Developed by : Telltale games
ESRB Rating: pending
Available on: PC, Wii
Single Player
pros: funny adventure, likable characters
cons: short game play, crude humor

System Requirements:
Operating system: Windows XP / Vista
Processor: 2.0 GHz + (3 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent rec.)
Memory: 512MB (1GB rec.)
Sound: DirectX 8.1 sound device
Video: 64MB DirectX 8.1-compliant video card (128MB rec.)
DirectX®: Version 9.0c or better

Thanks to Tell Tale Games for giving us this game to review!

Tales of Monkey Island Siege of Spinner Cay is the second installment of the five chapter series. It features the same characters and witty humor as all the Monkey Island games before it. The price tag for the complete series is a reasonable $35. As of this review, only the first two chapters are available, with a new chapter being released every month.

I highly recommend playing the first chapter in this series before playing this game since the story builds from chapter one: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal. This games starts off with Guybrush sailing towards his wife\'s whereabouts when the pirate hunter Morgan LeFlay catches up to him and takes his pox ridden hand from him and brings it back to the crazy doctor the Marquis De Singe. With a hook in its place, Guybrush is re-united with his wife at Jerkbait Islands, the home of the MerFolk. The MerFolk know where to find the cure for the pox that\'s infecting all the pirates, but you have to locate their three ancient artifacts so they can do the ritual. Not too surprisingly, you\'re not the only one hunting for the artifacts. Use your wits and skill to find a cure for the pox.

This is an adventure style game where you have to examine your surroundings, grab and manipulate objects, talk to people, and solve some tricky puzzles. To move around you use your standard WASD keys and the mouse is used for everything else. To explore the different islands, you just point to your desired location on a map. The two main modes of transportation are your ship and a raft provided by the MerFolk as long as you have your transit pass.

One of the Islands has a jungle on it, but it\'s not a maze like the one on Flopsum Island. In fact, there\'s a lot of dead ends so it\'s pretty hard to get lost. You\'ll be re-united with LeChuck your former nemesis and you\'ll have to work together to retrieve one of the artifacts. LeChuck wants to solve part of the ancient riddle but he\'s lacking the mental power to solve the simple puzzle on his own. Guybrush will give step by step directions and it\'s funny to give him wrong item combinations such as telling him to use a stick or a breath mint on himself. As usual, Guybrush has some witty remarks and insults. The humor can push the limits sometimes so I don\'t recommend it for young children. There are some innuendos and cartoonlike violence (hand getting cut off).

This game\'s colorful world and cartoon like feel is very charming and get\'s my kids attention if they catch me playing it. There\'s a lot of detail and you can usually spot which objects you can take or manipulate in some fashion. The user interface is pretty easy to navigate and the inventory management system is easy to use. When talking to the MerFolk chieftain it\'s a little hard to get to the exit. One glitch noticed was a stuck canon ball floating in mid-air.

Some of the puzzles are easy to solve and there are some tricky ones too. Fortunately there\'s a handy walkthough on gamefaqs.com that got me out of a couple of stumpers. I thought the first chapter was short and was disappointed to find that this installment is even shorter! I was able to beat this chapter in a two or three sittings. Hopefully, with all five chapters, you\'ll get your money\'s worth though. The treasure hunt add-on is only available by launching the first chapter\'s executable.

The voice acting is top notch and the background music is fitting too. The sound effects are pretty good as well. Overall though this game is well polished and will not disappoint.

For adventure gamers that love funny adventure games be sure to check out this series. It looks pretty promising and you\'ll get a few laughs for sure. The humor may be a bit off key at times, so please take that into consideration. This adventure is available on the PC and Nintendo Wii.

Game Play: 14/20
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 8/10
Stability: 5/5
Controls/Interface: 4/5

Game Play Score: 40/50
Appropriateness Score: 37/50

-2 non deadly violence
-1.5 for crude language
-2 for sexual jokes
-3 voodoo references
-2.5 gross humor

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