September 29th, 2010 by | 23 comments

Think you’re creative? Think you’ve got writing talent? Well, so do we! That is why we’re bringing you this little contest.

The rules are simple: you get a comic strip with three panels, the last panel is missing it’s punchline, fill it in with your best ideas! Our team will select a winner each week in two weeks, on Tuesday, and post the next strip on Wednesday. The comic’s story will depend on the winning punchline every time, so you guys are actually writing it.

Let’s give it a shot, shall we?  This week’s comic!

Write your suggestions for the punchline (as many as you want) in the comment section below. Good luck!

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Weekly Wiki: Jambalaya Island

September 28th, 2010 by | No comments

Hey kids, wanna go to an exotic place with plenty of tourists that ruin the mood? Then let’s head on to Jambalaya Island!

Jambalaya Island is the second new island introduced in Escape from Monkey Island. It is where Guybrush Threepwood begins to search for the pieces of the Ultimate Insult. The island, once a genuine piratey island, has been overrun by tourists thanks to the handiwork of Ozzie Mandrill. All real pirates have been driven off to the nearby Knuttin Atoll, where they are kept prisoner by the paranoid Admiral Ricardo Casaba. With the island empty, Ozzie then reshaped it into a pirate-themed resort island, complete with its own currency, Jambalaya Bucks. The island is also home to a diving competition where Marco de Pollo is the grand champion. In the town centre a major tourist attraction is the statue of Tiny LaFeet.

Here you can spend time (and money) at Planet Threepwood (restaurant), StarBuccaneers (coffee shop), Micro-Groggery (bar) and Stan’s Timeshare Emporium!

Have fun and take plenty of pictures!

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Polly: Which MI2 island would you live on?

September 27th, 2010 by | 7 comments

51% would prefer to do time in the jail on Phatt Island. I personally would prefer the one on Flotsam Island. Sure, it might get cold and windy, but at least I’d have something to look at. I think I would be bored to Murray if I had to spend years in the Phatt Island jail 🙂 This week we look only at the islands featured in Monkey Island 2. (Where the population is higher than 1.) Where would you choose to settle down? A cousy and dark island with an interesting town such as Scabb, a festive location with a costume shop like Booty, or a relaxed place with a library such as Phatt ?

Polly: Which MI2 island would you live on?

  • Scabb Island (28%, 21 Votes)
  • Booty Island (53%, 40 Votes)
  • Phatt Island (20%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 76

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Something of the Thread: Play or movie?

September 26th, 2010 by | No comments

Remember the Monkey Island play? Of course you do. Well, now Chris Heady, the man behind it, has returned. Not content with just one adaptation of the Monkey Island games, he wants to make another… but of what kind? That’s where you come in. You can use the YouTube video below to vote for your choice: should there be another fan-made Monkey Island play, or would you prefer seeing our favourite game series adapted into a movie?

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Horizons: Cutthroat Island

September 25th, 2010 by | 6 comments

Cutthroat Island is a pirate movie and like most other pirate movies before Pirates of the Caribbean it isn’t very good. Why talk about it then? Because it’s still entertaining, just not in a buy-it-on-blu-ray kind of way. The movie stars Geena Davies as a swashbuckling pirate on a quest to discover three pieces of a treasure map that will reveal the location of a mighty treasure on Cutthroat Island. Unfortunatly, the last piece is held by her uncle and they’re not exactly on the best of terms and they’re both in pursuit of the treasure. Oh, and he also killed her father.

The dialog is mostly awful, the story is boring, and the acting is often horrendous, but the movie features some splendid action sequences, grand ship battles and great music.

Cutthroat Island was directed by Renny Harlin, who was Geena Davies’ husband at the time, and it was meant as a vehicle for Davies’ career, but unfortunately it seems to have had the opposite effect. Geena Davies hasn’t stared in much since then which is a shame, she proved her ability to act in iconic movies such as The Fly, Bettlejuice, and Thelma & Louise.

The pirate movie cost $115 million to make and the U.S. gross was around $10 million. It was a contributing factor to the demise of the film’s production company, Carolco Pictures, and of Davis as a bankable star.

