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Sunday, December 31, 2006
Happy New Year! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (9)
The staff at World of Monkey Island wishes everyone a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 25, 2006
Merry Christmas! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
The staff at World of Monkey Island wishes a Merry Christmas to everyone!

Saturday, December 23, 2006
You can't get enough pirates Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
I got two videos for you and although none of them have anything to do with Monkey Island they still contain pirates and I thought it would give a few minutes of entertainment, so I decided to pass them along :)

The first one is a sketch from a show I have never heard of before, but if has Eric Idle and Monty Python fans should enjoy it. It features George Harrison as a pirate and he sings a pirate song at the end. Watch it here.. (Thanks to Will Hewett)

Second one is a short animated pirate movie named 'Pyrats'. Too bad it isn't a trailer for an entire movie :) Watch it here. (Thanks salty-horse)

Edit: I've been made aware that the 'Pyrats' movie has already been posted here and indeed it has, twas' in September last year. Oh it again :)

Guybrush takes Britain Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
Guardian, an English broadsheet newspaper, ran an article on the rebirth of retro gaming due to the Wii and our own hero, Guybrush Threepwood was mentioned :) Don't get you hopes up though, sadly no no Monkey Island games are planned for the Wii. Thanks to Sarah Jolley for letting us know and providing a scan.

Friday, December 22, 2006
Christmas present for your ears Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
ben bosco has made an incredible set of MP3s in which he plays the Monkey Island main theme on an electric guitar. You can download MI Main Theme and MI Main Theme (Backing), but that's not all. He has also uploaded a video to YouTube in which he shows his abilities on the guitar. Watch it here. Enjoy :)

Monday, December 18, 2006
NESkimos rock Phatt Island Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
Remember NESkimos who made a cover of the Phatt Island theme? If not, click here. They're back with another song and an incomplete demo of the track fairly re-worked, the finished version of which will be released with their upcoming album 'Explod'. You can download them all below.

First live version
Second live version
Studio demo

Thursday, December 14, 2006
Another 'what if' scenario Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
Asked if Dave Grossman would have a go at making a Monkey Island sequel, provided he would have a limitless budget at his disposal, he answers:

A limitless budget? How can I turn that down? OK, the first thing we need is to build a recreational spa to keep the development team happy. After I'm relaxing in the hot tub, I think my approach would differ depending on which series it was. [...] With Monkey Island I'd just bring in Ron Gilbert and let him do whatever he wanted so long as he promised to let me write the dialog.

Also, he likes Chris Heady's Monkey Island play. Read more of the interview this came from, which was conducted by Belgian magazine PC Gameplay and translated to English, over at the Telltale Games blog.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Monkey music for Kiwis Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
If you live in or near Wellington, rejoice! For the excellent video game concert Video Games Live is coming to you in 2 months, featuring Monkey Island music as always. Details here.

Source: Gameplanet

Wednesday, December 13, 2006
More from Press Play on Tape Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
Press Play on Tape did a live show in Copenhagen on December 2nd and once again played various C64 and Amiga covers and remixes. Of course the MI theme and LeChuck's theme were performed and this time LeChuck's theme was played on a real saxophone. Someone made bootleg video recordings of all the songs and you can check them all out here. Unfortunately the audio isn't that great, but it's better than nothing :)

Saturday, December 9, 2006
Pirates of the Great Salt Lake in theaters Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
Jordan Colton informs us that Pirates of the Great Salt Lake is gearing up for a theatrical release in February 2007 according to their newsletter.

Thanks to Jordan for the heads up.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006
World of MonkeyCraft Posted by: Haggis | Comments (4)
This is only funny if you speak German... but even if you do not, you should have fun watching it. I'm talking about this video, that tells the story of about the first half of The Secret of Monkey Island, set in the World of Warcraft universe. It's very cleverly done, so go have a look. Schnell!

Source: Lightshadow

You can buy the games again Posted by: Haggis | Comments (7)
Stain, a poster on the Adventure Gamers forums, has made an interesting discovery. Namely, have several classic LucasArts games available to buy or pre-order, under the name Lucas Classic Line. Among the games for sale are the much sought-after third and fourth instalments of our beloved Monkey Island series. Go have a look and take out your wallet.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Monday, December 4, 2006
Guybrush takes Hollywood Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
Well, almost. Kowalski sent us a link to a movie made by a university friend of his. It's his final film project and it's made as a documentary about the making of a fictional film. What's has that got to do with Monkey Island, you ask? One of the characters used in the movie is Guybrush Threepwood. It sounds a bit weird and it is, but enjoyable still.

The movie is12 minutes long and you have to get 4-5 minutes into it before Guybrush makes an appearance, but don't expect him to have a major role. It's an interesting movie though and I found it fun and enjoyable even without the Guybrush part. So check it out if you have a little time to kill :)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Monkey Island in Holland Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
Junaid sends word that the first ever Game Concert in Holland took place last Sunday and the Monkey Island 3 theme was one of the tracks performed. A Dutch radio show has the whole thing available online here, but if you just want to listen to the Monkey Island music you can find it at 36.03 or click here to start the streaming at that point.

You should definitely check it out, because it sounds really great.

