May 20, 2001
Escape From Monkey Island - Preview
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One of the many humorous scenes.
LucasArts' Monkey Island series of games on the PC is one of the most loved ever. The fourth game in the series, Escape From Monkey Island was released on the PC some time ago and development on a PS2 version is now almost complete. Escape From Monkey Island follows the continuing adventures of Guybrush who get mixed up with all manner of people and pirates in dangerous, and often comical, situations. LucasArts know how important this game series is to the public, as well as their own company, and there is little chance that that will create a sub-par game. In fact, there is no chance at all.

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Ahhh... The good old grog machine.
The story for Escape From Monkey Island is as follows; When perennial pirate-wannabe Guybrush Threepwood (that's you) and his new bride, Governor Elaine Marley-Threepwood, return to Melee Island, they find out Elaine has been declared dead, the Governor's mansion is to be torn down and a slick-yet-hauntingly-familiar politician is about to take Elaine's job. Your task is to find out who is behind the evil happenings on Melee Island and stop them. During the game you can look forward to dozens of lush 3D locales, challenging puzzles, and more monkeys than ever.

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The graphical quality is always high.
Perhaps the biggest change, which Escape From Monkey Island has undergone from previous games in the series, is the shift to 3D graphics. The locations retain that familiar cartoony style, which perfectly suits the humour littered throughout the game. As is often the case with LucasArts' adventure games it is the visual humour that seems to add so much enjoyment to the game (as seen in the screenshot above with the grog machine). Expect this offbeat humour to continue throughout this game. As with the previous games in the Monkey Island series the conversations and voice acting in Escape From Monkey Island will be second to none. The company spends plenty of time perfecting this aspect of the games and the end result is as impressive as any Disney animated feature movie.

With games such as Day Of The Tentacle, Full Throttle, Sam & Max Hit The Road and Grim Fandango to their credit there is little doubt that LucasArts are the masters of PC adventure games. Fortunately, for Playstation 2 owners the Monkey Island series of games is widely regarded as the companies best and the conversion to the console seems to have gone extremely well. Expect a release toward the end of June.