Sam & Max Episode 302: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak
|Sam & Max Episode 302: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak|
|Distributor(s)||PlayStation Network, Steam|
|System(s)||iPad, Windows, Mac, PlayStation 3|
|Preceded by||Episode 301: The Penal Zone|
|Followed by||Episode 303: They Stole Max's Brain!|
|Series||Sam & Max|
Sam & Max Episode 302: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak is the second game in the third season of Sam & Max episodic content, titled Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse. The Tomb of Sammun-Mak was developed and published by Telltale Games, and released for Windows, Mac, iPad and PlayStation 3 on May 18, 2010 through the Telltale website for the the PC versions and through the PlayStation Network for the PS3. The game began distribution through the Steam website two days later on May 20.
The Tomb of Sammun-Mak begins right where the last episode left off, with Sam and Max discovering what appears to be their own bones. Upon investigation, they find that the bones are the remains of their great grandfathers, Sameth and Maximus. Along with their ancestors' skeletons, they find four projector reels which provide the method through which the game is played. Each reel is a different part of Sameth and Maximus' story, but they can be played in any order, and information in one reel can help with puzzles in another reel. This episode chronicles the adventures of Sam and Max's grandfathers as they search for the Devil's Toybox on behalf of the mysterious Monsieur Papierwaite.
 Getting Started
Sam & Max is a point-and-click adventure game for multiple systems. Unlike previous seasons, movement in The Devil's Playhouse is handled with its own controls. Around the world are "hotspots", with which the characters can interact. When the cursor is over a hotspot, the cursor will turn green and the item or character's name will be shown in the lower right hand corner. You solve puzzles during the game by interacting in a (somewhat) logical way with the environment, talking with other characters and collecting items that are held in your inventory.
In Season Three, you have the option to inspect and sometimes use items in your inventory as well as take them out for use in the environment. In addition to the enhanced inventory system, Season Three also adds a notebook, psychic powers for Max and a Crime-Tron system run by the. The notebook gives you information on the current case, such as what your main objective is and who the main characters in the episode are. Max's psychic powers are obtained by finding toys, each of which bestow a different ability. You can enter Max mode at any time, and the powers can provide clues for solving puzzles or they may even be mandatory for completing a puzzle. When the Crime-Tron is available for use, you may input two inventory items and, provided each item is in the system, an attempt to match them together will be made, which may result in a new area being unlocked.
Note that the controls can be viewed at any time from the menu, and more control options are available for the Windows and Mac systems than are shown in the table.
 Using the projector
Right after sending General Skun-ka'pe to the new Penal Zone in the last episode, the Mole Men cultists are amazed to find two skeletons in an adjacent room. When you go to investigate, you'll find they resemble Sam and Max. There is a note with them telling you that there's more to it, and indeed, you find a reel of film nearby. Watching the film on the projector that also happens to be in the room, you'll see footage of your grandfathers, Sameth and Maximus, exploring what looks like an Egyptian setting and finding the Devil's Toy Box. As Max touches the projector, he's invested with a new psychic power: Astral Projection. This power lets you project yourself into the movies.
The first time you do so will be automatic, and you'll find yourself in control of Sameth and Maximus, who are being pinned down by gunfire from St. Kringle. You'll need to get past him somehow, but he'll see you if you break from cover. The only psychic power Maximus has that isn't useless in this situation is his Psychic Ventriloquism. Use it to throw your voice into the big squid head, fooling Kringle into thinking that's where you're hiding. Once he shoots down the head and leaves, you'll be thwarted from escaping by a hieroglyphic gate. Unfortunately, you don't know hieroglyphics, and Kringle shows back up to kill you.
At this point, control will return to Sam and Max back at the projector, where you'll find three more reels. The reels are numbered, going in chronological order from one to four. Even though they're numbered, you can play them in any order, and you'll have to, as information in one reel must be used in other ones. Only the fourth reel must be completed last, as you will need to know how you finished the prior reels before it's playable. When you've finished all there is to do in one reel, its name will be crossed off the reel and it will no longer be available for play. You can use Max's Astral Projection power at any time to return to the projector and pick another reel. After selecting the reel you want to play, hit the start button on the side of the projector to enter the movie.
