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Praise for two of the best puzzles in MI, ever! (Spoilers)

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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...

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  • The face off was indeed the best puzzle in the game. The faces were great & the gurning sounds right at the end of each face was hilarious. Absolute monkey magic through & through! :)

  • I really like the Manatee dating game.
    and the face-off
    and the interrogation
    and the locket thingy
    and the tarot-game...

    God this episode is great and I still need to play the finale.

  • @ivan11111 said: So, two of the best puzzles in MI history? Discuss...

    Maybe I'm still high off of the new chapter adrenaline rush, but I'm leaning toward agreeing. Maybe not the best puzzles in the history of the franchise, but certainly the best puzzles in ToMI. Fun, inventive, original...almost everything that made Insult Swordfighting great the first time, but with none of the tediousness (none of the quotability either, but I guess you can't have everything).

  • I was so glad Murray wasn't just some talking skull this time! It made me really happy. I also thought everything was really challenging, but not impossible! The ending was tough! I know I had trouble trying to figure out how to get his ship to sink. Thankfully it didn't take too long.

    Oh and the "monkey" face from the faceoff was SO GOOD! I was dyin' for a good minute or so! Overall, this chapter was so worth leaving school early to play and this game was SO WORTH paying $35 for.

  • "Curse you Guybrsush Threepwood!"
    I really liked the tarot part... XDXD

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    @ivan11111 said: Secondly, the Voodoo Lady possession puzzle, in particular the tarot cards.

    This just fit so well with what the Voodoo Lady is all about. Brilliant.

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    @doggans said: Fun, inventive, original...almost everything that made Insult Swordfighting great the first time, but with none of the tediousness (none of the quotability either, but I guess you can't have everything).

    Face-off might not be quotable, but you could always practice pulling the faces :D

  • Loved the puzzles.

    I was a little dissapointed we only got 3 cards. I wanted to try a few more combinations with some other characters. In fact there was a moment I was thinking how to just fold that Club 41 napkin and make a Murray card.

  • @Spadge said: In fact there was a moment I was thinking how to just fold that Club 41 napkin and make a Murray card.

    Oh my gosh, I'm SO GLAD it wasn't just me! I was desperate to make Murray a part of that little game. :D

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