If you haven’t yet checked out Tales of Monkey Island, you should. The first episode is now available for free, and if that doesn’t convince you, check out my reviews of the first four chapters. It’s a series worth your time, and now that the 5th and final chapter has dropped, you can probably expect some package pricing soon. With the exception of Chapter 3, which was “merely” very good, all five chapters are tremendously entertaining.
This finale is the best episode of the season, and is certainly worth the wait. Guybrush Threepwood has finally learned the truth about who has been behind the trials of his life leading up to this point. The story is at its climax—the characters here are more dynamic and interesting, the puzzles are more clever, and the situations are more ridiculous, while at the same time becoming serious and evocative.
In this chapter (spoilers ahead for those who haven’t finished Chapter 4), Guybrush needs to escape from the Crossroads of the Pirate afterlife. He starts the chapter as a ghost on the shores of the River Styx. His first task is to find two gold coins for the ferryman. Meanwhile, his wife is stuck on LeChuck’s ship, forced to watch him try to use the poor monkeys of the Caribbean to open the portal to the Crossroads. Guybrush will have to interact with the three pirate heavens (treasure-hunting, sword-fighting, and thieving) and outsmart the guardian of each to escape back into the mortal realm. Just to make it more complicated, Guybrush must figure out if the Voodoo Lady can be trusted—after trusting her his whole life.
Hopefully, this is the only the first season of Tales of Monkey Island, and from the epilogue, it looks like they have plans for much more Monkey Island to come. The episodic format works really well for this type of adventure game, delivering just the right amount of story to satiate a serious gamer, while not overwhelming a casual gamer. Whatever their plans, I look forward to the release of more adventures like these from Telltale Games.