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Returning to Monkey Island: Noclip’s Documentary

Noclip, a YouTube channel specializing in crowdfunded video game documentaries, recently unveiled a new video titled “Returning to Monkey Island.” This 90-minute documentary offers an insider’s view of the Return to Monkey Island’s revival, exploring its origins, impact, nostalgia, and audience anticipation. Notably, it features interviews with key developers, including Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman. Dive into the magic of Monkey Island through this captivating documentary!

Achievements Guide for Return to Monkey Island

We are excited to announce that we have just published a complete guide on how to obtain all the achievements in Return to Monkey Island. The guide features not only in-depth explanations for each achievement but also video guides that show you how to accomplish them. Check out the guide now and enjoy the ultimate Monkey Island experience!

Fan makes a LEGO set of the Giant Monkey Head

A Monkey Island fan made a proposal on LEGO Ideas, a platform where fans can submit their ideas for new LEGO sets. The proposal in question is for a LEGO set based on the Giant Monkey Head from The Secret of Monkey Island. The set even features a working mechanism: the key (Q-tip) to the Giant Monkey Head can actually fit inside the ear to open the mouth.

 

As of now, the proposal has 649 supporters and needs 10,000 supporters to be reviewed by LEGO experts and possibly become an official LEGO product.

 

It’s great to see fans coming up with creative ideas for new LEGO sets! If you’re interested in supporting this proposal, you can do so by visiting the proposal page and clicking the “Support” button.

Exploring Monkey Island's towns

Discover the captivating towns that breathe life into the world of Monkey Island. Konstantinos's article delves into the Monkey Island settlements, exploring how they drive storytelling and gameplay, spanning across different game editions.

The Secret of Monkey Island starts right outside the town of Mêlée Island, and quickly introduces players to a fantasy world of voodoo, monkeys, pirates, undead, and undead pirates — all clustered in and around Mêlée Town. It’s a fully realised place, given life through the EGA pixel art of Mark Ferrari

It even includes insights from the development teams.

ScummVM is now available on iOS/iPadOS

ScummVM was finally made available on the Apple App Store at the end of last year. Although the app had been available for a few years in the Google Play Store, it had never made it to the App Store. This was most likely due to Apple’s strict policies against emulators. However, ScummVM isn’t an emulator as it replaces the executables shipped with the games.

 

What does this mean for Monkey Island fans? It means that you can now play The Secret of Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, and The Curse of Monkey Island on your iPhone and iPad.

Keep up with Van Helgen in a new browser game!

We have a new game in the Browser Games section. It is inspired by the banjo duel from The Curse of Monkey Island. You need to copy the notes that Van Helgen plays in the right order and test your memory. The game only stops if you play a wrong note or skip one. 

 

How far can you get?

 

Special thanks to Jimmi Thøgersen (Serge) for helping me understand the logic behind some of the animations.

RtMI is a Mac Game of the Year finalist

The 2023 App Store Award finalists for each of the ten categories were revealed today by the App Store Editors. Among two other games, Return to Monkey Island made it to the final round in the Mac Game of the Year category.

Finalists in the Mac Game of the Year category delivered rich storylines and graphics:
ELEX II, for transporting players to a dynamic Science Fantasy world.
Lies of P, for delivering smooth gameplay with an alternative twist on a classic tale.
Return to Monkey Island, for building on its iconic point-and-click adventure.

The winners will be announced later this month.

 

Update: Lies of P won the award.

The Curse of Monkey Island 26th Anniversary

The third instalment of the Monkey Island series, The Curse of Monkey Island, was released by LucasArts on October 31, 1997. The game featured voice acting, fully animated cutscenes, and a cartoon-like cel animation style for the first time in the series. It was also the last LucasArts game to use the SCUMM engine.

 

To celebrate its 26th anniversary, I have written a small article that compares the demo and the final version of The Curse of Monkey Island. I have also updated the characters section of the game to include six missing characters and new variations of Guybrush (young Guybrush) and LeChuck (zombie version).