Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5
While it's a bit unusual for a protagonist to be killed before the final episode of a series, when it comes to Tales of Monkey Island you should expect the unexpected
- Interesting characters, funny dialogue, simple gameplay
- Not for gamers unfamiliar with the series, some confusing puzzles
While it may not be instantly accessible to newcomers to Guybrush's piratey plate, Tales of Monkey Island: Rise of the Pirate God is a fine finale to Telltale's acclaimed adventure revival.
Guybrush Threepwood is dead. Don't be alarmed; it's just a minor inconvenience. All pirates, whether its Jack Sparrow or the Dread Pirate Roberts, know that death cannot stop true love -- it can only delay it for a little while.
While it's a bit unusual for a protagonist to be killed before the final episode of a series, when it comes to Tales of Monkey Island you should expect the unexpected. With a main character named Guybrush Threepwood, why wouldn't you?
The final instalment of the five part Tales of Monkey Island series, Rise of the Pirate God offers everything fans have become accustomed to from developer/publisher Telltale: fencing, revenge, escapes, true love, witty banter, it's all here. A fine ending to a solid quintupology is what gamers who've been loyally following Guybrush deserve, but if you're new to the series, you really do need to start at the beginning of the series.
Rise of the Pirate God begins with our fallen hero literally rising from the grave. Guybrush is in the underworld and considering his situation he's taking it rather well. Calm, cool, and with plenty of one-liners to spare, the Mighty Pirate is determined to get back to the world of the living, but not at the expense of his sense of humor.
A slew of colourful characters, both familiar and new, dot the landscape, and there are plenty of puzzles to solve before a triumphant escape from the Crossroads can be made. Pointing and clicking has never been easier or more fun, and the interactions and dialogue between characters is at its most crisp and clever. Its almost as if Telltale was holding onto a final salvo, just waiting to send off Guybrush with a canonload of witty repartee.
As well crafted as it is, having Guybrush go out with a Manny Pacquiao-esque flurry of wisecracks isn't for everyone. Pirate God still contains Tales of Monkey Island's standard shortcomings (too brief, occasionally confusing puzzles, little replay value), and even more troubling is this episode's inability to be its own pirate.
Telltale Games has proven repeatedly that it handles episodic content like no other, and does so again with this series, but new gamers really need to start at the beginning of the series rather than just sample later episodes like this one. Unlike other episodic Telltale titles such as Strong Bad, Sam & Max, and Wallace & Gromit, Tales of Monkey Island, and Rise of the Pirate God in particular, doesn't stand well on its own. New players will frequently be confused by in-game events and relationships.
With solid gameplay and humour to spare, Rise of the Pirate God provides a fitting ending to a fun story. That leaves newcomers the task of doing what series vets have been up for since July -- getting on board.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Lexar® Portable SSD
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Acer Swift 7
Huawei Mate 9
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Google Daydream VR headset
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Surface Pro 4
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- You can download Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android today
- Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes looks sharp, but will it survive the freemium transition?
- Nintendo's bringing Super Mario Run to Android in March, but Fire Emblem's coming first
- The Switch is a mix of Nintendo's past consoles
- Dead Rising 4 impressions: 'Tis the season to BBQ zombies with your flaming sword
PCW Evaluation Team
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCPMO Analyst - Financial ServicesNSW
- FTClient Delivery ManagerSA
- CCWicked Front-End DeveloperVIC
- CCWindows System EngineerNSW
- CCNetwork Engineer/ Network AdministratorQLD
- CCAzure Architect/ConsultantVIC
- CCTest AnalystQLD
- CCERP Business Analyst (Time Capture/ Management) - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- FTIT Information Security AdvisorNSW
- TPOrganisational Change Manager | Enterprise Information SharingQLD
- FTPrincipal Architect - Infrastructure | Major BankVIC
- TPSenior Project Manager - ReinsuranceNSW
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- FTProject Manager (Software product development)VIC
- FTSenior C# DeveloperNSW
- FTITIL Service ManagerVIC
- FTStorage Solution ArchitectVIC
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)VIC
- TPSolution Architect - Real-Time Tracking SystemVIC
- FTDeveloper/ ProgrammerSA
- CCSenior Technical Consultant - MicrosoftACT
- FTSenior Web DeveloperNSW
- TPMicrosoft Dynamics DeveloperNSW
- FTPre- Sales Solution ArchitectVIC
- CCSAP Billing & Invoicing ConsultantNSW