All that aside, it’s still an enjoyable movie it you catch in on TV one night. Just ignore the fact that all the pirates have pearly-white teeth.

Posted in Horizons

Season 1 Finale

September 25th, 2010 by | 21 comments

Yup, here it is, the last episode of season 1. Don’t expect anything spectacular… it’s just good ol’ Kauff answering questions and sharing some news regarding the future. Enjoy!

Oh and, by the way, subtitles are so… 3 columns ago! The latest fashion is turning up the volume to hear the words better. (>.> I ran out of time, okay? Shut up and watch)

Posted in Ask a Monkeyologist

Weekly Wiki: El Pollo Diablo

September 21st, 2010 by | 2 comments

Hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband cuz it’s El Pollo Diablo and he’s eating errbody out there! El Pollo Diablo, also known as the Giant Demon Chicken or The Devil Chicken, is a mythical creature living on Plunder Island. Although no one has ever seen him, the notion of him has the citizens of Plunder Island scared. Especially Captain Blonderbeard who believes that El Pollo Diablo is responsible for releasing his chickens from their coops, hurting his business.

Tall as a man and twice as powerful, his massive drumsticks propel him through the dark jungle with ease. On the eve of the full moon, his blood-curdling squawk can be heard from every corner of Plunder Island. It is believed that one day, he will roam the island, exacting terrible vengeance on those who would capture and eat his smaller brethren.

Guybrush is tarred and feathered at one point in the game and you can go around the city and scare everyone as El Pollo Diablo. Try it the next time you play The Curse of Monkey Island 🙂

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Polly: Which jail is your choice?

September 20th, 2010 by | 10 comments

42% prefer Stan as a seller of used coffins 🙂 This time we ask which prison you would prefer to do time in if you did something naughty. A fire illuminated cell on Mêlée Island, an indoor cage on sunny Phatt Island, a lonely oubliette on Lucre Island, or a public room, in which you can be ridiculed by passing pedestrians, on Flotsam Island?

Polly: Which jail is your choice?

  • Mêlée Island jail (20%, 13 Votes)
  • Phatt Island jail (51%, 33 Votes)
  • Lucre Island jail (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Flotsam Island jail (25%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 65

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Something of the Thread: Talk like a Pirate

September 19th, 2010 by | 2 comments

Avast, mateys! Today be Talk like a Pirate Day, which means ye better be hoistin’ yer sails an’ drainin’ yer mugs o’ grog dry! Speakin’ o’ which, ye can now get the greatest pirate game, Tales o’ Monkey Island, fer only 5 dubloons!

But wait! That be not all, for ye can also buy Monkey Island 2 on the Arrrrpple App Store fer the price o’ a can o’ grog. If that does nae satisfy yer hunger fer adventure, get Jolly Rover cheaply, ya cheapskate.

An’ between playin’ these mighty fine games, be sure to set sail to the forums, where ye can palaver with yer fellow sailors about some stinkin’ books, or about those wonderful sea shanties that warm yer pirate heart. And now, let’s have another mug o’ grog, me hearties! Drink up, yo ho!

Posted in Something of the Thread

Horizons: Discworld

September 18th, 2010 by | 1 lonely comment

Today I would like to introduce you – that is, if you haven’t been introduced already – to an amazing series of books that take place in another world: Discworld. Conceived by Terry Pratchett, they are a series of nearly 40 comedy fantasy books, which are very fun to read.

If you don’t like reading though, don’t worry, because some of these books have been adapted into cartoon and live action films. There’s even a CD with music that’s inspired by Discworld. If that still sounds like it’s just not for you, well, have I got a treat up my sleeve…

The Discworld video game. Released in 1995, this graphic adventure in the style of LucasArts adventure games should appeal to Monkey Island fans. It features an all-star voice cast, including Eric Idle, Jon Pertwee, and Tony Robinson, who has also narrated many (abridged) Terry Pratchett books. You may want to consult a walkthrough now and then though, because the puzzles are hard. Still, it’s definitely worth checking out! And if you are done, you could also check out Discworld II and Discworld Noir. If you still don’t feel like reading the books then… well, there’s just no hope for you.

Posted in Horizons