Throwback Thursday Review – Tales of Monkey Island – Episode 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood

Moving right along with the Tales of Monkey Island series, I went into this episode with a lot of trepidation. I did this because I know that Telltale has a knack for having some really bad 4th episodes. Sure they lead up to the final episode, but not all of them are done well. Did this series do the same or was this one of the rare occasions where the 4th episode was actually good? Keep reading to find out.

After Morgan’s betrayal from last episode, Guybrush finds himself back on Flotsam Island. While Morgan is collecting her bounty, Guybrush is taken away by the townspeople who aren’t too happy with him after his last visit. I mean come on can you blame the people of Flotsam? Guybrush released the pox on the whole gulf, of course they’re going to be pissed! But it’s LeChuck to the rescue! Yes you read that right, LeChuck tells his story about how he created the pox and Guybrush is released. That’s not the end of this episode though, there’s more death, chaos, twists and turns, and then the death of Guybrush himself.

Overall this wasn’t a bad episode and it didn’t live up to the dreaded episode 4. It actually turned out to be not that bad and the story picks up a little bit more leading into what’s going to be happening in the 5th and final episode. While I didn’t enjoy this episode as much as the previous one, I still liked it a lot more then the first two. This time around it took a little time for me to actually get into the story and the game but I was eager to finish up and see how the story ended once this episode was over.

As with the previous episode there were the usual awkward movements, slow loading times, and various other bugs and glitches. I can’t stress enough how disappointing this is each and every time I play a Telltale game. The only time I didn’t have these types of problems was when I played The Walking Dead Season 1 and 2 on the PS4. This made me think that the times of the troubled playthroughs were over, but I was wrong. These problems continue to make a reappearance in a lot of the newer games including Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands.

Being that this episode takes place on Flotsam Island again, the graphics are pretty much the same as the first episode. It’s not like the changed all that much in the series as a whole, but they were still pretty good and were fitting for this series.

Now to the fun part, the trophies! Finish this episode and do everything this episode has to offer and you’ll find yourself with another 11 trophies to add to your gamer card. Not a bad count of trophies especially if you played through the whole series. With each episode having 11 trophies you’ll add another 55 trophies to your gamer card which is pretty good for a game series, especially one that’s easy. As with the other three episodes you’ll have to either follow a walkthrough to get them done at once or play a couple of times to go back and clean up the trophies you missed.

As with any game in this series there is a total lack of multiplayer.

Overall I give this episode a 3.5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Not a bad 4th episode.
+ Story twists and turns that set up what’s coming up for the 5th and final episode.
+ Enjoyable graphics that have been stable throughout the series.

What’s Not So Great:
The awkward movements, loading time problems, and other various bugs and glitches continue.
A little on the short side.

While the last two episodes showed a lot of promise for the series, it seems like a little too late. If I wasn’t someone who just has to finish an entire series then I would have stopped after the first two episodes. When it comes to these types of games, I think that you really have to grab your audience within the first two episodes or risk losing them. Anyway, if you’re a fan of the Tales of Monkey Island series you’ll enjoy this game, but if not and you just want to try this game out I would wait for a sale.

Next week is not only the final episode for Tales of Monkey Island, which is entitled Rise of the Pirate God, but it’s also the final Throwback Thursday Review. As I said last week, I have two ideas swimming around in my head for my next series since Throwback Thursday is ending. I might have recently been swayed to go in one direction, but you won’t find out until next week when I unveil my newest Thursday blog.


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