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: Ah, the point-and-click adventure game. The mere mention of that long-neglected genre brings back memories of a time when Lucasarts had more in their stable than Star Wars and Indiana Jones. A time when games were about linear progression, and having endless storage space in your trousers, and sliding the mouse cursor over the right pixel in order to solve the puzzle, and… monkeys.
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 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.
Conclusion: During my six-plus hours of playing through Jolly Rover, I ultimately found no huge drawbacks to this pirate… that is, pirate dog adventure. The story of a pirate and voodoo hijinks on the high seas doesn’t break any new ground, and some may find the gameplay a little too shallow, a bit too easy.
Summary: Tales of Monkey Island really is an outstanding adventure filled with well thought-out puzzles and some hilarious jokes. There are also enough plot twists and cliffhangers to keep you coming back for more. Whether you're a longtime Monkey Island fan or this is your first taste of the series, you'll have a blast.
Pros: Tricky, clever puzzles, Great voice work, Maintains the Monkey Island sense of humor
Cons: Some ugly, repeated character models, A few tedious puzzles, Clunky control scheme