Ok, just to set the record straight before we even start, today's episode, Lair of the Leviathan, was just so perfect. Telltale have really got the exact tone, difficulty and level of humour to an absolute tee. BRAVO!
This is most obvious in two of the greatest standalone puzzles in the history of Monkey Island. Don't read on unless you've finished episode 3, you really don't want them spoiled for you.
Firstly, the Face-Off scenario. This had everything confrontational about Insult Swordfighting, with none of the trial and error (and none of the wiseguy cracks). Now this meant that the puzzle itself wasn't hillarious, but the method of completion and the joy at the faces they pulled was well worth it. Acquiring all six faces was a joy, and at no point did I think "Gah, they really could've extended that one a bit." Then, bringing it back later just once for the interrogation was lovely, and gave the whole episode continuity. And, if you were missing the "fill in the punchline" nature that makes Insult swordfighting so great, Telltale fill the gap with "Phrasebook Manatee Flirting", which was quite easy, but oh so hillarious! So, overall, my Insult Swordfighting stomach is well and truly full without even drawing my cutlass from its scabbard.
Secondly, the Voodoo Lady possession puzzle, in particular the tarot cards. I think that it would be a sin not to release these cards afterwards, sell them in the shop as a set or just let us print them out or SOMETHING! Using each card as either an actor, process or target took just a couple of moments to work out, and after having completed it the first time, the feeling of having solved it was a nice one, but nothing special. But the fact that the same process must be used three times, once to go back to your own body...I just felt like applauding! Really satisfying, completely hilarious, and something completely unlike anything we've had in any MI game.
So, two of the best puzzles in MI history? Discuss...