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I have to say, when I heard they were creating another Monkey Island game I became so excited. Having played and completed all of the Monkey Island games (3 in total, not including this one) I can safely say it is my favourite series of all time. I guess I find it so addictive because of its originality. The series first started on the lovely Amiga (so you can see the time length the games have been stretched over and how successful they must have been) and it was a huge hit so the sequel quickly followed (Monkey Island 2: LeChucks Revenge).
Now we are on the fourth in the series and the graphics have been converted into 3D. The game still includes the old favourite characters (plus a few new ones) such as Stan, Elaine, The Voodoo Lady and more. The great thing is that if you have played the other Monkey Island games then you feel right at home with these characters, almost as if you've known them for years. The controls are easy to master but the puzzles are still as difficult and weird as ever.
The whole game is basically about Guybrush going on his little adventures and quests (and boy does he have a lot of quests in this game). The main quest is to find the secret of the ultimate insult, the insult that can turn fearless pirates into squaking chickens. This follow up to the Curse of Monkey Island is much more difficult than any of its predecessors. I would say that it will take you over 30 hours to complete without using a solution (talk about a big game, huh?).
The character of Guybrush looks about 15 years old and is still as funny and as stupid as ever, oh and is still totally manipulated by his wife Elaine, hehe. Each character has his own distinct personality and voice (like the other Monkey Island games) and each contributes towards the overall excitement of the game. The great thing about the Monkey Island games (and what makes them so successful in my opinion) is that they have kept the same characters throughout but each time making them more interesting and bizarre.
Believe me, if you are a fan of adventure games and love a little comedy too then why aren't you out buying this game right now?!
This game was OK but not a patch on the previous three, I guess mainly because most of the original creators had left and were no longer involved. It was still made good by the voice acting of Dominic Armato, but I found it jarring that Elaine suddenly had an American accent and completely different voice to her English-accented voice in the previous game!
The Monkey Island tales jumped onto our screens a long time ago and charmed us with ... more
intriguing storylines and chirpy dialogue. Now after a wait that seems like an eternity, Guybrush Threepwood and his trusty band of friends are back in the fourth instalment, Escape from Monkey Island. Carrying on where Curse of Monkey Island left off, Escape from Monkey Island starts with Guybrush and his now-wife Elaine Marley-Threepwood, The Governor of the Tri-islands, returning back to the peaceful island of Mêlée, only to find that not all is what it seems, and while they have been battling the high seas, the evil villain Charles L. Charles has plotted to take over the islands. All sounds hectic stuff, and you would be right in thinking so, but Escape from Monkey Island is not about being hectic, so sit back, take a sip of that tea you've got next to the computer and let's take it easy. For those not aware of the series, Monkey Island is your average point-and-click game: search around, ask some questions, pick up some stuff, ask some more questions and so on and so on, but where Escape from Monkey Island differs is in the execution. With its superb 3-D graphics--the others didn't have 3-D graphics--that lusciously depict the Tri-island area, the graphics are the first thing that will catch you eye. Couple this with a witty, clever and at times wonderful script and you've got a game that will have you chuckling out loud as Guybrush spins puns, jokes and insults aplenty. If you are a fan of the point-and-click genre, or the Monkey Island series for that matter, then this is definitely going to be your cup of tea with intriguing challenges and humour you have come to appreciate from a game like this. If, however, like a lot of people, you are wary of point-and-click games, this is the perfect starting point, with the game slowly easing you into the wonderful world that is Monkey Island. --Stuart Miles
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adventure about the triumphs of a goofball would-be pirate. Yet that's exactly what we have in Escape from Monkey Island. This PC port follows the latest misadventures of Guybrush Threepwood as he tries to make sense of his ridiculous world; the PC-style gameplay consists of conversing, exploring, and lots of puzzle-solving; gamers who lack patience or who loathe Myst-like puzzles might want to skip this game, but they'll be missing out on one of the most unique console experiences on the market. The game's forte is clearly its style. Its dialogue, while sometimes lengthy, is often witty and boisterously entertaining. Its characters and environments are bright and vibrant. Its puzzles--in which you often match wacky objects in bizarre situations--are straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon. Few games can match Escape from Monkey Island's humour, and those that can aren't on the PlayStation 2. Although the character designers and animators were able to achieve a playful style, some of the series' personality was lost in the translation from 2-D sprite-based graphics to 3-D polygons. Still, there's really nothing else like it on the PS2. Gamers looking for something different, or wanting to take a break from saving the world from cataclysmic menaces, should give this game a shot. --Raymond M. Padilla