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I loved the Penal Zone, one of my top five so far, but when i compare it to previous seasons it seems a bit more discombobulated. I know that Sam and Max is wild and crazy and for the most part I liked the episode, until the Narrator and Future Vision were added.
The future vision was a complete mess for me, it was fun seeing odd stuff happening, but most of the time it felt like the device was there as training wheels. As if the developers said "They will never get this puzzle lets leave tell them how to solve it"
When taking out the "Research Assistants" I understood that with Max being strangled that I could go up the fire escape and have the guy fall on the other gorilla's head. I did not use the goggles for it.
Maybe its so newbies get into the game a lot more easily but it felt like my hand was being held.
The entire future vision threw me off sometimes too, when I was at the Meezo's Pizza and had to find items I didn't see the engagement ring in the Mama Bosco Level. So Sam kept saying use your future vision, leading to me being stuck there. I got a little bit time sick as well(see Red Dwarf Reference).Favorite puzzle was stealing the winning lottery ticket though
Having two items that said that they were missing a Name and Address respectively got me frustrated, thinking the game broke. The receipt and post card went together really well I thought, but they ended up being completely unrelated/combinable.
These are minor quibbles I had and their really small when compared to all the rest of the puzzles. Think I did a lot of the puzzles out of order, by accident. Any one have anything else to add?