Escape from Monkey Island
Today we are taking a look at The Curse of Monkey Island which is the third game in the Monkey Island series. I first played the original game on the Sega CD, so I was in on this game as soon as I saw its big ass PC box on the shelf of my local game store. This is the last of its kind, well not the last Monkey Island game, but the last one to be made with this famous game engine.
Saving My Lady
Like the other games in the series, this one here has a fantastic story. The story is not meant to be taken seriously and it will force you to have a smile on your face the majority of the time you play it. The story of The Curse of Monkey Island is that once again you are playing as the daring, good-hearted, and lovable, Guybrush Threepwood. This time you are trying to save your special lady from that evil ghost pirate, Captain LeChuck. The story does have a few twists and turns that help keep you invested as you play, but it is the delivery of the story that really gets you invested.
Like A Movie Come To Life
Even though the game engine was rather old by this point, Lucasarts was able to squeeze all they could out of it and as a result, The Curse of Monkey Island is one of the most cinematic games in the series. It looks fantastic, with some truly wonderful artwork that is brought to life with some amazing animation. This is the kind of thing that consoles simply struggled within the 90s!
The game is also fully voice acted. During the 90s, voice acting more often than not was not that great, but there was one company that constantly knocked it out of the park and that was Lucasarts. This was actually the first game in the Monkey Island series to use voice acting and it really does help get you more invested in what is going on.
Pointing, Clicking, And Pirating!
The gameplay of The Curse of Monkey Island is much smoother than the two that came before it. The game is once again a point and click adventure, but it takes cues from other more recent (at the time) Lucasarts point and click adventure games such as Full Throttle. When you hover over something you have the choice of a hand, skull, and parrot with each one doing something different and interacting in a different way. The parrot for example can allow you to talk to someone the hand can pick up an item and so on. It is very easy to get to grips with.
As well as the main point and click style gameplay they help keep things interesting by having many different mini-games. You can take part in a high sea battle and of course, the swashbuckling is once again back and it is a ton of fun.
I freaking love this game and out of the original Monkey Island trilogy, this game is my favorite. It is not only a great point and click adventure game. It also looks fantastic and the new voice acting really does make The Curse of Monkey Island stand out from the two games that came before it. If you love this style of game, you really should have played this game already. If you for some crazy reason have not played this game there is no better time than now to do so!
- The story is very amusing
- Lots of interesting characters for you to interact with
- The voice acting is very well done
- The gameplay is more straightforward than the last two entries
- It will make you smile the whole time you play it
- It can sometimes be a “where the hell am I supposed to go?” kind of game
- On a couple of occasions, the voices cut out
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode