PC Review: Strong Bad Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands

Strong Bad rocks out to fix his fun machine in the best episode so far.

Rock and roll! Hurting for cash, Strong Bad sets out to dominate the Battle Royale of the Bands. Can he rule the stage and win the big prize? Or will he be drowned out by the competition? Find out in this high-voltage episode — with special guest stars, rock gods LIMOZEEN!

The Strong Bad series has so far been full of laughs, with the latest episode taking place in a Battle Royale of the Bands …it had a chance to either be really good or really bad. Luckily this turns out to be the best episode of the series so far and I thought it was going to be impossible to top Strong Badia The Free, but I was wrong.

Baddest of the Bands starts with Strong Bad sitting playing videogames and then his console starts smoking, he takes it to Bubs for repairs but it’s going to cost a big sack of cash to repair. Strong Bad gets an idea in his head to hold a Battle Royale of the Bands and begins a recruitment drive to get bands to sign up so he can get enough cash to pay Bubs. Of course it sounds simple but it never is. Marzipan’s band won’t sign up because they have a benefit concert to attend for some Albino bat and the others also have their own reasons for not attending.

Strong Bad also has to sign up celebrity judges “Limozeen” to attend by sending in a album cover that you have made yourself. There’s also trying to trick Strong Sad into being a security guard and convincing Homestar Runner to audition to Pom Pom for his band, his problem is he forgets lyrics easily and you have to stand by items that rhyme with what he is singing. Bubs himself also had his own band with Coach Z but they split because Coach Z is moping around with feelings for Homestar’s girlfriend, Marzipan. The ways to manipulating people in this episode are more devious than ever, I’ve never laughed so much in ages. I won’t spoil the jokes, but any fan of the series will enjoy this episode more than the past two. I would go into more detail, but I’d hate to ruin things for you.

The game’s visuals are identical to the last games as they are episodic and use the same engine, but there are some new locations, although not many. It’s mostly fun through its dialogue tree and ways of progressing. After completing it, you can go back for collectables and the like…although it’s not that important, it’s more a case of extending the replay value slightly.

The Verdict

This month’s episode is the best so far, but it can be quite short and after playing it once, it’s hard to recommend a second playthrough. There’s a lot of jokes and setups that I haven’t talked about for the sake of hiding whats in there for you to find, but I promise it’s worth it. Even if you only ever see it once.