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The Curse of Monkey Island

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Released: 1997

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: PC - Windows

Publisher: LucasArts

Developer: LucasArts

Submitted by: Gavin Miller

Yes, Monkey Island 1 defined the point & click genre and Le Chuck’s revenge was an incredible sequel that upped the graphics, puzzles and game-play. Both games go down in gaming history as been two of the most well written and successful point & clickers ever. But what of the 3rd game in the series? Why don’t people show as much love to Curse of Monkey Island as they do to its prequels?

The game just screams quality. From those amazing graphics and sound to the superb voice acting, Curse is my favourite in the series. The story starts off straight after Monkey Island 2 with our pirate wannabe hero (Guybrush Threepwood) floating on a bumper car in the middle of the ocean. It’s here that we encounter Guybrush’s arch nemesis, the fearsome ghost pirate Le Chuck who takes Guybrush prisoner aboard his ship. Shortly after meeting up with love interest Elaine Marley on a nearby beach, Guybrush asks Elaine to marry him but things turn bad when a cursed voodoo ring turns Elaine into a gold statue. It’s now up to Guybrush to save Elaine and defeat the evil ghost pirate. Third time lucky.

The graphics in Curse are vastly superior to any adventure game that had come before it. The crisp cartoony style fits perfectly into the Monkey Island universe and looks stunning. Guybrush is now twice as big as he was in previous Monkey games and the interface doesn’t take up any space on the screen. A right click from the mouse makes an action coin pop up allowing you to choose a hand, eye or mouth icon.  This interface is easy to use and allows for full screen play.

Along your journey Guybrush will come across many characters from his past adventures such as the Voodoo Lady, former used coffin salesman Stan, Lemonhead the cannibal and Wally the cartographer. As well as old faces there are some humorous new individuals including everyone’s favourite demonic skull, Murray. Murray the talking skull pops up several times throughout the chapters, taunting Guybrush and adding many laughs to an already hilarious adventure.

A standout moment is the pirate song that begins once Guybrush sets sail on his ship. It’s extremely well done with the ship’s crew rhyming their lyrics with everything Guybrush says. Not to forget playing poker with smugglers, insult sword fighting, tossing cabers and riding Le Chuck’s rollercoaster of death and we’ve got a worthy sequel to a classic series