Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. AceGamez
    It's a joy to see the Monkey Island franchise so thoroughly rejuvenated in this era of bigger, better and more bad-ass, and with great puzzles, good looks and such insight into the unique sense of humour that helped make this series so beloved in the first instance, Lair of the Leviathan is the perfect showcase piece for a studio hitting their stride at exactly the right time, and a fine, fun game besides.
  2. I used the phrase "very good game-but like its predecessor, not quite great" to describe the previous episode. Lair of the Leviathan not only clears "great", but sails way into the depths of "historically fantastic."
  3. Lair of the Leviathan is the best-written episode so far (and as always, extremely hilarious) that not only shines a lost treasure's golden glow in its storytelling but through the completely new gaming environments, including the love-starved male manatee's innards and Guybrush's bottom-of-the-sea "love connection" excursion.
  4. Overall, Tales of Monkey Island Episode 3 – Lair of the Leviathan continues the excellent series, pretty much as expected, given the great previous chapters. Well worth a purchase for any of you silly enough to have not bought the full season already. If you’re not sold now, maybe Monkey Island isn’t for you.
  5. 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.
  6. TellTalle keeps proving for some time now (even more so in the past three months) that the episodic game format works. Tales of Monkey Island came out more or less on deadline, the content disappointed few people (statistically speaking) and, in my opinion, you can see a clear evolution from one episode to the next.
  7. This latest chapter is a good follow-up to an otherwise disappointing second chapter. The back-to-basics dialogue choices, Insult Sword Fighting style of puzzles, as well as the confined interactions, make for a much more pleasant experience.
  8. This is just another step forward for the series, which keeps getting better jokes, better characters and a better script.
  9. Tales of Monkey Island: The Lair of the Leviathan is a great game, the best so far out of the five chapters divided in the saga. All small defects found in the predecessors have been filed at least partially if not eliminated. But the real point of reference is the excellent script, spiced by irreverent and entertaining dialogue and memorable characters. Good also is the longevity of each chapter standing on 4-5 hours. Recommended for everyone: old and new gamers.
  10. It's surely worth diving into, even considering how big of an investment a five-part episodic series is. So if you cannot hold your breath for ten minutes for this plunge like Mr. Threepwood, get practicing.
  11. Lair of the Leviathan is, I think, the best chapter of Tales of Monkey Island so far.
  12. Telltale continues to deliver top class comedy in gaming form. The story becomes more bizarre with each episode and it is hilarious to follow Guybrush's quest through the Caribbean (and through a manatee).
  13. 80
    If you have been following the Tales of Monkey Island saga up to this point, Lair of the Leviathan offers a few more hours of swashbuckling adventure and knee-slapping comedy that is sure to tickle your fancy.
  14. Lair of the Leviathan is extremely short and not quite up to par in terms of difficulty, but its a generally solid continuation to the episodic series.
  15. The best episode of Tales of Monkey Island up until this point. The puzzlers are a lot of fun to solve and the characters as original as we're used to from this series. Let's hope Telltale keeps gaining momentum.
  16. The Tales of Monkey Island get better with each episode. Despite relatively few puzzles and locations, Lair of the Leviathan succeeds with a fresh setting and new ideas. Best Episode up to now!
  17. It's a step in the right direction for the series and the point-and-click adventure, and a method of development that I'd like to see Telltale continue with the two remaining episodes. Best episode yet? I'm not too sure about that, but there's no doubt that each new story is more polished than the last, something that will hopefully continue throughout the year.
  18. Lazy find-three-item quests are nowhere to be seen in this episode, instead there's a wealth of context-based conundrums and mini-games that showcase LucasArts-style adventure design at its best. [Dec 2009, p.128]
  19. It's half-time for Tales of Monkey Island. The third of five episodes is good entertainment, but the puzzles are getting worse. Most of the fun comes from comical situations and the weird characters, not from the game itself. Instead of getting harder, it gets easier.
  20. Those who have been trying to decide whether or not to get into this game can know it feels like a Monkey Island title and if you've played the previous ones before these new chapters, you'll be able to capture that same feeling again.
  21. If you liked the second part of the Tales of Monkey Island series, you should buy Lair of the Leviathan as well. However, it's almost the shortest of the series.
  22. 80
    The jokes are funny, the puzzles are challenging and both arise out of the overall story, which is genuinely interesting.
  23. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Stomach of the giant sea pig is the great place for a hilarious adventure. Telltale Games can give lessons to others on how to make flawless dialogues, novel environments and amusing adventure games overall. [Nov 2009]
  24. Telltale Games has done really well with this new chapter of the adventures of Guybrush. This third chapter is great, full of fun moments and intelligent puzzles. Even more, at last we see the comeback of one of the most charming characters of the series, Murray.
  25. Tales of Monkey Ep. 3 - Lair of the Leviathan is the best, funnest episode since the beginning of the series. Despite a lack of challenge, there are so many ideas, hilarious characters and puzzle for a small price that's impossible not to suggest to buy it.
  26. The third episode in this series does an amazing job of proving that this game is a must have for anyone that can run it.
  27. 75
    Too much of the game may be spent back-and-forthing between two locations, but the pace eventually picks up. This combined with the re-appearance of Murray make this episode worth checking out for Monkey Island fans.
  28. PC Gamer UK
    As a continuation of the story, however, the episode works well. [Dec 2009, p.91]
  29. PC Zone UK
    Can't wait for more. [Jan 2010, p.82]
  30. Even a dip in quality towards the end can't abate the feeling that Tales of Monkey Island has found a second wind in its sail.
  31. 75
    Nothing really different in comparison with the previous chapter, except for some better puzzles.
  32. Those who have played the first two games in the franchise and want to keep going to see how it all ends will find Tales of Monkey Island: Lair of the Leviathan to be a minor diversion in an otherwise great series.
  33. 95
    "Lair of the Leviathan" is the best chapter yet, and it thrills me for the future of the series. Halfway through, Telltale has proven that they know what they're doing. Bring on the next!
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Aug 6, 2011
    my score is here also a 10 because this chapter is different to 1 and 2 but its do also a lot of fun. i love this game and hope you will havemy score is here also a 10 because this chapter is different to 1 and 2 but its do also a lot of fun. i love this game and hope you will have also much fun to play it. enjoy Full Review »
  2. AmanG
    Oct 11, 2009
    The Foundation was already set up for a deep and 'gut-wrenching' epic in the previous episode as we saw our beloved hero get eaten The Foundation was already set up for a deep and 'gut-wrenching' epic in the previous episode as we saw our beloved hero get eaten by a giant manatee...this one doesn't disappoints. Full Review »
  3. garyc
    Oct 4, 2009
    Not as good as chapters 1 and 2. The dialogue in the middle really made me go crazy as I was thinking about how lame it was! Still worth Not as good as chapters 1 and 2. The dialogue in the middle really made me go crazy as I was thinking about how lame it was! Still worth playing. I hope next chapter the story gets better. Full Review »