Polly: Category links

January 31st, 2011 by | No comments

88% bought both special editions and 11% didn’t buy any of them. Where did the last percent go? Well, 1% only bought the special edition of MI1.

We are trying to tune and optimize some things here on the blog and we were wondering if anyone actually uses the category links. They are in the right column in case you’ve never seen them 🙂 So, that’s basically the question this week!

Do you use the category links?

  • Yes, often (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Once in a while (44%, 18 Votes)
  • No, don't use them (46%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

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Something of the Thread: Giant monkey robots and songs, oh my!

January 30th, 2011 by | No comments

This week was a little more active, but I know you guys still can do better, so keep those threads coming. First up is a question by HaydenWCE, who wants to know whether you’re in love with the Giant Monkey Robot, you utterly despise it, or something in between. Also, new member seankool has come all the way from China to let us hear his song, which was inspired by Monkey Island. Give it a listen while you think of more stuff to talk about on the forums!

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Horizons: Kings Quest I, II, and III remakes

January 29th, 2011 by | 6 comments

Recently, I stumbled upon interesting remakes of the first two Kings Quest games. If you don’t know, Kings Quest I: Quest for the Crown comes from Sierra and was the first ever animated graphical adventure and quite revolutionary at the time. It was released in 1984.

In 2001 AGDInteractive Studio released a remake of the game with improved graphics, improved controls, and voices in addition to other improvements.  One lovely addition is the ‘no dead ends’ mode (optional) which supposedly removes those incidents where you didn’t click something at the beginning of the game and get stuck in the end of the game because you didn’t click that thing and you can start all over. (Cat in Kings Quest V anyone?) You can still die at random without warning though, so save often!

The graphics are nice and they’re kept in the same style as the original. The game is a bit harder than adventure games today because there’s nothing to indicate when you mouse over something important or that something can be interacted with. It makes the game more time consuming, but at the same time it’s a nice change from adventure games today that are filled with hints and light up like a Christmas tree whenever something important in on the screen.

There is also a remake of Kings Quest II: Romancing the Stone although that is listed as a creative retelling of the original game and not a straight remake.  A remake of Kings Quest III is scheduled for release sometime in February.

The games are all free to download and runs perfectly on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. There is also a Mac version available. So there’s no excuse to not try these games if you haven’t played Kings Quest before and are aching for an adventure game and a challenge.

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Weekly Wiki: Banana Picker

January 25th, 2011 by | 3 comments

Ah, the banana picker. It’s one of those things from The Secret of Monkey Island I remember as being pure genius. The big hands had me laughing out loud. Guybrush trades it to Herman Toothrot for the key to the Giant Monkey Head. It makes another appearance in Escape from Monkey Island. I imagine a real banana picker would make millions of dollars, so what are you waiting for? Invent a banana picker!

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Polly: Do you feel special?

January 24th, 2011 by | 3 comments

27% have played MI1 7-10 times, but a whopping 20% claims to have played it more than 20 times. This week we’re going for a simple question as we ask if you bought any of the special editions. The result may be a bit predictable considering this is a Monkey Island fan blog an all, but let’s try anyway 🙂

Polly: Did you buy the special editions?

  • Yes, I bought both (88%, 61 Votes)
  • Only the special edition of MI1 (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Only the special edition of MI2 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • No, I didn't buy any of them (10%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 69

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Something of the Thread: Tattoos

January 23rd, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

The only new thread this week is this one about yet another fan getting a Monkey Island tattoo. So, I decided to search the forums for more posts like that. After all, nothing screams dedication like putting a picture on your skin that will stay there right until that moment the nurse washes your 90-year-old body in the geriatric hospital (you’ve been warned). Without further ado, I present you with the list of tattooed Monkey Island fans, and I hope you guys will be a bit more productive next week when it comes to forum threads!

Update: If you want one of your own, maybe these designs for the Dial-A-Pirate copy protection wheel by Steve Purcell will help.

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Horizons: Agatha Christie

January 22nd, 2011 by | 2 comments

I’m sure you Monkey Island fans enjoy a good puzzle, and I guess most of you probably like reading as well, so why not combine the two by reading a good murder mystery? And if you think of murder mysteries, there’s one name that stands out: Agatha Christie (well, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well, but this Horizons isn’t about him). If you’re looking for that authentic Monkey Island feel, you might want to read Evil Under the Sun, a Poirot novel which takes place on an island, and got a decent adventure game adaptation. Or if you’re more of a Miss Marple person, you could go for A Caribbean Mystery. And if you don’t like reading at all, there have been plenty of adaptations of the First Lady of Crime’s works.

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Weekly Wiki: The Mad Monkey

January 18th, 2011 by | No comments

The Mad Monkey is a ship that sank before the events of the Monkey Island games, and its only remarkable feature was its figurehead. The Booty Island antique dealer even offered six million pieces of eight for it. He didn’t know where it sank or why, but fortunately the writer of Great Shipwrecks of Our Century did, enabling Guybrush to recover the figurehead in a daring salvage operation.

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Polly: Do you replay MI1?

January 17th, 2011 by | 3 comments

94% confess to have used a walkthrough or hint in completing one or more of the Monkey Island games. 6% claim no cheating. I myself must unfortunately confess that I belong in the 94%.

How many times have you played ‘The Secret of Monkey Island‘? Only once? Twice? Once a year? Every Wednesday? In this poll we make no distinction between the original game and the Special Edition. It’s also okay if you can’t remember the exact number, just estimate 🙂 Feel free to elaborate in the comments!

How many times have you played MI1?

  • 1 time (5%, 4 Votes)
  • 2-3 times (23%, 18 Votes)
  • 4-6 times (19%, 15 Votes)
  • 7-10 times (27%, 21 Votes)
  • 11-20 (6%, 5 Votes)
  • 20+ times (18%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 77

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Something of the Thread: Battle of the Covers

January 16th, 2011 by | No comments

With the revelation of the cover of the Tales of Monkey Island retail version, HaydenWCE asks the all-important question: which cover is better? The new one, by Ryan Jones, or the old one, by Steve Purcell? Cast your vote here! And in other news, there’s a new radio drama in development based on The Secret of Monkey Island. If you would like to participate by lending your voice, let TheGreatBooster know.

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