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Sam & Max: Culture Shock now available at Telltale's website

Customers worldwide can now buy the first episode of Sam & Max: Season 1, or try it out with the free demo

SAN RAFAEL, CA, November 1, 2006 - Fans of quick wit, biting sarcasm, and deceptively endearing anthropomorphic animals rejoice! Canine shamus Sam and his rabbity-thing sidekick Max, the Freelance Police, are back on the neighborhood beat, clearing throngs of self-propelled gutter trash off the streets. The first Sam & Max video game in over a decade is now on sale at the Telltale website A downloadable free trial is also available at the site.

Sam & Max: Culture Shock is the first of six planned episodes. The game premiered exclusively on Turner Broadcasting System's GameTap service on October 17, where it was welcomed with outstanding acclaim from reviewers and fans. Today marks Culture Shock's worldwide debut.

Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell says, "It's clear from this first episode that the Telltale crew has a great handle on what a Sam & Max game should be. Creating an engaging, funny, and yummy-looking series while indulging my goofy whims every step of the way is a Herculean task. And the episodic approach to Sam & Max is working as well as I had hoped. I'm a happy little spud!" Mike Stemmle, a driving force behind 1993's trailblazing Sam & Max: Hit the Road game, says: "Telltale's Sam & Max makes me as giddy as a hobo in a transcontinental boxcar full of ham hocks!"

Culture Shock has already received extremely positive reviews from mainstream and specialized press alike. The New York Times reports, "With sardonic humor, a cool jazz score and engaging 3D graphics, Culture Shock has even more style and wit than the original game." has awarded Culture Shock its esteemed Editors' Choice distinction and writes that it "is sure to please fans of humor, fans of adventure games and the legion of Sam & Max devotees who have been waiting like demented lagomorphs for a return of the deranged duo."

Visitors to can purchase Culture Shock for $8.95 or preorder the entire season for $34.95. Those who opt for the full season will get immediate access to Culture Shock and subsequent episodes as they come out on Telltale's site. When the season wraps up next spring, these customers can receive a CD version of Sam & Max: Season 1 for only the price of shipping and handling. Sam & Max episodes can also be played as part of a GameTap subscription for $9.95 / month.

To welcome the Freelance Police, Telltale has just unveiled a completely new website at In addition to Sam & Max: Season 1, the site features Telltale's other games (CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder, the Bone series, and Telltale Texas Hold'em), as well as a selection of high-quality story-driven games developed by third-party partners. With a portfolio of content for all ages and tastes, as well as improved forums and community areas, the new Telltale website advances the company's position as a top-caliber entertainment destination.

About Sam & Max

Steve Purcell published "Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple" as his first Sam & Max comic in 1987. Sam & Max solved assorted crimes and mysteries as "Freelance Police" in their sturdy 1960 Black and White De Soto Adventurer from their home base in New York City. After a series of follow-up comic books, Purcell worked with a team at LucasArts to create the critically acclaimed "Sam & Max Hit the Road" adventure game in 1993. The dog and bunny duo moved to television, in an award-winning animated series in 1997 and are now appearing in an all-new webcomic series at

About GameTap

GameTap is the leader in digital game distribution and broadband entertainment. Launched by Turner Broadcasting in 2005, it now delivers more than 600 authentic versions of the greatest console, computer and arcade games on demand, including original and exclusive episodic properties. In addition to games for every age and interest, GameTap offers more than 400 original entertainment programs, popular video streams and thriving virtual communities to broadband-connected PCs. Continually updated with new games, programs and features, GameTap is a downloadable application that supports navigation and game play using keyboard and mouse, as well as most USB peripherals. Go to and expand your playground.

About Telltale, Inc.

Telltale delivers Tales for Your Imagination - high caliber interactive entertainment which features engaging stories, strong characters, and rich environments. A new era of interactive entertainment is emerging, with customers expecting more from their investment in play time. Telltale is developing and deploying cinematic quality animation and storytelling technologies, to create entertaining and exciting interactive adventures which meet these new expectations. Staffed with long time industry veterans, Telltale creates tales based on Jeff Smith's Bone series, Steve Purcell's Sam & Max characters and television's popular CSI program in partnership with Ubisoft. Telltale offers content development and custom publishing services for license-holders interested in adapting their properties for interactive delivery. Telltale has created innovative tools, designed specifically for rapid development of high quality, space-efficient titles for digital distribution. Telltale titles can be downloaded from its website, as well as online partners such as Yahoo! Games, Direct-to-Drive, Trymedia Systems, Boonty, and CNET. To learn more about Telltale, please visit


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