 Reel 1: The Sphunx Challenge
The story begins in New York City in 1901 as Sameth and Maximus sneak into a theater to see the mysteries of the tomb of Sammun-Mak, including the mysterious Sphunx. The show organizer, Papierwaite, has issued a challenge to all comers to try and get through the Sphunx's gate. The winners will receive a pair of tickets to explore the actual tomb of Sammun-Mak in Egypt. Also in the theater are Nicholas St. Kringle, some elves and a mysterious Mole Woman reading a newspaper in the back. You'll need to complete three tests to enter the Sphunx:
- Provide a suitable offering.
- Read a hieroglyphic inscription.
- Get through a metal gate.
 The offering
When you approach the Sphunx and stand on its tongue, its nostrils will open and you'll need to put your offering inside.
 The hieroglyphics
Once you've given the Sphunx its offering, the hieroglyphics on its forehead will light up. The first time you try, you won't have any idea what they say, but at least you'll know what the symbols look like so you can ask someone else who might know.
 The gate
The last part of the challenge requires you to get through the gate. You'll have a few seconds to use an inventory item or psychic power, and then the Sphunx's tongue will retract and pull under the gate with you on it. If you haven't done anything, you'll bang into the gate and fail the last step.
Now that you've finally made your way past the Sphunx's gate, Papierwaite will give you two tickets to Egypt and the mission to bring back the Devil's Toy Box.
 Reel 2: In the Tomb
Once you've won your tickets to Egypt, you'll need to take the train there. You soon find that you have a stowaway in your room, Baby Amelia Earhart, and she wants to join your adventure. As the conductor comes down the hall, a small scuffle over your tickets causes them to fly out the window. You'll need to shut Baby Amelia Earhart up inside the trunk and hide before the ticket taker comes in.
Having avoided the train conductor, you'll embark on a endless series of marvelous adventures with your new partner, finally ending up at Sammun-Mak's tomb. You'll find the Devil's Toy Box right away, but getting your hands on it is going to be harder than it looks. When you approach the toy box, it will spit out a ventriloquist's dummy and an old Mole Man will show up to put a protection spell on the toy box. You will need to remove the spell before you can get the toy box and return to New York City with it.
 Get the dummy
When you try to pick up the ventriloquist's dummy, a big asp comes slithering by and eats it up, leaving through an inaccessible door. On the other side of the room, you can ascend some steps to the rear of the chamber. Here you'll find Jurgen imprisoned on a wall as a drawing. He wants you to help him escape, and you can talk with him if you want. The asp head sconce on the wall will open up the rest of the stairs to the top, and from there you can take the left doorway on the side to find the dummy.
You'll see two doorways down this hall, and when you approach a Mole Man will tell you to choose carefully which you enter. It doesn't matter which you choose, as your luck holds and the Mole Man always chooses the wrong doorway to try and kill you with a hanging scimitar. At the end of the hallway you'll find your dummy at a tea party with a little Mole Girl and her pet asp. The snake is guarding the dummy, and you'll have to do something about it when you enter her room.
The Mole Girl will curse Max and turn him into a cow for stealing her boyfriend, but the effects are short lived. Next you'll need to get past Grandpa Mole in Sammun-Mak's burial chamber.
 Get the hieroglyphic blocks
Back out in the main room where the toy box is, use the other other doorway at the back of the room. This time the hallway you're in leads to the burial chamber of Sammun-Mak. You're not allowed in there, and a nasty trap is waiting for you if you try. Also, Baby Amelia Earhart has shown back up and Grandpa Mole is infatuated with her. He's trying to entice her to come over to him so he can pinch her cheeks and tell her stories of bunny rabbits, but Baby Amelia isn't interested. If Grandpa Mole was occupied with telling stories to the little girl, he probably wouldn't notice if you sneaked in and grabbed those hieroglyphic blocks in the corner.
With Grandpa Mole busy playing with Baby Amelia, you're free to go collect the blocks. If you've talked to the Mole Woman in reel one about the curse in the Mole Man's steamer trunk in reel three, or you've noticed there are three empty slots in the Devil's Toy Box protection spell, you'll likely have realized that these blocks need to be added to the spell. Now you just have to get up there.
 Change the protection spell
If you haven't done so already, grab the silver and gold bust down from the pedestal at the back of the main chamber like Jurgen asks you to. Unfortunately, this makes you trade places with him as wall art, but at least you end up high on the wall across from the protection spell, which should give you some ideas as to how you can get over there. Your first order of business will be to escape from the wall, and then you'll need to figure out how to get to the spell to add the hieroglyphic blocks.
