Platform: PC (Also Wii)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Review by: Kevin Haverty
In the third chapter of Tales of Monkey Island, our hero finds himself in inside a giant manatee during his search for La Sponge Grande. Guybrush needs to infiltrate the democratic pirates stranded in the belly of the beast and reconstruct the inner ear of the manatee so he can escape. Telltale Games proves its dedication to the Monkey Island franchise by bringing back another classic character and using him perfectly, with respect to the series.
The gameplay is more of the same from the previous two episodes, but that is to be expected. The “Lair of Leviathan” takes a step back, containing a much smaller and simpler environment. Parts of the manatee are too dark and navigation suffers because of it. After the last two chapters, the scaled back environment makes it feel like playing a much shorter game.
The writing and humor are still top notch. The puzzles make sense, barring one towards the end that heavily relies on trail and error. It takes too long to restart the sequence and starts to drag the fun out of the episode.
“Lair of Leviathan” is a nice bridge in the story arc of Tales of Monkey Island that properly contains a short story while adding to the main story, in which Guybrush must find the sponge, his wife Elaine and cure the Pox of LeChuck. It asks a new question though, “if Elaine still finds Guybrush Spongworthy?”
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Pads & Panels received a download voucher for the game courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.