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Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1 [Download]

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP
28 customer reviews
Metascore: 79 / 100
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  • Experience An Epic New Saga.
  • One Of The Greatest Adventures Of All Time.
  • New Episodes Released Monthly As The Plot Thickens.
  • The Legend Continues.
  • All the humor, romance, and swashbuckling excitement that made the franchise famous.
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  • ASIN: B002KE4NVG
  • Release Date: August 13, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,976 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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This brand new Monkey Island saga begins with a heated battle involving the brave but often bumbling Mighty Pirate Guybrush, his beloved wife Elaine, and their nemesis, the demon pirate LeChuck! Guybrush soon finds himself marooned on a strange island and separated from Elaine at the hands of the evil villain! The stakes escalate each month throughout this epic five-episode series. Who can you trust? Where can you turn? Find out as the legend continues!

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A new game in the much-loved Monkey Island game series, Tales of Monkey Island is a download-only, single player adventure game for PC. Serialized into five monthly releases beginning in the middle of 2009, the first of these is Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal, which follows the continuing adventures of the wannabe pirate, Guybrush Threepwood, his love interest Elaine Marley and their nemesis,  LeChuck.

'Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal' game logo
Guybrush trying to escape the grip of LeChuck in 'Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal'
The Guybrush/LeChuck battle continues.
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Voodoo Lady from 'Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal'
Favorite characters return.
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Guybrush on Flotsam Island in 'Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal'
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Story
The saga begins with a heated battle involving the brave but often bumbling Mighty Pirate Guybrush, his beloved wife Elaine, and their nemesis, the demon pirate LeChuck.  When the showdown goes up in flames, Guybrush finds himself marooned on a strange island with winds that always blow inward.  How will our hero manage to escape this meteorological anomaly?  What has become of LeChuck and Elaine?  And what's the story with the infectious voodoo pox that's spreading across the Caribbean, causing Guybrush and other pirates to act like unruly hooligans?  These are just some of the many questions posed in this first chapter of a rollicking and rip-roaring entertainment experience.

Key Game Features

  • The first in a five-part saga with an intriguing storyline that becomes deeper and more entangled as it unfolds.
  • Series favorites Guybrush, LeChuck, Elaine, and the Voodoo Lady are joined by a new cast of characters.
  • New episodes release monthly as the plot thickens.
  • All the humor, romance, and swashbuckling excitement that made the franchise famous.
  • Gameplay action consisting of puzzle-solving and exploration elements, as well as the ability to create unique items by combining certain item acquired in-game.

System Requirements:

Minimum
OS: Windows XP / Vista
Processor: 2.0 GHz + (3 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent rec.)
RAM: 512 MB Win XP / 1GB Vista
Sound: DirectX 8.1 sound device
Video: 64MB DirectX 8.1-compliant video card (128MB rec.)
DirectX: Version 9.0c or better
Other: Internet connection required for game download; Mouse/Keyboard for gameplay


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ripley7700 on October 2, 2009
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Great game, but this review is really to give a tip for folks with slow games. I have a relatively new laptop (Feb 09) with a DuoCore2 6400@ 2.00 ghz and was having the slow problems. The ship intro was nearly (or nigh, for you pirates) making me literally sea-sick because of the delayed motion. I fixed the problem by going into game settings and lowering both the quality of picture and the resolution (don't know if both are necessary). After I did that, the game moved at normal pace and was fun to play. If you don't already have a top of the line video card, I doubt that you are the type that will care about the difference in the visuals. As far as the game itself, it comes complete with the monkey-heavy mayhem and cute (and/or frustrating) puzzles. My only complaint is that it was relatively short, but I appreciate that this is just a "chapter" of the whole game. I still think it could have used at least one or two more puzzles. And more PIRATES and GROG. Argghh, matey!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Mathieu on August 17, 2009
I used to play all the Monkey Island games as a little girl, and was desperate fot it to be continued ! Then, when I learnt "Tales of Monkay Island" was coming, I must say I was not that excited about it : what if they spoilt my beloved childhood (early teens) game ?

