Verfasst: 5. Juli
I was too young to play the original two games when they came out, but I was introduced to them three years ago by a friend who thought I'd really like them and gave them to me for my birthday. I absolutely loved them, even though sometimes the out-of-the-box thinking required to solve some of the puzzles (a red herring? Really?) was a bit much for me. So naturally, having loved those two, I figured Tales of Monkey Island would be lovely as well and I purchased them.
I was very unsettled by the first episode because of the different animation and play style of this game versus the old ones. It took me a while to realize that I was unsettled because of how similar the style was to that of Sam & Max, another point-and-click adventure series by Telltale. They even used some of the same voice actors for some of the characters. Once I realized that that was what was bothering me, it was all fun from there.
Very few games really make me feel. With these games though, I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love (literally to all three of those). The new characters, along with the new development of old characters (especially Voodoo Lady), really stood out to me. I was sad for Morgan's unrequited love, deceived by LeChuck's tricks, and very amused by Guybrush's discomfort with the Voodoo Lady's past. The puzzles were very similar in style to the old ones, and truly required some thinking. Fortunately, I'd gotten better at it since the last time.
One thing I also liked was how self-referential the games were. It was just enough to make those who had played the original games feel rewarded, but not so much so that people who hadn't would feel left out. Despite the fact that the existence of these games basically entirely negates the ending of the second Monkey Island game (unless you consider these to just be more adventures of Guybrush and Chuckie), I still am very glad I bought these. It is a very rare thing to see a franchise picked up so many years later by different hands, and to still have it retain everything you loved about it then. Way to go, TellTale!
BEST PART OF THE GAME: They restore the visual for Stan's jacket to the way it was in the original Monkey Island game (not the sequel), so that his arms move but the pattern doesn't move with it. God bless the animators in this game. I missed basically every conversation with Stan because I was just staring at his jacket.