Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of The Leviathan begins just as Guybrush, Winslow and Pirate Hunter Morgan LeFlay are swallowed up by a giant manatee. Now, regulars to the site know that we’ve been following these episodic releases pretty closely. Like the previous chapters, this one maintains the same level of visual and audio presentation. That is to say that the graphics are not technically sophisticated but nicely complement the game’s overall look. One of the primary locales in this episode is the bowel of a giant manatee that is well rendered with bubbling fluids and squishy organic bits. Also, better casting for the supporting characters brings up the average quality of the voice-overs.
So what is different? Well most importantly, this is easily the funniest of the episodes released thus far. Admittedly it’s almost entirely due to the guest appearance of Murray, the evil talking skull bent on world domination from The Curse of Monkey Island. His presence may not be as amusing to those unfamiliar to him but fans are in for a treat. As well, the puzzles are slightly less inventory based with greater emphasis on dialogue and humorous mini-games. The overall difficulty is unchanged, experienced graphic adventurers should be able to plow through in a couple hours while others should find the game mildly challenging.
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On a technical level the game delivers an experience on par with its predecessors, nice graphics and solid sound including some great voice acting. This release has a little bit of everything: pretend marriages, evil skulls and just about the scariest picture of a nun I’ve ever seen. It’ll be the funniest yet especially for long time fans.
The Tales of Monkey Island series is just about halfway over and has been consistently providing small but enjoyable games. Those who were interested but skeptical should rest assured that it’s been good so far and heading in the right direction.
Developed and published by Telltale Games, Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of The Leviathan is available now for PC. Game provided courtesy of Telltale and completed in 2 hours. If I wasn’t afraid of nuns before, I am now.