Why would you want to pre-order a digitally distributed game? Buy Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse before it launches and you save $5. The game costs $29.99 until the first episode goes live. Afterwards, it will be $34.99. Unlike other seasons of Sam & Max, The Devil’s Playhouse will not be sold as individual episodes, but the game will still be distributed in episodes. Think of it like joining a book of the month club. One payment gets you a new episode of Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse for five months.
Telltale is working on a prologue episode which acts as a free demo, but you won’t be able to play that until The Penal Zone comes out which voids the discount.