Conclusion: Adventure games have been going through a mini renaissance of late and we can all thank Telltale for its massive contribution in bringing puzzling back from the dead and treating the genre with the love and respect is has duly deserved. With Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal the Telltale team has outdone themselves: a true return to form for the series and an unmissable title that we think everyone must own.
Excerpt: The good burghers of GameBoomers have previously reviewed the separate chapters of Tales of Monkey Island , and all in all they found it a rollicking, piratey jaunt. The feel of the old was there, spruced up with some new, and as far as they were concerned it did the franchise proud. Now we have all five chapters on a single disc, with no waiting for the next one to release. So what of it all in one bite?
Excerpt: Jolly Rover is an indie point-and-click adventure game created by Andrew Goulding of Brawsome. This is the first commercial game released by his company. Taking place in the Caribbean, Jolly Rover will immediately feel familiar to seasoned adventure game fans. This is because comedic pirate adventures are a popular theme within the genre.
Excerpt: Gaius James Rover is a polite dachshund with an affinity for Earl Grey tea and the unfortunate talent of attracting drunken pirates, who insist on plundering his ship and forcing him to cook delicious 17th-century salads. Luckily, James' anthropomorphized charm and knack for inductive logic turn Jolly Rover into a highly enjoyable 2D point-and-click adventure, one that successfully marries a great cast of characters with an engaging story and generally satisfying...
Pros: Funny, engaging story, Diverse cast of wacky characters, Lots of clever dialogue, Good visual style
Cons: Puzzles are repetitive at times, Disappointing amount of in-game interaction
Excerpt: The Indie development team at Brawsome has created a charming adventure that features a group of piratical seadogs. Our hero, Gaius James Rover, is a professional clown who has invented a rum called Jolly Rover. Gaius is sailing with his cargo to Groggy Island to personally deliver it to the governor, who wants it in epic quantities. Pirates intervene and Gaius finds himself a prisoner on their ship.
Excerpt: Point and click adventure games have been dead for ages. People only talk about them in hushed tones, often with a tear in their eye. Often you read articles about what killed them, and why they will never come back. What rubbish! It’s up to brilliant one man shows like Brawsome to show these fools just how great the genre is, and how much fun a little adventuring can be!
Excerpt: With the recent revival of the point-and-click adventure genre, it’s hard to ignore the influence that some classic games have had on the more recent installments. A good example of this is Jolly Rover , an independent game for the PC and Mac recently released on Steam. With a 2D art style, island setting, and more pirates than you can shake a cutlass at, Jolly Rover was clearly inspired by the early Monkey Island games.
Excerpt: The beloved adventure game franchise Monkey Island set sail on a new episodic journey earlier this year and has recently come into port with its fifth and final episode. Tales of Monkey Island chronicles the further adventures of Guybrush Threepwood--Mighty Pirate--as he pursues his often-imperiled wife, Elaine, and tries to vanquish his nemesis, LeChuck. Yet this tale is no heroic cliche, and it takes some amusing twists and unconventional turns.
Pros: Quirky sense of humor, Engaging, superbly voiced characters, Charming cartoon aesthetic, Story full of fun twists and turns, Some clever puzzles
Cons: Occasional presentation hitches, Some slow parts, Puzzles are generally easy
Excerpt: The developers of the Wallace and Gromit Grand Adventures series are now providing a five part episodic adventure game based on the popular Monkey Island franchise. While these games are available individually, PC owners can splash out and purchase Tales of Monkey Island, containing all five for around £25.