"Scurvy Scallywags" Familiar, But Fun Overall
Ron Gilbert has given us enough joyful games to last us a lifetime, whether it's the adventures of Guybrush Threepwood in the Monkey Island series or taking three unique individuals on a trip down to The Cave. This month he brings his talents back to the seas with his latest title: Scurvy Scallywags. But can Gilbert take a game that feels a bit too familiar and give it a well-needed new coat of paint?
Scurvy Scallywags is an adventure within a play within a video game. You take your pirate across the dark waters on the search for the missing verses of the Ultimate Sea Shanty. Along the way you need to come across various islands to take on skeletons, beasts, and eviler pirates who wish to stop you at your tracks. To fight them you must, um, do a puzzle game each time where you match three of each object.
If you feel like you've played this before, you're not alone. After spending many lost hours playing a certain Facebook game that won't be named I felt hesitant about dropping into Scurvy Scallywags. Soon after I started getting into it the fears about being sucked in to another time vampire quietly fluttered away, as there were many unique points that helped make it stand out from that other game.