Update: Azurice sent us a MP3 of the Monkey Island part of the radio show. You can grab it here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Proof of fame! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (8)
Remember when "Retro Gamer magazine" made WMI famous? yourmajesty90 was kind enough to send us a scan of the page on which they write so highly of us. It's not much, but very cool nonetheless :)

Pirates of the Great Salt Lake Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
Can't get enough pirate movies? There is a new independent movie out called "Pirates of the Great Salt Lake". It a comedy that takes place in modern times and you can check out the official site here as well as the trailer which looks really promising. Unfortunately, this movie doesn't seem to be opening in any theaters, according to Imdb it's only being shown at various film festivals in the USA and one in Australia. We can hope it will be available on DVD sometime, until then, enjoy the trailer :)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Murray in 3D Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
BlockHeAD submitted a short fan animation she did of a skull, which is inspired by Murray. Check it out here,

Saturday, November 18, 2006
Fan art after the server crash Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
The fan art section is working again, so artists can create galleries and upload images again. Unfortunately, artists and images added after the 28th of April were lost and could not be restored. It was around 95 images and 19 artists. I am very sorry about this and I'm taking actions to make sure this doesn't happen again. I hope every artist will upload any missing images again and that lost artists will recreate their gallery.

Thursday, November 16, 2006
Guybrush for Halloween Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (10)
Jim Klimek sent me a picture of him and his friends dressed as pirates for Halloween. Maybe you can guess who he is supposed to be? I think he did a really good job on the costume and he says he spent a week creating it. The shirt, coat, beard, hair, everything is right on :)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Epic Monkey Island theme Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
The latest submission to the fan music section comes from Fredrik Carlstedt and it is amazing. He calls it "Keeping the classical approach but going for a more dramatic sound." and I think it sounds kind of epic in a Lord of the Rings-kind of way :) Very nice. Don't miss this one!

Also, the fan music lost in the server crash has been added again.

Sunday, November 12, 2006
RSS Feed Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (8)
WMI has finally entered the new millennium and got its very own RSS Feed set up. So go subscribe :)

Friday, November 10, 2006
Do you have a parrot? Posted by: Haggis | Comments (8)
And is it talkative? If so, you can have him audition for the part of 'official spokesparrot' in the DVD release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. You can find some details in this news article. Just make sure it doesn't bite off any hands, and you should be fine.


Tuesday, November 7, 2006
MI Mac version on eBay Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
While we wouldn't normally advertise eBay auctions I thought some of you would like to know that dsveinsson is selling an original Mac edition of The Secret of Monkey Island. The Mac editions of the original games are rare and many people want one so check out the auction which ends November 09th 07:45:04 PST.

Cubed³ interviews Bill Tiller Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
The fine folks at Nintendo news site Cubed³ have interviewed none other than Bill Tiller. You might think that Bill Tiller and Nintendo don't have a lot in common, but it turns out that Bill is a big fan of all sorts of games and consoles, including the Wii, which could potentially host A Vampyre Story. Perhaps. This way to the interview.

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
With Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest making more than one billion dollars at the box offices worldwide it is no surprise that Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer is eager to make additional movies in the popular franchise. While the third movie hasn't even opened yet, Bruckheimer has confirmed a fourth movie is coming and possibly more if the actors are interested.

Source: TV2 (Danish)

Monday, November 6, 2006
Forums online Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
The forums are back online. Unfortunately, my backup of the database was from July, so the forums are rolled back to July 13th. This means that anyone who have registered after that date needs to register again. I am very sorry about this and I am taking steps to prevent something similar from happening again.

To battle the amount of spam we experienced the last few months some additional security features have been added and creating an account now requires email activation. The email problem the forums had prior to the downtime seems to have resolved itself with the reinstall of the server software, so that's one positive thing at least :)

Monday, October 30, 2006
Emails working Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
Just a quick note to let you all know that the emails are now working again.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The story so far Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (11)
As you probably know by now the server had a breakdown of some sorts, whether it was a harddrive crash or something else I am not sure, but the LFNetwork staff has been working hard to restore all the sites. There were some problems with retrieving certain files though and as luck would have it some of those files were the WMI database. Therefore, they had to use the latest backup of our database they had which happened to be from May.

Here comes the part where I play a role in this. I had a backup of the database myself, but I lost that as well in a recent harddrive crash of my own and unfortunately I didn't get around to doing a new backup before the server died... With that out of the way, here's the current status.

All the news posts were gone, but thanks to Google and their caching of sites I was able to find them all and re-create them. All comments made to news since May are gone though. Some other stuff added since May are gone from the site as well, such as fan music, but I am almost certain I'll be able to re-create that too. Fan art has suffered a major blow, but more on that in a few days when the server is fully back up. Do not bother submitting fan art and such yet, because it won't work at the moment :)

The forums will stay closed a bit longer because I need to apply some security updates to it and I can't do that right now, because they're still working on the server and I have no FTP access yet. Also, I have a backup of the forums from July which I will try to apply so the forums will 'only' be rolled back to July. At the same time I am also going to set up some additional security features so we can hopefully get rid of all the spam the forums have been plagued by for many months. Have patience, we're working hard to get things back to normal :) At least is not as bad as the downtime we had a few years ago that lasted more than six months...

