While Sam & Max 202: Moai Better Blues
has all the earmarks of a standard point-and-click adventure, the series has also included a mini-game to keep things interesting during those points in gameplay where you can't quite figure out what to do next. In Moai Better Blues
, it is a driving/rhythm game that the duo must play.
While driving in the police car, you can pop on some virtual reality goggles (once you get them from the garage) and try to run over bagpipes that line the streets by moving side to side on the road. Each bagpipe plays a note and furthers the song, and once you've finished the song, you've finished the mini-game. Like I said, this was a fun distraction, and while you actually need to go through the mini-game once to further the story (you win a prize when you beat it), I still found it a good way to escape the gameplay for a few minutes and get my thoughts straight... plus, it's always fun to run over bagpipes.
While you don't have to have played the previous Sam & Max games in order to play Moai Better Blues, it certainly helps in order to get the inside jokes and references that are made. For instance, you might not know exactly how Sybil hooked up with The Lincoln Monument's head, or how Max became president, but even if that is the case, you will probably appreciate the unusual settings and characters that the game presents. So even though the episode is designed for Sam & Max followers, you can still jump in at the middle of the series.