Escape from Monkey Island PlayStation 2


Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
Buy On
  1. 100
    Everything that made EFMI so great on the PC arrives on the PS2 perfectly intact. The game’s many puzzles are perfectly balanced.
  2. 91
    Great graphics that remain true to the series' roots, wonderful animation, the classic Monkey Island humor is present in full force.
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    You really can’t go wrong with this finale to a LucasArts legacy, so be sure not to miss the boat. [Aug 2001, p.111]
  4. You hardcore adventurers already love it, and you newbies out there are in for a real treat, and you are to be envied.
  5. 87
    It looks good, it's easy to control, it has classic puzzles, and more than anything, it's a heck of a laugh. All that, and monkeys to boot.
  6. Not a traditional type of game we expect to see on a home console. This quality PC conversion only begs the question, "why haven't we?" May the seaweed be with you!
  7. What you'll get with EFMI is a rich adventure game that entertains with its quick wit and colorful characters.
  8. I do not recommend trying to drink anything while conversations are going on. The laughs come fast and furious, usually when you least expect them.
  9. Graphically the game is excellent and there are lots of quirky touches, such as the darts players in the local inn who throw a dart directly at the camera ''smashing'' the screen.
  10. The voice acting is superb and the dialogue is witty. Couple that with a ridiculous story and you're guaranteed to at one point or another actually laugh out loud. Like the time when.... er...guess I'll be giving stuff away....crap.
  11. It's one of the more unusual games available to date for the PS2, and its warm, tropical environments and great cast of characters will make you feel right at home right away.
  12. The game’s best aspect by far is the sound – and the hours of dialogue which make up the base of the game’s audio.
  13. Total Video Games
    Simply the greatest point-and-click adventure game to date, whilst it may seam a little strange at time hang on there you will be rewarded in the end.
  14. 80
    Escape from Monkey Island is a wonderful romp filled with memorable characters, excellent voice acting, and clever puzzles.
  15. A great example of how to make an entertaining comic adventure.
  16. 80
    Quite simply it's very funny, great fun to play, but infuriatingly difficult and obscure in places. It's well animated, really colourful, beautifully voiced, original and lengthy.
  17. This one delivers on the most part, but I would have liked to see a little less humor and a little more in challenges to be met.
  18. A breath of fresh air in a market saturated with generic driving and shooting titles.
  19. There were so many hilarious phrases and humorous insults in this game that I can't even begin to remember them all.

Awards & Rankings

#86 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#31 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 24, 2014
    It shames me to say this, but this was the first Monkey Island game I played.

    I had known of the series for a long time and it just never
    It shames me to say this, but this was the first Monkey Island game I played.

    I had known of the series for a long time and it just never appealed to me. But after much curiosity I had to see what all the fuss was about. To my surprise I liked it. An old school adventure game on the PS2, was a refreshing break from everything else that was out at the time. Also, there were very few games that could be labeled (primarily) as a comedy. Comedy based triple A titles are very few.

    The art style is beautiful, the jokes, while a little childish, are funny and made smile and laugh allot. But for all its praise, I can see why there were so few of these games in its day on console. It's style simply just wasn't a good fit anymore.

    Thanks to this game, I fell in love with the Monkey Island series and I am glad I got a chance to play this.
    Full Review »
  2. DerekG.
    Sep 20, 2005
    I want monkey island 4.
  3. MortenR.
    Feb 5, 2002
    I love it. Funnier than ever. The graphics rock!