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Monkey Island is now 30 years old

Thirty years ago the final gold master for The Secret of Monkey Island was made. To celebrate the date Ron Gilbert has added a new post with a photo of the final source backups he made when the game left test and the gold masters were sent off. Five years ago he also shared the same photo and provided a few more details on how the release process worked back then. Very interesting read!

We added a new section - Browser Games

In the past we used to have a Java Games section which had a few mini-games based on Monkey Island content. The section was fairly popular but when I brough the site back I had to leave it out as most games were Java applets which no longer run on modern browsers.

I have now brought the section back using HTML and Javascript. What does that mean to you? No plugins needed to run them! In addition, they also work fine on mobile phones.

We have included three games:

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Tales of Monkey Island content is here!

As promised we have now added content from Tales of Monkey Island. This includes the following:

We are still missing the screenshots section but we are planning to add it latter. As for the Animated Gifs we only added one for now. If you have any content that you think we should add please let us know via our contact page.

Special thanks to bgbennyboy for creating very handy tools that allowed me to extract the music from Tales of Monkey Island very easily. You can check his webpage here.

Patreon and Tales of Monkey Island content coming soon

We have created a Patreon page so that you can support us. We used to be hosted for free until the server that was hosting us lost all the data. Now we are paying for our own hosting which should improve the reliability. However, this comes at an extra cost. Initially, we were planning to cover the server costs by using Google ads but a Patreon account seems to a better idea as it will help us keep the site less cluttered. Thanks to Charles Davis for the suggestion.

Become a Patreon and helps us keep our content.

Also expect new content soon as we are working on adding Tales of Monkey Island content. It would not make sense to only cover the first 4 games. Stay tuned!

Bill Tiller latest project and Murray easter egg

As you probably already know Bill Tiller was the Lead Background Artist for The Curse of Monkey Island. He was recently hired as the Lead Illustrator for a board game called The Shivers. The creators raised a Kickstarter campaign and managed to secure an amazing $547,434 (US dollars). Quiet impressive considering their original goal was $40,000.

One interesting bit is that one room features Murray inside a frame. You can check it out on their Instagram page!

Monkey Island 2 voice-over prototype and interviews

The International House of Mojo just published a playable Monkey Island 2 prototype. This was a proof-of-concept used in 1992 that allowed them to see how well the voice-over technology worked back in the day. In addition they also interviewed Aric Wilmunder who was a programmer in Monkey Island 1 and 2 and Khris Brown who was the LucasArts casting director. Both were responsible or connected to this POC.

Head over to The International House of Mojo to read the article and download the demo.

MI5 back on sale, Monkey Island Anthology and more

Similarly to what our friends at The Monkey Island SCUMM Bar did I'll do a quick summary of what happened in the Monkey Island world in the past month or so.

The Tales of Monkey Island is finally back on sale after being unavailable for a couple of years. The game was removed from the online stores after TellTale Games let go 90% of their work force in 2018. After LCG Entertainment bought them they managed to relaunch some titles. You can now find Tales of Monkey Island on GOG.com and on Steam.

Limited Run is helping us celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Monkey Island series by launching an anthology box set which will include Monkey Island 1 to 4. The planned release date is set for October. For more details you can check their Twitter account.

A spanish designer duo has been remaking a few scenes from Monkey Island 1 and 2 in the style of The Curse of Monkey Island. They also re-did one scene from Monkey Island 3 in 4K. You can check their YouTube channel here.

Back from the dead!

After being dead for almost 9 years The Legend of Monkey Island is back. The content is still the same but with a new design adapted to modern days. The site is now responsive and should look good on all different type of devices including mobile phones.

One of the reasons I decided to bring the site back was because I felt nostalgic during the pandemic and I had more free time as I was forced to stay home for a long time. It started with me just trying to get the old site back but it quickly escalated to a new design as I was getting more and more annoyed with the previous one. The old login credentials should still work, but I added some improved security measures. The website should also be better protected against spam using Google reCAPTCHA as this was a big problem in the past.

Special thanks to Laserschwert (Jan Bing) for providing the upscaled version of The Curse of Monkey Island backgrounds which allowed me to create the top header among other small bits of the design. In case you want to check them out you can find them here. Good stuff!