It’s hard for me to adequately express how much I love Monkey Island. I’ve played through all four games several times, I’ve got the soundtracks on my iPod and I always think of Guybrush whenever I put something unreasonably large inside one of my pockets. Of course, for the past few years, my fellow MI fans and I have been languishing, waiting for news of a fifth game that we figured would never come.
But we were wrong.
Because not only are the folks at Telltale bringing you a brand new game, but they’re taking the original–and awesome–game and remaking it with the voice talents we came to love in the third game. Before we discuss that, though, check out the trailer for the upcoming five-part game, Tales of Monkey Island…
The graphics might be a little jarring, especially to those who preferred the look of The Curse of Monkey Island to those of Escape from Monkey Island, but the voices are back, the writing is back and the music is back. It’s going to be awesome. But for those who really, really need a bigger dose of pure nostalgia, take a look at this picture:
That’s the new style for the completely remade Monkey Island 1. It’s a frame-by-frame, line-by-line do-over with the CMI cast that brings the 20 year old franchise to the modern day on PC and XBox. The new look is joined by a new hint system (optional–purely for those amateurs who require such things) and some developer Easter eggs, but purists need not worry! At ANY TIME, players can hit one button and be taken back to the old days, reverting to the original graphics. It’s a great, thoughtful add-on.
The fun starts with ToMI on July 7th and then you can expect SoMI’s remake to be available later this summer.
Of course, there’s alto this tasty little tidbit from Knowyourmobile.com…
Monkey Island rumoured for iPhone
Lucasarts’ Monkey Island may well be coming to the iPhone this year, possibly with enhanced features to0
Monkey Island may be paddling its way to the App Store, suggested by series producer Craig Derrick.
Fans of old skool adventure games will no doubt be excited by this news, but it’s by no means concrete at this stage. Derrick said, in an interview with Destructoid, that when he first joined Lucasarts, his first project was to do with trying to port games like Monkey Island over to other platforms, such as the original iPod.
Pocket Gamer made the connection that the upcoming re-workings of the adventure classic for PC and Xbox Live Arcade, due later this year, was a pretty good sign that it may also appear on the iPhone.
The device’s touchscreen makes it a perfect candidate for this breed of adventure game, while other high-megabyte games on the App Store prove that it would be easily capable of managing a full speech version of the game too. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for any more information on this intriguing rumour.