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Completed the first part.. Now what?

posted by Valfader on - last edited - Viewed by 422 users

All right, so I pre-ordered the game with much anticipation. Did the same thing with the Curse of Monkey Island Special Edition as well.
It is now 05:30 AM (GMT+1), and I have played through the entire game. I was even stuck at a certain part in the jungle for about 25 minutes. So the total enjoyable gametime in this part came down to about 4 hours. And that includes listening to the dialogues as well as experimenting with different item merge combinations.

All in all I wasn't so much disappointed with the game itself, rather than the shortness of the episode. After all, there was a lot of fuzz in regards to the release.. And I now have to wait a full month to continue? What's the point of that?

It seems to me like the one episode-per-month release plan was something you did in order to buy time to continue coding the game. Which in my oppinion is a bad thing. I will now have to endure the frustration of waiting to see what happens next for nearly 6 months.. And for what?

I'm already coming up with a wall of text here, so I'll try to shorten it down. This is what you did good and bad in Tales of Monkey Island:

GOOD STUFF:
- Smooth running game engine
- Pleasant graphics
- Familiar voice acting
- Some challenging puzzles
- Some references to the previous games
- A new twist on the whole LeChuck-thing

BAD STUFF:
- No obvious way of skipping dialogue you've heard before
- The character controls are horrible
- You did not specify a release time, other than claiming the game to be available for downloading at the 7th of July. This kept me waiting for 19 hours.
- The integrated hint system in the game, even with non-frequent hints, becomes annoying really fast.
- Most dialogue was boring, even though the choises to choose from were not.
- This game did NOT make me laugh out loud like the other games did.
- The game was way too short to justify the long wait time for part 2.


So, as you can tell, I am pretty disappointed with the release and certain aspects of the game. Even though I have been a loyal fan for nearly 20 years. I'm hoping that the rest of you will share some input here as well when you complete the game, and hopefully give a better average experience than the one I had.

Sincerely,

-Valfader

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  • Obviously this guy is not used to Telltale's release model. Yes, the next episode is a month away because it's still being worked on - that's what Telltale do. Generally they are working on 3ish episodes at once so right now chapter 2 is coming to a head, chapter 3 is going into production-proper and chapter 4 is being written, most likely.

    This model allows them to do a swift and steady series of releases over several months. It's a very efficient way of working as compared to many other studios that have tried to do episodic content!

  • Inso is right. I am not at all used to the episodic release.

    And given some time to think about it, it's not all that bad. After all, like some of you stated, if I spent 4 hours on this, it adds up to be a total of 20 hours of playtime for ~35 bucks.

    But it still feels.. Well, I'm not sure how to put it.. It just feels wrong to release episode by episode this way. From a business perspective it might be both good and bad to get a feel for how the community responds before dwelling deeper into the story. Yet I can't help but feeling somewhat tricked.

    Once again, this definetly has something to do with how I am used to live my life. I personally hate waiting, especially for something that I have already paid for. But then again, the per-episode-price isn't that high either.. And I did get a free episode (of Sam & Max no less) of another game. That helped.

    Since I posted this thread I have played through the game 3 times, and I even considered to make a walkthrough movie and publish it on Youtube. The game is entertaining enough, aside from the flaws I stated in the OP.

    I thank you all for your interest in the game and my oppinion, as well as the clearly mature audience that beats down Trolls™ with ease.

    Have a good one!

  • I played on laptop with a touch pad , and the controls were easy to get used to. Note that you can run if you also hold right click while walking.

  • @thin029 said: I loved it, I'm 100% satisfied.
    Can't wait for part 2

    This is the correct answer, if your a long time fan, you got to be over the moon with this product...

  • @Fury said:
    Even though it will be awhile until Episode 2, we got the game like 2 months after it was announced (or was it 1? felt like 2...). That's pretty freaking awesome, and I am looking forward to playing em one a month. If you don't like it, just wait until all 5 are out, though I doubt ANYONE* could pull that off.

    We got the game like a month and a few days after it was announced.

  • I agree with what you said other than that release date thing, I didn't care too much about that.

  • If you wanna pass the time quickly, just play Secret, then Revenge, then Curse, then Escape, then Narwhal and by the time you've finished 'em it'll probably have been a month so then you can just go strait into playing "The Siege of Spinner Cay"!

  • @Valfader said: Inso is right. I am not at all used to the episodic release.

    But then again, the per-episode-price isn't that high either.. And I did get a free episode (of Sam & Max no less) of another game. That helped.

    Have a good one!

    Don't forget, if you enjoy your Sam and Max episode, then you can also download Season 1 "Episode 4 - Abe Lincoln Must Die" for free as well, I think :)

  • I still don't understand how you feel like you are being tricked. Where's the trick? They're selling you an episodic game and it's being released episodically.

  • @Calbeb said: I agree with you about the dialogue. It espeically irked me when there are three interesting choices and you end up hearing the same thing no matter which you clicked.


    That's funny. Everytime that happened to me I chuckled.

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