Pajama Sam 3 – PC Game Review – brutalmoose
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Pajama Sam 3 – PC Game Review – brutalmoose

September 19, 2019


In his first game, Pajama Sam delved into The Land of Darkness to confront and conquer his fear of the dark. In Pajama Sam 2, his fear of thunder and lightning sent him to World Wide Weather, where he broke and then repaired a machine that dictated the environmental conditions of the entire planet. Hello everyone and welcome back. Today we’re going to be taking a look at Pajama Sam’s next adventure, which, despite my previous tomfoolery, does not actually have anything to do with bathrooms. ‘Pajama Sam 3: You are What You Eat from Your Head to Your Feet’ is a PC adventure game developed by Humongous Entertainment and released in 1999. I’m not going to be playing the original release because I’m kind of having problems with my windows 98 computer. In fact that’s why I’m not reviewing the game that won the Twitter poll that I ran. So I got to sort the Vectra issues out first, uh, but in the meantime I’m going to be playing the Steam release of Pajama Sam 3. PAJAMA SAM: Not so fast, evil-doer! It’s jail for you, you tasty villain! (crunch, munch, munch) The story starts with Sam going to town on a box of cookies, and I mean, who hasn’t sat down and munched on a sleeve of Chips Ahoy before? So uh…where’s the cake? We’re not having cake. Uh-oh. But I mean he’s just sitting there going through box after box. There’s only one more box to go, and I’ll have 20 box tops! But before you can say, “20 boxes of cookies Sam??” “Where are your parents??” His mom tells him that it’s almost time for dinner. Saaaam..! It’s almost time for dinner! Then the cookies, like, run away or something and after he finds his Pajama Sam cape behind a mirror, which just presents a whole new set of unanswerable questions, he runs off into the pantry slash title screen. PAJAMA SAM: Whoops! Woooooaaaaahhhh..! -ooaaaaahhhh..! -ooaaaaahhhh..! (♫Callin’ Pajama Saaaam..!♫) ♫Woo! Feel that style…thing; Callin’ Pajama Saaaaaam!♫ I don’t know this game very well; I know I played it at least once or twice, uh, but the nostalgia factor just isn’t there for me, and this opening scene is a bit of a miss I’ll be honest; but they make up for it immediately with disco dancing food. ♫Who’s gonna be at the party?♫ ♫Who do you want to invite?♫ ♫Oh! Someone healthy and hearty!♫ Now disco dancing foods are great and all, but I can’t help but feeling like this game is missing something… Oh! You know what, I got it. It’s missing kids’ favorite thing on the planet: Oh that? Well that’s S.S.A.M. It stands for: Snacks and Sweets Aggressive Majority. Oh! IAN (voice over): Yes, this is a political disco – a gathering of like-minded sweets and snacks. When Sam lets it slip that he’s having broccoli for dinner, he’s quickly apprehended. You can just wait here in jail until your trial next month, Healthy Boy. IAN (voice over): In jail, Sam meets this other “Healthy Boy”, a broccoli girl with a straw hat, who hopefully has nothing to do with politics. I’m Florette. Are you a political prisoner too? Wow, I do NOT want to think about politics while I’m playin’ mah PJ Sam..! But…I mean, maybe that’s not the game’s fault. It was made a long time ago I was younger, more oblivious back then, so maybe all those years ago a story about politics would have been easier to swallow. Food joke. IAN (voice over): The food groups are having a tough time getting along, and each group has a delegate that’s supposed to meet for a peace conference at the Food Pyramid. After escaping the candy jail, as broccoli girl looks on with a thousand-yard stare, we meet up with one of the most memorable characters from the first game. One member of each of the six food groups has been chosen as a delegate, and they’re supposed to all get together here’s the Pyramid to talk out their differences. Trouble is, only two are here and there are supposed to be six. That’s baaad news. We need everybody or the conference is off..! So our main objective is pretty simple: get all the foods to the Food Pyramid so they can talk out their differences and avoid going to- WAAAAR! No, General no! And although there is a tiny mention of politics, it really isn’t that deep. Probably because this is a game for three-year-olds… Mostly we’re just gonna run around and out various anthropomorphic foods. If you watched my Pajama Sam 2 review, you’ll remember that I was a little bit disappointed by it. