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Video GameReturn to Monkey Island Review
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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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.

You play swashbuckling pirate Guybrush Threepwood who, many years after his last encounter with his nemesis LeChuck, returns to the archipelago to find things in disarray - incompetent leadership and civilians imprisoned. You explore the islands' many locations, complete with the series famous context-based puzzles. Interacting with characters, both new and returning favourites, can help to solve these, and add colour and humour to proceedings.

As you progress, you travel further afield, eventually reaching Terror island and Brr Muda, where you find both new enemies to fight and friends that assist you in your quest to restore order.

It's a classic tale of friends and enemies, heroes and villains with adventure on the high seas. Unlike other games after the original two classics, this marks the return of the iconic series’ creator Ron Gilbert, joined by game co-writer Dave Grossman, art director Rex Crowle (Knights & Bikes, Tearaway), and composers Peter McConnell, Michael Land, and Clint Bajakian (Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge). It concludes the trilogy while updating the formula of the previous games with new characters, more complex puzzles and deeper interaction with the world and its inhabitants that brings the beloved franchise to a new audience.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/09/2022

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

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

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Lucasfilm Games (@LucasfilmGames)

 

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DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Alcohol Reference and Fantasy Violence.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to read and solve association puzzles to progress. This can be combining items to get where you need. It also requires some resilience and lateral thinking to progress via branching conversations.

CostsCosts

Return to Monkey Island usually costs £19.49 to £22.49.
 

Return to Monkey Island

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Return to Monkey Island Accessibility Report documents 22 accessibility features:
You can choose either Casual mode for minimal puzzling or Hard mode for more challenge.

There's a Hint Book and Inventory list with spoiler-free tips on how to solve a puzzle or progress a quest. You can also press a button to scroll back through the recent dialogue. When you return to the game, you can also get a "Previously on" reminder to catch you up with what you may have forgotten.

Visuals are bright and large and you can press a button to highlight all the interactable items in an area.

You can greatly adjust the size of interactive text and subtitles to make them large and high contrast.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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