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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Sep 20, 2022
    100
    If true achievement in art is realising creative ambition, then Return to Monkey Island is a masterclass bursting with metatextual mischief. By turning inward and confronting its own legacy, this sixth entry in a storied series summons the laughter and adventure of its forebears but ventures beyond them to deliver a surprising and brave dose of heart. Those looking for nostalgia will find it, but not in a way that feels fleeting. And newcomers to the series will find a sleek, must-play, carefully modernised adventure game that provides plenty of reasons to dig in the LucasArts archives.
  2. Sep 19, 2022
    95
    It took me a couple of days to convince myself, because at the beginning Return to Monkey Island seemed to be a victim of the hype: what should we have expected, in fact, from those who wrote the rules of the game and today it goes down again in the arena after thirty 'years? But then I became more and more immersed in the crazy archipelago invented by Ron Gilbert and I can not help but promote the work with flying colors. Only, always remember to face it in difficult mode, because with the "casual" one you would end up getting only a small percentage of the achievements and missing out on much of the more "cerebral" fun.
  3. Sep 19, 2022
    90
    A nostalgic, swashbuckling adventure you won't want to miss.
  4. Sep 22, 2022
    90
    Return to Monkey Island hits the balance between the absurd humor and an emotional core better than any other game in the series. It is a natural mechanical and thematic evolution of the series, with a great new pirating adventure. Let’s hope it’s not the last.
  5. Sep 19, 2022
    85
    Its graphic touch may have changed drastically (rightly), the Monkey Island saga retains all its shimmering and sassy aura in this episode, in particular thanks to a writing that is still as clever and a really fantastic soundtrack. Return to Monkey Island is a fresh, modern adventure that strikes a good balance between nostalgia and novelty.
  6. Sep 23, 2022
    80
    Feel-good adventure with good puzzles that will make many old adventure fans happy - a beautiful game, as Guybrush deserves it.
  7. Sep 28, 2022
    73
    Return to Monkey Island is a good modernization of a classic pirate tale, even if it overuses nostalgia. Its array of sensible puzzles and light humor outshine pacing issues and a discordant art style.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 71
  2. Negative: 19 out of 71
  1. Sep 21, 2022
    10
    What an amazing point & click adventure.
    It is funny, smart, colorful and the music... superb!
    The characters, the story, the riddles - all
    What an amazing point & click adventure.
    It is funny, smart, colorful and the music... superb!
    The characters, the story, the riddles - all well written and balanced.
    And the game looks great.
    10/10.
    If you love adventures games - It's a no brainer.
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  2. Sep 21, 2022
    10
    Guybrush makes a solid return with writing comparable to that of earlier games in the series. Through unique writing, it manages to make allGuybrush makes a solid return with writing comparable to that of earlier games in the series. Through unique writing, it manages to make all former games canon, yet directly follow the events in Monkey Island 2.

    The interface gets out of the way for the adventure like never before and the new graphics are now more dynamic and expressive in terms of facial expressions.

    The to-do list is a great addition that I have missed in all adventure games!

    I have a hard time finding any serious faults with this game. It is evident Ron Gilbert is the father of adventure games and that he is pouring his decades of experience in game design into this.
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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 26, 2022
    9
    An excellent game ! Just finish in Normal mode (12 hours). Not too easy, not too hard. Good story.
  5. Sep 23, 2022
    7
    Oldschool great game with a lot of humour.
    Love the world of pirates and how the characters expand during the story.
  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. Fuz
    Sep 28, 2022
    0
    Disclaimer: The Secret of Monkey Island and LeChuck's Revenge are my all-time favourite games and they will never be topped. I love Ron'sDisclaimer: The Secret of Monkey Island and LeChuck's Revenge are my all-time favourite games and they will never be topped. I love Ron's Gilbert, he's my favourite developer and I loved to death Thimbleweed Park.

    I had a very bad feeling about Return after seeing that god-awful trailer.
    Worse than I thought. Much worse than I thought, since I was confident Gilbert's writing would have been top notch despite the art direction. I was wrong.
    The artstyle is adequate for what the game writing and story are. And I don't mean it in a nice way.
    Yeah, it's an absolute disaster visually, ugly with cheap flashlike skeletal animations everywhere. It's small, both in scope and in lenght - it has no breadth. It's empty. Just compare the islands in act IV with the islands in Monkey Island 2. There is no Caribbean to be found here. The puzzles are easy and not particularly well designed or interesting, some of them also have small hints on how to solve them (like seeing a blowfish while going down the anchor). They're just silly. The interface... well, I hate those barebone interfaces designed for tablets and little kids at their first P&C experience.
    And the writing. Oh my god.
    I said the art style is adequate... because it's a full fledged low tier nickelodeon cartoon. It's silly through and through. Forget On Stranger Tides. It's not a pirate story anymore, it's a cartoon. LeChuck - from a scary ghost pirate - became a caricature, Elaine is utterly destroyed, as is everyone else. Cartoon caricatures.
    And the writing. I don't even know where to start. Pretentious overall. I'm convinced that in 30 years Ron got sick of people asking him about Monkey Island (and a secret that never existed) and started to resent his creature. Now it's a meta story on growing old and the likes. I don't even feel bad about the ending like most people (I LOVED MI2 ending), but... AGAIN? Not that I was expecting anything different due to all the clues during the game.
    And where the hell their fixation for THE SECRET came out? They make it sounds like they didn't search for anything else since the beginning of the saga, while it was NEVER a thing.
    And why Chuckie and Guybrush aren't the ones playing, since MI2 was Guybrush's story? "Uh, no, it weren't them" yes, they were, clearly. We also saw his parents in the dream, and they were not strangers. They retconned A LOT and it sucks. Ron was hell-bent on NOT giving the fans what they wanted.
    Gilbert had no idea what to do with this game, scratched everything he planned and thought (his famous 17 points and "Guybrush goes to hell and Stan is there") and destroyed his creature.
    The music is also disappointing. I mean, it's good but... it's the bare minimum. They just basically gave an orchestration to the old tunes. And it's overdone and overcomplicated, in 1 year no one will remember those tunes, while we still perfectly remember every song in MI1 30 years later.
    A mention for Dominic Amato, who does an excellent job - still not my Guybrush voice and still doesn't sound like MI1-MI2 Guybrush should sound (too -again- cartoony), but he's GOOD at his job and he was obviously very committed to the part.
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