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Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition out now on Steam. Also Tales of Monkey Island, a brand new adventure.

Is it worth it? Tempted by nostlagia, wary after my hueg Grim Fandango disappointment.


ledge, Sunday, 26 July 2009 17:14 (twelve years ago) link

Not a fan of episodic releases, so if I played at all I'd wanna wait for the whole thing to be available. The new hint system sounds kind of interesting but on the whole I've gotta say I'm not that into pixel-hunting in the 09.

Skeevy Wonder (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 26 July 2009 17:20 (twelve years ago) link

Loving the original on the iPhone. Interface is a bit lazy -- you drag (in a laggy way) a virtual pointer around the screen. You get used to it though, and you need for a lot of the puzzles, which do involve pixel hunting. The hints are probably a bit too easy to get to now.

stet, Sunday, 26 July 2009 17:22 (twelve years ago) link

I'm not sure it's worth paying for the new version considering you can get the regular old edition online for free. The only difference is going to be voiceovers and fancy visuals, right?

I played this and Day of the Tentacle a couple years ago and found both just as entertaining, if not more, than when I played them as a kid. So I would say: yes, give into your nostalgia temptation, whether you get the xbox one or the scummvm one.

salsa shark, Sunday, 26 July 2009 20:01 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

been playing the iphone versions of these games and enjoying them alot. however I forgot how fucking hard they are. like the card catalog sequence in part 2. are you kidding me? how is someone supposed to just figure that out? I guess Im getting dumber in my old age.

mayor jingleberries, Monday, 27 September 2010 19:59 (eleven years ago) link

found the first remake in the series much more playable and fun than the sequel, not to mention a zillion times less frustrating. god knows how i coped in the early 90s when there was no internet full of hints and walkthroughs. i'm guessing i spent a fortune on the helpline, as they jokily mention in the directors commentary. i wonder how much revenue those phonelines brought in? i know i spent quids and quids worth on the dizzy the egg helplines.

both games still fun btw, and the 2nd one did and does look prettier. but man, some of the puzzles in MI2 are out and out evil

NI, Monday, 27 September 2010 20:10 (eleven years ago) link

five months pass...

downloaded the Tales from Monkey Island package from the Playstation Store last night. It seems pretty fun so far and consistent in tone with the original games but it has got to be one of the ugliest games I have seen on the PS3.

check out this dude (link because it's a big pic):

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 28 February 2011 14:26 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

"If I Made Another Monkey Island..." by Ron Gilbert

It would be a retro game that harkened back to Monkey Island 1 and 2. I'd do it as "enhanced low-res". Nice crisp retro art, but augmented by the hardware we have today: parallaxing, depth of field, warm glows, etc. All the stuff we wanted to do back in 1990 but couldn't. Monkey Island deserves that. It's authentic. It doesn't need 3D. Yes, I've seen the video, it's very cool, but Monkey Island wants to be what it is. I would want the game to be how we all remember Monkey Island.

Can we please kickstarter this? I've got 50 bucks i'll throw down.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 13:53 (eight years ago) link

it's got to be better than that last thing, when i watched Joel playing it it had some of the most interminable cut scenes i've ever scene

life went on, sadly (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:11 (eight years ago) link

Ron Gilbert OTM. Except I'm not sure what he means by 'lose the verbs' - what would replace them? Possibly a failure of imagination on my part, possibly a minor warning sign that it wouldn't be 'how we all remember Monkey Island'. Also I don't give a shit about 'full voice', but I'm weird like that.

emil.y, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:14 (eight years ago) link

Maybe replace the verbs with pictographic icon wheel? Count me in for the full voice thing too, playing the remastered 1 & 2 from a few years ago, it sort of wasn't as funny with the dialog being spoken rather than read.

The Monkey Island 3 they released was a good game but narrative-wise seriously a letdown for me, and it really brings joy to know RG wants to start from right after 2.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 15:38 (eight years ago) link

I have fond memories of working through the third one with my awesome college roommate, as part of a larger sweep of miscellaneous adventure games (KQ6, Seaquest, god knows what else), it was good collaborative fun and while we got horribly stuck a few times I think it was a fun game. At least it wasn't ugly like the fourth one. At the same time, I can't remember a damn thing about it specifically, not one puzzle, not one joke, not one payoff - whereas I have the first one memorized. TBF I probably played that one more than just the once, too!

