Telltale Game's formerly download-only Tales of Monkey Island series is to get a full PC retail release in Europe, publisher Lace Mamba Global has announced.
In case you hadn't noticed, Telltale's Tales of Monkey Island PC adventure series is being put on disc this spring.
When the credits roll on Chapter 5 of the newly revitalised Monkey Island, fans will probably breathe a sigh of relief. Though the road to get there has had a few ups and downs, Telltale has pulled it off. Fear not - I'm not going to spoil one precious pixel of how the story is wrapped up, but suffice to say that the ending feels earned, the characters feel like they've developed (at least as much as Monkey Island's wacky sensibilities will allow) and you, the player, should feel satisfied and invigorated by the season-long experience.
Much of this snuggly glow can be put down to the way this 21st-century continuation has tapped into the soul of a game with a distinctive personality, because Monkey Island fans have very specific ideas of what does and doesn't belong in the series. Escape from Monkey Island, released in 2000, is an above average-adventure game - albeit one with some extraneous additions, such as Monkey Kombat - yet fans often treat it as an awkward stepchild, tolerated but never embraced, purely because it just isn't Monkey Island. Tales of Monkey Island shares some of Escape's design foibles, most notably in its needlessly fiddly controls, but nails the personality, so the wobbles in pace and construction are easier to forgive.
Rewind back to the launch of the series, and it's easy to see why fans have been hesitant. Telltale's previous foray into the LucasArts back catalogue had brought us two seasons of Sam & Max, episodic adventures that had witty scripts but sparse gameplay spread too thinly. Telltale's other recent offerings were similarly afflicted. The scatty Strong Bad series on WiiWare and the Wallace & Gromit adventures, the latter episodes of which were rather unceremoniously dumped onto Xbox Live Arcade in one lump, were good but never great, hampered by repetitive locations and puzzle design that was never as inspired as you'd hope. Solid credentials for a company striving to make point-and-click a viable concern in 2009, but hardly up to the exacting standards required to take the helm of the Greatest Adventure Series Of All Time.
Telltale Games has announced that the first Tales of Monkey Island episode, Launch of the Screaming Narwhal, will be released on WiiWare in the US today.
Croteam and Telltale Games have independently announced a pair of similar competitions to get dialogue written by you into their games - Serious Sam HD and Tales of Monkey Island respectively.
The return of the Monkey Island series after a nine-year absence has provoked almost as much hand-wringing worry as it has celebration. With so much love for LucasArts' long-dormant series among adventure enthusiasts, the pressure for Telltale Games to get it right is, to say the least, intense.
Announced just one month ago, Launch of the Screaming Narwhal is the first of five episodes scheduled for the season, and launches this week, just ahead of next week's Xbox Live Arcade remake of the seminal 1990 classic, The Secret of Monkey Island. Four further episodes are scheduled to follow at monthly intervals.
Chapter 1 finds the 'mighty pirate' Guybrush Threepwood in familiar territory - onboard a pirate ship, trying to save his wife Elaine from the clutches of nefarious zombie pirate LeChuck. After a simple rescue attempt goes awry, Guybrush finds himself in an even bigger jam. Trapped on the interminably windy Flotsam Island, he and therefore you are tasked with not only finding a ship to make your escape, but with putting a stop to the powerful gusts buffeting the place.
A new demo for the Tales of Monkey Island series is now available.
PC version docks 7th July.
Telltale Games design director Dave Grossman has said Tales of Monkey Island may appear on Xbox Live Arcade after release on PC and WiiWare, which launch this summer.
When Telltale Games promised to unveil a brand new episodic series at E3, few guessed it would be Tales of Monkey Island - a five-part adventure based on the classic LucasArts series. Few also guessed we'd see the first episode so soon: 7th July on PC, with a WiiWare lift-off date has yet to be confirmed. Given Telltale's track-record - Sam & Max, Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Wallace & Gromit - we shouldn't be too surprised, and we should have something to look forward to.
Telltale Games has said Episode 3 of the Wallace & Gromit adventure series will be available to download on PC next Tuesday 16th June.
Episodic series for PC, WiiWare.
LucasArts has revealed a brand new episode Monkey Island series for PC and WiiWare, plus a "completely re-imagined" version of The Secret of Monkey Island for Xbox Live Arcade and PC - as the German ratings board USK predicted.