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Unlike many gamers with disabilities, there aren't many barriers in games that make them completely inaccessible to me. Sure, there are games I don't like and usually avoid (first-person shooters: I navigate much better in the third-person than the first), and games that mesh with my pattern of skills (the grind-heavy role-playing game [RPG]), but I can count on one hand games that are unplayable because they force me to do something I'm incapable of.

Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse — They Stole Max's Brain! Review

A Dog and his Brat

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High: The characters, especially Sam and Pharoah Sammun-Mak.

Low: It was over too soon.

WTF?: That a game about a boy Pharaoh who bends reality to make himself supreme ruler doesn't have any WTFs.

Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse — The Tomb of Sammun-Mak Review

Old Movie Serials are Fun

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High: The non-linear storytelling.

Low: That last puzzle is a tricky beast. Either that, or I'm just very unobservant.

WTF?: Baby Amelia Earheart?

Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse — The Penal Zone Review

Who Says Games can't have Great Stories?

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HIGH: A Scanners joke and Lovecraft references! Those never get old, dude.

LOW: Didn't I just fiddle with the boiler controls? Oh, wait: I had to do it exactly right.

WTF: A sociopathic rabbit has been elected President of the United States. Twice.

Tales of Monkey Island Chapter Five: Rise of the Pirate God Review

"Oh, Heck no. I am not Getting Stuck in this Afterlife."

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HIGH: Needing to combine puzzle-solving with speed in the final sequence.

LOW: Needing to combine puzzle-solving with speed in the final sequence.

WTF: Noogie is dead!? Nooo!

Tales of Monkey Island Chapter Four: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood Review

Guybrush Threepwood, Mighty Pirate-at-Law

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HIGH The Harry Potter-esque way that the plotline connects back to Chapter 1.

LOW The gameplay connects back to Chapter 1 (i.e. the jungle) as well.

WTF Morgan?! Nooooooo!

Tales of Monkey Island Chapter Three: Lair of the Leviathan Review

"This should be interesting. Or fraught with peril."

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HIGH Murray's rendition of the closing credits.

LOW These games are always over too soon.

WTF Much of the game takes place inside a giant manatee.

Tales of Monkey Island Chapter Two: The Siege of Spinner Cay Review

Something's fishy in Spinner Cay

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HIGH The main characters are as strong as before—perhaps moreso.

LOW The secondary characters? Not so much.

WTF Swashbuckly ending! Wait—WHAT?!

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