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 15:45 (eight years ago) link

I've played 2 probably a dozen times. Sometimes i will just load it up and watch the intro credits and listen to that amazing music, with the faded pictures of real pirates. Effing amazing.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 15:50 (eight years ago) link

that intro music for MI2 is all-time

Nhex, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 15:58 (eight years ago) link

first 2 games are obviously classics but 3 is the one that's in 'best pc game ever' territory for me, it just felt so much more immersive and expansive. if they could make a new game anywhere on the spectrum between the first 3 in look & feel it'd probably be amazing.

ciderpress, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 16:07 (eight years ago) link

i'm surprised you guys don't like 3, but i suppose if you guys loved 2 it's understandable

it had Scrooge McDuck singing in it, come on guys

Nhex, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 16:41 (eight years ago) link

oh god remind me not to play 3 ever then

Sarushima baby jive (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 16:54 (eight years ago) link

And Murray, the funny skeleton head, was the standout for me. Which is sort of too bad because the first game already had you carrying around, arguing/joking with, and swapping necklaces with a relatively intact decapitated head.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 17:06 (eight years ago) link

Third game just felt like alot of recycled ideas. The second one recycled a few but really had a much more idiosyncratic tone.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 17:07 (eight years ago) link

four years pass...

love these

Mordy, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:09 (three years ago) link

those are great

Nhex, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 10:22 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

We need a "Music that sounds like Monkey Island" thread

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Wednesday, 17 March 2021 16:28 (six months ago) link

Wow wow wow!!

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Wednesday, 17 March 2021 21:43 (six months ago) link

damn. very nice arrangement and performance! could easily hear that over the closing credits or romantic climax of a big-budget Monkey Island movie... tho for reasons of tone i feel like the opening credits should be closer to the game soundtrack, Caribbean instrumentation, etc.

way back when Doctor Casino was more of a musical pseudonym i def had a couple tracks where i was kinda leaning into Monkey Island territory in my mind, tho outside observers assumed i was going for Tom Waits.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 18 March 2021 14:25 (six months ago) link

Blood Money is definitely riffing off a similar style, but I'm not exactly sure what that style is. Caribbean, yes, but it's not to my knowledge calypso or reggae despite sharing similarities. The time signature switches on Monkey Island theme are pretty mindblowing

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 18 March 2021 14:29 (six months ago) link

I never thought about it before, but I played the first one of these a lot and now I'm wondering if it had an outsize influence on my music taste. I also was obsessed with Sid Meier's Pirates

rob, Thursday, 18 March 2021 14:43 (six months ago) link

I was literally saying this yesterday to a friend online. I wonder how much my love of reggae and Caribbean music comes from this game

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 18 March 2021 14:46 (six months ago) link

I've credited Pirates, which I don't think even had music, with at least partially fuelling a general interest in the Caribbean (which is a pretty lol origin story, I know), just sailing around that map for hours and hours, learning all the island and city names.

rob, Thursday, 18 March 2021 14:53 (six months ago) link

10cc dreadlock holiday

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 March 2021 14:59 (six months ago) link

trying to pick a few examples of tunes that give off a bit of a Monkey Island vibe without going too much down that gypsy swing/festival cabaret vibe. i thought i'd have loads of examples but can't think of too much. it's collaborative, so feel free to add any good ones

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 18 March 2021 15:20 (six months ago) link

thread is reminding me that i think i never actually finished 2? will need to remedy this immediately, feels like the perfect project to focus on while marking time til my vax

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 18 March 2021 16:07 (six months ago) link

I really love the Stranglers' 'And The Boat Sails By', which I always thought had a Monkey Island vibe to it.
(The track is from their time with singer Paul Roberts, which is overall not so highly acclaimed, but I think they had some strong moments in this phase too. I like the entire 'About Time' album a lot.)

Valentijn, Thursday, 18 March 2021 16:25 (six months ago) link

yeah between Pirates! on the C64 and Monkey Island on PC, and some choice Playmobil sets, the pirate milieu was a pretty big part of my childhood at the turn of the 90s. even the word "grog" was a fascinating mystery.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 18 March 2021 16:32 (six months ago) link

god there's got to be an XTC or Roxy Music song that would fit this. I was thinking Kid Creole but couldnt' find a track that really had the vibe

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 18 March 2021 16:42 (six months ago) link

if we're talking marimbas and lofi beats, The Knife - Pass This On foots the bill.

Also loads of tunes off Console - Herself, a personal fave album of mine

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 18 March 2021 16:45 (six months ago) link

haunted marimbas in two lone swordsmen it's not the worst i've ever looked etc; also emily's theme from the brick soundtrack, maybe a bit too downtempo though.

Ignore the neighsayers: grow a lemon tree (ledge), Thursday, 18 March 2021 16:50 (six months ago) link

Maybe it's because they've got a song called "Monkeys Uptown" but Iron & Wine must have a few of these.

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 18 March 2021 17:02 (six months ago) link

actually listening to it now, it's perfect

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 18 March 2021 17:03 (six months ago) link

This always reminded me of Monkey Island by way of Out Run:

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 18 March 2021 20:29 (six months ago) link

(Skip to 4:15 for buildup)

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 18 March 2021 20:29 (six months ago) link

This is so good

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 18 March 2021 20:33 (six months ago) link

that's so great

i love this too:

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 18 March 2021 20:36 (six months ago) link

How did they manage to get so much character and musicality out of those tiny cards and processors? There's no concession for sloppiness

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 18 March 2021 22:43 (six months ago) link

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