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46 Great Games Like Return to Monkey Island

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Return to Monkey Island and have found the following:

Return to Monkey Island is a point-and-click pirate adventure where you complete puzzles, meet the other pirates and explore the tropical island and high seas on your path to fortune and glory. As a continuation of the Monkey Island series, it contains the same lighthearted tone and charming characters but now with a new story, art style and mechanics.

Unfortunately, Return to Monkey Island is not available on Android, Mac, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/09/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Lucasfilm Games (@LucasfilmGames)

Costs: Purchase cost

31 Hand Picked Video Games Like Return to Monkey Island

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Return to Monkey Island. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Return to Monkey Island, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB EVERYONE 10+ games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

The Artful Escape

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

The Artful Escape is a narrative adventure with running and jumping sections that combine platform action with music-playing. You are Francis Vendetti as he traverses the universe, jamming on his guitar and harmonising with the various bizarre...

Knights And Bikes!

Release Date: 26/08/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Enter a hand-painted adventure in a fictional late-eighties British island and work together as Nessa and Demelza to explore its coast on bikes to find treasure, mystery and trouble. There’s fighting with frisbees, water balloons, tape cassettes and...

Sea of Thieves

Release Date: 20/03/2018

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Sea of Thieves is an online game where you are a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...

Night in the Woods

Release Date: 10/01/2017, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Night in the Woods follows college dropout Mae Borowski returning home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. But the place is different now her friends have grown and changed. There’s something suspicious happening in the nearby...

Genesis Noir

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genesis Noir is a narrative-driven puzzle game. It's a time travelling mystery to save your lover, by intervening through the history of the world to ultimately stop the expansion of the universe. Although it sounds bizarre, existential and confusing,...

Concrete Genie

Release Date: 20/08/2019

Platforms: PS4

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Concrete Genie is a running and jumping game about a young boy, who is isolated and bullied, in this exploration platform game with a twist. Using motion controls and buttons you can draw beautiful graffiti on the buildings, which come to life. These...

Roki

Release Date: 23/07/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Röki is a Scandinavian folklore point-and-click style adventure game where you play Tove on a journey to save her family. As you help her to come to terms with loss, you explore deep into a snowy fairytale landscape with strange locations and creatures.

Life Is Strange (Series)

Release Date: 19/01/2016

Platforms: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

This is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover the ability to...

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (Series)

Release Date: 12/12/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, GBA, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a courtroom murder mystery series where you piece together clues to challenge testimonies and uncover the truth. It’s like a visual novel, although you must interact with characters and evidence to progress.

A Place for the Unwilling

Release Date: 25/07/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Stadia

A Place for the Unwilling is a narrative adventure set in the final 21 days of a dying city. You investigate the city and its inhabitants to piece together what has happened. However, the clock is always ticking and the city carries on, with or without...

The Secret of Monkey Island (Series)

Release Date: 01/10/1990

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

The Secret of Monkey Island is a classic tongue-in-cheek pirate adventure game. You click or tap the screen to explore locations, find items and complete puzzles. Playing a young man, Guybrush Threepwood, with a dream of being a pirate, you become...

Mutazione

Release Date: 23/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PS4 and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

In Mutazione you play as a 15-year-old girl visiting her grandfather on a faraway island inhabited by friendly but mutated villagers. By finding seeds, tending to gardens and talking to people, you uncover a tightly knit web of characters with...

Disco Elysium

Release Date: 15/10/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Disco Elysium The Final Cut is a role-playing game set in the fictional city of Revachol where you play Harrier "Harry" Du Bois who must solve a complex murder. Unusually, your choices and actions not only determine how the story unfolds but affect...

Tangle Tower

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Tangle Tower is a murder mystery game, from the same developer as Snipperclips, where you explore a grand old house and its intertwining families to solve a mysterious murder. You are given the events of the murder, each...

Half Past Fate (Series)

Release Date: 12/03/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Half Past Fate is a romantic comedy adventure. You explore the lives of six different modern day characters and their romantic relationships over eight hours, eight days, and finally eight years later. It's a point-and-click adventure where you explore...

My Brother Rabbit

Release Date: 21/11/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

My Brother Rabbit is a hand-drawn hidden-object puzzle game about an ill sister. As her plight is told through water-colour animation, you play her brother's rabbit and unfold a parallel story in a fantasy world.

Aviary Attorney

Release Date: 22/12/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

A courtroom drama set in nineteenth-century Paris, populated with beautifully drawn animals. Guiding JayJay Falcon, defence attorney, you help investigate each case before each of the four court dates; combing crime scenes, interrogating suspects and...

Behind the Frame

Release Date: 25/08/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Behind the Frame is a narrative adventure where you click and interact with different scenes to help a young woman become an artist. You explore the different locations to uncover and work on the different paintings. It's a combination of escape room...

Frequency Missing

Release Date: 07/11/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

This is a point and click adventure. You play young radio reporter Patricia who has just started her first job at a radio station. However, strange things are happening. Richard, her friend who got her the job has vanished and someone is tampering with...

Tick Tock: A Tale For Two

Release Date: 07/03/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Played simultaneously with a friend, this is a narrative-driven puzzle game where you must escape an eerie world created by a clockmaker. It's unusual because each player's game is slightly different and must be combined to solve the puzzles. Through...

