Review: Lair of the Leviathan

September 28th, 2009 by | 25 comments

Monkeys! Fighting! Yeahhh!

Here it is, the third episode of Tales of Monkey Island, the middle of the season and, by far, the greatest episode yet. It is hard to be objective about it when your stomach hurts from all that laughter and you still hum in-game themes as you realise that it is 9 PM and you haven’t eaten anything yet nor visit the bathroom. If one could use these standards to measure the quality of Telltale’s ToMI: Lair of the Leviathan, then the game would probably hit a top score, with a near hospitalisation bonus. Read on to find out if it did, by normal standards.

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New screenshots and an interview

September 26th, 2009 by | 3 comments

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Telltale have just posted 3 new screenshots from the third chapter of Tales of Monkey Island, Lair of the Leviathan. The third one is especially interesting, as it features a familiar talking cranium/mandible combo…

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Also of interest is this long interview, conducted by Adventure Classic Gaming with Sean Vanaman, who is a writer and designer with Telltale. The interview offers some interesting insights into adventure game design, and hints at future Tales of Monkey Island seasons. It’s well worth a read.

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Your questions have been answered & Monkeyologist CONTEST

September 22nd, 2009 by | 26 comments

Contest Tiiiime!!!

Dear Monkey Island Fans,

Doctor Kauff von Diefendorf apologises for the delay, but he wanted to make the waiting worth for you as he managed to bring you your answers and also prepare a special contest! So, without further delay, here are the answers you’ve been waiting for, although take note that some answers didn’t make it into this episode, but trust us when we say that you are actually lucky. Episode three might bring something you didn’t expect…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FFRjAZ8a6w&fmt=18

The CONTEST

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsdsN7uaQqw&fmt=18

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Awesome Monkey Island fans are awesome

September 20th, 2009 by | 5 comments

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Hot on the heels of that piece of genius you can see in the previous newspost comes even more awesomeness, made by the Monkey Island community. First of all, there’s ParTime, who created this neat little thing. No need to go to Twitter anymore, because Guybrush will read Ron Gilbert’s tweets for you. And Ron Gilbert’s tweets are pretty much the only reason to go on Twitter.

And then there’s… there is… this. I cannot describe in words how awesome this is. Monkey Island. In 3D. In beautiful, gorgeous, eye-splattering 3D! If you want to know how Guy.brush the 3D wizard put it together, go here. Then watch the video. Or watch it first. Just watch it.

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New Song for Talk Like A Pirate Day!

September 19th, 2009 by | 4 comments

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The creative minds from the TellTale Games forums have joined forces once more to bring you this nice little Monkey Island tribute, on Talk Like a Pirate Day! What are you waiting for?! Press PLAY!

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UPDATE: If you want the intro animation from “I Wonder What Happens IV”, go here. We’ll upload the song too soon enough…

UPDATE 2: Here’s the song in mp3 format! Get it here, matey! Thanks for hosting, Majus.

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Posted in Blog news, Tales of Monkey Island, Telltale Games

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

September 19th, 2009 by | No comments

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Arr matey! ‘Tis be International Talk Like A Pirate Day and Telltale is giving away free booty so now is the time to get your boots to www.playlikeapirate.com for a free copy of chapter 1 of ‘Tales of monkey Island‘. You can also purchase the entire season for just $29.95. Remember, these offers are only valid today! If you have already bought the entire season, you can use your code for any free episode of any Telltale game you wish. There is no reason not to click here!

LucasArts is also celebrating this day by making ‘The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition‘ available for half-price on Steam and Direct2Drive. This is indeed a day of pirates!

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Buy a TMI poster signed by Steve Purcell

September 18th, 2009 by | 6 comments

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Have an empty wall? Need something to cover up the bullet holes from last week’s party? Too lazy to paint your living room? Telltale has the solution! Steve Purcell has painted a cover for the forthcoming DVD  release of ‘Tales of Monkey Island’, but you can also buy a 21.75″ x 16″ poster of it and for a few extra pieces o´eight you can even get Steve Purcell to hand-sign it!

Poor Steve, I hope his hand doesn’t cramp up. Head over to the TTG store and purchase the regular poster for $14.95 or the signed one for $19.95. Shipping fees may apply and a note from Jake at TTG says “The poster is currently listed as “backordered,” because it has not yet arrived at the warehouse to ship out. It should start shipping next week. The signed posters will take another week or so longer, as Steve is still signing them.”

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First Chapter of ToMI – FREE for a whole day!

September 18th, 2009 by | 2 comments

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Those good guys at TellTale have done it again! Starting at midnight GMT on Saturday, September 19th (That’s 4pm on Friday, Pacific Time), you can get “Launch of the Screaming Narwhal”, the first chapter of Tales of Monkey Island, for FREE, as everybody celebrates International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Be sure to grab your Monkey Island game in time because the deal only lasts for 24 hours! During this time, you’ll also be able to get the full Monkey Island season for $29.95.

The generosity doesn’t stop here, as you can get The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition at half-price on Steam and Direct2Drive this weekend. Looks like everybody wants to spread the pirate-mania around the world. Have you started feeling more piratey all of a sudden?

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Hopes and Rumors for Chapter III

September 17th, 2009 by | 7 comments

What will happen? Hmmm...

“Lair of the Leviathan” is on it’s way and the fans are getting excited, sharing and discussing various theories regarding the latest of TellTale Games’ episodes. As certain as a ship with monkeys, Majus & Co. launched the third flashfilm from the “I wonder what happens…” series.

Featuring a new voice actress, Ines, animations by Majus, beautiful backgrounds by Martin, Suro‘s performance as Mr. Winslow and the result of three looong and rough recording sessions for my throat, this new clip is considered by many to be the best one yet but don’t take their word for granted, share your opinion about it and tell us what YOU think!

On the other hand, we have the release date for the third chapter of “Tales of Monkey Island”. The episode will be released on September 29th.

If my colleagues don’t mind, I wish to add that I am working on a surprise for Talk like a Pirate Day (September 19th), and it will be posted here first, on talesofmi.net, just for you, our beloved fans. Yarrr!

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Posted in Monkey Island community, Tales of Monkey Island

History with Haggis: Mermaids

September 14th, 2009 by | 9 comments

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As you may know, mermaids were deemed too fantastical to even appear in the credits of The Curse of Monkey Island. And yet, here we are with Tales of Monkey Island, where the second chapter is simply teeming with mermaid-like creatures. Bah, they don’t belong in pirate mythology at all!

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