Return to Monkey Island Trailer Reveals Wild New Art Style


The first Return to Monkey Island trailer is here, acting as a full gameplay reveal for the adventure game’s anticipated sequel. The Monkey Island 5 gameplay trailer reveals the bold and likely divisive art style, a second playable character, and possibly a decades-old secret revealed.

The trailer certainly reveals a lot, but not much about the pirate game’s history. Returning characters include series protagonist Guybrush Threepwood – whose longtime actor Dominic Armato provides most of the voiceover – and other regulars like Elaine Marley, series villain LeChuck, Murray the Skull evil and Stan the salesman. Other returning characters include Wally the Cartographer, Carla the Swordmaster, and even the Short-sighted Lookout. Interestingly, Elaine looks playable at a number of points, a first for the series.

There are two big talking points in the trailer, however. The first is the tease that the titular secret of the first Monkey Island game might be revealed, which has been stuck in Ron Gilbert’s head since 1990, so it’s about time it was opened up. Second, the angular, storybook-like art style, which has already proven divisive but is nonetheless distinctive and an elegant choice.

You can check out the full gameplay trailer below.

What do you think of the art style? It’s certainly stylish, but we expect a few fans to be disappointed – this isn’t a retro game with pixel art, after all.

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Monkey Island 4, the last time the series visited the iconic location of the first game, Melee Island, is currently free on Amazon Prime Gaming, so be sure to grab it while you can.


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