You've done it! You've escaped your cell, escaped the pirate ship and now... glory and riches! Wait. Did we say, "glory and riches"? Because we meant to say "escape some more". When it comes to the Tortuga series, we tend to get the two confused. In Tortuga 3, stay one step ahead of your would-be captors as you try to lose yourself in the surrounding port. If only the pirate's natural enemy, the ninja, were around to lend a helping hand!
Unlike the previous two games, Tortuga 3 feels more like a classic point-and-click adventure than an escape game. You'll visit more locations, stock up on a plethora of seemingly unrelated items and booty, and discover that the way to a rat's heart is through its stomach. It's more substantial than the rest of the series, and feels more ambitious, too. There's a lot to see, and a lot more places to explore.
Tortuga 3's biggest problem isn't with a lack of vitamin C, however. The game is, unfortunately, a little unintuitive and sometimes winds up feeling more like a scavenger hunt than an adventure game. You'll do a lot of trekking back and forth, and trial-and-error ends up being the flavour of the day. It's not that anything here is particularly brain-bending, there just isn't a lot of direction. Then again, pirates were never really known for being nursemaids.
But the third installment in the series is still more than welcome. With a sprawling map to explore, bright, cartoonish artwork, and more than a little treasure, Tortuga 3 is a swash-buckling good time. At least, we think it is. Do we have swashes? Are they buckled? What is a swash, anyway? *sigh* We're terrible pirates, aren't we?