Tales of Monkey Island plunders the iPhone!

November 30th, 2011 by | 2 comments

This may be old news for some, but it’s still awesome!

For just $4.99, you can take the first of five episodes of seafaring adventure anywhere you go with the remaining four episodes hitting the App Store soon!

Get Monkey Island Tales – Episode 1 for the iPhone in the iTunes App Store Now!

In case some of you didn’t know. I didn’t  o.O

Okay, back to hiatus.

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Horizons: Filming a Monkey Island Movie

August 14th, 2011 by | No comments

I’m sure many of us thought of bringing Monkey Island to the silver screen… but how far did you went with that idea?

Well, I thought of covering each game so far with a simple list that contains all the vital elements for a successful AMATEUR production. (not including post-production stuff like editing, music etc.). Let’s dive into:

The Secret of Monkey Island – Production Notes

First, the actors… you would need Guybrush, Elaine and Lechuck as the main characters. Three main actors. Choose them wisely.

Then you have all the secondary actors like The Voodoo Lady, Stan, Herman, Meathook, Otis, Carla… they need to support the main cast, so don’t go easy on them. A good actor can supplement a not-so-good effect or background.

Oh and don’t forget the “episodic” actors, like the cannibals, the Pirates from the ScummBar, the Outlook… not to mention all the extras (ghosts, random pirates etc.).

You also will need a trained monkey.

As far as locations go… not everybody lives near a tropical island. You can find dungeon-looking-backgrounds easily (basements or some medieval-themed-restaurants). Hm, but you won’t find ships that easily… so you’ll have to think of some heavy greenscreen stuff.

Therefore… greenscreen! Since you also have battles, sword fighting, maybe adding some extra little scenes of your own.. I’d say a 6×6 meters Greenscreen should be enough. don’t forget the lights (one big for the actor, two small for the greenscreen to separate the foreground from the background).

But you can do a little research on that on your own. Mind you… filming on location is super expensive, but is a lot faster than filming at home and editing like crazy in post-prod.

Costumes! Costumes…costumes… yeah, I strongly recommend hand-made stuff rather than bought off eBay. It’s a lot cheaper. I’m not saying to make them from scratch, but you can grab a normal shirt off second hand shops, and cut it… bend it to your will muahaha! You get the point.

Equipment! Some stuff filmed on location (especially the scene with Otis in the dungeon) will require some heavy lighting. In one of my latest videos I used 3 big lights + a chandelier + some wall lights for a scene… and everybody says it’s too dark O.O  Sooo… imagine that you would need to look at some tutorials on youtube regarding how to light your scene.

Always remember, the camera is NOT your eyes. If your eye can see it, your camera may not… and vice-versa. Oh and…buy a camera too ^.^

Great! now all you need is a nice script adaptation and you’re good to go! Tune in next week where we’ll talk about quadrupling your production cost for Monkey island 2: the Movie 😀

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Risen 2 – New Trailer (with Gameplay footage)

August 11th, 2011 by | No comments

Not much to say, except omg omg I want thiiiiis NAU!! o.O

Enjoy 😀

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You fight like a dairy farmer! – Bonus Commentary With Ron, Tim and Dave!

July 15th, 2011 by | 4 comments

Look what we found on youtube! It’s a nice bonus session of the commentary from Monkey Island 2: Special Edition. If you ever wondered where did the insult above come from, check out

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

I wish we could hear their thoughts on the rest of the Monkey Island games… don’t you?

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Special Edition Collection

July 8th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

CVG announced this and we’re passing on the cool news!

As you no doubt probably guessed, it’s a collection of all the Monkey Island HD Special Editions to date.

That includes Special Editions for The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s revenge. The collection will also feature never-before-seen bonus content from the LucasArts vault.

Included in the bonus content is environment and character concept art, remastered and re-recorded soundtracks for both games, plus storyboards and concept art from an Industrial Light & Magic exploration of a Monkey Island animated movie that was never released.

The Monkey Island Special Edition Collection will release on September 9 for PS3, 360 and PC in Europe.

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iPad gets the rest of the Monkeys!

June 22nd, 2011 by | 2 comments

Worst. Title. Ever. My apologies, I was not very inspired BUT this dude found out that today, at midnight, Telltale Games will launch the remaining episodes of ToMI (2 – 5) on iPad, on the New Zeeland Store!

“The new episodes cost $9.99 each in New Zealand, which means £3.99/$6.99 in the UK and the US, making the cost of the whole five-part series £20.” – quoted from the article

If anybody owns an iPad, let us know how they roll!  Do you still have the choppy-ness problems? How’s the sound? Let us know!

 

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LeChuck action figure!

April 23rd, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

Check. This. Out.

It’s not official, but it looks really cool! The figure is based on MI2 artwork and it even includes a “Stan’s Previously owned vessels” sign and a little Guybrush Voodoo Doll.

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ToMI takes the lead on German Amazon!

March 16th, 2011 by | 9 comments

Tales of Monkey Island, TellTale Games’ best selling game at the time of it’s release, became the top-selling adventure game on amazon.de!

The boxed edition of Tales of Monkey Island has taken Germany by storm, and publisher Lace Mamba Global hopes to repeat the success in the UK. The game has become the top-selling adventure title on Amazon.de for more than eight weeks in a row. It reaches UK shelves on April 8th.

“We think this is a very good indicator for success in the UK,” Lace Mamba Global’s head of marketing Claas Wolter told MCV.

“There is huge demand for a boxed release of Tales of Monkey Island, as proven by the amount of pre-orders and positive feedback. Monkey Island is one of the top adventure game brands in the world.”

A £29.99 Premium SKU and £49.99 Collector’s pack are available to order.

source: mcvuk.com

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Tales of Monkey Island Ep.2-5 on iPad by May

February 20th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

During a recent press event, Telltale Games confirmed plans to wrap up its Tales of Monkey Island series on the iPad. The first episode launched on Apple’s tablet in December, and the series will recommence with Episode 2’s release next month. Telltale’s SVP of marketing Steve Allison was hopeful that all five episodes would be available for iPad players by May, though, he confessed, “It all depends on the Apple process.”

If all goes according to plan, Tales of Monkey Island will be the first episodic Telltale series to be offered in full on an iOS device. “And it won’t be the last,” Allison assured.

source

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Tales of Monkey Island 2 – Not so soon

February 18th, 2011 by | 3 comments

Relax, this is still just speculation… but (and there’s a big BUT here), based on recent announcements, the second season of Tales of Monkey Island may not be just around the corner.

TellTale just announced that they will be working on two new game series. The TellTale staff will make a brand new season based on the comic-book series Fables, and they just signed an exclusive worldwide agreement to develop and publish videogames based on the AMC cable network’s zombie hit “The Walking Dead.”

Moreover, the new Jurassic Park trailer states that, after Back to the Future, the immediate focus will shift towards dinosaurs in April 2011.

So you tell us… when would they have time for a new Monkey Island? TellTale still has three more announcements to make regarding the other 3 secret projects they are working on. What do you think? Will we see Guybrush again or not?

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Posted in Monkey Island community, Tales of Monkey Island, Telltale Games, The games