Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. This is a worthy addition to the Tales of Monkey Island series. It's one that all adventure fans should own and everyone else should at least try.
  2. There's really very little to find fault with in The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood. The puzzles are creative, fun and ramp up in difficulty in a nice manner; the script, story and acting are all outstanding, and the entire experience is just fun to play.
  3. I simply cannot wait to see the conclusion, and am already hoping Season Two comes along sometime next year.
  4. While not the best of the chapters, The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood's story progression and cliffhanger ending have me more excited for the next episode than I have been for any of the previous ones.
  5. 90
    The episode is considerably longer than the last few. I was surprised and pleased to finish the trial and find substantial head-scratchers left to solve. As with all these adventures, there's little reason to revisit them once you've finished. That's just the nature of this particular beast, though. Digest it and spend a month waiting for the next one.
  6. With only one month to go, it seems like an easy recommendation to anyone with a PC to pick up this game.
  7. The Trial And Execution Of Guybrush Threepwood has proved that Telltale has what it takes to equal LucasArts's best. [Christmas 2009, p.114]
  8. 86
    Charming characters, a more than excellent music, hilarious situations and lots of humour is what we'll find in this series of Monkey Island stories.
  9. Finding its stride, The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood is the best episode thus far. The puzzles will make you think while you laugh your way through the stellar adventure, and try not to fall to Stan's seizure-inducing coat.
  10. Episode four of the Tales of Monkey Island leaves me undecided: I like that there are more puzzles in the game, but overall this episode offers too much of a dejavu-feeling, resulting in a good, but not very good episode.
  11. PC Zone UK
    A hearty recommendation. [Jan 2010, p.82]
  12. The fourth and second to last chapter of Tales of Monkey Island puts all the pieces of the game in their place for the end of this first season. "The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood" is the largest episode thus far, and althought events are not as funny as in the past chapter, the level is, overall, remarkable, being delicious for demanding players. There are many things to improve, like the reuse of content, but TellTale has shown us, once more, that they're great making point'n'click adventures.
  13. 80
    The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood may not be the funniest episode, but it does have a lot to do, some great puzzles, and Stan.
  14. With the fourth episode of the Tales of Monkey Island-series, Telltale manages to maintain a high quality of both puzzles and dialogue. With some interesting story twists and new characters, it will be really interesting to see how everything ends in the next episode's season finale.
  15. This is the best chapter published to date, which is a great thing considering there's just one left until we know how this story ends.
  16. Where we are now, no matter how great it seems, if the ending is lacklustre then we’ll all be disappointed. Given Telltale Games’ last four chapters however, I think we’re in for something great.
  17. Tales of Monkey Island Ep. 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood as already mentioned under review is the best chapter in the series for both the technical part that for the dialogue, with the exception of the riddles here bound to a marginal and secondary. Recommended to all those who have already played the previous chapters and is recommended for new share from the first episode not to miss one of the best adventures of recent years.
  18. However, despite the once-again difficult and confusing complexity of some of the puzzles and the dramedy-filled story, The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood successfully brings gamers to the threshold of the Tales of Monkey Island's final chapter.
  19. PC PowerPlay
    Fitting lead-in to the final installment for this season. [Jan 2010, p.86]
  20. PC Gamer
    This episode suffers a little from puzzle bloat, but they're strong puzzles with only a couple of weak moments, and some great story bits make up for the padding. [Jan 2010, p.79]
  21. The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood starts slowly and so It ends. In the middle Telltale put a good story, a couple of fantastic characters and some rewarding puzzles. Maybe not the best episode of the series, The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood is still an enjoyable game.
  22. The graphics, actual gameplay, and quality voice work have changed very little over the course of the first four chapters, and we expect that will follow suit in the grand finale. What each chapter does bring to the table is continuity, plenty of surprises, new avenues for strange humor, and some truly memorable character interactions. The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood isn't the best chapter among the bunch, but it's an important piece of the puzzle.
  23. While Lair of the Leviathan is still my favorite chapter so far, The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood still has plenty of everything about the Tales of Monkey Island series that I like: quality writing, loveable characters, and challenging puzzles.
  24. 72
    It's true that the jokes aren't as funny this time around but the puzzles are challenging without being frustrating, which should help you see this one through to a satisfying conclusion.
  25. Worldplay, grog and atmosphere, but still quite weak puzzles - the fourth episode of Tales of Monkey Island offers good entertainment, including the well known problems of all episodes so far. Only the great presentation prevents the game from mediocrity.
  26. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Wittiness took a short vacation this time compared to previous chapters – nevertheless Monkey Island still keeps its high standards in every aspect. [Dec 2009]
  27. Telltale's production quality is remarkable, and they must be commended for at least pushing the series violently towards what is sure to be a fascinating climax. However, the game must also be criticized for the inconsistency of its flow and the near-complete lack of original locations and characters (Stan's delightful return notwithstanding).
  28. Another disappointing chapter in the increasingly uneven adventures of gaming's mightiest pirate.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 6, 2011
    it is not that easy to get trough the chapter buts its really really fun. i hope that chapter 5 is also that kind of fun. thanks lucas artsit is not that easy to get trough the chapter buts its really really fun. i hope that chapter 5 is also that kind of fun. thanks lucas arts for this wonderfull game. Full Review »