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Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

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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: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Sep 23, 2022
    90
    Return to Monkey Island reaches into your heart, rips out your desire to know THE SECRET, and clenches it in front of your face. As hard as it would be to concede that The Secret of Monkey Island™ might always have been a McGuffin, it’s agonising to contemplate that your 30-year longing for the Monkey Island 3 might be just the same. Delighting as you tremor, Return presents to your transfixed gaze a phenomenal point-and-click adventure, bubbling with passion and fun. All the way through, you will hope, achingly, that the big reveal is coming – and then…
  2. Sep 26, 2022
    90
    Return to Monkey Island feels like a bridge linking some of the absolute best point-and-click adventures of gaming’s younger years with the sensibilities of the modern world.
  3. Sep 29, 2022
    90
    With all the wit and charm that you would expect from Gilbert and Grossman's writing, Return to Monkey Island is a decades-long reverie made reality and absolutely essential for fans of the series.
  4. Sep 26, 2022
    85
    Return to Monkey Island is a triumph in almost every aspect, yeah sure - the backtracking dating to the quests of old is still pervasive and annoying, but the game has charm, excellent writing and fantastic voice acting that push it forward and make is a joy to play.
  5. Sep 27, 2022
    80
    Return to Monkey Island ably delivers the charm, humor, and sharp puzzles the series is known for, while offering a few tweaks to make things less intimidating for new crew members. A reluctance to try anything too daring in terms of design or storytelling dampens the proceedings a bit, but longtime Monkey Island fans ought to enjoy the voyage even if the series’ sails are getting a bit well-worn.
  6. Sep 26, 2022
    80
    It’s been a long time coming, but Return to Monkey Island is an absolute treat for fans of the series. It looks wonderful, it sounds wonderful, and its combination of excellent puzzles and expert writing will keep you transfixed from start to finish. Our only real complaint is that newcomers may find this a difficult starting point – but that’s easily rectified by jumping into the originals.
  7. Sep 19, 2022
    75
    Return to Monkey Island is no high flyer, but a good classical adventure game, far away from disappointment. Essentially it is fan service pure. That's a huge benefit for lovers of Guybrush's adventures, but series beginners don't really profit from the mass of allusions in any area. The great puzzle design or the top voice-over do not change anything about that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Sep 20, 2022
    10
    Return to Monkey Island perfectly captures the atmosphere, soundtrack and humor of the old games, and elevates the technical aspect to modernReturn to Monkey Island perfectly captures the atmosphere, soundtrack and humor of the old games, and elevates the technical aspect to modern times. Sure, the graphic style is definitely a matter of taste, but it just works great at what it does. Thanks for bringing the series back after all these years! Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2022
    10
    A welcome return to point and click adventuring at its finest. Terrible Toybox hit it out of the park! This game is a delight for bothA welcome return to point and click adventuring at its finest. Terrible Toybox hit it out of the park! This game is a delight for both newcomers to the series, as well as longtime fans. Expand
  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 24, 2022
    9
    A great comeback of a classic series! Funny, cleaver and playable! I was awaiting game like that for a long time
  5. Sep 23, 2022
    9
    Good-
    Clever, funny writing; A riotously engaging story with an excellent cast of characters; Strikes the perfect balance between nostalgia
    Good-
    Clever, funny writing; A riotously engaging story with an excellent cast of characters; Strikes the perfect balance between nostalgia and being a modern game; Smart quality-of-life additions; Challenging, satisfying puzzles; Looks gorgeous; Excellent soundtrack.

    Bad-
    Some puzzle repetition; Backtracking can be occasionally annoying.

    Thoughts-
    Given how easy it was for Return to Monkey Island to go disastrously wrong, it would very honestly be tempting to call it nothing short of a miracle that it is as amazing as it is- but honestly, that would be doing a disservice to Ron Gilbert and the team he’s assembled, and the incredible work and passion they’ve put on display here. They have all come together to deliver what mostly felt truly impossible at this point in time: a true, new, modern Monkey Island game, one that is so convincing at recreating the heights of the series’ heyday, it feels like that heyday never ended.
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  6. Sep 22, 2022
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Wow what a great Monkey Island game this is.. Great story, great art style (don't know why people are complaining about the art style), but this art style in my opinion is brilliant. Is funny and charming and in my opinion is in the top 3 monkey island games. The only downside i see on it, at least for this version, is that its not on keyboard and mouse. But its the only way i can play it and not complaining. So yeh thumbs up from me. Another thing i should add is, they should have had a physical copy with a booklet or something. Expand
  7. Sep 25, 2022
    0
    In what seems like an effort to make the game more accessible (aka playable on phones and tablets) they basically ruined the game byIn what seems like an effort to make the game more accessible (aka playable on phones and tablets) they basically ruined the game by eliminating any element of challenge. Now it's just clicking on different things on the screen to advance. Game is written like it's for kids, but also so chalk full of references to previous games, you really wonder who it was made for. Really dissapointing. The art style isn't great but that's the least of your worries. I wasn't a huge fan of MI4 (Monkey Kombat) or tales but I was able to finish them. This game I couldn't play longer than 30 minutes, it was too dissapointing. Worst in the series by far. Expand

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