Conclusion: Lair of the Leviathan doesn't wind down on quite the same cliffhanger ending we've seen in the last two chapters, but the continuity in the story throughout the three episodes released so far is coming together very impressively. The tale delivered in Tales of Monkey Island is an interesting one, even though it's delivered bit-by-bit.
Excerpt: I did not stutter - that classic franchise spawned by Lucasfilm Games (later renamed LucasArts) nineteen years ago is back in a new incarnation. Telltale Games brings us a new chapter in an episodic format, and I for one could not be more pleased that they did. The original "Secret of Monkey Island" was quite groundbreaking in its time. Most adventure games in that era were not nearly so open-ended and resilient to player experimentation.
Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 -- "Rise of the Pirate God"
10 December 2009
Excerpt: Gamers had waited years for a sequel to one of the most beloved series in adventure gaming, Monkey Island , and it had gotten to the point where it really seemed like it was an impossibility. When it was revealed that not only was it coming back, but it was going to land in the capable hands than Telltale Games, there was a massive amount of joy from the community, and with good cause.
Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 4 -- "The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood"
3 November 2009
Excerpt: Last month in my review of Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan, I mentioned a meeting with Dominic Armato, voice of Guybrush Threepwood (mighty pirate). During the interview, Dominic said that Telltale Games was "just starting to get into the heart of it," and that "very interesting things were coming up." I had assumed, wrongly, that they were refering to Episode 3's budding friendship between Morgan LeFlay and Guybrush.
Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan
Adventure Classic Gaming
28 October 2009
Excerpt: The third chapter of the Tales of Monkey Island series takes the latest saga of Guybrush Threepwood a step further. In the first chapter, Guybrush learns about the new world in which he finds himself victim to the spreading pox of LeChuck. In the second chapter, Guybrush adjusts to life with a new LeChuck who is no longer evil and what that may mean for him and his wife.
Tales of Monkey Island: Lair of the Leviathan (PC)
8 October 2009
Excerpt: The Tales grow episode by episode into a classic in adventure story-telling. It might be the hilarity of the closing credits I’ve just watched that makes me use superlatives like “hilariously funny” and “masterfully written”, but I don’t think I’ll be too ashamed of my words when the laughs from Murray’s bodiless antics simmer down to a sporadic mild chuckle.
Conclusion: I used the phrase "very good game--but like its predecessor, not quite great" to describe the previous episodeLair of the Leviathan not only clears "great", but sails way into the depths of "historically fantastic." It is gorgeous, hilarious, intelligent, and balanced. It stands just shy of Chariots of the Dogs as the second-best Telltale game ever made and is a sobering reminder of why we don't accept less than great from such a talented developer, because this is the...
Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 3 -- "Lair of the Leviathan"
29 September 2009
Excerpt: Telltale is extremely excited to have their hands back in the Monkey Island series. Since the last chapter released, they took up shop at the Penny-Arcade expo to further promote their title, granting interviews with different developers and Dominic Armato, the voice of Guybrush Threepwood. During the interview, Dominic expressed his love for the series, and thanked the fans for having a huge part in the revival.
Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2 -- "The Siege of Spinner Cay"
20 August 2009
Excerpt: Chapter 1 of Telltale's revival of the Monkey Island series hit its mark. Compared to the Wallace and Gromit series, which was full of missteps, Monkey Island's introduction was nearly without fault. With comedy out the wazoo and wonderful puzzles, Telltale was able to reignite the flame without any trouble at all. Where we left last Guybrush Threepwood (mighty pirate), he was watching Elaine's ship from a distance when a handsome, human LeChuck handed her a flower.