Tales of Monkey Island Premiere Episode Now Available

Swashbuckling saga over five months begins now at www.telltalegames.com

SAN RAFAEL, CA, July 7, 2009 – Arrrrr! Polish
up your swashbuckles and grab your sword, because legendary pirate Guybrush
Threepwood sets sail today on the first all-new Monkey Island® adventure
in over a decade. Telltale’s highly anticipated game series, Tales of
Monkey Island
, begins now at www.telltalegames.com
for PC with “Launch of the Screaming Narwhal,” the first chapter in
an epic five-month adventure created by the same team responsible for acclaimed
episodic series’ including Sam & Max, Wallace &
Gromit’s Grand Adventures
and Strong Bad’s Cool Game for
Attractive People.
  The first Tales of Monkey Island chapter is
expected to release for WiiWare™  in the coming weeks as well.

The saga begins with a heated battle involving the brave but
often bumbling Mighty Pirate™ Guybrush, his beloved wife Elaine, and
their nemesis, the demon pirate LeChuck. When the showdown goes up in flames,
Guybrush finds himself marooned on a strange island with winds that always blow
inward. How will our hero manage to escape this meteorological anomaly? What
has become of LeChuck and Elaine? And what’s the story with the
infectious voodoo pox that’s spreading across the Caribbean, causing
Guybrush and other pirates to act like unruly hooligans? These are just some of
the many questions posed in this first chapter of what will become one of the
most rollicking and rip-roaring entertainment experiences of the summer.

Dave Grossman, Telltale’s design director and a
designer/writer for the original Monkey Island games says “I was
laughing my eyepatch off on a daily basis while we were first cooking up Monkey
Island
at Skywalker Ranch, but if you’d told me then that it would
become a classic, and that twenty years later I’d be working with a
killer all-star piratey crew to spin an epic new tale and bring the series to a
whole new generation of players, I would have said… well, probably,
‘Look behind you, a three-headed monkey,’ but then I’ve
always been a bit weird that way.”

Tales of Monkey Island will unfold over the next five
months, with each episodic chapter raising the stakes on Guybrush’s quest
to eradicate the insidious Pox of LeChuck, reunite with his wife, and vanquish
his rival. Much like the best television and films series, the story becomes
deeper and more engrossing with interweaving threads building to twists and
surprises in the grand finale this fall. 

Customers who order from Telltale’s online store during
the first week of availability can choose any other Telltale episode of their
choice to include free with their purchase.  Visit www.telltalegames.com/monkeyisland
to get into the adventure now.  Additional Tales of Monkey Island
details, gameplay trailers, and a playable demo are also available at the site.

About Telltale, Inc.

Telltale is the first and only company to release
interactive episodic content on a monthly schedule. Their landmark Sam &
Max series, based on the independent comics by Steve Purcell, paved the way for
episodic gaming with two award-winning seasons on PC, Wii, and Xbox LIVE®
Arcade. Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, based on the
Homestarrunner.com web cartoons, soon followed as the first episodic series for
WiiWare™. Telltale's Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures is now
releasing monthly on PC, as well as on Xbox LIVE Arcade.


Telltale's other games include two installments in Ubisoft's CSI series, based
on the most popular television franchise in the United States, and two games
based on the best-selling Bone comics by Jeff Smith. Telltale's games have won
numerous awards, including Adventure Game of the Year accolades from
publications such as IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpy, and Adventure Gamers, and have
been recognized by mainstream outlets ranging from The New York Times to
Variety. USA Today ranked Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures among five
downloadable games to watch for in 2009.


Telltale currently develops and publishes episodic series on PC, Wii, and Xbox
360, with plans to expand to additional platforms and channels in the coming
year. For more information, visit http://www.telltalegames.com.

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