Monday, October 23, 2006
Revived once more... Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (23)
We're back. If you've been visiting this site or any site of the LFNetwork for many years you should know that these periods of downtime is not uncommon. One time it even lastet more than six months. Well, that's the good news. The bad is that our database seems to think it died in May. I'm looking into this and hope to get it fixed soon.

Also, our email system is still down so all emails are currently not working.

Update: The forums has been disabled temporarily as they are out of date and full of spam. I expect the forums to be up and running again tomorrow night. Also, there will be further updates on the staus of the site following the downtime tomorrow, so check back :)

Friday, October 13, 2006
Monkey Island live Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
Remember that news post about Video Games Live? Well, someone did record the event (actually, many people did so), and there's even a video of the Monkey Island bit on YouTube. Now, normally this would be very illegal, but since Tim Schafer also linked to one of those videos, I guess it's okay. So click here, and don't tell the RIAA, MPAA, FBI or FDA.

Are you a pirate? Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Not one of those fake pirates, but a real one. If you can answer yes to that question, and you are around the Sherman Oaks, CA area, then read this. You could be an extra in the third Pirates of the Caribbean film, and who knows, you might even be able to slip in a Monkey Island reference. Somehow.

Source: Keep to the Code

Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Pyrats Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
A bunch of students (five to be precise) of the Gobelins l'Ă©cole de l'image in Paris, France made an animated short called Pyrats. What's so special about it, you ask? Well, it's about pirates, and it resembles Monkey Island. Plus, it's really really well done. You can watch and download it here.

Source: raVen_image, who was kind enough to point me to this forum thread by Traitorfish

Monday, September 25, 2006
An alternative Melee Island theme Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
Olli Suoranta brings new content to the fan music section with his newest composed tune entitled Shredded&Tentstaph - Melee Island alternative version. It's quite good in my opinion, give it a listen :)

Friday, September 15, 2006
Talk like a pirate Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Yes boys and girls, it's almost that time of the year again. Tuesday, September 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. You know the drill: talk like a seafaring scoundrel. And for good measure, throw a couple of Monkey Island insults at unsuspecting passers-by.

Thursday, September 7, 2006
Monkey Island in Concert Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
If you have the opportunity to go to the Hollywood Bowl on September 21, do it. Why? Well, just read an excerpt from this press release over at Video Games Live:

New segments include a live performance of excerpts from the new Halo® 3 score as released this year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and the world premiere of Civilization IV, plus a rare special acoustic performance by the original Lucas Arts composers performing Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and more.

If you're going, be sure to smuggle in some recording equipment and film the Monkey Island stuff.

font size=1>Source: Gamasutra

Sunday, September 3, 2006
Turn up the volume Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
There's a new fan music piece for you today; A very impressing cover of the Monkey Island theme by AmiGamer. This cover is really good, I've listened to it several times myself, so download it here or feel my wrath!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006
We're famous! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
Well, almost. Marley# emailed us and said that is mentioned in issue 27 of "Retro Gamer magazine" under a topic called "Retro Gaming sites". I don't have access to this magazine, so if anyone is able to provide us with a scan of this article I would be very very grateful :)

Monday, August 28, 2006
LucasArts History Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Next Generation have an article up that covers the entire history of LucasArts, titled A Short History of LucasArts. It comments on how it still pretty much is the "Star Wars company", despite efforts to the contrary. Perhaps we will never see the old LucasArts adventure company again, but at least many talented people started there:

On the upside, much of the original LucasArts talent remains active – and actually, some of the work happening at Double Fine and Telltale is amongst the most promising and progressive stuff happening in the American game industry.

Read and weep openly.

Monkey Island 2 on your DS Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
If you own a Nintendo DS you don't have to be bored on those long bus/train/raft rides. You can play both MI1 and MI2 on it using Scumm VM and that is exactly what Angelus has done. Here you can see his video of Monkey Island 2 running on his DS. The split-screen may be a bit unnecessary with this game :)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Shake that booty! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
We got two more groovy fan music pieces for you today. First up is a really impressive cover of the Secret of Monkey Island theme by Moti Zilberman. I quote from his mail; "I recorded myself playing two guitars (a couple of times each), an accordion (no small feat since, well, I don't play the accordion), some percussion instruments and a small metal ruler. The strings, marimba and flute are rather obviously synthesized/sampled - the flute is actually the same Mellotron "Flutes" sound set as used on Strawberry Fields Forever.". Very nice. Grab it here.

Then we have a catchy trance-remix of the Monkey Island theme by Joona Koski. A cool remix you can dance and shake it to :) Click here to hear it.

Sunday, August 20, 2006
Monkey music Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
We got some new fan music for you today, first up is another cover by Olli Suoranta. Short, but interesting nonetheless. Second we have a live recording of the MI theme and Lechuck's theme by Talent Sold Separately. Check it out here. Enjoy!

Friday, August 18, 2006
LucasArts in Edge magazine Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
The August edition of UK gaming magazine Edge features an article on LucasArts where Monkey Island is briefly mentioned and Peter Hirshmann is asked about Monkey Island 5 - I don't know what he answers :)


Thanks to Mark, James, Renegade, and Sindre for telling us about it.

