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New Monkey Island?

New Monkey Island?

Steve Purcell has leaked concept art for what could be The Secret of Monkey Island 5.

It's just a mixture of rumours at the moment, but it hasn't stopped a number of staff members from squealing with joy repeatedly.

The rumour first surfaced last week that Lucasarts may be reviving The Secret of Monkey Island series for a fifth game when the Rumour Reporter website gave the following statement regarding a sequel to what was arguably the most iconic and brilliant adventure game ever;

"The fifth Monkey Island is coming. I know some of the guys who worked on the music compositions for the original PC classics, and they say that it is currently being planned amidst rumors. However, LucasArts has so many things on its belt right now, including a Wii title that has yet to be named."

The news wasn't all good though, with the website stating that the future for the equally brilliant Grim Fandango was dubious and that the new adventures of Guybrush Threepwood might not surface until "2008 at the earliest".

And that seemed to be it, nothing more than a rumour, until a few days ago when The World Of Monkey Island, a fansite for the series, was contacted by Steve Purcell. Purcell was the creator behind other Lucasarts adventure games such as Sam and Max: Hit The Road and previously worked on some of the art for the original The Secret of Monkey Island. He has leaked three pieces of concept artwork onto the internet which, in his words, are "in no way connected to any existing or cancelled piratey project".

But that pirate sure looks like Lechuck, doesn't it?

That's all the information currently available but, since we (Ed - Read: Joe) are arguably the biggest Monkey Island fans in the world, you can be sure we won't rest until we know more about Guybrush Threepwood and his re-emergence.

Love Monkey Island? Prefer Loom? Fight like a cow? Let us know in the forums but be warned - only pirate talk allowed, yarr!

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ch424 12th June 2007, 11:13 Quote
Yaaaay! I played Monkey Island when I was too young to do with without cheating and also missed quite a lot of the humour, but Grim Fandango was brilliant! There are so many wonderful lines in it...
Jamie 12th June 2007, 11:13 Quote
YES!!!! Bring it on.

More insult sword fighting required.
Bindibadgi 12th June 2007, 11:37 Quote
You know I never played either Monkey Island all the way through, or Grim Fandango at all :( I tried to find GF recently but can't anywhere :(
DougEdey 12th June 2007, 11:48 Quote
Is Joe on the rooftops with a great big grin on his face singing?
E-Jungle 12th June 2007, 12:14 Quote
This is great news!!!! I love monkey island...
mikeuk2004 12th June 2007, 12:15 Quote
Oh I loved Monkey Island on the Amiga.

I remember there copy protection gizmo which was one of those discs that you had to line up the pictures for the serial code. silly Idea as I pulled the top part of the disc off the bottom and photo copied them both and stuck it bag together and gave back to my friend after copying the floppys. Good Idea but when photocopiers are available it just doeant work.

But I loved the original Monley Island and I did buy the second. I dont remember completing them as it got too hard and guides were not so easy to come by with no internet. I dont remember completing any games in those days as a Kid.

Good Memories on roll on a decent sequal.
whisperwolf 12th June 2007, 12:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
You know I never played either Monkey Island all the way through, or Grim Fandango at all :( I tried to find GF recently but can't anywhere :(

how hard did you lookamazon.co.uk have it with 1-3 weeks delivery time at £12.98
[USRF]Obiwan 12th June 2007, 12:32 Quote
Hahahaahah the dead birth on the hat. Briliant!

Loved monkey island and also the 'tentakels' ;)

Man those where the days... "put key in keyhole" There is a hole.... and a rabbit... They fit together but no key will fit between them.
riggs 12th June 2007, 12:32 Quote
I managed to miss the Monkey Island series...the first LucasArts adventure game I played was Maniac Mansion (the NES version), and years later played DOTT and S&M. Never owned an Amiga though, which is probably why I missed out.

Need to download SCUMMvmDS and obtain copies of the MI games...see what all the fuss was/is about!
yakyb 12th June 2007, 12:44 Quote
i really hope they do this right and dont Magna cum lauda it
kenco_uk 12th June 2007, 12:51 Quote
Yarr, more swashbuckling escapades. I'm so excited my eyepatch is a flappin'.
Jamie 12th June 2007, 13:03 Quote
Anyone wanna celebrate with a nice pot of Grog?
hughwi 12th June 2007, 13:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
Anyone wanna celebrate with a nice pot of Grog?

