Playstation 2 : Escape From Monkey Island PS2 Details
In a world dominated by grim and gritty console games, it's difficult to find a madcap adventure about the triumphs of a goofball would-be pirate. Yet that's exactly what we have in Escape from Monkey Island. This PC port follows the latest misadventures of Guybrush Threepwood as he tries to make sense of his ridiculous world. The PC-style gameplay consists of conversing, exploring, and lots of puzzle solving. Gamers who lack patience or who loathe Myst-like puzzles might want to skip this game, but they'll be missing on one of the most unique console experiences on the market.
The game's forte is clearly its style. Its dialogue, while sometimes lengthy, is often witty and boisterously entertaining. Its characters and environments are bright and vibrant. Its puzzles--in which you often match wacky objects in bizarre situations--are straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon. Few games can match Escape from Monkey Island's humor, and none of them are on the PlayStation2.
Although the character designers and animators were able to achieve a playful style, some of the series' personality was lost in the translation from 2-D sprite-based graphics to 3-D polygons. Still, there's really nothing else like it on the PlayStation2. Gamers looking for something different or wanting to take a break from saving the world from cataclysmic menaces should give this game a shot. --Raymond M. Padilla
- A unique, lighthearted, hilarious adventure
- Playful graphics
- Side-splitting dialogue
- Some puzzles are tricky, with unobvious solutions
- Myst-like gameplay mechanics may bore some players
- Some conversations are unnecessarily long
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