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Cheat Code Central (2009)
Humor has always been an integral component of past Monkey Island games and chapter one follows suit wonderfully. The game is thoroughly littered with subtle references to technology and pop culture, other Telltale games, and older entries in the series that'll merit a good chuckle now and then. The cliffhanger ending may ruffle the feathers of players who're used to having each episode wrapped up tidily at its conclusion, but it definitely builds anticipation for the next chapter. It's great to see this much-adored series making a comeback. Launch of the Screaming Narwhal offers some of the best adventure gaming we've seen in some time, even topping Telltale's recent quality releases.
Official Nintendo Magazine (Jul 31, 2009)
What this all builds up to is a fantastic first episode in this five-part series. If the other chapters are half as funny and entertaining as Launch Of The Screaming Narwhal, we'd strongly recommend saving the Points to buy them all. For now though, this is a fantastic start and a must for point-and-click newcomers and longtime fans of Monkey Island alike.
Gamervision (Aug 04, 2009)
Being the first episode in the season, “Launch of the Screaming Narwhal" shows amazing potential for the Tales of Monkey Island series. Already it’s better than both the Wallace & Gromit and Strongbad series, and makes a move on some episodes of Sam & Max. Fans of Monkey Island should be happy to know that this is the sequel they’ve waited years for, and the series’ future is in great hands. Hopefully the rest of the episodes keep up the quality, and bring the genre and franchise back to center stage.
Adventure games had fallen out of popularity for a while, but Telltale Games is doing everything it can to bring the genre back into the fore. Tales of Monkey Island is a beautiful sequel to a classic adventure, and the face lift the series has been given is a great addition to Telltale's already robust lineup. While there is no clear ending to The Screaming Narwhal, it is a fun tale that shouldn’t be missed by any fans of old point and click style games.
Nintendo Life (Jul 27, 2009)
Telltale has shown once again they're the best when it comes to 3D adventure games. The game controls flawlessly, especially with the addition of manual movement, and is another worthy entry in the Monkey Island series. It doesn't quite match up to what most consider to be the previous best Monkey Island game (The Curse of Monkey Island), at least, not yet, but it's only the first episode - If the other four suitably ramp up the story and puzzling then it could very well become fantastic. Whether you're a veteran of the series or a newbie, if you like adventure games, this one should definitely be a part of your collection.
UOL Jogos (Jul 29, 2009)
"Launch of the Screaming Narwhal" é um belo começo para "Tales of Monkey Island", nova série da clássica franquia de adventures gráficos da LucasArts, agora sob tutela da Telltale Games. Com o mesmo espírito humorístico, puzzles malucos e ótimos diálogos, é uma ótima pedida para fãs do gênero, carentes de boas opções no mercado.
Game Revolution (Aug 05, 2009)
Tales of Monkey Island Episode One: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal serves as a great start for this five-part series. While it doesn't contain much story-wise, it more than makes up for it by setting up the future episodes, especially considering how this chapter ends. If you picked up the PC package for Tales of Monkey Island, there's little reason to regret your purchase, as you will have plenty of reasons to expect a great story and plenty of laughs in the coming volumes of this new tale in the legendary Monkey Island series.
Gamer.nl (Jul 11, 2009)
Tales of Monkey Island is een goed nieuw deel in de Monkey Island-reeks. Het is een leuke aanwinst in het episodische aanbod van Telltale Games en zal de honger van fans van de reeks toch even stillen. Helaas wel in de wetenschap dat het niveau van destijds, waarschijnlijk nooit meer gehaald gaat worden.
N-Europe (Aug 02, 2009)
So did Telltale fill the shoes left behind for 9 years? Hard to say for sure yet. Launch of the Screaming Narwhal is a good adventure game that mostly lives up to the series: the jokes are there and so is the series' feeling. But - considering the bad framerate and badly compressed audio the 1000 Wii Points this title costs may better be spent on the superior PC version. If it weren't for these issues we would've whole heartedly recommended Launch of the Screaming Narwhal, as it is, proceed with caution.
GameSpot (Jul 27, 2009)
While it doesn't quite herald a new golden age of adventure gaming, the first episode of Tales of Monkey Island is funny and engaging enough to entertain for the few hours that it lasts. Fans of the Monkey Island series will get a kick out of the old references and familiar characters, while newcomers will find a clever adventure that kicks off the episodic run with style. Despite its lackluster technical performance, Launch of the Screaming Narwhal is a good way for anyone with an appetite for humor and adventure to spend 1,000 Wii points ($10).
IGN (Jul 28, 2009)
The episode's biggest weakness is the clear lack of any kind of grand finale. While the music swells once you leave the island, the finale lacks epic triumph and the denouement amounts to a cliffhanger, leaving more questions than answers. And there are plenty of questions to be answered as the designers have planted plenty of seeds for future installments. So episode 1 gets high notes for bringing us back into the Monkey Island universe, but at the same time, it looks like we'll have to wait for the rest of the episodes to roll out over the next four months or so to get all the answers.
Retro Gamer (Oct 06, 2009)
It's a rushed port that puts you off the otherwise sparkling dialogue and charming characters. Get the cheaper PC offering.