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my favorite. Well, you’ll be happy to know that Pajama Sam 3 is actually pretty fantastic and it, and it’s all thanks to the characters you meet along the way. IAN (voice over): In my playthrough I had to save: Chuck Cheddar, Bean 47, Granny Smyth and Pierre Le Pain. Let’s start with Bean Man. Sad Mr. Bean Man is stuck up on some construction equipment because a strike broke out, and so I guess that means he’s just stuck up there forever or until it’s over. The jelly beans and the kidney beans are deadlocked in a debate not about work but simply about which bean is best. The foreman is also a great little bean character with a great little bean mustache. You have a really great mustache. Thank you. As Foreman, I’m allowed to wear a mustache. Did it take long to grow? Oh, no. It’s a false one. We beans can’t actually grow hair. I see. IAN (voice over): He also doesn’t seem to know how many people are working for him, so when he heads out to count his employees Sam just flips their signs and the beans are none the wiser. Hey! Look over there what their sign says! Hey! Look over there what their sign says! ‘Kidney beans are best.’ Hey, they do like us after all! Look what their sign says, over there! ‘Jelly beans rule!’ Hey, they like us! They really like us! (cheering) Yeah, so beans are just…really stupid, I guess? Take that… beans. (whizzing) I saw what you did over there. That was pretty clever! Thanks! IAN (voice over): Pierre Breadface is a baguette that stuck atop a Ferris wheel that isn’t powered on. I am Pierre Le Pain of the Breads and Grains group. Can you get down from there? Alas, no, I am trapp-ed. The Ferris wheel, she has no power. The exercise machine on the beach furnishes the power but no one seems to be exercising and so she does not move. This is a puzzle that I accidentally solved. It turns out that it’s very easy to accidentally solve a puzzle when you’re playing a game made for three-year-olds. IAN (voice over): Before I even saw the exercise machine on the beach, I wandered over to this balloon salesman. Do you like selling balloons? Oh, yeah, it’s the fulfillment of all my hopes and dreams. I think helium balloons are a lot more fun than the regular kind. Personally I prefer a trip to Rio de Janeiro, but what do I know? Have you ever popped a balloon with your foot? Have you ever left a guy alone? Beetch. Uhh…I love this guy? What happens if you sell all your balloons? I can buy a new pair-a shoes. Velcro shoes. What’s wrong with the ones you’ve got? Nothing, if you’ve got all day to tie them. The laces keep coming undone. IAN (voice over): It wasn’t hard to figure out that I needed to take the hammer, untie his shoes and ring the bell. (ding!) Even though I had no idea WHY I needed to do that it was still pretty obvious that I needed to do that. There’s the bell! We’re done, girls..! Peak tanning hours are over. Bye-bye, boys..! (bonk!) Zut-..! IAN (voice over): So I saved the bread man, which is great. Say, what happened to my… (balloons fly away) Aw, shoot. Oh well, I needed a new career anyhow. IAN (voice over): But I missed out on trying to talk to all of these muffins. They don’t exactly seem interested in talking when they’re working out. Hi guys! *grunt* That looks hard. *grunt* What’s up? *grunt* …meh. *grunt* IAN (voice over): In the last game I had some complaints about the setting. There were some really bright areas accompanied with some really bombastic music, neither of which I felt matched the Pajama Sam style. So I was kind of worried that those types of trends would carry over into the third game. Luckily that’s not the case. The setting and the music are