Thursday, August 17, 2006
Pirate song parody Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
I remember seeing this a few years ago, but it's still funny and I thought it was worth mentioning again since it's now on YouTube :) It's a video of a bunch of guys singing their own version of the pirate song from MI3. Check it out here.

Thanks to Peff for the heads up.

Sunday, August 13, 2006
VG Cats on POTC Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
The current edition of video game web comic VG Cats features a familiar talking skull, while commenting on some similarities between Monkey Island and Pirates of the Caribbean. Take a look.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006
MI in 60 seconds Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
Gamespot has added a new feature where they explain the story of a game in 60 seconds. What will they think of next? Anyway, the very first game is The Secret of Monkey Island Check it out, it's good for a short laugh :)

Thanks to Simmo

Wednesday, August 2, 2006
PotC: LeChuck's Revenge Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
I was kind of expecting something lame, but was pleasently surprised when I saw this poster combined of Pirates of the Caribbean and Monkey Island. It's quite nice I think. Thanks to Seanyboy for finding it.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Dave Grossman interviewed Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Gamasutra interviews Telltale writer extraordinaire Dave Grossman about the company and its games, but also about his past. So, Monkey Island also comes up, and we find out just how that infamous "behind the wall" scene came to be (you know, the one with the gopher horde and the wax lips).

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Guybrush in WoW comic Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
This has nothing to do with anything. Well, it has something to do with something, but not much to do with it. You may have heard of little game called World of Warcraft which is getting an expansion called The Burning Crusade. I stumpled on a comic today made by ActionTrip showing their ideas for new classes in TBC. Guybrush is featured as the model for the pirate class. Check it out here.

See? It didn't have much to do with anything.

Sunday, July 16, 2006
Monkey Island on Mandolin Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Someone (actually, the Ben Bosco from the tabs found here) has uploaded a video onto YouTube, where he plays the Monkey Island theme from the difficulty selection screen in Curse of Monkey Island... on a mandolin. Watch and be amazed.

Source: Ealing Tragedy

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Download pirate treasure, matey Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
In celebration of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, FilePlanet put a compilation of pirate-themed downloads online. There's of course the official trailer to the movie, and if for some inexplicable reason you haven't played it yet, also a demo of Escape from Monkey Island. Be sure to check out some of the other pirate stuff as well. Now get downloadin', me hearties!

Thursday, July 13, 2006
Grim Fandango movie? Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
Gamespot's rumor control reports that a movie based on LucasArt's critically acclaimed adventure game Grim Fandango might be in the works. If the rumor is true the movie will be directed by Tim Burton which would be a match made in heaven. Here's a quote which apparently comes from Tim Burton:

"After that, I'm gonna start working on a new script that was sent to me recently: Grim Fandango. It sort of follows the style of The nightmare before Christmas (sic) and Corpse Bride. It's about a surreal land of the dead, some sort of purgatory where everyone goes when they die. In that place, dead people have to make a four-year transition before they can rest in peace for all the eternity. I still don't know when we're going to start filming this, though."

This statement by Burton seems to be stringed together by several quotes from other interviews though so nothing is certain. We'll keep you updated on this of course. Check out the full Gamespot post here.

If this is true, will we see another Grim Fandango game? Will it be an adventure? Will it have the quality of Tim Schafer?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Phatt Island rocks Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
If you fancy rockin' versions of Monkey Island tunes you should check out this version of the Phatt Island theme played live by NESkimos. The MP3 is free to download although you have to sign up for a Soundclick account, but that is also free and quickly done. Click here, there's a lot of other gaming music played by NESkimos too.

Thanks to Michelle for the heads up.

Bill Tiller interviewed again Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Adventure gaming is hot - this time, Bill Tiller is interviewed by working-title about his new game, A Vampyre Story. Read it here.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Friday, July 7, 2006
Crimson Cow publishing AVS Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
So, the company that will publish Bill Tiller's A Vampyre Story is German publisher Crimson Cow. And before you bring up the Bad Brain fiasco, Crimson Cow is actually a reputable company, having published games like Runaway: A Road Adventure, and the German version of the official Tour de France video game.

Source: Adventure Gamers

Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Bill Tiller interviewed Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Greek adventure site Adventure Advocate has just published an interview (in English, of course) with Bill Tiller. It has some nice information about the inner workings of Autumn Moon Entertainment, and features some gorgeous art. A quote:

Lucas Arts has abruptly decided to do Star Wars and action games only for console and pc. Though I think a new Monkey Island game would do well especially with the Monkey island Movie coming out (Ron Gilbert is right. The Pirates of the Caribbean movie is really a Monkey Island movie).

Read the entire interview here.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Saturday, July 1, 2006
GameSpot questions Gilbert Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Ron Gilbert seems to be very wanted for interviews these days. GameSpot has a new feature called "Designer Threads", interviewing game designers, and the first one is an interview with Ron Gilbert. He talks about a lot of stuff, and there are bits and pieces about Monkey Island in there, so give it a listen.