I hope you have got super strong mugs!
Bindibadgi 12th June 2007, 13:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by whisperwolf
how hard did you lookamazon.co.uk have it with 1-3 weeks delivery time at £12.98

£13?? Get the **** out! I'm talking £3.50 in GAME bargain bin here. ;) :)
DXR_13KE 12th June 2007, 13:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
Anyone wanna celebrate with a nice pot of Grog?

did anyone say grog? I AM IN!!!!!!!!! if only they still made it here..... :(
i am itching to play that game..... :D
ElThomsono 12th June 2007, 13:54 Quote
Awesome!
Brooxy 12th June 2007, 14:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
More insult sword fighting required.

Definatly! And by the way....you fight like a dairy farmer
CardJoe 12th June 2007, 15:11 Quote
How appropriate, you fight like a cow. :D

When I heard this news I almost leapt out of my seat with joy! It even tops the news I had yesterday which made me practically soil myself with excitement (see blog).

This better not get cancelled though and it better be better than the last game, which was pretty damn awful. Monkey 3 was the last good game, but Monkey 2 is always the best.

I remember there were plans for an animated movie a few years ago and it looks really cool, drawn in the style of Monkey Island 3. Unfortunately it got cancelled, mainly because of Pirates of The Carribean swamping the market piratewise with a similar theme (and some identical, copied jokes).
Brooxy 12th June 2007, 15:12 Quote
Monkey 3 may have been the last decent one, but wasn't it only 1 & 2 that were done by the original writers?
CardJoe 12th June 2007, 15:15 Quote
Yeah, only the first two were done by Ron Gilbert and only he knows the secret of monkey island. Curse of monkey island was a good attempt to pick up from the bizzare ending of 2, but originally it was supposed to be a lot more weird. Rumours are it was kind of fourth wall breaking, with guybrush as child dreaming it all and coming back as an adult to get back into the monkey island world or something.

As opposed to the (lame) secret revealed in Monkey Island 4, which has the secret unveiled as being a giant monkey robot underneath the island powered by Monkey Kombat. Sounds cool, but is unfortunately ****.
Brooxy 12th June 2007, 15:32 Quote
One thing though joe...i'd have to disagree with you. the original was the best, with the second only being close behind.
ElThomsono 12th June 2007, 15:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Brooxy
One thing though joe...i'd have to disagree with you. the original was the best, with the second only being close behind.

The second had more gameplay, and harder puzzles, but the first was funnier. It's too close to call really.
CardJoe 12th June 2007, 16:13 Quote
Its a matter of opinion really, and I agree its very close, but I prefer the second one on the basis that the art style was more varied, the music more exciting and I love guybrushes new coat.
Tyinsar 12th June 2007, 20:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
... I tried to find GF recently but can't anywhere :(
Really, your GF is missing? Maybe she left you. Someone put out an APB :p

/me, runs & hides

Seriously though: a new MI game would be great

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Look behind you - a three-headed Bindi
David_Fitzy 12th June 2007, 22:01 Quote
w00t
I seriously hope that they don't f-up this one like MI4 I hated the controls and the 3D looked awful. I suspect they'll use the engine as Sam n Max, which is a shame because I loved the MI3 look and design.

AND NO DUMB MONKEY COMBAT!! one mistake and you couldn't recover :(
GoodBytes 12th June 2007, 23:47 Quote
I think the fun part of the game was the click and move, type of interface. Really allows you to discover. I hope that on the new version you won't use the keyboard/mouse to move and discover.
CardJoe 13th June 2007, 08:54 Quote
It should be a small, digitally released 2D game to test the water IMO, then possibly move to an improved GRIME engine
Brooxy 13th June 2007, 10:01 Quote
Or it could just use the monkey 2 / 3 engine as it is. Hell it could use monkey 1, and i'd still go out and buy it.

Anyone know where to get hold of 1 & 2? The floppy discs for each one kinda died on me a while back, and i'm needin some monkey loving
CardJoe 13th June 2007, 11:03 Quote
Monkey Island 1 and 2 both use the same SCUMM engine, same as Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max etc. Monkey Island 3 uses an updated version of it.

As for where to get them, you *can* get them abandonware on some sites, though I really couldn't condone such a thing professionally.

Other than that, they pop up in bargain bins occassionally and are common on ebay for under a fiver. I have both on CD at home, but you can easily put them onto a USB key, so it's probably easiest to ask around your mates and see if they can lend you one.
Blademrk 13th June 2007, 13:15 Quote
"Look behind you a three headed monkey!!!"

