bgbennyboy, owner of Quick & Easy Software and creator of several explorers and the famous USB ejector, has released a new program called DoubleFine Explorer. As the name suggests, you can use it to explore the innards of various post-Psychonauts Double Fine games and extract titbits you may find useful.
Valkian has finally finished the second issue of The Thrillville Quarterly! I'll let him describe the new issue himself:
That magnificent cover illustration [pictured below] was made by Jón Kristinsson, who makes some wonderful adventure game tributes. Among the many great articles featured, we have this interview with Dave Grossman, an article by Gabez on imagination and Escape From Monkey Island, one by elTee on the Double Fine Adventure and a short story by Haggis, among some other things.
Now go read!
You can't chuck a box of Tentacle Chow anywhere in Germany without it hitting someone working on a Maniac Mansion fan game. But the one brought to my attention by Cyrus7 on our forums is a little bit different.
Crazy Mansion presents an original story that takes place in the universe of the Maniac Mansion while adroitly sidestepping copyrighted names in order to escape legal problems. The team is a group of longtime friends and Maniac Mansion fans who call themselves Desperate Studios and have apparently been tinkering with homemade game development since the Commodore 64 days.
They seem to have gotten far along enough in the conceptual phase of Crazy Mansion to show off a bunch of stuff and are trying their hand at crowdsourcing the game's development - check out their indiegogo campaign where you can read an overview of the project as well as see a bunch of concept art and the following trailer. I do like the art style they've landed on:
ResidualVM are about to reach a major milestone, their first Beta release, and they need your assistance in testing it.
All you need to do is download the latest pre-release build (not daily build) of ResidualVM for your system from here, and play Grim Fandango.
The devs will appreciate any information about major bugs you encounter here!
Have you still not sent all your Christmas cards because you're looking for that perfect Monkey Island one? Look no more! Redbeard1973 over on the Monkey Island forums has redone Jake's old Monkey Island Christmas card in a higher resolution. Have a look.
To grab the high-res version, right-click the thumb and click "Save linked content" or your browser equivalent.
Download the patch, which may or may not blow up your computer, here.
The popular hosted site Quick & Easy has had a facelift. Benny's page hosts several popular tools he's writen, including the Telltale Explorer, a replacement Grim Fandango installer, the USB Disk Ejector, and many more. Tools like the Telltale Music Extractor are updated often to support Telltale's latest games so make sure you stop by from time to time to check out the latest updates.
Well, last weekend's On Stranger Tides was surely no exception, and I've given everyone a head start on the ongoing compilation of Totally Not Ridiculous MI Connections in this forum thread. Come play along, and of course, spoilers ahoy!
This week, Governor Phatt oversees the trial of the Zombie Pirate LeChuck! You can catch up on to all the previous parts here.
In other fan audio news, Bad Asp!'s parodic retelling of Telltale's Sam & Max series reached Episode Five earlier in the month.
In this episode Sam & Max get a new case, and Max eats a table leg.
The series has apparently gained "the blessing of Steve Purcell," which presumably means he has chanted Latin hymns and sprinkled holy water over the web-site.
Discuss this in the forums.
More episodes will be coming soon -- and in an e-mail we were teased that "next month's Nightlight offering will involve a dog and rabbit..."
Why does that interest us, other than being frickin' awesome? Well, Monkey Island is one of the games remixed. Guybrush can be downloaded here and LeChuck can be got at here.
I won't spoil either, as they are both utterly excellent. You'll have a fangasm once you realize what they're singing behind the Monkey Island theme in Guybrush's mix. LeChuck's mix isn't quite as adventurous at first, then goes very cool fast. Check them out all out here.
First off is Screen 7 and Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth, who are promising an exciting year - hopefully culminating in a release! Their new year surprise is a revised demo, featuring an updated game engine and a small Easter Egg. Let's just say it involves a mysterious ring and someone who might know about it! They're also promising a new mini-adventure, entitled Indiana Jones and the Valley of the Kings. Let's hope for great things, since the demo is arguably more impressive than even Fate of Atlantis!
The second fan project is Binary Legends with Indiana Jones and the Seven Cities of Gold, who have just released their first demo.
We wish both projects luck, and we can only hope that LucasArts are inspired by their efforts that they stop f***ing around and give us some Indiana Jones news from them too. If not, I think these two are enough to get excited about for now!
I think Double Fine’s games have to be on PC. Read on for my justification, and why it’s probably not going to happen just yet.
There's not a whole lot to see there yet, but we can only assume that will change soon.
Alternative Magazine Online have interviewed Dominic Armato, voice of Guybrush Threepwood: he tells them how often he plays Monkey Island, and what thoughts at reviving the character (thanks Martin Mulrooney).
Steve Purcell has posted another nice pirate piacture on his blog, though this one seems unrelated to any old film projects (thanks Hayden [CENSORED]).
Today is Talk like a Pirate Day (yarrrrr), and this year you can fight viruses at the same time as shivering yer timbers (thanks Rubber John).
Lastly, Snakes of Avalon has been released: a free amateur adventure game made by people in the community and with lots of LucasArts references thrown in. Avast!
The team describe it as “a fan project for fans and for those who have probably never played Maniac Mansion at all," as well as it being "a hommage to LucasArts for making this pearl."
Maniac Mansion was released by Lucasfilm Games in 1987, and is widely considered a pioneering classic in the adventure game genre.
How does squidkidd thank people? By using mere words? Certainly not: unicyle bagpiping is the only language he speaks -- and this time he speaks it with the Monkey Island theme and bonus trumpet!
Chewbacca on a squirrel fighting Nazis.
Chewbacca on a squirrel fighting Nazis.
That is all.
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