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Rise of the Pirate God is the fifth and last episode in Tales of Monkey Island, a series of point-and-click adventure games based on the Monkey Island franchise that was started by Lucasfilm Games with The Secret of Monkey Island (1990) and ran until the fourth game Escape from Monkey Island (2000). After nine years, the intellectual property was licensed by adventure developer Telltale, Inc. where many of the original LucasArts adventure developers had since moved.

The game starts off where the previous one ended. Guybrush has been killed by LeChuck, and finds himself crawling out of his grave in the afterlife. After crossing the river Styx, he arrives at the Crossroads, where the afterlife and the real world meet. He learns that everyone who arrives there, brings something with them to which they cling. He himself has brought a Shred of Life, with which he hopes to return to save Elaine and beat LeChuck.

Unlike Escape from Monkey Island the game is rendered entirely in 3D, and the typical Telltale engine is used. Guybrush can be controlled through the keyboard keys or through mouse movement (selecting the character and dragging the cursor to the desired destination). Only a single mouse cursor is used for all actions and important items are stored in an inventory where they can be examined. Entirely new for a Telltale game is the incorporation of the classic adventure mechanic where items can be combined in the inventory to form new objects or to interact with each other.

The game makes many non-essential references to the earlier games and contains the classic Monkey Island ingredients such as humorous conversations and events, based on slapstick, play on words, witty retorts and contemporary cultural references, conversation trees, an unconventional approach to puzzle solutions, and the anti-heroic main character. The game's puzzles include triggers based on conversations, and item combination puzzles. It is not possible to die in the game and player can set the ratio of hints Guybrush casually mentions while progressing through the game. Full solutions are however never provided.

Unlike other Telltale episodic adventure series, individual episodes initially could not be purchased separately. Because of the larger story arc or possibly financial reasons, users were required to buy the five episodes as a whole as they are released on a monthly basis. Later, the decision was reversed and episodes were also offered individually.


Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 - Rise of the Pirate God Windows Being a ghost has its advantages... like not having to hold your breath.
Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 - Rise of the Pirate God Windows Insult swordfighting, but this time against two opponents at once.
Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 - Rise of the Pirate God Windows Chapter screen
Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 - Rise of the Pirate God Windows Demonic version of Elaine has no trouble killing Guybrush over and over again.

Alternate Titles

  • "Monkey Island Tales 5 HD" -- iPad title

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Boomtown Dec 16, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Video Game Generation Dec 22, 2009 9 out of 10 90
ZTGameDomain Dec, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Vandal Online Dec 10, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87 Dec 22, 2009 85 out of 100 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Jan 29, 2010 84 out of 100 84 Dec 14, 2009 81 out of 100 81 Dec 13, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameZebo Dec 08, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Germany) Dec 09, 2009 70 out of 100 70


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Cantillon (13779) added Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 - Rise of the Pirate God (Windows) on Dec 15, 2009
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