Title: Tales of Monkey Island – Lair of the Leviathan
Developer: Telltale Games (Lucasarts)
Cost: £24.99 (Steam for all 5 episodes)
Released (UK): 29/09/2009
Age Rating: Everyone
Game Type: Point and Click Adventure
Length: Short (<5 hours)
The last we saw of our intrepid Adventurer, Guybrush Threepwood (Mighty Pirate™) his ship was about to be swallowed by a giant manatee along with the pirate hunter(ess) Morgan Le Flay. After a brief Voodoo Lady recap, we get back to the action with Guybrush having to escape from the Manatee and meeting some new and old friends including the most evil skull in the seven seas Murray, Mwahahahaha!
As if in answer to my complaints about the lack of insults in the swordfighting, we get a new insult game in faceoff where you have to make original scary faces and this is used to solve a couple of puzzles. There is also a homage to insult swordfighting at the end of the game where you have to pick the correct “manatee pick up lines”.
The stars of the episode though have to be Murray since who can fail to like an evil talking skull who is hell bent on taking over the world, and Morgan Le Flay who goes from hero worship to disgust at Guybrush when she sees just how pathetic he can be, back to respect and perhaps a little love? for Guybrush after he inevitably suceeds at his tasks and then… well I would tell you but that would ruin the surprise. The facial expressions on her character are particularly amusing when responding to what Guybrush is doing.
We also get to meet a more extreme version of Guybrush Threepwood in Coronado De Cava, whose methods of solving puzzle’s make Guybrush Threepwoods look perfectly sensible. Its also clear that a monkey island game with Coronado as the main character would take a long time and be VERY repetitive and not nearly as much fun.
In terms of the puzzles in Lair, I found these to be the easiest so far with only 1 causing me difficulties which in part was due to me initially trying the steps in the wrong order and thinking I had things wrong. That being said I didn’t care due to the prescence of Murray. The only dissapointment I had was that I wanted even more Murray and disliked what happened to Murray at the end though it did make for some amusing credits.
Overall my favourite installment of Tales of Monkey Island so far.
For me the prescence of Murray alone made it worth the purchase. Even before taking the high quality of the chapter into account