Goodbye Volcano High

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Goodbye Volcano High is a high school coming of age adventure set in a world of anthropomorphic dinosaur characters. You play as band members, non-binary Fang and best friend Trish. Then there's student council president Naomi, and Fang's brother Naser....

Vokabulantis

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Vokabulantis is a puppet-animated running and jumping game about two children, Karla and Kurt, who have fallen in love. Just as they find each other though, the world starts falling apart and they discover they can’t speak to each other because their...

Frog's Princess

Release Date: 09/12/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Frog's Princess is a narrative game about a kingdom surrounded by evil. You play a young princess who must save her kingdom. Along the way, you encounter a frog prince on a quest to rescue his bodyguard and find your plans overturned.

Leaving Lyndow

Release Date: 08/02/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS4

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Leaving Lyndow is a narrative adventure set a couple of generations before Eastshade. Sharing the same anthropomorphized animal society, although here at an earlier stage, it's a game about the memories we make in the places we...

Frog Detective (Series)

Release Date: 22/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

This is a comedy adventure game where you play a detective frog, named (unsurprisingly) "Frog Detective". In the first mystery, The Haunted Island, you get a call about a ghost on the island. You set about solving the mystery by collecting the...

Embracelet

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Embracelet is an adventure game, where you use a magical bracelet to interact with objects and solve puzzles. As you explore the fishing community, make friends and solve puzzles, you subtlety affect the outcome of the story.

Tux and Fanny

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Tux and Fanny is a retro adventure game about a two friends who want to play football, but discover their ball has a puncture. The simple set-up, like the pixelated graphics, hide a complex and intriguing journey. You set off to help them inflate their...

Bilkins' Folly

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Bilkins' Folly is an adventure game about a boy and his dog exploring tropical islands in a search for treasure and his missing family. Like classic point-and-click adventures you make strong bonds with quirky characters, here though it's logic puzzles...

Pig Detective 3: Death on Detox Island (Dreams)

Release Date: 26/03/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pig Detective 3 - Death on Detox Island is a point and click adventure. You play as Pig Detective who has been invited to Relax Island for a holiday, but soon his investigation skills are needed. The world is populated by talking animals in a 1930's...

Lost In Play

Release Date: 10/08/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Lost In Play is a feel-good adventure about a brother and sister exploring their dreams. Lost in their imagination, Toto and Gal must solve puzzles to journey back home. It's a point-and-click adventure inspired in style by Gravity Falls, Hilda, and...

Grim Fandango Remastered

Release Date: 30/10/1998, updated in 2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Grim Fandango Remastered is a point and click adventure. Set in the Mexican Land of the Dead, you are Manny Calavera, a travel agent for the recently deceased. After struggling to earn enough commission you steal a virtuous client from a colleague and...

3 Board Game Alternatives to Return to Monkey Island

These are our hand-picked alternatives to Return to Monkey Island. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

16 Video Games Like Return to Monkey Island Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Return to Monkey Island. This includes games from the Role-Play, Puzzle, Point-and-Click and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

9 Easier Video Games than Return to Monkey Island

If you like the sound of Return to Monkey Island but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

8 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Return to Monkey Island

If you like the sound of Return to Monkey Island but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Return to Monkey Island Accessibility Report.
 

Return to Monkey Island is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Return to Monkey Island in the following lists:

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.
 

Somedays You Just Need A Laugh

Video games are about all sorts of things. Shooting enemies, building forts, winning races and flying to space to name a few. But somedays, you just want some games to make you laugh.

Here are the games we've found (and the families we work with have told us about) that we can't help but laugh at/with/about when we play.
 

Get Children Reading

We have partnered with the National Literacy Trust to create this resource of video games that encourage and enable reading and writing skills.

The National Literacy Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of children and young people who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life.

Video games have significant benefits for children who are reluctant or struggling readers. They give them access to stories through interaction and world building which they may not have been able to read in print. Video games also have benefits for families where parents may not be confident readers, meaning that sharing stories as a family is still accessible to all. The rise of video games on smartphones and tablets, as well as more affordable game consoles has made the sharing of interactive stories easier.

There are different ways that video games create this kind of collateral reading and aid literacy:
  • Reading In Games: Video games offer all sorts of reading at all levels. This can be from simple narrative in a game like Florence to dialogue in a game like Mutazione or even just identifying useful items and game mechanics with in-game descriptions in a game like Zelda Breath of the Wild. Then there are games like Thousand Threads that help players think about the power and the consequence of words.
  • Reading Around Games: Video games create worlds that often spawn secondary texts. This can be official novels that expand the world or guide books that offer instructions and help. Knights and Bikes, for example, has spin off books, a cartoon series and recipes to read.
  • Routes Into Books: Many popular book series, such as Beast Quest, offer a range of video games as an easy first step into those worlds that lead to then reading the books themselves.
  • Communication Around Games: As well as reading, games encourage all sorts of creative output. This can be to contribute to the many online forums and message boards to talk about the game. This can also be to write fan-fiction after being inspired about a game world or character. The Sims, for example, has an avid community writing and creating all kinds of content online.

 

Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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