More Reviews
REVIEWS Cut the Rope: Triple Treat Review
Cutting the ropes has never before made gravity so… pricey.

Faster Than Light: Advanced Edit Review
FTL's Advanced Edition is a natural fit for the iPad. But whatever platform you're playing on, the new content adds depth and variety.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Sniper Elite 3 Preview
Sending bullets through the hate.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Release date: Out Now

Trials Fusion
Release date: Out Now

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release date: 04/29/14

Bound by Flame
Release date: 05/09/14


LATEST FEATURES 4 PAX Indie Titles to Look Out For
We've given attention to all the higher profile games at PAX EAST, but now it's time for the indies.

Ouya's Best Games Coming to the Platform
The Kickstarter console is slowly establishing itself with a couple of creative gems on the way.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP danielrbischoff
Peace in the Era of Call of Duty
By danielrbischoff
Posted on 04/15/14
In a world dominated by violent media, Americans are no more eager to go to war than they were in the 1980s or the 1960s or the 1940s. Hasn't it always been someone else's problem? The overwhelming majority would rather go on thinking it had nothing to do with them and there...

Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 5: Rise of the Pirate God Review

Eduardo_Reboucas By:
Eduardo_Reboucas
05/07/10
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Adventure 
PLAYERS 1- 1 
PUBLISHER Telltale Games 
DEVELOPER Telltale Games 
RELEASE DATE  
E10+ Contains Alcohol Reference, Cartoon Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes

What do these ratings mean?

Guybrush Threepwood is dead. Long live Guybrush Threepwood!


Big surprise! LeChuck was evil all along. Who knew? At the end of The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood, our hero literally got what was coming to him: death. Dead and buried, he's still not done, as there's still one episode left in the Tales of Monkey Island series, The Rise of the Pirate God.

click to enlargeThe spirit world is not enough to stand in Guybrush's way, as he now has to find a way to reverse La Esponja Grande's power in order to foil LeChuck's plan to become a god. It's been a long and dramatic build up for this final episode and it mostly pays off by the end. We get a nice tie-in to a possible recurring season to boot, one I hope will come through eventually.

There's not much to comment about how this episode is played. It's pretty much what you've been doing since Launch of the Screaming Narwhal. The puzzles are about as tough as before and are about combining items at the right time. We do get a little nod to the old insult sword fighting in an early portion of the episode, but there really isn't nothing particularly new in the puzzle department.

You still directly control Guybrush and interact with the environment by clicking (or hovering, depending on which version you're playing), with the occasional mix of items in your inventory. Telltale has a clear shift in direction to its adventure games, keeping the classic point and click while making things more flexible with direct control over character movement.

click to enlargeThe fact that LeChuck's on the loose now presents itself as the perfect excuse to limit the environs Guybrush visits, since everyone's on edge and hiding from him. Unlike the spirit world, which is divided into five distinct but small areas, only little niches of areas from past episodes can be visited. But it's not all that limiting and in the bigger picture, it makes the game much more fluid due to how difficult it is to miss something along the way.

As mentioned before, the story does tie up nicely by the end. Sadly, some of the series' most beloved recurring characters don't make a comeback in this episode. Knowing Telltale, however, they're bound to spring back in future seasons. The main cast of Tales of Monkey Island had a rocky start with some shallow characters, something that Rise of the Pirate God makes up for, with some excellent performances by some of the new and most of the old.

Whichever version you decide to pick up, Tales of Monkey Island is yet another great episodic adventure series by Telltale Games. Even with a few hiccups along the way, most of them technical ones in the Wiiware version of the game, the story and characters more than make up for any of that. This series is more than worth it for just about anyone who is remotely interested in adventure games.
A- Revolution report card
  • Great closer for the series
  • Ties in nicely for a potential second series
  • Well-contained story and puzzles
  • +/- Limited environments makes game more fluid
  • Technical problems on Wiiware
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 5: Rise of the Pirate God


More On GameRevolution