Yeah, I think I'd say that the Devil's Playhouse is, so far, better than Hit the Road. And I do also think that Tales may possibly be the equal best Monkey Island game that I've played. I personally think that Curse and Tales are the two top MI games, I love them both more than any film, book or song (well, most songs anyway; there are some songs that mean a lot to me) on the face of the Earth. I just think that there is so much more character and emotion shown from each of the characters in those games as opposed to the first two. The first two games were excellent, don't get me wrong, but Curse and Tales are just so much more when it comes to the different array of moods and themes.
I basically feel the same way about The Devil's Playhouse and Hit the Road. Hit the Road just had one mood and theme the whole way through - humour and a little bit of silliness for good measure. But in The Devil's Playhouse, there's actually a little bit of suspense and drama in some moments. Take the final scene of The Tomb of Sammun-Mak for instance. When you see Max's body lying limp with the top of his head severed, the whole jocularity and frivolous nature of the game comes to a screaming halt. You see the genuine worry of Sam's face, the camera moves slowly around Max's lifeless face and still body and the music is... well, I can't really remember what was happening with the music, but I knew that it created a good effect.
What I guess I'm trying to say is that The Devil's Playhouse is just a huge step forward in the evolution of Sam & Max. The same goes for the later Monkey Island games (yes, even Escape), they had a lot more depth to them than the original two. The original Sam & Max and the original MI games were mostly focused on the comedy element. This is very much still alive in the later games (of both S&M and MI), but they aren't completely centered around it. This is a good thing.
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Last edited by Hayden; 05/23/2010 at 07:23 am.