Review: Tales of Monkey Island: Siege of Spinner Cay
With the first episode of Tales of Monkey Island, I was introduced to the wonders of not only a excellent game, but point and click adventures as well. The first episode,Launch of the Screeming Narwhal, was from start to finish a wonderful introduction to the Monkey Island universe. I had fun all throughout the episode and the puzzles where challenging enough for me to ask for help a couple of times from my good friend Jonathan London from Geekscape since he is a HUGE fan of the original game.
This time around with the second episode, The Siege of Spinner Cay, I felt like it was a little easier to solve the puzzles. In this episode, you are trying to find the 3 ancient golden artifacts to cure the Pox of LeChuck before the pirates holding the Mer-People hostage do.
The choices for dialogue is a lot better in that Guybrush actually says the line that you pick. Comedy this time around was a little bit lighter than the first episode but I expected that since there are 3 more episodes left and they most likely are saving the best stuff for last. Not much else is wrong with the game and it plays as smooth as the first episode which is a good thing. Also, the area you get to play in this time around was way bigger than Launch of the Screaming Narwhal. Made the game feel more open since I was moving from island to island.
I am very happy with The Siege of Spinner Cay and the whole Tales of Monkey Island series so far. It has got me into the point and click adventure genre which I am now in love with. I also like how the Tales series flows very well and can feels like a good TV series that you can't wait for the next episode to come out so you can see what happens next.
Before, I had a problem recommending the game since you could not just buy individual episodes and had to pay the $34.95 for the whole shebang. Now, Telltale Games has the first 2 episodes available on Amazon to download! That is really cool for them to do that. It's a little more expensive than buying the whole series outright, but if you would rather pay for each episode separately, this is a good option for you. With that in mind, go there right now and buy both episodes or if you are still on the fence about the game, Telltale Games has a demo of the first episode on their site for you to try.