Tales of Monkey Island Impressions - Story, Humor, and Five Months of Updates

We get a look at this new Monkey Island adventure game being developed by Telltale Games for LucasArts.

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E3 2009 is still under way, and one of the many games on display at the show is Tales of Monkey Island, the all-new episodic adventure game being developed by Telltale Games for publisher LucasArts. Tales of Monkey Island will be an all-new adventure series starring the classic characters from the lighthearted Monkey Island pirate adventure games, including on-again, off-again pirate Guybrush Threepwood, his lady-love Elaine Marley, and the dastardly ghost pirate LeChuck.

Who's Making This Game: Telltale Games, a studio founded by LucasArts adventure developer refugees that has gone on to create episodic adventure games such as Sam & Max and Wallace & Gromit.

What The Game Looks Like: Like Telltale's other games, Tales of Monkey Island has a bright, colorful, cartoonlike look to it. Characters have exaggerated, stylized features.

What There Is To Do: Guybrush has been cursed by LeChuck, causing one of Guybrush's hands to glow strangely and his behavior to become erratic. He has also been bamboozled by LeChuck and washes up on an unfamiliar shore at the start of the game. As Guybrush, you must find your way off the island, remove the curse, and rescue Elaine from LeChuck.

How The Game Is Played: Like in other Telltale games, you can take direct control of your character (Guybrush in this case) to walk around the world, talking to other characters for clues and picking up objects to add to your inventory, though in Tales of Monkey Island, you can also combine items to form composite items that you may need to solve later puzzles. One of the puzzles we saw was at the very beginning of the game as Guybrush washes up on the mysterious island. In order to escape, he must commandeer a ship, so we headed to the port to find the only ship moored there. The ship was presided over by a jolly fellow who didn't seem to mind Guybrush's bold claims that he was going to commandeer the ship. Then Guybrush tried to board. First he walked up the gangplank and slid right back down because the boards were covered in slippery bacon grease. Then he tried to climb the anchor chain, only to have the ship's jovial owner dump hot coals on him.

What They Say: This will be an adventure game unlike any that Telltale has yet put out. While it will be episodic like the others, the episodes will not be stand-alone adventures but will be very closely tied together in terms of story and will be released every month, for five months.

What We Say: It's definitely good to see a new Monkey Island adventure game, and Telltale seems to have the experience and pedigree to make something like this work. The first episode will launch this summer.

Discussion

49 comments
Jhraxlin
Jhraxlin

My brother has the pc version and says it rocks. I'm thinking I might go for the Wii edition, but I'll wait how it turns out first.

Guib
Guib

Yes it did (the 7th). Available for download at telltalegames.com.

jnjreams76
jnjreams76

what happened? did this launch today?

mastercleric1
mastercleric1

If this rocks, then I shall likely pee myself with nostalgia (first game I ever played was the second game in the series). If it turns out so bad as to be an insult to the series, I'll likely be rather upset and very disappointed.

MrDrew816
MrDrew816

The anxiety of playing this game again after all these years makes me a little lightheaded. "I'm Guybrush Threepwood. Are you my mommy?" Also, I hope they have the insult swordfighting in this. Some of the fondest memories I have are from those scenes!

zuljin11
zuljin11

Waiting for another monkey island game has become a religion. I filled it in on census forms and on my facebook page. Thinking of the possibility that it may actually happen one day soon made me almost fall to my knees in praise. This is the F***ing rapture of me!

lukaszsw
lukaszsw

Let's hope it will be better than Wallace and Gromit. I liked Sam and Max from Telltale Games although the gameplay became tedious after a few episodes. I hope they can insert some insult fiting. That was always fun

treava
treava

that's the most wonderful thing happened ever since they begin to release new sam and max series.And that's what we are waiting for all these years. After playing new sam&max and wallace&gromit,im pretty sure this one's gonna be really goood

vito_128
vito_128

It has finally happened! My inner Threepwood is both scared and excited.