Source: Grumpy Gamer

Bill Tiller finds publisher Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
Good news for the Curse of Monkey Island background artist, Bill Tiller, whose new game, A Vampyre Story, has a publisher, according to the game's official site. Details should be coming soon, so stay tuned.

Friday, June 30, 2006
Gamasutra questions Gilbert Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Ron Gilbert, famed creator of Monkey Island, answers a bunch of questions about game development in this feature at Gamasutra. Some encouraging words include this tidbit:

I get a lot of email from people who have played Monkey Island and they were not playing this game when it was first released. Some of them weren't even alive when the game was first released, but they find it and they play it and they really like it. And I think, to me, that says there is a market out there for this stuff.

Be sure to check out the entire interview.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006
The King of Monkey Island Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
A new fan fiction has been added, Chapter 1: Deeds Most Foul of "The King of Monkey Island" by I say I say (Yup!). This is a very well written chapter and definitely one of the best I have read, I hope the following chapters is just as good. If you like fan fiction, you should check it out :)

Monday, June 26, 2006
ScummVM 0.9.0 released Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
The new version of ScummVM, the program you all use to run those old Monkey Island games, is here. Changes in the new version are listed here, and you can download it here.

Source: Adventure Gamers

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Guybrush in new adventure game Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
But it's not Monkey Island 5. Actually, our favourite pirate makes an appearance in the King's Quest III remake, on board the pirate ship. Screenshot here.

Source: Kedri, in this forum topic

Listen to Dead Man's Chest Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
If you're here solely for Monkey Island news, look the other way now. You can listen to clips of the soundtrack to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (by Hans Zimmer this time, not Klaus Badelt), right here.

Source: Keep to the Code

Saturday, June 10, 2006
SMI: The Video Walkthrough Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
I'm sorry I missed this in all the confusion, but cube mentions in this forum thread that his friend Ironclaw (I hope that's not his real name) recorded a video walkthrough of the Amiga version of The Secret of Monkey Island. You can download it here.

Update: Hot off the press! Get the Monkey Island 2 video here!

Friday, June 9, 2006
Stan sells everything Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
So apparently, there's this YTMND video that's become quite popular recently, and it's related to Monkey Island: Stan sells EVERYTHING to Guybrush. There's also two spin-offs which you can find by clicking either of the sources below. Yes, there is no other news.

Source: The International House of Mojo
Original Source: Adventure Gamers forum

Thursday, June 1, 2006
Dead Man's Chest site live Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Disney have put online the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest site, which contains lots of virtual pirate swag, and a pixel-hunt game that has you locate some of Jack Sparrow's lost items. Visit the site here.

Source: Empire

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
More Dead Man's Chest stills Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
CanMag have posted some stills from the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie. They look very piratey and remind me of Monkey Island, so you may want to have a look here.

Sunday, May 14, 2006
Jim Ward hates us Posted by: Haggis | Comments (26)
In an interview from the E3 show floor with G4, Jim Ward talks about the new LucasArts games, and Monkey Island is briefly touched upon. We can't expect any of their old games to make a comeback until, get this... 2015. Why? Because they can come up with better games. Watch the entire thing here. (By the way, it should be illegal to wear a shirt like that.)

Source: The International House of Mojo

Friday, May 12, 2006
Bill Tiller wants SMI remake? Posted by: Haggis | Comments (16)
In the forums for A Vampyre Story, Bill Tiller mentions:

The game that really needs to be updates is The Secret of Monkey Island. A 3d, high res, voiced SMI would be just awesome, especially with the coin like GUI of CMI in place. LEC needs to get on that! Though some how I doubt it. Maybe after doing AVS we will make a short MI demo and try and sell Lucas Arts on the idea, if we can do it cheap. That would be fun. But probably not. I think LEC is done with its old adventure games, at least until they prove to be profitable again. Too bad.

Someone needs to buy the Monkey Island rights from LucasArts. Seriously.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006
Sam & Max 2 announced... for real this time! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (6)
Telltale Games have officially announced the second Sam & Max game now, and you can find more about it than you've ever wanted to know on the official site. Also, you may want to check out this informative news post over at Mixnmojo.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Pirates feature trailer Posted by: Haggis | Comments (14)
The feature trailer of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is out in the open. You can watch it here, but be warned: it be loadin' slower than ye could sail yer ship through a sea of peanut butter, matey.

Source: CanMag

Saturday, April 29, 2006
Salt in the wounds Posted by: Haggis | Comments (23)
As every respectable gamer knows, E3 is just around the corner, and every big gaming company will be present, including LucasArts. They've put a poll up on their site that asks which is least likely to be announced at E3, and one of the options is Indiana Jones and the King of Monkey Island. I'm not kidding. So get voting if you like.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Thursday, April 27, 2006
Purcell art on display Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
No, this is not the official Steve Purcell fan website, but I thought I'd throw this out there anyway. If you are in the San Francisco area between April 27 and May 22, be sure to visit the The Canvas Gallery, which will have an exhibition on what Pixar's artists do in their spare time. Steve Purcell is one of the artists mentioned, so you may or may not see Sam & Max on display. Don't ask me, just go look for yourself.

