Background: Played episodes 1&2 back to back with Convergence. Love Point and Click games.
Impressions: If episodes 1&2 are Monkey Island 1 in visual style Convergence is certainly Monkey Island 2. The characters are still retro but there's more colour and detail to everything. The 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)' formula continues to be a fun basis for an adventure but for the first time it felt like a pixel hunt and some sections are very wordy. Also it's hint heavy which drives the plot onwards but reduces the challenge.
* The upgraded visuals and interface over parts 1&2.
* The plot is ideal and grows the overall story well.
* Save interface is massively improved.
* Voice acting is consistent and good throughout.
* Charming twists and ideas early on but runs out of steam later on.
* Feels a lot shorter and easier than the previous games.
* The great notebook mechanic of 1&2 has been cut back.
* Achievements give away plot points, don't read them.
* Some locations only have plot items clickable.
* Doesn't make use of Joey's ghost skills over the previous games.
* Very few items to collect to further the plot.
* Very heavy-handed hints drive the plot but make it too easy.
* Long sections of speech that go nowhere useful.
Recommended for: Fans of the first 2 games, you need to play them to understand the plot and characters in so sections.
6.5/10. Not the best in the series but far from unenjoyable and worthy of the Blackwell series.