both…fantastic. ♫♫ IAN (voice over): The colors of the environments are back to the dark purples and blues and it always kind of looks like the sun is setting, which is a nice touch. It seems to me like that might represent a bit of light coming in through the bottom of the pantry door, but either way it gives everything a nice ‘twilight hour’ vibe, which allows it to be darker than Pajama Sam 2 but it still sets itself apart from The Land of Darkness in the first game. The ‘Head to Your Feet’ part of the game comes alive in the scenery. You’ve got the eyes at the observatory… When you’re skiing down the slopes you can see a row of teeth, surrounded by snow gums. There’s a heart and lungs and you may have even noticed over by the beans that they’re near some ‘foothills’. Some of this is admittedly a tiny bit weird and unsettling… uh, but… I kind of like weird and unsettling. What I DON’T like is this terrifying donut. Hi, I’m Sprinkle..! Uh, hi! I’m Sam. I used to like to swim quite a bit. Well, float, really. [overlapping dialogue] Just like in the first game you have to befriend a living object, so you can’t row first across the water. But instead of befriending the nervous-sounding boat Otto, who was my favorite character from the first game, you have to befriend this… thing… Oooo, it’s creepy in here..! It sure is! Okay, that’s enough. Let’s uh, move on and maybe the next character we see will be a little bit better. Hello! Hello, French fry. I’m not a French fry. I’m Pajama Sam! Oh. So y’are. I LOVE French fries! Especially with ketchup! Mmm ketchup. That’s the only way I’ll eat ’em, actually, is with ketchup on ’em! Then there’s nooo stoppin’ me. IAN (voice over): Alright, so Ketchup Man isn’t much better but I’m pretty sure I know what we have to do to get him to shut up. Oh boy, ketchup! Hey! What is that?? It is KETCHUP?! Yeah, so not all of these characters are amazing but there’s a surprising amount of really enjoyable ones. Not that the other games didn’t have enjoyable characters but I found myself going, “Hey, I like that guy…” more than I expected to. For instance, the gourds guarding the observatory are just great. It’s no gourds allowed. No. That’s not right. It’s guards only. Gourds only, that’s right, aaand, uuuhhhh… And he’s not a gourd sooooo… Uh, so that would mean… And that would mean no, you can’t go in. IAN (voice over): You bypass them by wearing a pumpkin on your head, which is very reminiscent of the tree scene in PJ Sam 1. Granny Smith, who’s stuck in caramel next to some dancing cans, is also pretty hilarious. That’s Smyth with a Y, mind you! Get it right! Yes, ma’am! IAN (voice over): The problem here is this timed jump thing you have to do, it’s a little awkward to control. Granny Smith really makes me laugh though, so it’s all worth it. Oh, my! What’s this?? IAN (voice over): The last delegate I have to save is another really great character. Howdy! You’re wearing a straw hat. Are you one of the delegates to the peace conference? I sure am! I’m Chuck Cheddar: Cheese! Of! Adventure! [echoes] IAN (voice over): Though I will admit that he looks a lot more like a ‘Greg Gouda’ than a ‘Chuck Cheddar’ to me. He needs help getting down from this ledge that he’s on, which is easy enough. Nearby is a fortune cookie with a large, trumpet thing. He says he’ll toot his celebration horn when he discovers the answer to three cheese-related questions. I must know which fork at the table is the cheese fork. Hmm. I don’t know that one. What sort of cheese is the moon made of? The moon is made of cheese?! What sort of cheese is the best to put in a cheese sandwich? Hmm. IAN (voice over): We learn the best cheese for sandwiches from a friendly plumber. I love cheese sandwiches! What kind of cheese do you use? Muenster, of course. It’s the best for cheese sandwiches! Mmm-MM! [sloshing intensifies] IAN (voice over): We learn that the moon is made of Monterey Jack by looking at it in the observatory, and we learn where the cheese fork goes by finding a coupon for free etiquette lessons and redeeming it at a house where twin celery sisters live. Table