Source: Jim Hill Media

Thursday, April 20, 2006
Soothing cover Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
Olli Suoranta has submitted a nice cover version of the Monkey Island theme to the fan music section. It's a nice and soothing version I would say and definitely worth checking out. Get it here. (1.66 MB).

Plunder 3D Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
There have been a bunch of updates to the Plunder 3D site, the site that's all about a Plunder Island mod for Unreal Tournament. Among the updates is a cool video that has Blondebeard facing off with El Pollo Diablo. Go check it out.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Finally, some news Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
There's a new Sam & Max comic up over at the Telltale website, showcasing Max's ninja skills, and a cockroach's abseiling skills.

Saturday, April 8, 2006
Bone Week is coming Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
From April 10 to April 14, Adventure Gamers will be all about Telltale Games' Bone series, and more. Read all about it here, and be sure to attend the chat session on Friday, which will feature such names as Dave Grossman and Dan Connors, both of Monkey Island fame, among others.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Thursday, April 6, 2006
Good news for Pirates fans Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
Pirates of the Caribbean fan site Keep to the Code reports that Coming Soon reports that the third part of the Pirates trilogy will be called Pirates of the Caribbean: World's End.

And if you're a real pirate fan, you can watch the second movie, Dead Man's Chest, at midnight on July 6, in Disneyland. More on that here as well.

Source: Keep to the Code

Wednesday, April 5, 2006
1UP interviews Tim Schafer Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Calling him a Rebel With A Cause, sheds some more light on Psychonauts' creator. In the interview, Tim briefly touches on Monkey Island, so it's worth a read.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Saturday, April 1, 2006
George Lucas World? Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (10)
In another attempt to capitalize on the success (?) of Star Wars, George Lucas has announced that he will begin construction of a yet unnamed theme park near Los Angeles, California. (Pronounced with Arnold Schwarzenegger accent). The theme park will feature attractions based on George Lucas' hit movies such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and... well, guess that's it. Where it becomes interesting to us, is that there will also be attractions based on LucasArts properties such as Maniac Mansion, Grim Fandango, and... wait for it, Monkey Island!

The general theme park crowd has probably no idea what these names are, but as long as it's an intensive ride followed by heavy puking I guess they'll be satisfied. No more information has been revealed, but we'll follow the construction of the theme park closely with hands-on impressions from our LA-based reporter Miranda Veracruz de la Jolla Cardinal.

PotC paying tribute to MI? Posted by: Haggis | Comments (19)
For those of you who don't know, PotC stands for Pirates of the Caribbean, and MI for Monkey Island. With that out of the way, on to the news. I realise that today is April Fools' Day, but this news is just too good not to post. I received some information in my e-mail inbox from someone who has worked in catering for the new movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and who also happens to be a Monkey Island fan. Here's a quote from the message:

As such, I tried to take a peek at what they were filming once or twice. I can tell you that the movie will be a lot of fun. But what is really cool is that there will be a tribute to Monkey Island somewhere in the movie. Or two, actually. One will be the most obvious, and the coolest. It's when Jack Sparrow encounters the sea monster you may have noticed in the trailer. He says: "That's the second-biggest kraken I've ever seen!" The other tribute is in one of the pirate towns. I snooped around on the set, and noticed that the clock on the church is stuck at 10 o'clock, just like the one in Melee Town! Of course, I'm not sure if you will hear Jack's line in the movie, because of editing and stuff, but the clock will be in there for sure, so keep your eyes peeled!

If this is true, this is certainly interesting news. Who knows what other hidden references they may have worked into it?

New Monkey Island game announced! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (21)
Just in case it would disappear (which it did, sadly), I took a screenshot of the press release, which you can find here. This is interesting news indeed, and even more interesting is the fact that it has been taken down again. Is LucasArts hiding something from us? Stay tuned for more (maybe).

Guybrush gets a face transplant Posted by: Haggis | Comments (6)
Mister Guybrush Threepwood (21), formerly known as London-based John Smith, has gone all the way to become like his idol. After the name change, he has now decided to change his face as well. Here's what he had to say after the surgery: "Yeah, id hurwtz and I can't tawk pwopewly yet, but at weast I wook wike Buybwush now." Congratulations on your new face, John! Uh, I mean, Guybrush.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Steve Purcell reveals all Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
Well, not all, he wouldn't comment on the rumored incident with him involving alcohol, hot caramel, and a festive carrot. Nevertheless, we are still thrilled to present an exclusive interview with the man behind Sam & Max, Steve Purcell. In the interview he talks about Monkey Island, his time at LucasArts, and Sam & Max. He also mentions the existence of some interesting images we hope to be able to show you soon :) Check it out!

Thanks for your time, Steve!

EMI Pizza Orgy Posted by: Haggis | Comments (4)
The International House of Mojo has an interesting bit of news up here. Apparently, Remi of the former SCUMM Bar website received this Escape from Monkey Island pizza orgy questionnaire, filled out by a former LucasArts employee. It gives an interesting insight in how he judged the game, and how this advice was totally not incorporated into the game.

