Return to Monkey Island Reviews

Return to Monkey Island is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Impulsegamer
Top Critic
4.8 / 5.0
Nov 27, 2022

After more than thirty years it's so nice to have the original developers Ron Gilbert, Dave Grossman and the team bring the originality and charm of the first games back for this last outing. There's actually quite a touching note that becomes available after completing the game that goes into some details about the development of Return to Monkey Island and it really does just feel right (perhaps more for us older gamers who grew up with it than people just joining it now). If you were a fan of the original game/s then absolutely grab a copy… it's a nostalgic joy and will warm your heart better than a bottle of Rum.

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95 / 100
Nov 22, 2022

Return to Monkey Island is remarkably balanced in bringing the new and the classic together for a cohesive, nostalgic and relevant work that celebrates the legacy of the franchise while elevating it to a new level in today's entertainment industry.

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90 / 100
Nov 20, 2022

Guybrush is back with a game that features all the best characteristics of the Monkey Island saga. If you have to play only one game in 2022, let it be Return to Monkey Island.

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Recommended
Nov 18, 2022

Thirty years after the last Monkey Island signed by Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman, Return to Monkey Island comes to us in this nostalgic and fascinating way with which we recognize old characters and a legendary unrevealed secret. It's a whole construct based on the power of narrative and how humorous and fun it can be in exploration segments, or simply in puzzle operations. The magic of Monkey Island is still there, the familiar tone of the voices toasts us with echoes of the past, but it is also a new adventure, filled with new characters and a fervent leap in the chapter of surprises, being visual art an element of this ability with which it successfully surprises. The contestatory voices have been silenced and today, both new players and veterans seek such secrecy with the same fervor as 30 years ago.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2022

Terrible Toybox and Devolver Digital’s Return to Monkey Island hit all the right notes that proper homage to the original. It brought classic humor, a great story, and a new way to play the game to make it faster. It’s one of the brighter spots of a skimpy game release year.

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Jake Su
Top Critic
4 / 5.0
Nov 14, 2022

At the end of the day, there were always some risks involved with Return to Monkey Island, and opinions are going to be divided among the hardcore fans and relative newcomers. What cannot be denied, however, is that this is an amazing point-and-click adventure that retains much of the beloved charm, while still updating the experience to be a more well-balanced affair. This is an excellent return, to say the least, and I can only hope this is the beginning of a new age that Terrible Toybox will be leading from the front.

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90 / 100
Nov 12, 2022

Return to Monkey Island is a fantastic end to Guybrush's compulsive search for the secret of Monkey Island and perfectly encapsulates what made these iconic games so popular in the first place. Despite the 30 year absence, not a step was missed, as Return is just as funny as its predecessors and seeing Elaine, LeChuck, Stan, and the rest of the gang together again is rather bittersweet. Charming characters – old and new alike, great dialogue, fun puzzles, an intuitive hint system, and a story which sees Guybrush visit multiple islands, all blend to make Return everything I had hoped for. I'm glad that I was able to finally uncover the secret of Monkey Island.

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90%
Nov 8, 2022

Often, belated sequels carry a weight of expectation that's hard to live up to. Return to Monkey Island has no such difficulties, Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman going back to a series they quite clearly still love, and, you’ll love too.

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85 / 100
Nov 8, 2022

Return to Monkey Island is fantastic. Brilliantly written and full of charm, the game manages to deliver a fresh experience in a nostalgic world. Even though the new art direction is divisive, the storytelling and humor are top-notch and make this a highlight of the franchise.

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9 / 10
Nov 8, 2022

Ultimately, with Return to Monkey Island, original creators Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman have not only crafted a loving throwback to a genre they helped popularise, they've also reinvigorated it.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2022

Though I still remain surprised that Return to Monkey Island even exists, I can't contest what Ron Gilbert and developer Terrible Toybox have wrought here. By masterfully combining the witty and thoughtful point and click escapades of the series past with a newfound warmth and charming aesthetic, Return to Monkey Island is by and large the series return that fans have long been waiting for and is a roaring success in the process.

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8.7 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2022

Return to Monkey Island is great. It takes the adventure game to new heights of hilarity with a clever narrative, fantastic stylized graphics, wonderful music, and a huge amount of heart.

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Oct 31, 2022

Ahhhh, nostalgia, there is something warm and fuzzy about returning to something you remember vividly from your childhood. Monkey Island is a series I played a lot growing up and it was a blast returning there recently. It is a lot different now though on the Nintendo Switch, if you had told me I would be able to play Monkey Island, on the go when I was a nipper, I would have laughed in your face but here we are. Isn’t technology great?

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Recommended
Oct 31, 2022
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9 / 10
Oct 19, 2022

Return to Monkey Island lives up to the near thirty year long wait with a modernised take that feels fresh, unique and brand new. Nostalgia naturally fuels a major proportion of its endearing qualities, but the new puzzles, the sumptuous music and the glorious performances bring the series back to life in ways we couldn’t have imagined. An absolutely stellar return for a franchise we thought we’d never see again.

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4.8 / 5.0
Oct 18, 2022

Guybrush is back... again, to thwart the actions of Le Chuck and to learn the secret of Monkey Island!

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INVEN
Top Critic
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2022

Ron Gilbert, who started the series, focused on continuing the adventure from Monkey Island 2. You can easily find out that his unique sense of humor remains still to date. Even though there are slight disappoints with art style and ending sequence, it is destined to be moved at the end of the game if you are a fan who shared the long journey of this franchise.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2022

The effort to help this genre is amazing and Ron Gilbert proves that he has a lot of ideas.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2022

Nowadays, it's very scarce to see a game developed fully with love and passion. Return to Monkey Island is one of these scarce games. If you want to spend some time away from competitive games or Big AAA games, Return to Monkey Island is a good choice.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2022

Return to Monkey Island is a love letter to the franchise and adventure games in general. It succeeds at what it set out to do from the outset, with a fun story, clever puzzles, and a big pinch of nostalgia to top it all off. It may play it a bit too safe, but that's easily forgotten when the rest of the experience is so consistently delightful.

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