manners are the most commonly neglected rules of etiquette in these modern times so that’s what we’ll cover in today’s lesson. First a few pointers, alright? Okay. Never rest your arm on the table while eating, eat your soup with a spoon, do not slurp it from the bowl, never throw food at the table, excuse yourself before making funny animal noises, do not draw on, poke holes in or set fire to the tablecloth! Standing on the table during a meal is not permitted; eat all the food on your plate and do it in alphabetical order! The dinner plate goes in the center with the bread plate to the left in the glass or glasses at the upper-right. Silverware should be placed as follows: forks on the left. Salad fork… seafood fork… and steak fork. To the right we have the steak knife… seafood knife… soup spoon… cocktail weenie poker… swoozle stick… and mashing niblik. And questions? Um… which one is the cheese fork? The cheese fork will be the one which is brought with the cheese. Oh! That’s easy, then! IAN (voice over): Once we do all that we can blow the horn and ruin all of the hard work done by these poor, poor whatever the hell these things are. Ohhh, no! Not again! Saaay, kid! Great plan! You really helped me out of a jam here. Thanks. IAN (voice over): And just like that, we’ve finished assembling the delegates for the peace meeting. I love that Granny Smith still has the plunger on her head. She’s hilarious. Crusty here thinks he’s healthier than I am. This cheese has gone rancid. I cannot negotiate with him. Uh-oh. You’re both fools..! The bean way is the only way! Nonsense! IAN (voice over): Sam delivers an emotional speech about a cheese sandwich or… something… You two are arguing about whether cheese or bread is better, but it takes cheese AND bread to make a cheese sandwich, which is maybe the most perfect food there is..! And neither of you could do it without the other. Hmm… C’est vrai! Mmm. Cheese sandwich. And there’s other stuff, too. What about [cheese sandwich]? Or [cheese sandwich]? Or [cheese sandwich]? (collective) Mm-hmm..! IAN (voice over): Then the foods decide to work together from here on out, avoiding war from the Beet Man or… Something, it doesn’t really matter. Cooperation! Why, this means..! Uh-means um..! Hmmmm…. Cheese sandwich. Really the important thing to note here is the bean way is: the bean way is the only way! (cheering, music swells) ♫♫ ♫Callin’ Pajama Saaaaaam!♫ IAN (voice over): ‘Pajama Sam 3: You are What You Eat from Your Head to Your Feet’ turned out to be quite the enjoyable little adventure game. I’m still always gonna prefer Pajama Sam 1, that’s just the world we live in, Uh, but I did like it more than the second game. The color palette alone just made it feel more… Sam-y… Sam-ish… Sam-esque. While the main story might not have been my favorite thing ever, most of the characters were a hoot. Instead of just going along and completing objectives I found myself going out of my way to talk to them multiple times to see some more of their dialogue. Plop. Plop-plop? Plop this, wise guy! (slide whistle, splat) If there’s one area where they really bungled or bobbled the Fingal Doppel Uh, it’s in the skiing segment. I mean I know this may look fun, but it’s really just a choose left or right three times situation You can’t really ski well or ski badly, and I don’t think you can even fall or anything. You just kind of wait until a sign pops up and, no, you can’t even run into the sign. I tried. It’s a game for little kids, so you can’t make it too challenging or anything, but at least make it more interesting to look at than Ski Free, right? So, what do you guys think? I mean, this is only my opinion, and I know there’s others out there. If you played this before, leave me a comment and let me know what you liked or didn’t like about it. I’m always interested in hearing what you guys have to say, uh, because I only really know my opinion until the video goes up and everyone is… judging my opinion. So, if you give this game a shot let me know, I’d really appreciate it. And, thank you so much for watching. ♫(jazz)♫

