TellTale games hit a major home run last year with the re-introduction of two of gaming's most comical adventure characters: Sam & Max. These characters were originally popularized in the early 90s when LucasArts released a PC adventure game: Sam & Max Hit the Road. Unfortunately, the PC adventure genre was on the outs at the time, and adventure/puzzle games haven't been popular (except for Myst, perhaps). Great adventure games like Myst have made it through the adventure recession, proving that a game can always be successful if it's great.
For those who don't know already, Sam & Max is an episodeis series of adventure games created by Steve Purcell. TellTale games had greatly improved upon the original game by making their series fully 3d, which even PCs from several years ago are powerful enough to run.