"How about some lemonade? we have a bottom-less mug policy."

classics all of them. :D

My brother lent his copy of MI 1 & 2 to a mate a few years ago and hasn't seen it since, grrr (also just started replaying Curse of MI again)
mikeuk2004 14th June 2007, 12:24 Quote
Love the Grog spitting contest. How far can you launch your flem.
CardJoe 14th June 2007, 12:35 Quote
Ten points for whoever can recite the ingredients of Grog...
kenco_uk 14th June 2007, 12:49 Quote
Was that one of the three challenges for the pirates in the Scumm Bar? I can't remember the ingredients though.. I think it had something to do with the kitchen at the back of the bar.
CardJoe 14th June 2007, 12:53 Quote
It wasn't one of the challenges (Thievery, Bravery and Treasure Huntery) but they do tell you if you ask them.
ElThomsono 14th June 2007, 13:14 Quote
All I can remember off the top of my head is that it contains sulphuric acid, scumm and all sorts of other nastiness. Much like the coctail Eddie Hitler drinks in Hole, ten points from me to anyone who can name its ingredients :D
g3n3tiX 23rd July 2007, 21:47 Quote
Good thing it was installed and running...
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Secret of Monkey Island
"Grog is a secret mixture which contains one or more of the following :
kerosene
propylene glycol
artificial sweetners
sulphuric acid
rum
acetone
red dye no.2
scumm
axle grease
battery acid
and/or pepperoni
As you can imagine, it's one of the most caustic, volatile substance known to man !!"

I love grog and how it eats through me mug. Harr !

The ending of the second one was so cool...
CardJoe 24th July 2007, 08:56 Quote
TEN POINTS FOR YOU MATEY!
ST8 24th July 2007, 09:01 Quote
Yarrr! Awsome news :D
g3n3tiX 24th July 2007, 18:49 Quote
yay ! Thanks CardJoe !

got your advice and won't approach the 4th monkeh.
Grim Fandango is waiting, so is The curse of MI and Simon the Sorcerer...
CardJoe 24th July 2007, 19:36 Quote
Simon the Sorceror is quite good, though not fantastic. A lot of toilet humour.

If you're up for a challenge then grab LOOM by Brian Moriarty. Very interesting game, which is advertised by one of the pirates in the Scumm Bar in Monkey one.

Fantastical story about a magical world where a boy with the power of music is orphaned when his friends all transcend and turn into swans. The interface is built around playing music instead of using buttons. It sounds hard and weird, but is quite easy, short and fun.
Hells_Bliss 24th July 2007, 19:40 Quote
I heard it will be using the Oblivion engine and Radient AI.
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bwaaahahahahahahaha good news though, old skool games rock. I don't really remember playing it, i was only 6-7 when it came out..
kenco_uk 24th July 2007, 22:45 Quote
I remember having the loan of an external floppy drive whilst I played and completed Monkey Island on my A500. Schweet.
Jamie 24th July 2007, 22:49 Quote
Did anyone else enjoy Indiana Jones and the fate of Atlantis?
kenco_uk 24th July 2007, 23:12 Quote
Yep, that was ace, too. I also vaguely remember Future Wars, where you started off outside a building on a window washer platform. I'll have to find that somewhere and have a play through it again one of these days.
CardJoe 25th July 2007, 08:55 Quote
Future Wars isn't one I've ever heard of and which I'll have to look up. Indy games were ones I never really got into - they were good enough, just not to my taste at the time I played them.
g3n3tiX 25th July 2007, 19:32 Quote
Got it...will give Loom a try. I'm onto the curse right now. I dunno why I find it harder. And the interface is Full Throttle like..which is good !
Loom 14th August 2008, 23:33 Quote
I'm Bobbin. Are you my mother?

Har! Har! Har!
Har! Har! Har!
Har! Har! Har!
kenco_uk 14th August 2008, 23:41 Quote
btw, Joe, here's a link for Future Wars
Timmy_the_tortoise 22nd October 2008, 14:43 Quote
Monkey Island with DX10?

Interesting...

Personally, I think the whole series went down a bit after Monkey Island 2, but 3 and 4 were still great. And I'd still love to see a fifth.
Hazardous 23rd October 2008, 18:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi


I tried to find GF recently but can't anywhere :(

It's more expensive than I thought it would be now, but:

Grim Fandango - £9.49 delivered ("In stock")
Grim Fandango - £7.98 + £1.75 P&P ("In stock")
Grim Fandango - from £8.94 (used)
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