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Sam & Max: Freelance Police

The follow-up to the LucasArts graphic adventure starring two soft-boiled detectives on a case that will take them to the edges of the bizarre and the depths of criminal activity. For their triumphant return, Sam & Max are done up with fancy 3D graphics, but still set out on the case in a variation of the traditional graphic adventure type of control system. Despite the cult following behind the series and the anticipation behind the game, it was cancelled due to lack of market interest on 03/03/2004.

Release Date: Release Date N/A

Developer: Infinite Machine


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Sam & Max: Freelance Police was a graphic adventure computer game developed by LucasArts from 2002 until its cancellation in 2004, and the final game in the company's adventure game era. Freelance Police was originally intended for release for Windows in early 2004 as a sequel to the 1993 title Sam & Max Hit the Road. The game was based on the characters Sam and Max: an anthropomorphic dog and "hyperkinetic rabbity thing" who debuted in a 1987 comic book series created by Steve Purcell. Freelance Police was announced in August 2002, and showcased at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in 2003. Like its predecessor, Freelance Police was designed as a point-and-click adventure game, but used a 3D game engine in place of the SCUMM and GrimE engines used in older LucasArts adventure games. The project's development was led by Michael Stemmle, one of the original designers for Sam & Max Hit the Road, while Steve Purcell assisted in developing the game's plot and providing artistic direction.

Although the game's development appeared to be proceeding towards completion without difficulty, LucasArts abruptly canceled production of Freelance Police in March 2004, citing economic and market conditions. The game's cancellation was received poorly by fans of the series, Steve Purcell, and the video game industry media. Many journalists viewed this move as a culmination in the decline of the adventure game genre. LucasArts later terminated its adventure game development, and many of the Freelance Police design team left to create Telltale Games and continue development of such adventure games. Steve Purcell moved the Sam & Max franchise to Telltale Games in 2005, prompting a revival of Sam & Max video games.

Sam & Max: Freelance Police was designed by LucasArts as a graphic adventure game and sequel to the 1993 title Sam & Max Hit the Road. The game was to feature 3D computer graphics rendered in real-time. The game engine contained elements from other LucasArts games, including those from Gladius, RTX Red Rock, Full Throttle: Hell on Wheels and Star Wars: Obi-Wan. Graphical features such as shaders, bump maps and lightmaps were used to give a 3D effect to 2D textures in the game. Little was revealed of the gameplay, other than that Freelance Police would not follow the same control scheme used in 3D LucasArts adventures Grim Fandango and Escape from Monkey Island, but would return to point-and-click mechanics used in the 2D LucasArts games. As in Sam & Max Hit the Road, Freelance Police would contain a mixture of optional and compulsory minigames, 19 in total. The game was designed so that the player character could not die or reach a dead end.

Questions & Answers

  • Old detective game that i cant remember the name of?

    Ok so i had this game ages ago where you were like a dog or something and you went to a sleep over and someone stole somehting. And so during the day you would go out and find like

    was it Sam & Max? Sam & Max Hit the Road, Sam & Max: Freelance Police, Sam & Max Save the World, Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space, and Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_%26_Max... or was it http://www.nyhistory.org/childrens-museu...

  • Is it just damn ME or did 90's cartoon intros sound exactly the damn same?

    Seriously: put The Mask intro and the Sam and Max: Freelance Police themes together, and I can't tell the difference. Hulk and X-Men, the same. Go to youtube and search 90's

    They sound the same. You are correct.

  • Do you like the name Max?

    I love it. It reminds me of the 90's show, Sam and Max: Freelance Police. :D

  • Your Top Ten favorite comics (or comic series)?

    I'm something of a Marvel fanboy, so this list is mostly Marvel: 1. The Amazing Spider-Man (By Stan Lee and Steve Ditko) 2. Deadpool (By Joe Kelly) 3. Dr. Strange (By Stan Lee and Steve Ditko) 4. Sam & Max: Freelance Police (By Steve Purcell) 5. Eastman & Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (By Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird) 6. Fantastic Four (By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) 7. Howard the Duck (By Steve Gerber) 8. The Dark Knight Returns (By Frank Miller) 9. The Uncanny X-Men (By Chris Claremont) 10. Marvels (By Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross)

  • (XBOX 360) Police/Detective games?

