Like I said, the best jokes came in the beginning. The first came when the group was trying to figure out the controls, with lines such as “The orange is for jumping” and Britta punching Pierce “There is no hug button.” The other time were Annie and Shirley trying to buy armor and weapons from the blacksmith, but end up killing the blacksmith, his wife, and burning down the shop.
After that it became frustrating as there were no surprises and the jokes weren’t that great. After Abed leaving the group it became predictable as to how they would beat Pierce’s half-brother and the game. Even Abed rewriting the code wasn’t new, albeit his many children were!
What ultimately made this a so-so episode was that it is a stand-alone episode that was put in during a three-part series. It felt odd to have it be in the middle of the series, especially since it’s not moving the story lines along. However, it was nice to see Community do a video game episode and since I’m a huge gamer, it was an enjoyable episode.
Side note: Someone is making a 8-bit Community game. If you interested, click on the link in the ign.com article to go play it!