Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal Image
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  • Summary: While explosively stripping the evil pirate LeChuck of his demonic mojo, Guybrush Threepwood inadvertently infects the entire Caribbean with the arch-fiend's expelled voodoo, which threatens to transform buccaneers into unruly pirate monsters. Pursued by a notorious cut-throat Pirate HunterWhile explosively stripping the evil pirate LeChuck of his demonic mojo, Guybrush Threepwood inadvertently infects the entire Caribbean with the arch-fiend's expelled voodoo, which threatens to transform buccaneers into unruly pirate monsters. Pursued by a notorious cut-throat Pirate Hunter and a creepy French Physician who believes that Guybrush's eerily-infected hand holds the secret of eternal life, Threepwood sails the seven seas in search of La Esponja Grande, a legendary sea sponge with unparalleled voodoo exfoliating abilities. But little does Guybrush know, his quest is part of a larger, more sinister plot, and good and evil are not always as they seem. [Telltale Games] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. 100
    Whether or not you've ever experienced Monkey Island's ridiculous puzzles and eccentric characters, this is a great opportunity to explore the reemerging world of adventure gaming.
  2. The difficulty of the problem-solving you're tasked with is perfectly pitched, and if you do get stuck, the very subtle hint system may be all you need to help you along. You never feel overwhelmed and the gameplay doesn't become tedious or as frustrating as it can in other adventure games.
  3. And I dare say it's the best title Telltale game released so far.
  4. Easier than the classics, but not without difficulty. We got properly stuck once and found the rest mildly challenging. [Sept 2009, p.112]
  5. 80
    It's a new Monkey Island game. Play it if you dig the series, play it if you dig Telltale's other stuff, and play it if you dig adventure games in general. And if you're still saying this genre's dead here and now in 2009, you're just plain wrong. And you probably fight like a dairy farmer.
  6. All together Tales of the Screaming Narwhal is a title, which appeals to players of the older generation, who played the other Monkey Island games. Short, but a good adventure!
  7. Edge Magazine
    60
    There's enough skill on display to suggest that these tales might actually be worth telling. [Sept 2009, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 6, 2011
    10
    I specially sing in to Metacritic to rate this game. I saw some reviews and decidet to write my own. For thoese who likes pirates and loveI specially sing in to Metacritic to rate this game. I saw some reviews and decidet to write my own. For thoese who likes pirates and love homor will love this game. thumbs up! At the first some minutes i was so banned that i had to play the game to the end. i played 80 hours.
    80 hours full of fun wonderfull story and humor.
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  2. MarkL
    Jul 9, 2009
    10
    I had my doubts, but after playing this through I'm sure that this will be the best Monkey game since Curse. While the graphics are I had my doubts, but after playing this through I'm sure that this will be the best Monkey game since Curse. While the graphics are still blocky 3D, the game goes back to mouse control which feels much more like the classics than Escape's keyboard system did. While this chapter is pretty short (I completed it in less than 5 hours), at $35 for the full season, this is great value for money. I cant wait for the next installment, Telltale have done a great job of making my favourite game series as fresh and exciting as it ever was. Expand
  3. DougT
    Aug 15, 2009
    9
    Excellent game, the first point and click game that I've ever been excited to play. I never played the first, but the story is pretty Excellent game, the first point and click game that I've ever been excited to play. I never played the first, but the story is pretty easy to understand and very entertaining. The puzzles are intriguing and actually offer a challenge some of the time. The characters are all entertaining, the story is solid, the graphics look good, and the dialogue is humorous and doesn't lack structure. Considering you get 5 games for 35$, you'd be ridiculous not to pick these up. The first one lasted about 3 hours, so on average 15 hours of game play for half the price of COD4 Modern Warfare 2, is a certain buy. (Good single player and family game, nothing naughter lol). Expand
  4. Aug 13, 2010
    8
    There's quite a bit of fun to be had here, only to be ruined by a flawed hint system and some puzzles that I required help on. For the mostThere's quite a bit of fun to be had here, only to be ruined by a flawed hint system and some puzzles that I required help on. For the most part, however, it's fun and rewarding to solve the puzzles without using a guide. Expand
  5. Oct 23, 2019
    7
    A solid start to the series. Although graphics can be a bit generic at times, with repetitive character models, the setting looks really niceA solid start to the series. Although graphics can be a bit generic at times, with repetitive character models, the setting looks really nice nonetheless. The new characters established in this chapter all have funny lines and the dialogue is great overall.
    The story is set up pretty well, and it only gets better from here!
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  6. DanielJ
    Jul 18, 2009
    7
    Worth an 8 for putting me on thought of replaying the others and reacquainting myself with one of the most memorable characters in the Worth an 8 for putting me on thought of replaying the others and reacquainting myself with one of the most memorable characters in the history of video game entertainment. However it deserves a meagre 7 because of the dry and poor script, the shabby construction and for using the same damn engine that couldn Expand
  7. FediS.
    Jul 12, 2009
    5
    This game is painfully mediocre.. All that is good about it comes from the ideas/music/story of the 4 previous games (Yes MI4 included,sinceThis game is painfully mediocre.. All that is good about it comes from the ideas/music/story of the 4 previous games (Yes MI4 included,since it's very good). The new island's design and all the supporting characters are so dull,badly designed and unoriginal that it justs destroys it, even if it has some good puzzles , probably the best Telltale has yet to offer. Expand

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