    Hi all. I am looking for a game which involves you being a policemen, preferably. I have played La Noire, quite a good game but I am looking for more a modern time game and not to

    A list of good Police/Detective games for the Xbox 360: Condemned: Criminal Origins As part of the police's Special Crimes Unit, your goal in “Condemned: Criminal Origins” is to track a serial killer who seeks to cause mass panic in the streets. Developed by Monolith Productions and released in November of 2005, the game plays as a first person shooter that incorporates crime scene investigating elements. Players use tools such as a gas spectrometer and digital camera to capture evidence while using guns and melee attacks to take out enemies. Crackdown Set in the future, “Crackdown” players assume the role of a newly enhanced police officer who uses his special abilities to take out major crime leaders throughout the city. Similar to “Grand Theft Auto” players are able to travel freely around the environment using a variety of weapons and vehicles to complete their objectives. Players can team up with a friend in coop mode in which each player can freely explore the same game space. “Crackdown” was released in February of 2007. In “Need for Speed Undercover,” released on November 18th, 2008 and developed by EA Black Box, you play as a cop who must infiltrate a gang of street racers. The game itself revolves around car races and chases, as your work your way up the racing ladder while taking out other members of the criminal car racing underworld. The twelfth game in the “Need for Speed” series, Undercover is the first game in which you take on the role of a cop. Sam and Max Season One Not all police games are about gritty crimes and shootouts. In “Sam and Max Season One,” players take on the role of self described “freelance police” as they solve cases involving former child stars, hostage taking television hosts and the destruction of the Internet. An adventure game that relies on humor to drive the story along, “Sam and Max Season One” was released for download on the Xbox 360 on June 17, 2009. CSI Deadly Intent Exploring the forensics side of police work, “CSI: Deadly Intent” was developed by Telltale Games and released for the Xbox 360 in October of 2009. The game is set up and as a point and click adventure where you discover evidence, run tests, question suspects and eventually make an arrest. Based on the television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the game includes the show's cast whom you work alongside. Dead Rights: Retribution The fourth game in the “Dead Rights” series, Retribution was developed by Volatile Games with an April 2010 release. Players take on the role as police officer Jack Slate who along with Shadow the dog take on criminals in a third person shooter. Players can choose to disarm their enemies or use deadly force as either Jack or Shadow.

  • Can anyone tell me a good comic book like asterix or tintin?

    It should be funny and the drawings should like those two books i have mentioned.I dont like drawings in batman comic books.

    If you're a fan of the clean, simplified and cartoony look of Asterix and Tintin, I second the "Leave it to Chance" recommendation. You might also want to check out Jeff Smith's "Bone," Frank Cho's "Liberty Meadows," Will Eisner's "The Spirit," Walt Kelly's "Pogo," The later issues of "Sam & Max: Freelance Police," and, "The Tick."

  • These days are so boring, who can recommend me a good computer game?

    If you don't mind getting into old school gaming, here are some of the better games for the PC, depending on genre: RPG: Planescape: Torment Shooter: Cannon Fodder Adventure: Sam and Max Freelance Police World-building: Alpha Centauri RTS: Majesty Puzzle: Zuma (Free!) FPS: America's Army (it's free!) or Deus Ex Free: UO Freeshard. Particularly, http://www.shazzyshard.org/

  • Does anyone know where I can see episodes of these saturday morning cartoons?

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    Wow, I wouldn't mind catching up on some of those shows. I'm sure most are available on DVD. You may also want to check out AOL's free TV service In2TV < http://television.aol.com/in2tv/toontopi... >. You can watch a few of those shows on your computer for FREE: Beetlejuice, Freakazoid, Histeria, Pinky and the Brain

  • Old cartoons on fox kids?

    can any one remember the name of that old tv series on foxkids that was like armoured core

