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The Curse of Monkey Island

Developer / Publisher: LucasArts Entertainment Company
31 October 1997
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1997 LucasArts  
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“The Curse of Monkey Island” is arguably the only Monkey Island sequel that didn’t involve the original creative team to be still perceived as a classic. It’s a faithful reiteration of the formula of the first two games with updated graphics and voice acting. The cartoonish visual style took a whole new direction, and even though the mood does feel different, it was undoubtedly the most logical way to transpose the visuals of the first two games in a higher definition. It also became the visual standard for all the other sequels and remakes.

The game also brought essential quality-of-life improvements such as double-clicking to exit an area or the “coin” to condense the dozen of verbs from the previous games into three main actions.

The plot and overall structure felt very similar to “The Secret of Monkey Island”, with the last chapter reminding me of “Monkey Island 2”. The plot is as lousy and derivative as it gets, but the characters and puzzle chains can get quite hilarious. Despite having none of the original writers, the humor felt absolutely on par with the standards set by the series. I always thought that the Guybrush-LeChuck-Elaine triangle was what made us tired of Monkey Island over the years. It felt unnecessary in the first sequel already, and “The Curse of Monkey Island” even turns it into the main driving force behind the plot. Introducing new characters and trying out new things could have been risky but, at the same time, much more rewarding. Not that the plot is that essential in a Monkey Island game, as it’s usually about the humor of the individual sequences.
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manicure The Curse of Monkey Island 2022-11-20T10:59:33Z
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  • ColtXplosion 2018-04-14 09:59:02.508719+00
    It's nice to see this rated so well here. This one seems to always get overlooked after the first 2 but to me the drop in the quality of writing is minimal, plus the art style for this game is great (damn shame about the resolution though).
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  • Cheating_Squid 2018-10-17 07:09:09.493184+00
    I've met a few people that claim this is the peak of Monkey Island, it may have been a case of being much better than everybody remembers.
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  • Lazlo77 2018-12-05 02:16:44.990369+00
    "A Pirate I Was Meant To Be" is simply one of the best video game songs ever
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  • slib 2020-09-02 20:35:04.59742+00
    holy FUCK does this have some asinine puzzles
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  • vodsel 2021-02-24 19:18:26.66519+00
    The best monkey island imo
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  • vodsel 2022-04-04 22:22:44.216082+00
    Ron Gilbert just removed this from the canon!!! bastard
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  • Sunset_Culture 2022-04-23 20:21:51.067584+00
    ^
    "MI3 doesn't go out of canon. We were very careful about that. Murray is in this game." - Ron Gilbert.
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