|Tales Of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal|
|Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Release Date: Out Now
The Monkey Island series of games have always been up there as my favourite point-and-click puzzle adventures, even given Lucasarts' impressive repertoire of them (before they stopped and now make only Star Wars games). They managed to combine some tricky but creative puzzles with great humour, enjoyable characters, a solid storyline and above all buckets of silliness that even Monty Python would think was a bit too silly. So after a long time the franchise returns with TellTale Games at the helm, but can the makers of the enjoyable Strong Bad (see my review >here
Sounds like a quick episode doesn't it? But Guybrush being the screw-up that he is botches the enchantment, which only turns LeChuck human and leaves your hero with a voodoo-infected hand with a mind of its own, Evil Dead 2-style. After a big explosion you wake up aboard Flotsam Island, with neither LeChuck or Elaine nowhere to be seen. Your task is to find a way off the island, but with no ship and all winds blowing inland for the last few years it's not going to be easy...
The game itself is thankfully a good portrayal of the Monkey Island universe. The 3D graphics engine, although a little basic, has done a nice job of creating the vibrant, colourful characters and environments. Guybrush himself does look pretty nice, and aside from being a little rough around the edges it does the series justice. Many familiar characters make a reappearance, such as the Voodoo woman as the local newspaper's mysterious informant "Deepgut". The dialogue is typical Monkey Island fare, which will please the fans and newcomers to the series alike - Guybrush fires off one-liners like there's no tomorrow and the puzzles all have a humorous edge or solution to them. The first few puzzles I was expecting a little more from but later on there's a puzzle involving a map and buried "treasure" which was quite challenging and very reminiscent of the treasure quest in the original Monkey Island.
- Great Representation of the Monkey Island Universe.
- Great Characters and Humour.
- Puzzles that are fun and challenging.
- Some characters a little one-dimensional.
- Maybe too many in-jokes?
- Too short - I wanted more!
- Episodic setup is pointless.