Rejoice! The clumsiest pirate since Captain Jack Sparrow is returning to our screens today. It’s time to Return to Monkey Island, and experience the laughs, puzzles and epic tales of the iconic Monkey Island series, with Guybrush Threepwood and the gang once again.
Making its debut in September of this year on Switch and PC, Return to Monkey Island is today blessing the Xbox Series X|S (via Game Pass!) and PS5 side of things as the latest instalment to what may be the greatest puzzle franchise of all time.
Monkey Island has transcended generations, with an original release back in 1990, and countless new titles and remasters across the Xbox generations. Return to Monkey Island sees the point-and-click series have you control scrawny pirate Guybrush Threepwood duke it out with the evil LeChuck on Mêlée Island, however a new band of Pirate Leaders appear to be making their way over to establish themselves as the superior force.
With its signature brand of sarcastic and slap-stick humour throughout, Return to Monkey Island once again sees you manoeuvre Guybrush across colourful, cartoony locales by way of pointing and clicking. You’ll slowly build up an inventory of what seems like random junk, however you’ll need to fill your pockets to solve the plethora of puzzles and riddles posed to you. Throw in dialogue trees, context-sensitive interactions with items, and a more manageable inventory of old, and Return to Monkey Island seems to be the best of both worlds, attracting veterans and newcomers to the series alike.
Key features include:
- Return to Point & Click Swashbuckling – Bringing classic point-and-click gameplay to the modern-day, intrepid pirates will solve puzzles and explore the islands with a clever evolution of classic adventure game controls. Context-sensitive interactions, reactive dialog trees, and an easy-to-use inventory system make pirating a breeze.
- Embark on Archipelago Adventures – Navigate the sometimes-friendly confines of Melee Island, a familiar place that finds itself under new management by leaders who have put the squeeze on old friends and new faces. Venture out into uncharted lands like the aptly named Terror Island and the chilling outposts of Brrr Muda to make allies and enemies alike.
- Created by a Legendary Crew – The new chapter in the Monkey Island series marks the return of the iconic series’ creator Ron Gilbert, joined by game co-writer Dave Grossman, art director Rex Crowle (Knights & Bikes, Tearaway) and composers Peter McConnell, Michael Land, and Clint Bajakian (Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge).
All packaged into a Paper Mario-esque art style, Return to Monkey Island hopes to be the true return of a series people have loved for decades. You can now pick up a copy on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Switch and PC. For Xbox, mosey on down to the Xbox Store and hand us £20.99 of your finest doubloons, me salty dog! Or, for the finest maties amongst ye, you may have this one on Game Pass to enjoy!
Return to Monkey Island is an unexpected, thrilling return of series creator Ron Gilbert that continues the story of the legendary adventure games The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games. It’s been many years since Guybrush Threepwood was last locked in a battle of wits with his nemesis, the zombie pirate LeChuck. His true love, Elaine Marley, has turned her focus away from governing and Guybrush himself is adrift and unfulfilled, having never found the Secret of Monkey Island. Hip, young pirate leaders led by Captain Madison have shuffled the old guard from power, Melee Island has taken a turn for the worse, and famed businessman Stan has been imprisoned for ‘marketing-related crimes’. Banter with old friends and new faces on familiar islands now under dangerous new leadership. Then, take to the high seas and explore the new and unknown as you work your way out of tough predicaments. Clever puzzles, bizarre situations, and devastating ripostes are all that stand between Guybrush and glory.”