Lennah
Lennah

Wow, a new Monkey Island! I'm so excited. But why episodic and Wii ware?! I"m gonna have to get this for PC.

no_cultureicons
no_cultureicons

Oh yes!!! Not crazy about it being episodic but I'm just glad it's happening.

neil108
neil108

Hey Telltale, while you are at it, can we have a new police quest, space quest, and king's quest game. I loved those classics. Gabriel knight too! That was the best.

lime05
lime05

OMFG I CANT BELIEVE IT :) THEY DID IT ! :) :) :) :) :) ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOO HOOOOO

o0phantom0o
o0phantom0o

hmm, they've gone for the MI2 guybrush look, the face cudv been a little less long though

o0phantom0o
o0phantom0o

...how appropriate...you fight like a cow!!!

Poisoned_Waffle
Poisoned_Waffle

Bleh, why can't they continue another game, like Gabriel Knight, instead?

Hellequin85
Hellequin85

I still want a new monkey island game :(

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

The Sam&Max seasons were excellent, Strong Bad was -meh-, and I didn't played Wallace and Gromit... btw, I hope the episodic style won't affect too much the MI feeling

TahaHalwani
TahaHalwani

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

Yay! I love Monkey Island and it's good to see that they are keeping the series alive. almost 20 years later and it's still going strong. Very nice.

teknicz
teknicz

Bring back the swordfighting, complete with insults, and I'm definitely in!

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

looks nice..

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

And here I thought we were only getting a re-make of the classic!..good news!!

gmax
gmax

Just not seein' enough monkey to make me happy...

sTyLnK
sTyLnK

Telltale has come out with some nice games lately. =]

radtudor
radtudor

I've been waiting for this one since puberty. I love monkey islands! Also loved the episodic version of Sam and Max, although I find it a bit of a mood killer to play them once per month, so I'm just going to buy this when the final pack is out.

dark_being
dark_being

Pretty standard plot for a MI game. I'm a big big fan for all the previous games, so I guess I'll have to play this one as well (along side the remake of the original)

cptpeg
cptpeg

@Gabe447 ...a new grim fandango, now that's what I'm talking about! I love the original and have been hoping for a sequel ever since I finished the first. Let's hope this is one of Telltales next projects!

Gabe447
Gabe447

i dont like the new 3d look thou i mean it'll be good game never the less maybe after this maybe they could start on a new grim fandango :P

GT90
GT90

Woot, this makes me terribly happy. Hopefully Tell Tale does a great job with the game.

ganga_
ganga_

well i hope it doesnt play as Sam&Max, i didnt like those ones, also Telltale is a cool developer

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I think the game doesn't look that good.

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

Ron Gilbert, according to reports, is involved in the production of Tales of Monkey Island. This means that Tales of Monkey Island may be the lost third part of Monkey Island. The Curse of Monkey Island is a simple embellishment upon the second, wheras the fourth, reimagined, Monkey Island recreates a new reality for the series. I hope that they, Telltale Games, play out Tales of Monkey Island as if Escape from Monkey Island is non-canon.

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

I do not feel excited for this sequel. I am a huge fan of the Monkey Island franchise, from the first to the second--to the third, The Curse of Monkey Island. How ever, I am not a fan of the game, Escape from Monkey Island, that followed. If Tales of Monkey Island further butchers Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer, and Dave Grossman's creation, Ron Gilbert's "brain child," then the franchise might as well be dead to me. My sole hope lies in The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and the fact that Dave Grossman is working on Tales of Monkey Island.

Lord_Regnier
Lord_Regnier

I'm soo happy they are bringing this back, i can't wait!:D

lutomboy
lutomboy

cool.... i hope it is better then the last..... :?

edubuccaneer
edubuccaneer moderator

Can't wait to play this, sounds great, Andrew.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

I'm happy that there's new Monkey Island, but I feel like a full-fledged retail adventure would be a bit cooler than having to wait for episodes. *Cough*Half-Life 2*cough* Still, I doubt the waits between episodes will be as long, and I can't wait! I'll also be getting the remake to be released on XBLA, so it's good to see a bit of a Monkey Island revival!

dab198
dab198 moderator

July 7th can't come soon enough.