Thursday, March 23, 2006
Vote for ScummVM Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
Voting is open for the 2006 Community Choice Awards. What does that mean for you? Well, one of the nominees in the Games category is ScummVM, the program you probably use for playing the older Monkey Island games. Show your support and get voting!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Ewww Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
Part 6 of the Sam & Max comic is now online at the Telltale Games website. And while you're there, check out the Great Cow Race page, which has a steady stream of information about the second episode in the Bone adventure game series.


Sunday, March 19, 2006
Lego update Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (9)
Romão Santos continues his work on his amazing project where he is building the entire Melee Island in LEGO. He has sent a small update with 3 images of the cathedral, which you can check out in the Lego Melee Island gallery or by clicking the images below :)

Saturday, March 18, 2006
Ron and Tim Posted by: Haggis | Comments (10)
German site working-title has an interesting little interview up with Tim Schafer, of Psychonauts fame. What's really interesting is the last question, where Tim is asked if he and Ron Gilbert could ever work together on a project. Here's his answer:

Sure! I mean, you never know. Ron and I brainstorm about games all the time. If an opportunity for us to work together on something came up, I think that would be a lot of fun. Now all we need to do is find a Monkey Island fan with a few million dollars, and we’re set! :)

Source: Mixnmojo

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Episodic gaming Posted by: Haggis | Comments (9)
MTV has an interesting article up about episodic video games, which looks like it might be the future of gaming. While not directly related to Monkey Island, Dan Connors of Telltale (Bone, Sam & Max 2) is featured in the article:

The idea would be to stockpile a "season," roll it out monthly and then go dark during development. With other series in the mix, Connors said Telltale could someday provide a new episode of a different game every week. "What Telltale is setting up is kind of a sitcom studio," he said, noting a desire to eventually craft new episodes using an established lot of virtual sets.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Monkey Island on GP2X Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
I've never heard of a GP2X before, but apperently it's a sort off portable thingie for games, movies, music, etc. Sounds like a PSP :) Anyway, it's possible to play Monkey Island 1 & 2 on this thing thanks to a ScummVM port. If you happen to own a GP2X you can get the ScummVM port here. (Search for

Thanks to David Möller for the news.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Musical interviews abound Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
Italian site Lucasdelirium has an interview (in English) with Peter McConnell, and The Dig Museum has an interview with none other than Michael Land. Both of these gentlemen were, of course, music composers for Monkey Island games. If you want to get some insight into the creative mind of a music composer, get reading.

Source: Mixnmojo

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Rendez-vous avec Monsieur Gilbert Posted by: Haggis | Comments (4)
Ron Gilbert will go to Paris (in France, not Paris in Texas) next week, according to his blog. If you can make it there on the 6th or 7th 4th of March, you could have a chance of meeting the spiritual father of Monkey Island.

Monday, February 20, 2006
They are so cute together Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (14)
GameSpot is at it again with another feature entitled "Great Loves,"about, well, lovers in video games. Guybrush and Elaine Marley-Threepwood makes an appearance and Manny Calavera and Mercedes "Meche" Colomar from Grim Fandango are featured as well. There is also a fun little video with glimpse of all the games to watch.

Thanks to Alex Novikov for telling us about it.

Thursday, February 16, 2006
Brave Sir Sam loses it Posted by: Haggis | Comments (8)
"It" being his lovely pet earwig. What am I talking about? The fifth Sam & Max comic, you nitwits. Alright, I didn't mean that, but just read it.

Saturday, February 11, 2006
MI Comic - Page 49 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (55)
I know you're sick of it, but Paco keeps spamming my inbox with these pages, so here ya go; Page 49 of the MI Comic which introduces Stan :) Enjoy!

Monday, February 6, 2006
MI Comic - Page 48 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (24)
Paco has come out of hiding and finished page 48 of the MI comic. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 5, 2006
Pirates of the Super Bowl Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
While most people couldn't care less about American Football, the commercials always seem to draw quite a crowd in the States, somehow. Well, one of those commercials will be for Pirates of the Caribbean 2, and you can see it here. Not a lot of new stuff going on there, but you can catch a glimpse of the swordfight inside the wheel that rolls down a hill. Yeah.

Friday, February 3, 2006
LucasArts on MI Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (8)
The Norwegian news site has an article about adventure games. They start out by asking LucasArts if they have any plans for another Monkey Island game. The answer from LucasArst publicist reads:

I wish I had positive news to give your readers, says LucasArts publicist Alexis Mervin, before she lets the bomb drop: ... but we don't have any new Monkey Island game in production at this time, nor do we plan to do anything with the series in the nearest future.

Alexis says she has worked at LucasArts for over five years and she helped make the previous Monkey Island game, "Escape from Monkey Island".

- I am a big fan of the series myself, like most of the people who work here. Therefore, you shouldn't dismiss the possibility that it can show up in the future, says Alexis - and asks me to to greet you readers and thank you for the interest in the classic LucasArts games.

- We are very proud of the classics we have released over the years and we will never forget them.

Nothing new here, just a standard answer to not rule out that someday there might be another MI game. I'm not Norwegian, so the translating be not be entirely correct , but I didn't miss any shocking announcements :)

Thanks to McPirate for making me aware of the article.

