Follow

    Return to Monkey Island

    Game » consists of 0 releases. Released 2022

    Monkey Island returns in a direct sequel to Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge.

    Monkey Island is back with the original team!

    Avatar image for el_blarfo
    El_Blarfo

    203

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    I am absolutely fucking thrilled about this.

    Monkey Island has been through a bit of a disappointing spell. Those Telltale episodes were pretty bad, and we shall not speak of the 3D installment that Lucasarts put out during their twilight years. But the first three games... mwah. Some of my all-time favorites.

    Ron Gilbert! Dave Grossman! Michael Land doing the music! Dominic Armato as Guybrush! (Who, last I checked, was working as a realtor in California somewhere. [Dominic was, not Guybrush])

    MURRAY THE TALKING SKULL.

    Avatar image for zombiepie
    ZombiePie

    8237

    Forum Posts

    94562

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 3

    User Lists: 17

    Ron Gilbert basically saying "in my continuity the Monkey Island games after 2 don't exist" is very on brand. Honestly, I think The Curse of Monkey Island is better than any game made by Ron Gilbert. But in the end, I am still hopeful.

    Avatar image for el_blarfo
    El_Blarfo

    203

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #3  Edited By El_Blarfo
    @zombiepie said:

    Ron Gilbert basically saying "in my continuity the Monkey Island games after 2 don't exist" is very on brand. Honestly, I think The Curse of Monkey Island is better than any game made by Ron Gilbert. But in the end, I am still hopeful.

    Yeah, I mean the third game is absolutely terrific. But hey, Murray's in there. That implies some sort of tacit acknowledgement of 3 at least.

    Avatar image for gbrading
    gbrading

    3312

    Forum Posts

    10581

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 34

    User Lists: 5

    #4  Edited By gbrading

    Agree with ZombiePie that Curse is also my favourite Monkey Island game. But El_Blarfo is correct that as Murray is in the trailer, it does suggest that the game might in some ways acknowledge Curse etc. Maybe parallel universe gags or something.

    All in all I confess I am extremely hyped; Ron Gilbert's Monkey Island 3 is genuinely something I thought would never happen, and getting people like Michael Land back to do the music and Dominic Armato to voice Guybrush all sounds amazing.

    Avatar image for nodima
    Nodima

    3556

    Forum Posts

    24

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 13

    User Lists: 0

    No Caption Provided
    Avatar image for imunbeatable80
    imunbeatable80

    541

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    I don't get hyped up or excited by a lot, usually because I always come to whatever game came out 2 years later, but I am super excited about this game. This will be my elden ring. I will absorb every pre-release tidbit I can, I will buy it day one, and I will take the day off to play it on said day as well.

    Even if this game is only mediocre, the MI franchise is my favorite and I'm just happy to see something be done with it.

    Avatar image for el_blarfo
    El_Blarfo

    203

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    @imunbeatable80:

    Exactly this. Also, I see from your avatar that you are a person of exquisite taste.

    Avatar image for goosemunch
    goosemunch

    232

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    1 and 2 are my absolute favourites (not a huge fan of 3, 4, or Tales). I don't like the art in the teaser trailer, but the people involved is enough to get me hyped.

    Avatar image for ares42
    Ares42

    4501

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    Can't say I'm a huge fan of the art style on display either. Also, isn't this like the third or fourth studio Gilbert has joined/made now to make an adventure game before moving on ?

    Sorta getting a heavy Richard Garfield vibe in regards to Ron Gilbert (made something hugely successful in the past, but stuck in an outdated mindset now). Monkey Island is Monkey Island though, so I guess I'm cautiously optimistic.

    Avatar image for el_blarfo
    El_Blarfo

    203

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    Meanwhile Ron Gilbert confirms in response to a Q from Jason Schreier that Monkey 3 is indeed canon.

    Avatar image for strathy
    Strathy

    265

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 4

    User Lists: 0

    I have never been more cautiously optimistic...

    Avatar image for magnetphonics
    MagnetPhonics

    240

    Forum Posts

    120

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    @ares42: It's the same team that made Thimbleweed Park. Which was pretty decent.

    Cautiously optimistic about this. But also wondering why theres been such a reaction. Are people not aware the last two were terrible? (The answer is "probably not")

    Avatar image for onemanarmyy
    Onemanarmyy

    6208

    Forum Posts

    432

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 2

    User Lists: 0

    #13  Edited By Onemanarmyy

    I'm very excited about this.

    I'm also the person that thought Escape from Monkey Island & The Telltale series were enjoyable. I'm easy to please. I just love the comedic piratey vibe of Monkey Island too much.

    Avatar image for el_blarfo
    El_Blarfo

    203

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #14  Edited By El_Blarfo
    @magnetphonics said:

    Are people not aware the last two were terrible? (The answer is "probably not")

    I can only speak for myself, but I totally am. "Escape From" and "Tales Of" were dreadful. But the games in the series that were good were (mostly) made by the people involved in this one.

    Avatar image for theonewhoplays
    theonewhoplays

    438

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    I would be more excited if any of Gilbert's latest games were actually funny. Monkey Island 1 and 2 are top-tier classics for me but I wasn't a big fan of any MI game since. Curse is decent, Escape is woeful, Tales is pretty funny but apparently made an a $5 budget and it's actually distracting.

    But I managed to beat all of them, while I couldn't get more than an hour into Thimbleweed Park. TP replaced humor with pop-culture references and (extremely unfunny, not clever) 4th wall breaks and is a chore to get through.

