or outlandish. Mechanically, we are in classic Point-and-Click. We (almost) always control Sam, click on Things that all trigger a Comment, stuff some of them into our Inventory, use them with other Things or other Protagonists, and select from multiple conversational Options for the latter. As classic as the Gameplay, so twisted is the Humour. Everything is taken on the Rails here, whether Television Formats or American Presidents. The more abstruse the better. In doing so, the Series doesn't shy away from bad Puns and Calaus. But it is precisely this disrespectful approach to everything and everyone that opens up the Range from sharp Parody to Level-free flat wit. Everything else is subordinated to a good Punchline. And that's exactly what makes for the Wit and Charm of "Sam & Max." As usual, this Episode is not primarily about the Puzzles, but about the anarchist-ironic Humour that always isolates Elements of the Real And parodies them through Overdrawing. The Puzzle Structure is also often similar. In Terms Of content, there are the wildest and most surprising Ideas, but structurally many Puzzles run according to the Motto: Do three or four Tasks and then come back, off. In this Episode "Chariots of the Dogs," the Shopkeeper of our Trust has disappeared without a Trace. And not because he has once again acquired a failed new Disguise, no, he has really disappeared. In Search of him, we encounter a Time Machine, a UFO and the Beginning of the Universe. So pretty much done and, for my Taste, a little too crazy. Paradoxes in all Honours, I Think you can see how much the Series is going to death. And that is why the most absurd, illogisted and descriptive Connections are carved out and combined with a Structure with which everything can be justified and pseudo-justified. Somewhere in the Wust, the Basic Humor also flutes, which does not mean that there are not again very funny Moments (such as the Beginning of the Universe). In any Case, you should play the English-language Version if you don't want to miss Gags. The German Synchro makes an effort, but often-due to numerous Puns that can hardly be translated-has no Chance. The Playing Time of the individual Episodes is neat, because you are busy with each of the five episodes about two Hours. (On Steam, however, you can only buy the whole Season 2 consisting of 5 Episodes anyway). Rating: 5/10 Atmosphere 5/10 Story 7/10 Graphics 7/10 Sound 7/10 Game Mechanics 5/10 Balancing 4/10 Game Pass Conclusion: Too constructed, too arbitrary. 5/10 Overall Rating
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