At the protection spell, use the hieroglyphic blocks on it to add the nullification part of the spell. You'll cause a small commotion almost falling of the ledge, and when Grandpa Mole comes out, he'll activate your modified spell for you. With the Devil's Toy Box unprotected, you can grab it and head home.
 Reel 3: The Journey Home
Once you've figured out the hieroglyphics in reel one, you can open the gate when you come back to reel three to escape the tomb of Sammun-Mak with the Devil's Toy Box and embark on your journey home on the train. Unfortunately, you'll find that the toy box has been stolen and your steamer trunk is now empty. You had it when you got on the train however, so you know the culprit is still aboard. You'll need to search every compartment on the train and everyone's luggage to find the toy box. Aboard the train are some Mole People, Jurgen, St. Kringle, some elves and Baby Amelia Earhart.
Baby Amelia Earhart's room is the easiest, since you can just walk right in and look around all you want. If you want to wake her up so you can talk with her, just use her music box. The Mole People's room is likewise unprotected, and you can look around in there, although you'll need to figure out how to get the Mole Man to let you look in his steamer trunk. Also on the train are piles of luggage at the ends of each car. You can look through those piles, and while you won't find the Devil's Toy Box, you might uncover some other neat stuff.
 The elves' cabin
There are tons of elves in their cabin, but they're working on a top secret project so you can't go in. Until they're done with their project, they have to protect what they're working on from prying eyes. After a little investigating, you'll find the project they're working on is a new toy idea for St. Kringle. They have a prototype already, but are just waiting on a child toy tester to make sure their idea is sound before bringing it to their boss.
With the tests completed successfully, the elves are finally ready to show their new toy to St. Kringle and let you into their cabin. Unfortunately the Devil's Toy Box isn't in there, so you'll need to continue your search.
 St. Kringle's cabin
Kringle has hidden himself away in his room and won't open the door for anyone but elves and room service. His tray outside the door contains nothing but an empty glass, and it seems he's still waiting for his order to arrive.
Inside the cabin you can search St. Kringle's steamer trunk, but you'll only find a letter written in blood. There's only one last cabin to search.
 Jurgen's cabin
Jurgen, who you first meet in Episode 203, is a German traveler and vampirephobe. Ever since he was cursed with bad luck by Grandpa Mole, he's convinced he'll be the next victim of a vampire. In fact, his cabin is littered with anti-vampire paraphernalia such as garlic cloves, crosses and stakes to ensure that no vampire could ever enter. He seems intent on acquiring something from the Mole Man in the next cabin down from his, and it seems the Mole Girl is in love with him. He only leaves his cabin briefly, and he always comes back before you're able to search his steamer trunk. You'll need to find a way to keep him out while you go through his belongings.
With Jurgen locked out of his own cabin, you can now search his belongings in peace. Shockingly, you'll find that the Devil's Toy Box isn't in his possession either. Since you've checked every place on the train, you'll be baffled until you see the real culprit making off with the toy box. Luckily you're able to regain possession of it and take it back to Papierwaite to earn your reward.
 Reel 4: The Big Reward
Reel four is where you find out what prize you've won for bringing back the Devil's Toy Box to Papierwaite. Before you can do anything, you'll need to answer a few questions detailing how you were able to beat each of the first three reels. If you haven't completed a reel, the choice won't be available as an option, so you must complete them all before doing this one. After completing the last of the first three reels, you will start the fourth one automatically, with a small cut scene showing Sam leaving for a bathroom break and Max starting the reel without him.
Once you have answered the three questions, then the real action begins.
- Q: How did you pass through the gate of the Sphunx?
Magical can o' nuts
- Q: In Sammun-Mak's tomb, how did you secure the Devil's Toy Box?
Undid protection spell
- Q: On the train ride back, how did you manage to thwart the thief and recover the treasure?
Beat a Baby
 Defeat Papierwaite
As you might have guessed, Papierwaite had no intention of rewarding you for your service. As it turns out, he is a follower in the Brotherhood of Yog-Soggoth, and is going to use the power of the toy box to summon the dark lord himself. He has captured Sameth and dangled him above a barrel of flesh-eating ants, slowly lowering him to his doom. Papierwaite needs Maximus' special powers to do the summoning, and wants you to say the incantation. When you have the option to speak, saying the incantation will result in death, while stalling for time will switch your control to Sameth and tricking Papierwaite will draw him over to the box to look inside. With your psychic powers stripped and Sameth out of commission, you'll need to find a way to stop Papierwaite from summoning Yog-Soggoth and do it before Sameth gets fed to the ants.
