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Tales Of Monkey Island : Launch of the Screaming Narwhal

Posted by TurtleGirl On July - 13 - 2009

I’ve always been a great fan of Monkey Island from years ago and I was pretty excited to try the new one out. Personally I think the game starts off well with some brilliant cut scenes from Guybrush, Elaine and Lechuck as you get a feel of the characters and that favourable sarcasm that seems to follow suit. I’m already finding the graphics very pleasing to the eye. Point and click adventures are one of my favourite styles of gaming. After the introduction scene, the game shows Elaine who has been tied up and is quite helpless. Her captor is Lechuk, the strange zombie pirate who is besotted with her, so Guybrush breaks onto the scene with his equipment to try and rescue her. Elaine is frantically asking for help from guy brush, in between her funny remarks and back chat humour. Guybrush wants to be with her and there is a scene between him and Lechuk where they exchange words.



 
At this point it’s down to me as Guybrush to explore the ship and find various objects, combine them and use them on my cutlass. Eventually when I have found all the required equipment, another cut scene occurs between myself and Lechuk and I end up on a sinking ship and losing Elaine at the same time.

 
After some time at sea, I find myself washed ashore an island called Flotsam. Unfortunately, due to Guybrush mucking around with ingredients on the ship, I have been washed ashore with a cursed green and spotty hand. My hand has started to do rude things, like punch people without any reason and make funny gestures. Very strange I thought.

 
Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal is amazingly close to the original monkey island games. The dialogue and puzzles remain the same. You find yourself trying to combine anything with everything to get the result you require. Although the game is in 3D, I think the controls didn’t run as smoothly as I thought they would.

 
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You control Guybrush around the world by either using WASD or pointing and clicking the character around the screen. Occasionally Guybrush just didn’t want me to go to certain areas even though they were highlighted, so the control system did seem a bit clumsy at times. The inventory is well designed, with you having the option to combine ingredients in there and see your equipment efficiently.

 
There are a whole host of wonderful characters you will meet on your adventures. Some of them will be very useful, other times they can be a bit misleading. All of them have funny personalities. Most of the time you will be collecting an assortment of items that they need. Others will help you on your travels.

 
If you don’t find all the objects or uncover certain events then you could possibly be stuck for a bit. Search and explore everything and anything. Even if it really does not look vaguely interesting your probably discover later down the line that you needed it.

 
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Listen carefully to what each character says to you, because there are usually hidden clues in what they say. There was one puzzle I came across where I had to listen for certain animal sounds, but I’ll leave that for you to discover.

 
The storyline was brilliant and typical of Monkey Island games. Complex puzzles for you to solve along with humorous and funny speech. Remarkably I think this game does itself justice. An intriguing storyline brings you a game that will keep you curious for some time as you discover the mysteries of Monkey Island. Graphically this game is pixel perfect, it is perfection at it‘s finest. A well organized storyline, along with the usual funny antics from Guybrush to keep you amused for ages. It’s the sort of game that will keep you occupied for some time as you try and solve all the different enigmas. Personally I think you need an incredible amount of time to give this game the full attention it deserves. So much detail has been developed for this game that I reckon if you try and rush through it you may miss a lot of things. Listen carefully to details and discover the Islands secrets. This game will appeal to all types of gamers and will have people laughing out loud to all the funny and silly adventures of our young Guybrush and his terrible, but wacky one liners will keep us content and amused for some time to come.

 
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I felt at times that it had a slightly mature tone, which I think differs from the previous titles. The game can be completed in a few hours, depending on how much time you want to dedicate it. As a point and click adventure I would rate this game a 9 out of 10. Fun and entertaining.

 
http://www.telltalegames.com/

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