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  • Summary: Announcing Return to Monkey Island, the long-awaited follow-up to the legendary Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge by Ron Gilbert's Terrible Toybox in collaboration with Devolver Digital and Lucasfilm Games, coming 2022.

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Return to Monkey Island | Coming 2022
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Oct 7, 2022
    100
    The nostalgic return of the hero who captivated us at an innocent age came to remind us in the most emphatic way that no matter how old we get, we will always want to be children.
  2. Oct 10, 2022
    95
    Aided by the Terrible Toybox team, Gilbert and Grossman deconstructed the legend and rebuilt it, modernizing it but also paying homage to the past. Return to Monkey Island is not just a great point’n’click that will remind you why you fell in love with the genre, but also an artistic statement that needs a certain degree of maturity to be fully appreciated. We were promised a comedy about pirates, but also got a piece on mortality.
  3. Sep 19, 2022
    90
    Return to Monkey Island is exactly the game that could be expected from Gilbert and his associates, in which the love for the characters and their stories is combined with a profound reflection on time and the role of the gamer.
  4. Oct 12, 2022
    90
    If you've ever been interested in the point and click adventure genre, Return to Monkey Island is a must play. You could argue that it feels a bit reiterative of the previous games in the franchise instead of doing "its own thing", but it is hard to critisice it for that reason when it seems to be one of its main goals for veteran fans: to take them on a nostalgic trip towards new oceans.
  5. Sep 26, 2022
    85
    Modern, accessible and well written, Return to Monkey Island is a very good adventure game that will certainly appeal to fans of the genre and which can even, like the first two episodes in their time, effectively initiate novices.
  6. Oct 2, 2022
    80
    Return to Monkey Island is consistently funny, with a ton of charm and interesting puzzles to work through. The interface is the best in the series, and it’s incredibly well-paced. It may not be what every fan of the series has hoped for, but I think those who can look at it for what it is rather than what they might have hoped it would be will have a wonderful time with it.
  7. Oct 22, 2022
    65
    No one asked Guybrush to return, but he came anyway and crashed his own party. In the beginning, you try your best to acclimate to the unusual visual style, hoping that your patience will eventually pay off. In the end, you wonder how they managed to screw up a decent game with such a vile ending.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 93
  2. Negative: 24 out of 93
  1. Sep 23, 2022
    10
    It is great to be back. All feels so familiar, yet, a fresh story and good, mostly logical (within that world) riddles. I did not like theIt is great to be back. All feels so familiar, yet, a fresh story and good, mostly logical (within that world) riddles. I did not like the graphic in the first screenshots I saw, but playing it, that art style feels just right. When the game was first announced I was excited, then rather worried, because creating a worthy successor seemed practically impossible, but in the end the game was so much more than I expected. Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2022
    10
    Return to Monkey Island is a true return to glory for the series.

    I am so impressed with what they have done with this new entry in the
    Return to Monkey Island is a true return to glory for the series.

    I am so impressed with what they have done with this new entry in the Monkey Island series that just oozes charm from start to finish.

    This 7 hour nostalgia fest is chock full of character cameo's, humour, brilliant writing and zany situations that the series is best known and loved for. This game has some of the best music and voice acting of any game released in 2022. Some veterans of point and click gaming aren't going to like the controversial decision to take the series in a new art direction, with the corporate infographic style visual aethetics. What I would say, is don't write this one off just for the trailer visuals and give it a shot. Personally, this is a true return to form for the series. Once you get stuck in, the game looks visually amazing, and the canted and often exaggerated art style really suits the gameplay. Playing the game, I can understand why they made this choice, and it really serves to fill the gap between the second and third game, with visuals more akin to the art style of Broken Age.

    Overall, this is a game with a lot of heart, and is certainly one of the best games I have played of 20202. Do not sleep on this one! 10/10, pure joy from start to finish.
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  3. Sep 20, 2022
    10
    The game brings back the first-class point and click adventures! Many thanks to the entire development team!
  4. Sep 29, 2022
    8
    A fun return to a much loved franchise. Largely enjoyed the new art style. Music and voice work is excellent, and the puzzles were suitableA fun return to a much loved franchise. Largely enjoyed the new art style. Music and voice work is excellent, and the puzzles were suitable challenging. I had to ponder overnight on several of them and even used a hint early on (I wish I hadn’t - it was obvious!). I liked the ending, but it felt a little abrupt. All in all, a really enjoyable game. Expand
  5. Oct 24, 2022
    7
    I really love the humour, puzzles and gameplay!
    It's a game worth every cent!
  6. Sep 28, 2022
    5
    Its an ok enough game from an puzzle standpoint but the ending is terrible and they made Guybrush into an cruel ****
  7. Oct 4, 2022
    0
    Art style is bad. Maybe it looks cool and modern to whoever designed it, but what I see is a tasteless ugly mess. It's not a remaster - theArt style is bad. Maybe it looks cool and modern to whoever designed it, but what I see is a tasteless ugly mess. It's not a remaster - the original game looks nothing like that and not because of a different technology from back of the days, but it had own style which is now completely gone. Expand

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