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About the Product

  • 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 January 11, 2010
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3.5 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
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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.

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Guybrush trying to escape the grip of LeChuck in 'Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal'
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Voodoo Lady from 'Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal'
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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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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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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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I love all the monkey island games. I played with my daughter when she was young, with my stepson later, and now I am going back to play them all over myself. I find this is a healthy diversion to the stresses of life, without being a first-person shooter. The games are clever, witty, and nobody is really hurt by insult sword fighting.

I feel the game has only gotten better and better with each incarnation--the three games for PC in the 1990s, and now the Tales of Monkey Island in the 2000s. The jokes are as witty or wittier, the puzzles are just as puzzling or more, and the characters are great. The music is not quite as good. Threepwood's voice is still spot-on by the voice actor Dominic Armato!

There is a kiss scene between Guybrush and Elaine in Chapter 2 that is really ... exciting! Also in chapter 2, the vacalians are charming merfolk from Atlantis. Their backstory is actually philosophically interesting, that they chose to go back into the sea rather than evolve on land with other humans. Very interesting! They are also done by voice actors, and drawn in such a way that you can never figure out their gender. How appropriate in this new millennium!
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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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By Jane on August 13, 2012
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Episode 1 & 2 set the stage for Tales of Monkey Island. They're both very well done aside from the semi-twitchy adventure-game controls. The dialogue is MARVELOUS, really, a breath of fresh air in the adventure genre. The humor is always silly, sometimes witty, but ever enjoyable throughout. Yes, Chapters 3-5 are where the story really picks up and it becomes marvelous, but it's definitely worth it to play these two as well.

I picked these up while waiting for Episode 3 of The Walking Dead (also by Telltale) and I really do have to say that Telltale has a knack for making adventure games feel current and fun.
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