Tales of Monkey Island Trailer: Do the Voodoo Brew

Telltale Games has brewed up lashings of piratical gameplay footage from Tales of Monkey Island, its episodic continuation of the classic LucasArts adventure series. The first of Tales of Monkey I

Telltale Games has brewed up lashings of piratical gameplay footage from Tales of Monkey Island, its episodic continuation of the classic LucasArts adventure series.

The first of Tales of Monkey Island's five monthly episodes arrives July 7 on PC, with a WiiWare release coming later and an Xbox Live Arcade version not out of the question. Telltale has also expressed interest in reviving other vintage LucasArts adventure titles.

The jolly pirate fun will continue later this summer with The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, a re-drawn, re-scored revamp of the first game by LucasArts itself.

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    July 1, 2009 7:04 AM

    Not yet sold. It doesn't look as good as the originals at all.

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      July 1, 2009 7:08 AM

      razlebol, I agree!

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      July 1, 2009 7:41 AM

      It's got the familiar, bland Telltale look.

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        July 1, 2009 7:56 AM

        I agree. The graphic style is exactly the same as Telltale's Sam and Max, yet back in the LucasArts era Sam and Max were cartoony yet distinctly different from one another.

        Elaine doesn't look right at all, Guybrush looks like a bit more of a douche than in previous games (as in TOO much of a douche, now), and Le Chuck is comprised of 20 polygons.

        Also, the lip syncing is incredibly bad... they just HAVE to do better, but I guess that's the price you pay for episodic gaming. Here's an idea: Don't do games like this episodically (if you cant do them right).

        Telltale try very hard, and for the most part succeed in giving gamers what they want. Doesn't mean it's that good though. Disappointing, and certainly not a sale unless I hear that the game itself is remarkably good.

        Last thought, having played the demo of all of their stuff (but never the full games), would I be wrong in guessing that Wallace and Gromit was (aside from the pathetic Wallace voice double) the best of Telltale's efforts thus far? It feels like the shackles of anticipation and emulating Legendary LucasArts is sabotaging their ability to deliver satisfying episodic point-n-click. I think if they went away and came back with their own entirely new game it would be a hit (assuming they took a bit more care with it than they do these).

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      July 1, 2009 7:50 AM

      If it's on par with the Sam & Max episodes, which weren't necessarily close to the quality of the original, yet still very good, I'll be happy.

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        July 1, 2009 8:01 AM

        Same. You can't expect any Monkey Island game to be as good as the original two, or even three.

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        July 1, 2009 8:22 AM

        Sam and Max from Telltale looked much better than this.

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      July 1, 2009 8:02 AM

      Eh, yeah, it's generic Telltale engine, you can tell, but I found enough amusement from Sam & Max to consider picking these up, depending on price. Besides, they *did* consult Ron Gilbert for a bit on this, so I expect some pretty nice jokes.

      Basically, I rate my one-shot episode adventure games like this: Did I laugh a lot? Did it last longer than a movie at the theater which costs ten bucks? It was probably worth the price then.

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      July 1, 2009 8:39 AM

      As long as the visuals don't interfere and in fact help with solving puzzles (as much the first three games did), I could care less if things look off.

      Based on TTG's past games, I'm not too worried about the interference aspect.

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      July 1, 2009 8:48 AM

      They should have stuck with 2d. it looks like ass.

      The jokes weren't funny either :(

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        July 1, 2009 10:21 AM

        The jokes were the worst part of that video. The delivery just didn't work and whoever voiced Guybrush just doesn't cut it.

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          July 1, 2009 10:26 AM

          It's the same voice actor they used in the past two MI games, and in the MI Special Edition coming out soon

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            July 1, 2009 6:15 PM

            oh snap

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              July 2, 2009 8:56 AM

              I thought the universal opinion of the last two monkey islands was that they sucked. It was the first two that everyone loved. So take back that snap.

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      July 1, 2009 9:25 AM

      At least this new Guybrush doesn't look like a douche and still retains his dorkiness, unlike that make over from LArts.

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      July 1, 2009 10:13 AM

      Those are really reasonable expectations!

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        July 1, 2009 12:01 PM

        yeah i wish it was all 2d and pixelated, fuck

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      July 1, 2009 6:50 PM

      The comedy is sort of good, but I'm on the fence...it's kinda meh.

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