VG: "It's hard to put your finger on what exactly makes Launch of the Screaming Narwhal an underwhelming return to the series. Perhaps it suffers from being the first of five episodes – you feel much of what you see and do exists only to set up upcoming chapters (Guybrush suggests as much when you try to interact with one particular object). At five hours it feels short, despite the fact that its length is deliberate and it's priced accordingly. Because of that it's almost impossible to lose yourself in Flotsam Island and truly engage in its inhabitants. That they're not particularly memorable doesn't help, either.
Still, Telltale's created a perfectly enjoyable game that all Monkey Island fans should at least try. It's not as engaging or memorable as we remember the originals to be, and the puzzles won't blow anyone away, but it's still hugely exciting to play a brand new Monkey Island game, such is the enduring popularity of the early 90s classics. And, if there was any doubt, the game proves that the Monkey Island universe is one that's as compelling now as it was nearly 20 years ago, and well-suited to the Telltale treatment."