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Thank you TellTale for bringing back Monkey Island!

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I know I'm quite late with this, but I've only just finished playing ToMI. Just wanted to say thanks, as I've played all the Monkey Island games through the years, but this is the one I have enjoyed most - especially the last two chapters which were absolutely brilliant. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you'll do a second season ... Really looking forward to your remake of LeChuck's Revenge too.

Best wishes,
Sally

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  • @Sally said: I know I'm quite late with this, but I've only just finished playing ToMI. Just wanted to say thanks, as I've played all the Monkey Island games through the years, but this is the one I have enjoyed most - especially the last two chapters which were absolutely brilliant. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you'll do a second season ... Really looking forward to your remake of LeChuck's Revenge too.

    Best wishes,
    Sally



    Telltale isn't in charge of the Monkey Island remakes. That's Lucasarts. Telltale is better at coming up with fresh, original wit, whereas all Lucasarts can do is use all of it's money from star wars to make an old game look slightly prettier.

    If you like Tales of Monkey Island, try Sam and Max season 1, 2 or 3. They're WAAAAY better than the old Hit the Road game, and I personally think that they're funnier than TOMI.

    I liked episode 4 too. It was fantastic, easily the best Monkey Island game ever.

  • @Fury said: If you like Tales of Monkey Island, try Sam and Max season 1, 2 or 3. They're WAAAAY better than the old Hit the Road game, and I personally think that they're funnier than TOMI.


    I'd say Season Two is better than Hit the Road. Season One, especially the first half of it, definitely shows the series' growing pains. And even then, I wouldn't stress that Season Two is THAT far greater than Hit the Road.

  • You missed all the good times on the boards here during ToMI release.....

  • Thanks for the replies. I thought TellTale were strongly involved in the Monkey Island/LeChuck's Revenge remakes though, I thought I'd read that somewhere, or am I wrong? Also read that TellTale will be selling it soon on their website.

    I've just started playing Sam and Max Season 1 - really liking it so far. Will have a go at Season 2 after that - so far I'm enjoying season 1 as much as Hit the Road. It's amazing how far the graphics have come on since Hit the Road times - from memory I thought the graphics in that were pretty good - but I saw a clip on Youtube of it the other day, and it looks so dated now.

    Sally

  • @Irishmile said: You missed all the good times on the boards here during ToMI release.....



    Well no, not entirely - I've just been slow to finish the game, and haven't posted on the board until now :)

  • I think the confusion might come from the fact that TOMI and the first Monkey Island special edition were announced at the same time, so it might have sounded like all the news was coming from the same company! The special edition games are definitely made by LucasArts though.

    But it's true that the SOMI special edition will be available through Telltale's store. So they are a bit involved!

    Good to hear you enjoyed Tales so much, and that you are loving Sam and Max so far! True, the graphics from the old games are quite dated now, though they were pretty incredible for their time. (I must admit I still like all those old pixelly games today, nowadays I consider them nostalgic!)

  • @Sally said: Well no, not entirely - I've just been slow to finish the game, and haven't posted on the board until now :)



    Well you are in time for all the fun we will have talking about Sam & Max: the Devils Playhouse

  • Yes, looking forward to the new Sam and Max game! Will keep reading the forums, but I'm going to finish the first Sam and Max game before I play it.

    Ah, so Lucasarts are doing Monkey Island games independently of TellTale, I got a bit confused there sorry :-) Great that there's such a revival of adventure games going on.

    Sally

  • Monkey Island was invented by Ron Gilbert. At Lucasarts, he led the creation of the Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge. Ron moved on and LucasArts went ahead with creating the Curse of Monkey Island without Ron's involvement. Ultimately, it was an excellent game in my opinion (even Ron said it was pretty good), but now there is this question of what would Ron Gilbert's Monkey Island 3 game have looked like?

    The last Monkey Island game from LucasArts was Escape from Monkey Island. Players have a love-hate relationship with this game. Some people pretend the game doesn't exist. It used a new control scheme designed for the console (Playstation 2). The graphics were developed in stylized 3D. Some of the storylines and character appearances have received widespread criticism for being shallow and gratuitous. Also, the "centerpiece" puzzle to the game, Monkey Combat, has been widely derided as tedious and unnecessary. That said, many players consider EMI a worthy successor within the series and don't have such harsh feelings towards it.

    Then there was silence for several years and doubts that there would ever be another Monkey Island game after EMI.

    Then out of the blue, two announcements happened nearly simultaneously:

    [LIST]
    [*]A special edition of the original Secret of Monkey Island was announced from LucasArts
    [*]a 5 episode series Tales of Monkey Island was announced by Telltale Games
    [/LIST]

    The graphics in Monkey Island 1 were upgraded to High Definition (1920 x 1080), full voices and music were added. Some complained about the graphics (specifically Guybrush's appearance, and there were some complaints about the uneven quality of the backgrounds) and music (Michael Land has created the music for every Monkey Island game so far, but it was another person at LucasArts who remixed the music for the Monkey Island 1: Special Edition). I personally had few complaints about the Monkey Island SE graphics or music and I played it through both on my iPhone and PC.

    Telltale Games consists of several developers, story designers, and animators who left LucasArts. After cutting their teeth on Sam & Max, Homestarrunner, and Wallace & Gromit games, it was only a matter of time before they would return to their roots and produce a LucasArts-era title. Fortunately for all of us, Tales of Monkey Island did have some involvement from Ron Gilbert, the full voice cast eventually returned from Curse of Monkey Island (Earl Boen, voice of LeChuck didn't sign on until after Tales episode 1 was completed with another actor), and of course Michael Land produced the music.

    Any complaints about the pacing and depth of Tales of Monkey Island episodes 1 and 2 soon faded with the tremendous episodes 4 and 5 which were just as powerful (in my opinion) as the previous Monkey Island games.


    So now we have the announcement that LucasArts are producing a Special Edition of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge. This is an ambitious project, as Monkey Island 2 is approximately 4 times the size of the original Monkey Island in artwork and dialogue. So far, there have been concerns and negative comments about some of the upgraded graphics. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

    I think a lot of us are crossing our fingers that either Ron Gilbert will be able to put together a full Monkey Island game to address the cliffhanger at the end of Monkey Island 2, or whether we'll see another Tales of Monkey Island series from Telltale Games. Either way, it's an exciting time to be a Monkey Island fan!

  • Yes, and there's already been discussion in this forum about how LucasArts didn't finish the artwork on SMI:SE (Melee forest and Stan's sign are prime examples.)

    I would hope that they actually finish the job on MI2:SE, although the picky people around here (including myself) can already find old pixels from the original game in screenshots of the SE version of MI2. We'll just have to see.

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