Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood Threepwood Review
Wii | PC
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System: Wii (WiiWare), PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Telltale Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Telltale Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 30, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Once you've tackled the courthouse, it's off to the jungle again, but this time there's an unusual scavenger hunt to dive into. La Esponja Grande isn't actually that big, and you'll have to feed it a bizarre series of voodoo meals to get the little sucker to grow big enough to de-poxify more infected pirates, including Elaine. Armed with a dimension warping map, a cryptic list of ingredients to hunt down, and a desire to keep the suddenly rage-prone Elaine from hurting herself and everyone else around her, you'll forge ahead into the mazelike woods.

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Despite revisiting some of the same terrain covered in earlier chapters, much of The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood takes place at night and in a few areas you've previously been unable to explore. Consider the development team has managed to keep from substantially returning you to the original harbor town you started off in until now, there's just enough visual tweaking and time away to give the area a new vibe and freshness. You'll finally have the opportunity to check out the inside of Club 41, which provides some highly entertaining moments where an enraged, pox-stricken Elaine dives into a wild swordfight with Morgan in the midst of the ladies night buffet. You'll also revisit De Sade's freaky medical shack, which has some surprises in store for you.

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The graphics, actual gameplay, and quality voice work have changed very little over the course of the first four chapters, and we expect that will follow suit in the grand finale. What each chapter does bring to the table is continuity, plenty of surprises, new avenues for strange humor, and some truly memorable character interactions. The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood isn't the best chapter among the bunch, but it's an important piece of the puzzle. The development team has planted enough sharp hooks hidden through the episode to string you along this far. By the time things ramp up towards conclusion, you'll be hankering for the final installment. Mission accomplished.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
Some recycled settings dim the excitement but don't spoil the fun.
3.8
Control
Fourth verse, same as the first... three.
4.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Excellent dialogue and voice work.
3.8

Play Value
While a necessity to continue exploring the series, this is not one of the best episodes so far.

3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Guybrush Threepwoods returns in an all new zombie pirate adventure.
  • Challenging and humorous puzzles off variety and plenty of laughs.
  • Multiple control schemes let you play one or two-handed.


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