Way back in 1990 Lucasfilm Games released an incredible game called ‘The Secret of Monkey Island‘. This very video game is often hailed as the first family-accessible adventure game. I remember being frustrated by being unable to understand this game when I was about 8 years old, as my English reading skills were very limited.
Although the game sprung many a sequel, it was never as great as the original first episode. So of course I had to install ScummVM and run the original (DOS) game when I bought my first Linux PDA (Sharp Zaurus Z-5500, extremely buggy but oh so cool) way back in 2002. And I did the same last year when I acquired my Nokia E-71 smartphone. Somehow, this game keeps it fun-factor, even after finishing it ten times (in 15 years).
The saga continues!
Most of the fans of the series thought the franchise had died after ‘Escape from Monkey Island’, the fourth installment of the series. However, this year the surprising news was released that Telltale Games had acquired the Monkey Island license from Lucasfilm Games and announced a new Monkey Island game called ‘Tales of Monkey Island‘, a whole new sequel to be released in 5 episodes. On top of that great news LucasArts announced a remake of the original game, ‘The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition‘!
I bought episode 1 of ‘Tales of Monkey Island’ as WiiWare and played it a bit. Apart from the bad graphics, Telltale Games actually did a good job capturing the whole Monkey Island feeling. It’s not bad, but couldn’t catch my attention as the first game in the series did (which had rather great graphics for the time actually). Much rather I would had played the remake of ‘The Secret of Monkey Island’ but that game was only released for Windows, XBOX and iPhone (none of these platforms I own myself).
Guybrush Threepwood’s Crysis
Okay, that’s quite a lame pun. But yesterday (through Spectives.com!), I found another great Monkey Island initiative: a demo of LeChuck’s Revenge’s Tri-Island Area in Crysis’s Cryengine! Check out this impressive video and the project page with before and after screenshots of the environment of the game. I don’t know what I like more, this demo or this Monkey Island comic :)