Aargh, me hearties!
This third entry in the classic Monkey Island series might be lacking the guiding hand of the legendary Ron Gilbert, but it still manages to live up to the high standards laid down by its predecessors. It's got all the great humor, clever puzzles and an engrossing storyline which combine to make a cracking point-and-click adventure which should be played by fans of Discworld and the like. Our hero, Guybrush Threepwood has escaped the clutches of the dread pirate LeChuck, but now finds himself stuck at sea with nothing but a sausage and a diary. However, it's not long before LeChuck rears his ugly head once more and Guybrush finds himself caught up in a classic tale of cursed rings where he must save his beloved from a fate worse than death. The gameplay here will be familiar to anyone who has played the previous games or any point-and-click adventure like Maniac Mansion, and requires you to explore various environments, interacting with the numerous characters and solving inventory-based puzzles, and while this is a genre which hasn't evolved much, it remains as enjoyable as ever. Curse is a cracking way to round out the opening trilogy of this series, and it's got pretty much everything you need to have a good time. It's voice acted for the first time, which adds even more personality to things, while the visuals have seen a much needed overhaul and which again add to the appeal. The story and puzzles are both well done, while the series' trademark humor is well in evidence. All in all, a great piece of entertainment.