    Avatar image for wollywoo
    wollywoo

    836

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    Hoping this is good. The Tales series was pretty bad. (In the first episode you pick up a tube that's bent into a U. It's called a U-tube. ...Hah.) I never played Thimbleweed Park, but I played Gilbert's previous game The Cave and I thought that was pretty good but not especially funny. I don't have much nostalgia for Ron Gilbert's games myself. I agree with others that by far the best game in the series was *Curse*, which Gilbert had nothing to do with apparently, and I'd kill for a sequel to *that*. Get that amazing writing team team back and give me a game with the same beautiful hand-drawn art style in HD and... oh, it would be glorious.

    Avatar image for wollywoo
    wollywoo

    836

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    This also leads to the question of... how should we make point-and-click adventure games in 2022? Those 90's games were a lot of fun, but I don't think I would have the patience for them now. Too many finicky inventory puzzles with illogical solutions. I'd really like to see adventure games with *multiple* solutions to most puzzles and also more dynamic storylines ala The Walking Dead etc. No need to change the basic idea of walking around clicking on stuff, but put in the effort to make the world more reactive.

    Avatar image for whitegreyblack
    whitegreyblack

    2382

    Forum Posts

    14

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    The monkey Island series is one of, if not the, favorite series I've ever played. I'm cautiously optimistic.

    I'm not actually a fan of Ron Gilbert's (in my opinion, overly obtuse) puzzle solutions from the monkey Island era and was not a huge proponent of the Big Whoop ending from monkey Island 2.

    Looks wise: The style of Curse, or something similarly more whimsical and stylized, would have been definitely preferred over the pretty middling style on display in the trailer. Hopefully it comes together visually.

    I was not a fan of Escape when it first came out but upon subsequent replays I discovered I actually find it quite decent with many memorable sequences despite some silly puzzles in the first couple of hours. The Telltale series was ok but I need to replay it this month to refresh my take on it.

    I'll buy it because, why the heck not, and hope I enjoy it. If it does indeed release in 2022 it would be a nice treat in a really shit year.

    Avatar image for kopcik
    kopcik

    187

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    The artstyle of Escape was great and still holds up, I hope they wont go with what they showed on trailer/teaser as its simply ugly in my opinion.

    Avatar image for bobafettjm
    bobafettjm

    2598

    Forum Posts

    823869

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 4

    User Lists: 66

    I am so excited for this. While Curse is my favorite game in the series by a pretty wide margin, I love them all. I even like Escape and the Tales games quite a bit. What's funny is that Escape From Monkey Island on PS2 was the first one I played before going back and starting at the beginning.

    Avatar image for magnetphonics
    MagnetPhonics

    240

    Forum Posts

    120

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #21  Edited By MagnetPhonics

    @wollywoo: Good thing the majority of the best adventure games have been made in the last 10 years or so, and are readily available to be learned from. Rather than repeating the mistakes of 25-30 year old games. :)

    Avatar image for onemanarmyy
    Onemanarmyy

    6208

    Forum Posts

    432

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 2

    User Lists: 0

    #22  Edited By Onemanarmyy

    @bobafettjm: hah, same here. Started with Escape, loved the vibe and then went back to the older ones. The PC controls for Escape were strange though, apart from the obvious tank controls. i remember using page up & down to switch between interactible objects in the lower third.

    Avatar image for imunbeatable80
    imunbeatable80

    541

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    @wollywoo: while I certainly understand your comment.. I can tell you right now, Ron Gilbert is going to make this game more 90s adventure game then anything else. He did it for Thimbleweed and he will do it again for monkey island. For me, my excitement is not only knowing that this is another entry in this series, but also that it will be old school to a fault.

    Granted I would love a monkey island with a newer adventure game flair as well, but I just can't see Ron going in that direction

    Avatar image for saturdaynightspecials
    SaturdayNightSpecials

    2593

    Forum Posts

    92893

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 26

    This is all neat so far, and I do like the look of the teaser, but I question whether the "original team" exists anymore. To me, the guy who made Monkey Island 2 is not interchangeable with the guy who made Deathspank.

    I'm not even saying Deathspank was terrible or had nothing funny in it. I just feel like it says a lot about Ron Gilbert post-LucasArts that Deathspank was his passion project. It also says a lot that he (and Grossman for that matter) had no firsthand involvement with Curse, an utterly perfect update of the original games' humor and tone.

    Avatar image for efesell
    Efesell

    6902

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    I'm curious to see how it plays out but I can't help but wonder at... what does the same team even mean like 30 years later.

    Like sure it's the same people but I dunno.

    Avatar image for spunkyhepanda
    SpunkyHePanda

    2276

    Forum Posts

    29

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 3

    User Lists: 2

    Very excited. It's been too long since I've had Monkey Island in my life.

    Also, didn't enjoy Escape that much, but I'm surprised to see the Tales hate in here because I thought it was fantastic. It did some pretty interesting things with the characters, had some genuinely emotional moments, and I think is the only game in the franchise that didn't kind of fall apart at the end.

    Avatar image for undeadpool
    Undeadpool

    7967

    Forum Posts

    10761

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 20

    User Lists: 17

    Guess I have a reason to FINALLY play through Monkey Island 2 after all these years...

    Avatar image for el_blarfo
    El_Blarfo

    203

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    @efesell said:

    I'm curious to see how it plays out but I can't help but wonder at... what does the same team even mean like 30 years later.

    Like sure it's the same people but I dunno.

    This is all neat so far, and I do like the look of the teaser, but I question whether the "original team" exists anymore. To me, the guy who made Monkey Island 2 is not interchangeable with the guy who made Deathspank.

    Like, what even IS a person, man? *exhales smoke*

    In all seriousness, I don't expect it to be a carbon copy of those first two games. I don't think anyone should. It's been 30 years. But I'm excited for it all the same.

    This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

    Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

    Comment and Save

    Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.