Papierwaite is thwarted with his own dark magic, and Sameth and Maximus have saved the day. They take the Devil's Toy Box to the Mole People in the cellar in Little Arctic Circle for safekeeping. Unfortunately, while the Mole Girl is casting the protection spell on the toy box, Sameth and Maximus run in front of the spell, turning them instantly into the skeletons you found in present day.
Back at the projector, Sam comes back from the bathroom only to find that Max has had his brain stolen! Find out who is behind the theft and get it back in the next episode.
 Trophy guide
A few of the trophies are gained naturally through the course of the game, but the others require you to do extra exploring to unlock them. The following trophies will be acquired through simply completing the episode:
- Challenge of the Sphunx
- Looters of the Lost Toybox
- Mystery on the Disorient Express
- Horror Show
You will need to complete specific actions for the rest of the trophies.
- Say Hi to the Nice People, Charlie
You won't always have the power of Psychic Ventriloquism, but when you do, you need to use it on the following targets:
- The tomb idol behind you when first facing off with St. Kringle
- St. Kringle
- Mole Man father
- Grandpa Mole
- Baby Amelia Earhart
- Curse the Luck
You're only allowed to be cursed five times for this trophy. You can get curses taken off and be re-cursed sometimes, which will add extra curses and stop you from getting the trophy. Make sure you only get the following curses:
- The Holstein Hex when you steal the dummy from the Mole Girl.
- The Sexo Rejexo Hex when you throw your voice into the Mole Girl in reel two.
- The Bad Luck Curse when you tell Grandpa Mole you're from Stuttgart.
- The Sexo Rejexo Hex when you tell the Mole Man father his daughter is still in love with you in reel three.
- The Holstein Hex when you show the Mole Man father his daughter's love letter to Jurgen.
- Nine Lives of Sameth & Maximus
You can die many times throughout the game, including the mandatory ones at the beginning and end that can't be missed. Make sure to see the following deaths as well:
- At the beginning of reel two, let the conductor catch you in the train compartment without your tickets.
- When Grandpa Mole has put the spell of protection on the Devil's Toy Box, try to use it anyway.
- When stealing the dummy back from the Mole Girl, get eaten by the asp (without using the Can o' Nuts).
- Walk into the burial chamber of Sammun-Mak (where Grandpa Mole and Baby Amelia Earhart are).
- Get the Bad Luck curse put on you by Grandpa Mole and walk through one of the doorways by the Mole Man father.
- When Maximux has the option in reel four, say the incantation while he's at the toy box.
- Wait long enough for Sameth to be lowered into the barrel of flesh-eating ants.
- Chrono Logic
This one is pretty simple, just do the reels in order. You'll have to do a little bit in reels two and three to get the Can o' Nuts you need to finish reel one, but as soon a you get the toy idea from the elves, go back and finish the first reel. If the reel name isn't scratched off, you still need to ask the Mole Woman to read you a hieroglyphic comic. You should have everything you need to complete reel two once you get Jurgen's love letter in reel three. Reel four can't be completed before any of the others, so that should be all you need to do them in order.
- Doppel Fluch
Jugen gets cursed twice on the train ride home: once by the Mole Man father when you give him the love letter, and once by Slushie when he gets bitten. Just make sure you turn Jurgen into a vampire before giving the love letter to the Mole Man father.
For this trophy, you need to have the Bad Luck curse on you at the same time as Maximus is turned into a cow. To get past the Mole Man father's doorways while cursed, you can either use the bust to break his machine, or you can use the Can o' Nuts power to roll through.
- Secret Handshake
Jurgen is the Yog-Soggoth devotee, as you might have guessed by seeing the idol in his closet. You won't know about the Brotherhood until you see inside St. Kringle's steamer trunk, so you'll have to get in there before you turn Jurgen into a vampire. When you've seen the note in Kringle's trunk and the idol in Jurgen's closet, ask Jurgen about the Brotherhood to trick him.
- Open Wide
In the Sphunx challenge on reel one, once you've said the hieroglyphics correctly, the mouth will open revealing the gate. You need to have the Can o' Nuts at this point to make through on your first time. Once you learn the hieroglyphics from the Mole Woman, make sure you get the toy idea in reel three and trade for the Can o' Nuts before attempting the challenge again.
Sam & Max series