Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Nov 22, 2022
    Return to Monkey Island is remarkably balanced in bringing the new and the classic together for a cohesive, nostalgic and relevant work that celebrates the legacy of the franchise while elevating it to a new level in today's entertainment industry.
  2. Nov 14, 2022
    Return to Monkey Island is a fantastic end to Guybrush’s compulsive search for the secret of Monkey Island and perfectly encapsulates what made these iconic games so popular in the first place. Despite the 30 year absence, not a step was missed, as Return is just as funny as its predecessors and seeing Elaine, LeChuck, Stan, and the rest of the gang together again is rather bittersweet. Charming characters – old and new alike, great dialogue, fun puzzles, an intuitive hint system, and a story which sees Guybrush visit multiple islands, all blend to make Return everything I had hoped for. I’m glad that I was able to finally uncover the secret of Monkey Island.
  3. Nov 14, 2022
    Terrible Toybox and Devolver Digital’s Return to Monkey Island hit all the right notes that proper homage to the original. It brought classic humor, a great story, and a new way to play the game to make it faster. It’s one of the brighter spots of a skimpy game release year.
  4. Nov 8, 2022
    Ultimately, with Return to Monkey Island, original creators Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman have not only crafted a loving throwback to a genre they helped popularise, they've also reinvigorated it.
  5. Nov 9, 2022
    Return to Monkey Island is fantastic. Brilliantly written and full of charm, the game manages to deliver a fresh experience in a nostalgic world. Even though the new art direction is divisive, the storytelling and humor are top-notch and make this a highlight of the franchise.
  6. 85
    Though I still remain surprised that Return to Monkey Island even exists, I can't contest what Ron Gilbert and developer Terrible Toybox have wrought here. By masterfully combining the witty and thoughtful point and click escapades of the series past with a newfound warmth and charming aesthetic, Return to Monkey Island is by and large the series return that fans have long been waiting for and is a roaring success in the process.
  7. Nov 8, 2022
    Still the new art direction will not be to everyone’s liking, and it remains one of the compromises made by the developers to ensure that Return to Monkey Island is relevant for 2022. And they managed to accomplish so much more, by developing a great game. It works both as a fan service for the point & click aficionados and also as a modern-day adventure game for newcomers. It has some minor shortcomings, but overall, it is once more a shiny standard of how good adventures should play and feel.
  8. PLAY
    Dec 14, 2022
    The return is mostly triumphant, as it feels like the series has never been away. Even more fun than a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle. [Issue#22, p.78]
  9. Dec 5, 2022
    Like the older but wiser cast of characters, the puzzling gameplay has matured, taxing your wits, but not your patience, never leaving you so bogged down with frustration that you can’t enjoy the comedy. Some gaming franchises age like milk, some age like wine, but Return to Monkey Island has aged like the finest bottle o’ rum.
  10. Nov 15, 2022
    At the end of the day, there were always some risks involved with Return to Monkey Island, and opinions are going to be divided among the hardcore fans and relative newcomers. What cannot be denied, however, is that this is an amazing point-and-click adventure that retains much of the beloved charm, while still updating the experience to be a more well-balanced affair. This is an excellent return, to say the least, and I can only hope this is the beginning of a new age that Terrible Toybox will be leading from the front.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Nov 13, 2022
    Save some money and watch a walk through YouTube.

    Didn't like the ending much. That stuff should have been put in a behind the scenes feature
    Save some money and watch a walk through YouTube.

    Didn't like the ending much. That stuff should have been put in a behind the scenes feature or a diary.
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  2. Nov 24, 2022
    This game pushes the console to its limits but fails miserably to capture the past games feel.
  3. Nov 13, 2022
    I was happy to see Monkey Island returning to the stage. The vibes from old times are still there and the new graphics might seem a bitI was happy to see Monkey Island returning to the stage. The vibes from old times are still there and the new graphics might seem a bit strange at first but I feel that they are working out pretty well and the engine in general looks very good. Overall the game runs stable, no bugs, no issues on my playthrough.

    When it comes to the game itself I loved how old characters were included and the general story isnt bad but it is not revolutionary too. Some puzzles I feel are very mediocre, I played on hard mode and found it pretty easy in general. I stumbled two times were I thought that the solution wasnt obvious at all. The playtime is around 8-10hrs I would say but there is also a lot of back and forth backtracking which I found a bit bothersome. The speedrun trophy with being under 2hrs says quite a bit about the game length still for the price tag it feels fitting.

    Why is it not a 10? - The controls are in general very good but some action points are bothersome and I missclicked multiple times. The game doesnt do anything too revolutionary, it is "just more of the game good stuff". I was quite disappointed with the ending I must say - I felt it was pretty stupid and lackluster. I would give the game a score of 8.5 but considering between 8 and 9 I think the 8 is very solid and more fitting. If you liked the older games or point&click games in general you will most likely love this iteration of the Monkey Island series.
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