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  1. pajama sam must have some really strong willpower to not eat all the snack people and buildings
    I know I would

  2. Is Pajama Sam voiced by the woman who played new Rainbow Dash in the latest pony series? Swear I’ve head that voice somewhere before. Oops, never mind, it’s Bobby Hill, omg. 🤣 I think this is basically Bobby in his dream state.

  3. Pajama Sam 6: Snap snap Grandpa got the clap.
    Pajama Sam 7: Oh snot grandma forgot
    Pajama Sam 8: On Dasher On Dancer Santa has cancer

  4. Pajama Sam 20: If This Were Real Life I'd Already Have A Wife
    Pajama Sam 100: Jump n Jive How Am I Still Alive

  5. I love that the etiquette advice ranges from 'do not set fire to the table cloth' to 'the glass or glasses should be at the top right of the plate' and all the way to 'eat your food in alphabetical order'

    It's the perfect mix of blatantly obvious, genuine advice and complete psychopathy!

  6. does anyone else remember that old kids edutainment game that had something in space like a "marshmellow nebula" or something, like there was a space theme and it had like deserts and stuff, I can't find anything about it but I swear to god it was from one of these types of games.

  7. lol 7:22 (pajama Sam) have you ever popped a balloon with your foot
    (green bean) have you ever tried leaving a guy alone bitch (me) LOL

  8. The white thing has a random condiment and the delegates are not random.
    The timed jump is even worse on the PlayStation version as there's about a second of load time PER CUTSCENE.
    It's bad, I know.
    Also, the answer to the cheese questions (not the cheese fork one) are random.

  9. WARNING, IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILDHOOD TO BE RUINED, DO NOT READ ON!
    You have been warned.

    If you think about it, How is Sam thinking about all these things anyway? I mean, a talking boat, a talking mine-cart, socks with a mouth and eyes, Trees that talk? No normal kid would do that. EXPRESSLY how everything is in such great detail. These have to be hallucinations right? Most likely Sam has gone insane.

    Consider your childhood ruined.

  10. Man I forgot about these games. My childhood up until about age 10 was filled with pajama sam 1-3 spy fox and freddi fish. I also loved lego racers, lego island and lego rock raders. Lol

  11. One of the few memory’s I have of this game is my dad walking by as the balloon salesmen was talking and he cracked up over it.

  12. I love pajama sam, i got the game along with a computer at a garage sale, it was so fun when i was kid, i remember playing this for hours

  13. growing up this was my FAVORITE game, alongside Putt-Putt enters the race. i absolutely loved that you can get different scenarios each time you play.

  14. It's a super petty thing, but it did bother me that Pajama Sam 1 and 2 were about Sam facing external fears, then 3 goes in a weird direction where he's inside himself…. learning about food?

  15. All body Easter eggs:

    1: The pyramid is on a giant brain

    2: The beans are mining next to the toes

    3: The snow in the avalanche zone might be plark as THEY are mining the teeth

    4: The seaside looks like some knuckles

    5: In the forest there is a heart and a pair of tree lungs

  16. 3:28 I can’t be the only one who finds this line hilarious. A kid’s game where a piece of broccoli asks if you’re a political prisoner. Genius.

  17. Kidney beans and jelly beans actually go great together, you just need to add a can of cream of mushroom soup!

  18. I have a high nostalgia factor for this game. The egg and sprinkle were my favorite characters as a kid. Egg boy loved mayo on his fries like my brother, and i just have so many fond memories of all the PJ Sam games. (:

  19. 11:32 "It's gourds only"
    Meanwhile in the universe of Veggietales Jimmy and Jerry Gourd enter the scene. Then, they come in the door.
    The guards do not like them.
    (like if you get the joke, if it is one)

  20. You know this coukd have been a bit better, like his mother shows him a video on cavities and health and he freaks out and tries to eat nothing but vegetables. And he learns that it's okay to eat sweet sometimes and that it's okay to have a healthy diet.

  21. You probably remember the game as it came in a cereal box for a time. Remember when games came in a cereal box?

    May not have been this version, but it seems similar.

  22. Me and my brother would play this like so many time sit's the best! I had a crush on Sam in this game be cool if we got a cartoon series of this game like Dora but better XD

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