Being curious enough, though, I decided to buy it and was not disappointed. Even though the Curse of Monkey Island remains my favourite for the fantabulous drawings, this new one is as exciting as the previous ones (much more exciting than MI4, actually, which I didn't like that much). Monkey humor is definitely back, and, resolving the puzzles, I got back to that same feeling I had when I was younger. It's also pretty good concerning the amount of stuff to do (I was afraid this episodes thing would lead to making you get two items to put them together and that's it, chapter is over) : you need to think it over, you need a little luck too, maybe, you need to have the impression of being stuck before finding a solution, and that's why you enjoy finding it after all. I'm waiting for the next chapters, of course, but the first one was a really good experience. If you liked Monkey Island, I see no reason why you shouldn't enjoy this one.

Now, technically, it probably comes from my computer but the game can be very slow sometimes, so I suppose you need a good configuration to support it(probably better than mine, but my PC is a tad old, that's probably why). Plus, 3D is not the best choice in my opinion (Look at the effects it has on poor Elaine), yet, for the ones who compare it with MI4, try to play MI4 again and then go back to Tales of, I swear you'll see a huge difference.). So, 3D is what it is, anyway.

Ok, so, I guess that's it for the review. Really, up to now, it's a great game. If what you're looking for is perfect pictures, beautiful landscapes and realisme, don't buy it. But if you're looking for good humor and excellent puzzles, please don't hesitate one more second.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Martin J. Barber on August 28, 2009
I too played the origial Monkey Island series and loved the PG13+ humor of the game. (ToMI) Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1 brings the old characters back to life with the same "feel" as the original game. The cartoonish graphics are fitting for the genre and the acting is superb. There is some issues with the background "noise" during some dialog scenes, but overall the mixture is good. There is some issues with puzzle solving; visual clues are had to follow on somescreens as well as the audio clues caused some confusion as well. The main functional issue concerns with controlling Threepwood, using the keyboard worked the best for me.
In the end, ToMI was very entertaining game to play!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger Houston on November 28, 2009
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As noted by other reviewers, it is sloooooowwwwwww - slow to load, slow graphics, slow pointer, and the dialogue and characters' mouths are so out of sync that it's like watching a dubbed-over Japanese movie - but what's worse, I was only able to play the "intro" section: the software locked up immediately after the credits and I got the "Windows is searching for a solution to the problem..." box. No amount of playing with settings (game or operating system) helped. I contacted Amazon's customer service about the problem and they advised me tell my problems to Telltale Software. After downloading the most recent graphics driver for my system (82945G express chipset) the game did get past the intro, but only with the game settings at 800 x 600 resolution (just like VGA) and not in full screen, so the window was maybe 25% of the area of my monitor. The game was still impossibly slow to play - the animation would stop periodically as well as the sound effects and dialogue, and the action and sounds would get out of sync. Amazon WAS good enough to refund my money, as the game was not playable, so that at least was a positive experience.

That said, for the 5 minutes I was actually able to play the game, the writing seems as good as ever, if not better - I laughed out load several times at the dialogue. The puzzles in the intro section were too easy to solve compared to previous Monkey Island games, but I assume they get a little more challenging as the game progresses.

So even though the writing gets 4 out of 5 stars, overall the product gets one star due to the programming.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 24, 2009
Ok, I am an old time monkey Island game fan. I have played them all, and I think this is the best one yet. I like the cartoon like cinematic style, voice acting is great, and the puzzles are (mostly) fair. We all gather round and play as a family. Great puzzle solving fun for parents and kids together.

The user interface isn't perfect. Dragging Guybrush around with the mouse can be a bit difficult(you can also use the arrow keys on the keyboard), and sometimes the camera angles can be a problem. Also the lip sync is terrible, which is a little distracting at first.

You can subscribe to all 5 episodes at once and get a break on the single episode price(I did). At this writing, only the first 2 episodes are available, with new ones scheduled monthly.
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