MI has too few monkeys Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
Another meaningful list has seen the light of day, Top 10 Tuesday: Best Use of Monkeys is a fascinating list of games that has monkeys in them. Come on? Seriously? Yep, I'm not kidding, check it out. Escape from Monkey Island made the cut. Apperently, the three other MI games did not have enough monkeys or made lousy use of them.

Thanks to Wally B Feed for the heads up.

Thursday, February 2, 2006
That game belongs in a museum! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
Once again, the Game On exposition hits Chicago. Why should you be interested? Well, because The Secret of Monkey Island (or maybe LeChuck's Revenge, since the game is listed as Secret of Monkey Island 2 - thanks to Herman Toothdecay for spotting that) is one of the games on display. Sure, you can play it at home, but have you ever played it in a museum? If the answer is no and you get a chance, visit the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry from February 3 to April 30, and maybe win a PSP too.

Source: Gamasutra

Thursday, January 26, 2006
New Sam & Max comic Posted by: Haggis | Comments (6)
Another historic chapter in the history of Sam and Max in 21st century England: right here.

In other, totally unrelated news, you can see some never before seen concept art for the Monkey Island movie that was cancelled here.

Source: Mojo

Monday, January 23, 2006
King Kong Island Posted by: Haggis | Comments (6)
Did you know that Kameron Gates, one of the animators on Escape from Monkey Island, also helped animate the movie King Kong? Well, now you do. A quote:

He chose Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., interning between his junior and senior years at LucasArts, the video game division of filmmaker George Lucas' entertainment company. Gates' first professional animation job was working on the video game "Escape from Monkey Island."

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Dead Man's Update Posted by: Junaid | Comments (12)
Entertainment Weekly's preview for the movies of 2006 features quotes from Orlando Bloom and Jerry Bruckheimer and a new picture in which we see a little bit of Bootstrap Bill Turner. He sure looks a lot like his son like they said in part 1 doesn't he?

Bloom: "There's a huge sword sequence, which, if it isn't the sword sequence that puts all sword sequences to bed, then I can't imagine what anyone could ever pull out of the ether to top it,'' he declares. It's a clash among three characters — including his Will Turner and Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow (pictured) — ''on a big water-mill wheel as it rolls down a hill. And we fight on top of it, and around it, and inside it. It's crazy."

And Bruckheimer about the possibillity of Keith Richards playing Jack Sparrow's father in a cameo: "We're trying to work out his tour schedule with our schedule [for No. 3]. We're optimistic."

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Vote for Monkey Island Posted by: Haggis | Comments (15)
Do it, in the current poll on the *gasp* LucasArts website. I have no idea why it's there, but the poll is about which classic LucasArts game you still play. Amid all the Star Wars hubbub, this is rather a refreshing change, even though it's likely to be the only one.

Source: Mojo

Saturday, January 14, 2006
It was an earwig Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
The third instalment of the already legendary Sam & Max comic over at Telltale Games' fine website is now online. The plot thickens. Slowly.

Source: Mojo, because I look at the Mojo RSS widget at my Google personalized page first, before I check the Telltale website.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Chapter two of Christmas story Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
MI Maniac has sent me chapter two, How LeChuck stole Christmas, of his popular fan fiction Monkey Island: The Christmas Challenge. Things are really heating up now and getting stranger still, but I must give you a small warning; A friend of Guybrush meets an untimely demise.

MI Maniac would like to thank Captain Raptor for coming up with the line "Yo Ho Ho! Merry Christmas and a bottle of rum!", for thinking up LeChucks motto, and for inspiring him to finish the story even though christmas is over.

Monday, January 9, 2006
Two new fan animations Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (9)
Today brings two new flash additions to the fan animations page. First we have a short teaser by T. It looks nice, but although it is a teaser, the author says nothing more will come.

Next we have an animation by Eric Azares called Where's the Bathroom? showing one of the cannibals who desperatly needs to go. Very nice story with an unexpected ending.

Sunday, January 8, 2006
Monkey Island play, back-to-back Posted by: Haggis | Comments (9)
Ever heard of Google Video? Well, it appears that someone uploaded the Monkey Island play videos to it. So, I took the liberty to put these into a Google Video playlist, so you can watch them back-to-back. Grab your popcorn and click here!

Thursday, January 5, 2006
Reggae mon! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (12)
Andrej found a reggae cover of the Monkey Island theme. It's actually quite nice and fresh. Get it here.

A Vampyre Story: Most Awaited Adventure Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
According to everyone who voted for it at the Adventure Europe Adventure Developers Online Conference, A Vampyre Story is the most awaited adventure game... ever, or for 2006 or something. Anyway, read about it here, and don't forget to look on the second page of that article, where you can find an entirely new screenshot from the game. Whew, that's a lot of links.

Sunday, January 1, 2006
Let the fingers do the talkin' Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (16)
w3sp has posted an amazing video on the forums showing him playing several Monkey Island themes on a piano. It's incredible to listen to and impressive to see his fingers dance on the keys. He even has a metronome for Jojo's theme :)

You can download the video here. It's 20.8 MB and well worth it.

Thanks to guybrush threepwood for letting me know about this.

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