    Here is a list of all the tv shows that aired on fox kids from 1990-2002 1990 Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series (1990 - 1992) Bobby's World (1990-1998) Fun House (game show) (1990-1991) Peter Pan and the Pirates (1990 - 1991) Piggsburg Pigs (1990 - 1991) Tom and Jerry Kids Show (1990 - 1993) Zazoo U (1990 - 1991) 1991 Beetlejuice (1991) Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures (1991 -1993) Little Dracula (1991) Little Shop (1991-1992) Swamp Thing (1991) Taz-Mania (1991-1993) The Pirates of Dark Water (1991-1993) 1992 Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1997) Dog City (1992 - 1995) Eek! The Cat (1992-1997) Super Dave - Daredevil for Hire (1992 - 1993) Tiny Toon Adventures (1992-1994) X-Men (1992-1997) 1993 Animaniacs (1993-1995) Droopy, Master Detective (1993-1994) Incredible Crash Dummies (1993) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1996) Terrible Thunderlizards (1993-1997) 1994 The Fox Cubhouse (1994-1996) Jim Henson's Animal Show with Stinky & Jake (1994-1996) (as part of the Fox Cubhouse) Johnson and Friends (1994-1996) (as part of the Fox Cubhouse) Rimba's Island (1994-1996 as part of the Fox Cubhouse; 1997-98 independently) Britt Allcroft's Magic Adventures of Mumfie (1996 as part of the Fox Cubhouse) Budgie the Little Helicopter (1995-1996 as part of the Fox Cubhouse, 1996-1997 independently) Spider-Man (1994-Early 1998 late 2001) Eek! Stravaganza (1994-1997, formerly Eek! The Cat and EeK! And The Terrible Thunderlizards) The Tick (1994-1996) Life with Louie (1994-1998) Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (1994 - 1996) Red Planet (3 part mini-series, repeated in early 1995 and Spring of 1996) 1995 Goosebumps (1995-1998, renamed Ultimate Goosebumps in 1997) Klutter (1995 - 1996, as part of Eek! Stravaganza) Masked Rider (1995-1996) 1996 Big Bad Beetleborgs (1996-1997) Casper (1996-1998) C Bear and Jamal (1996-1997, 1999) Power Rangers: Zeo (1996) Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible (1996, miniseries) 1997 The Adventures of Sam and Max: Freelance Police (1997-1998) Beetleborgs Metallix (1997-1998) Chimp Lips Theatre (1997) Eerie, Indiana (1997-1998) Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (1997-1998) Power Rangers: Turbo (1997-1998) Round the Twist (1997) Space Goofs (1997-1999) Stickin' Around (1997) 1998 Cartoon Cabana (Summer 1998) Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension (1998) Godzilla: The Series (1998-2000) Mad Jack the Pirate The Magic School Bus (1998-2002) (reruns of 1994-1997 PBS show) Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book (1998) The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog (1998-1999) Ned's Newt Power Rangers in Space (1998) The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs (1998-1999) The Silver Surfer (1998) Toonsylvania (1998-2000) Young Hercules (1998-1999) (Donkey Kong Country was not part of the Original Fox Kids lineup, they only showed 2 Episodes as Specials in December 1998 on Fox Kids and they aired all 40 episodes on Fox Family.) 1999 The Avengers: United They Stand (1999-2000) Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot (1999, 2000-2002) Digimon Adventure (season 1) (1999-2000) The Magician NASCAR Racers The New Woody Woodpecker Show (1999-2003) Oggy and the Cockroaches Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy (1999) Spider-Man Unlimited (1999, 2000-2001) Beast Wars: Transformers (1999) Beast Machines: Transformers (1999-2001) Xyber 9 (1999) Big Wolf on Campus 2000 Action Man (2000-2001) Cybersix Digimon Adventure 02 (season 2) (2000-2001) Dinozaurs Escaflowne Flint the Time Detective (2000-2001?) Kong: The Animated Series Monster Rancher Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue (2000) Real Scary Stories Shinzo 2001 Alienators: Evolution Continues Digimon Tamers (season 3) (2001-2002) Los Luchadores Medabots Mon Colle Knights Moolah Beach Power Rangers: Time Force (2001) The Ripping Friends Transformers: Robots In Disguise 2002 Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension Power Rangers: Wild Force (2002) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_Kids#Pr... Anything that came after 2002 was programming broadcast by 4kidstv, www.4kids.tv/

  • Do you have an example of this Proverb?

    I need a day-to-day life example of this proverb: All Work And No Play make Jack A Dull Boy.Thanks

    Its meaning is that without time off from work, a person becomes bored and boring. In the movie Charlie Chan at the Olympics from 1937 Chan explains for his son, in his typical proverb fashion, that "All work and no play make Charlie Chan very dull policeman." The movie The Bridge on the River Kwai a 1957 Academy Award Best Picture film makes use of this phrase as the Japanese Commander tries to blackmail the English Officers into building the bridge at the schedule due date. The movie The Shining makes use of this phrase. There, Jack Torrance's wife looks over his typewriter to see what he has written, and finds the phrase repeated over and over on hundreds of sheets of paper in various layouts. This marks Jack's descent into insanity. In "Now You Smurf' Em, Now You Don't", episode 81 of Hanna-Barbera's TV adaption of The Smurfs, Papa Smurf says "All work and no play makes Papa a dull Smurf" after chastising the other Smurfs for playing and then engaging in some fun himself. The cynical version is “All work and no play makes jack. And plenty of it.” "Jack" here is used as a slang term for money. The phrase also appears as a list of writing that flashes across the screen in a 1997 episode of The Simpsons entitled "The Springfield Files" when Homer Simpson believes that he has encountered an alien. The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror V" also contained a parody of the phrase when Marge discovers Homer wrote "Feelin' fine" on a typewriter only to see "No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy" written all over the walls. In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Gone", a recently invisible Buffy Summers decides to haunt a social worker threatening to take away her sister by filling her report with pages consisting entirely of repetitions of "All work and no play makes Doris a dull girl". In the Sam and Max: Freelance Police!!! (TV series) episode "The Trouble with Gary" there is a reference to this proverb on Gary`s blackboard: All work and no play makes Gary a bad boy. In the video game "Command & Conquer: Renegade", in the last mission, there is an announcement in the Temple of Nod that says "All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy." In the Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater episode of Family Guy, season 2, Stewie says when meeting ghost girls: "Oh, all work and no play makes Stewie a dull boy". The first Mudvayne's single Dull Boy of the By the People, For the People album starts with words: "All work and no play makes me a dull boy". In the book Encyclopedia Horrifica, Investigator Joshua Gee writes down the phrase in his notes, as well as the variation "All work and no play makes Drac a dull boy." In the SBCG4AP episode 8-Bit is Enough, when Strong Bad's Gel-Arshie game crashes, the text "ALL WORK AND NO FRUIT MAKES GEL-ARSHIE A DULL BOY" fills the screen.

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