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Escape from Monkey Island By John "Award" Del Percio, December 18, 2000
Developer :LucasArts
Publisher :LucasArts
Release Date :Q4, 2000
Demo Available : Yes - Download
Table of Contents

· Introduction
· Closer Look
· Facts
· Final

What Would You do for a Jerky Pretzel and a Grog?

Escape from monkey Island has all the characteristics of a top-notch cartoon. Silly as it may sound, it's true. The voice overs are excellent, as is the character animations and comedic timing. The humor is a more intelligent level of puns and stabs, and the character interaction is great.

Insult arm wresting it is!
Friendly sort....
How about the one over there?
Meathook the unforgettable

The camera angles in the game are great. The camera does have a static placement for each screen (depending on your settings), but it is in a good location to determine what you must do. The map screen functions as it should, the control you have gives you plenty of options to allow you to do exactly what you wanted (even if it's pointless).

Lawyers in the software industry...
2nd bank of Lucre
Typical bank teller...
Double eeewww

The puzzles are also very well laid out. They are well integrated into the story, and seem to be reasonable for what Guybrush is trying to do. They can become over-complicated, though, especially if you left something behind you should have piced up. Missing things is not an option. Most puzzles, though, will be solved in time. If you get frustrated very quickly, put the game down, your monitor will thank you later. I do have to pick apart one aspect of the puzzles, though, in that some of them seem to be "keep guessing" combinations. Then again, I could have missed an obvious clue.

It also serves as another feature to the game that it is rather long for an adventure game. There are many islands to explore, and unlike some other games that seem to end a few days after you pick it up, it seems to continue, though some of that could be my pointless wandering trying to figure out what I'm doing. One thing I should point out, though, is that a mini-walkthrough is even included in the box, though I consulted a larger one for the sake of getting enough gameplay in to properly review the game.

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