Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. 100
    Hilarious, perfectly paced, and just the right amount of difficulty. Very few puzzles are total stumpers.
  2. Daily Radar
    In short, Monkey Island has amazing production value, great graphics, good comedy, and a compelling story.
  3. CNET Gamecenter
    The best adventure game we've played in recent years, and an instant classic.
  4. 100
    This comic farce will leave you rolling on the floor with laughter and provide hours of enjoyment, a healthy dose of good-natured, unadulterated fun, and more monkeys than every other game combined.
  5. This is what an adventure game should be: easy to look at, great puzzles and sound, simple interaction, humour, solid writing and the power to transport the player somewhere else for some fun.
  6. Monkey Island is still the best place to play.
  7. I haven’t laughed so much, nor have I had so much fun playing a game in ages.
  8. Despite the sometimes-baffling challenges (which, in all honesty, are pretty typical to the genre), EMI delivers exactly what the Monkey Island name promises-a lighthearted, entertaining, and well-written swashbuckling adventure game.
  9. Some ill-chosen puzzles, a fatigued conclusion -- no matter, really. You'll be smiling too much to give it much notice. This is nothing less than perfectly perfected perfection. If you like monkeys, anyway.
  10. 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.
  11. As with most adventure games, it's startlingly linear, but don't you dare let that rob you of the experience; this is a game that should be bought, played and cherished.
  12. EMI's combination of great graphics, hilarious story and solid gameplay is a tough one to beat. If you like adventure games this one's a no-brainer.
  13. An incredibly amusing experience from start to finish, die-hard fans of Monkey Island shouldn't let the game's new look scare them away; when it comes to heart, this is the same old Guybrush.
  14. The colors are much lighter and cheerful than in "Grim Fandango."
  15. Antagonist
    Get past the dead genre and you'll laugh until your brain bleeds.
  16. It is the best adventure game for years, it has a sly, well-plotted purpose and it points the way to the 3D adventures of the future. Don't fear the monkeys: embrace them.
  17. 87
    While the glitches are definitely frustrating, and the polish is lacking at times, overall this is a welcome return to the eeps and oops of your childhood.
  18. The humor is droll but affecting, and the game play so well laid out that this program has to be considered a worthy sequel to its predecessor.
  19. PC Gamer
    Definitely not the best of the bunch, but still a welcome return to a classic series. [Feb 2001, p.85]
  20. The gameplay is fun but can get a little tough and/or complex in certain places but hey, that's what the Internet and walkthroughs are for.
  21. 85
    The biggest change Escape from Monkey Island has undergone is its change to 3D. Far from ruining the game, as many fans feared, this makes EMI the best-looking Monkey Island title yet.
  22. A terrifically funny, beautiful and great sounding game. A few bugs may mar the experience at points, but they don't hamper the fun.
  23. Players who're new to the Monkey Island series may get the sense while playing the game that they're watching a bunch of old friends regale each other with old in-jokes; it's easy to feel as if you're being left out of the fun if you don't catch the references.
  24. A quality adventure game even though the restyling of the old locations on Mêlée Island and Monkey Island is a bit of a mixed bag. The ending is long, satisfying and almost as disturbingly weird.
  25. The lack of mouse support is both shocking and somewhat unforgivable... (yet) EMI will provide hours of intelligent and silly gameplay.
  26. The voice acting in this game is probably the most widely competent you'll ever come across in a recent computer game.
  27. Although not the high point of the Monkey Island series, EMI earns an overall score of 80 as a worthy addition to the adventure game genre.
  28. Some of the puzzles were just a little too peculiar and, if you even manage to figure them out, may leave you thinking “How was I supposed to figure THAT out?”
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 123
  2. Negative: 13 out of 123
  1. Dec 13, 2021
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Estupendo. La saga Monkey Island es la mejor en toda la historia de las aventuras gráficas clásicas. Los millones de fans quisiéramos que Ron Gilbert y Tim Schaffer realicen una nueva entrega. Muy pronto en lo posible. Full Review »
  2. May 19, 2020
    One of the weaker entries in the series. It had it's charm and it's gags, but they didn't feel that fresh and the engine brought it down a notch
  3. Dec 8, 2018
    In regards to the 2018 re-release, the biggest flaw about EFMI is its horrific controls. I get it that it was a game that (for some reason)In regards to the 2018 re-release, the biggest flaw about EFMI is its horrific controls. I get it that it was a game that (for some reason) had a PS2 release, but the PC version should have been able to utilize the mouse as lining up Guybrush using use the arrow keys to get anywhere is just impossible. Not to mention the poor keybinds that spreads everything across the keyboard. Just what was LucasArts thinking? Full Review »