Tales of Monkey Island Review

Well the scores have all been tallied for the five episodes of Tales of Monkey Island so now it's time to see how they all work as a game overall!

Sound (4/5)
Overall sound quality was great due to the exception voice acting, however, it was kind of lacking during some parts in the second episode, Siege of Spinner Cay


Launch of the Screaming Narwhal Gameplay Video

Music (4/5)
The music was generally good but seemed to get more ambient and moody towards the end - I kind of missed the reggae and calypso of the previous series (Monkey Islands 1-3 in particular) - nevertheless, the music is still exceptionally good.

Graphics (4/5)
Overall the graphics were good, the only criticism being that many of the models besides the major characters seem to be recycled. It would've been nice if they put a little extra effort into them...


Siege of Spinner Cay Gameplay Video

Plot (4/5)
The plot started off as intriguing, peaking during the third episode, Lair of the Leviathan, and then subsiding towards the end, which made the latter episodes somewhat disappointing. However I believe this is the danger of making a game in an episodic format since I'd be curious to see what the experience was like if the game was played as a whole - maybe I'd be more forgiving of the latter parts!

Gameplay(3/5)
Unfortunately, the game overall was simply not as fun as previous Monkey Island games. There were some instances where puzzles were very repetitive and the game is definitely targeted towards the fans, in terms of the mechanics of the puzzles and the humour involved. This isn't necessarily a bad thing for the fans since they get that feeling of being rewarded from playing previous Monkey Island games but (1) I suspect it's infuriating for newcomers and (2) recycling old puzzle mechanics may make the gameplay stale for old-timers. Hopefully if they make a sequel to this (which seems likely) they rectify this department.


Lair of the Leviathan Gameplay Video

Replayability (4/5)
As mentioned throughout all episode reviews, the game is about as playable as any other adventure game (that doesn't have multiple endings :)).

Polish (3/5)
For most of the game I experienced no issues although at one stage there were some random Crashes-to-Desktop (CTD).


The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood Gameplay Video

Overall - 72%
Most fans will be jumping aboard to get a taste of some Monkey Island Magic, especially at the great price, however don't be fooled - we've yet to see the grand return of the excellent games that started the series.

If you want to get the game, you can purchase it online off Telltale Games.


Rise of the Pirate God Gameplay Video

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