Codex Gamicus

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People - Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free was released on September 15, 2008.[1]


As the episode begins, The King of Town institutes an e-mail tax. Strong Bad is the most heavily affected. However, being unaware of the existence of the tax, he is put under house arrest (with an explosive collar around his neck), a predicament that leads him to unite the citizens to rise up against the authorities. Strong Bad then declares his own plot of land (an empty lot featuring a fence, a spare tire, and a graffiti'd stop sign, which Strong Bad has named "Strong Badia") an independent nation. The inspirational speech he gives to the citizens inspires them to create their own independent countries. In order to overthrow the King of Town, Strong Bad must work his way through the countries and unite Free Country USA once again under the Strong Badian flag.[2] Strong Badia the Free's minigame, Math Kickers: Featuring the Algebros, a parody of beat 'em ups such as Double Dragon, involves the player solving math problems by punching enemies.[3] In addition, the game also features a second minigame called Maps & Minions.


Strong Badia the Free has received generally positive reviews from critics. The Wii version holds an average of 86% from 5 reviews at GameRankings,[4] as well as a Metacritic Metascore of 82 from 7 reviews.[5] IGN, which gave the game 8.2/10, echoed their assessment from their Homestar Ruiner review, noting the game to be slightly longer and more complete than its predecessor, yet still geared very much towards fans.[6] GameSpot, who disliked the first episode, gave Strong Badia the Free a 7.0/10, believing the game was a marked improvement with a more linear and original plot, and funnier jokes they felt did not need to prop up the weak gameplay noted in its predecessor.[7] ONM gave it 86%, saying that although it was longer and funnier, the strategy at the end is weak resulting in a lower score.