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Pass me the Pig.
"Not wasted!" say we. Jason has more (article discovered scrawled onto a cave wall in Iceland... the search for the body continues).
As walkthroughs prove to be more and more in-depth, programmers (or at least, ones who care) are pressed to hide secrets in more convoluted ways, or in greater numbers. For instance, look at how ridiculously placed some of Brutal Legend's Bound Serpents were placed.
How about the LucasArts Adventure pack for £1.74? That's Indy Fate of Atlantis, Last Crusade, Loom and The Dig for probably the cheapest price they've ever been individually anywhere else, let alone all together! Even if you've got one of them, I think it's worth it.
Or how about the Jedi Knight/Dark Forces collection for £7.49? Secret of Monkey Island SE , Lucidity, Republic Commando or Knights of the Old Republic for £3.49?
No? How about Tales of Monkey Island for £17.74? Check out the LucasArts page for more, and I expect some present-giving you tight buggers!
Update by Kroms: You can pick up every game that Telltale has both made and self-published for $49.99. That's Tales of Monkey Island, Sam and Max Season One (Sam and Max Save the World), Sam and Max Season Two (Sam and Max Beyond Time and Space), Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People, Wallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures, Bone: Out of Boneville, Bone: The Great Cow Race and Telltale Texas Hold 'Em.
The Tingler Updates: While it's not part of the Steam sale (not yet anyway!), Psychonauts is $7.49 at GOG with their own sale.
It's a (CGI presumably) animated movie, Jeff Smith is closely involved, they're meeting with directors now and hope to have one announced in January, and it (HOORAY!) won't be one movie. So, bought the books yet?
(Tingler's Side Note: although excited frankly I'm terrified about Lin and Animalogic's other project, a Tom & Jerry origin movie, which sounds like a terrible idea. Oh well, let's hope for good things)
Speaking of the future, why don't you save up for it by taking advantage of Telltale's holiday bundles? The future is where your future lies, and that is where you will need money the most: not the past, but the future (and the present).
(The future brought to you by one Ed Wood; space gorillas courtesy of the power to comprehend the inability to comprehend Sam and Max 2010.)
The last MojoCast of the year is finally available. The entirety of Tales of Monkey Island is discussed as jp-30 and elTee join the cast for the first time. It also serves as the first MojoCast to use g0blin's excellent jingle.
Bargain, although GamersGate fails to remind customers the sad fact that this is only Part One, with the second half stuck in limbo. Do the game a favour - pick it up, then when you've finished head over to the Crackpot videos page to complete the story - um, when Mike or Larry actually get round to sticking the remaining cutscenes up.
Let's just hope one day we get to end Chrys's case properly... and I don't mean on DS.
Packing a $39.99 price point and some steep minimum requirements, this is no download for the faint of heart. But if you've never played STFU, want to, and remain unfazed by the PC port's terrible reviews (though presumably this an improved, post-patch version), doing so has never been more convenient.
In other LucasArts news, IGN has awarded the special edition of Monkey Island "Adventure Game of the Year." Seems a bit off, given the competition, but hey, we'll take it.
The new DLC will include a few extra achievements for players to quest after, several new outfits for Eddie Riggs, new paint jobs for his car the Deuce, and best of all, something called the "Oculus of the Lost," basically a GPS system for the Deuce which allows you to find hidden collectible items you haven't unlocked yet.
And for those who aren't afraid of some SPOILERS, the list of the new achievements is already online.
You can hear goblin's winning entry here. It is a very catchy piece that sounds like it was created by real voodoo witch doctors. Nice work!
The lyrics are "zab-zab-zibbadaba-dubadaba-dubadaday-..Mixnmojo all up in thiiiiis....Be keepin' it real, yea you know it -The international House of mojo - You best be listening to our shooow! mixnmojo-mixnmojo-mixnmojo-mixnmojo-mixnmojo-mixnmojooo..."
We also have two runners-up, whose excellent jingles will also be used repeatedly in future podcasts.
BillieJoe86 did a lovely song with some musical quotes from the LucasArts games. The lyrics, for those who want to sing along, are:
"Grab some Grog XD and Gold Liquour
And that mug you bought from Lucasarts
Just sit back and relax
It's International Mojo Time!
It's taste and jazz and mix from fans
From a hundred thousand lands
And it's dark and gloomy! (Adventurous!) (In 2D!)
It's Mix and Mojo!
(mix, mix and mojo)
Mix and mojo, mix, mix and mojo!
Mix and mojo, mix, mix and mojo!
Mix and mojo, the Mix, Mix and Mojo Podcast...!
...is about to start!"
Lastly comes an impressively mixed medley of LucasArts themes by the talented Edward van Helgen from our forums. Listen to it here, and see if you can count all the themes that are blended so seamlessly together.
Thanks again to everyone who entered. We were all very impressed by the high level of quality in the entries we received.
The latest example of impressively excessive fan devotion to the father of SCUMM is this, a new remake of the game observed in one of our forum threads. What makes this remake of the classic original Maniac Mansion worthwhile when an acclaimed one already exists?
That's right: it's being re-imagined in the style of Day of the Tentacle. You can see some sprites and animation tests here, as well as an open call for help. It's unclear how far along the effort is at the moment, the status being that "the backgrounds are almost done." Still, whether or not this remake will end up being completed, or end up being like 99% of all fan projects, the work seen so far is pretty impressive.
In other news, our jingles competition will end tonight at midnight London time. The entries will then be judged the board of examiners, and a result will be announced tomorrow.
Thanks very much for everyone who entered, and those who are still working until the last minute on their pieces of music!
In addition to sound design and voice direction, Emerson-Johnson's contributions to TMI include the voice of deranged
When I did Curse and Escape, I chatted on IRC and did a couple of brief interviews with a couple of the hardcore Monkey Island fansites like The SCUMM Bar. A few months ago, I went to PAX, met a horde of people and had something like 20 interviews, some with pretty major gaming publications. No sneaking under the radar anymore!While we may have reported on one or two of the previous interviews at the time, you really should read all five of them, and if you haven't, permit me to supply a hint book to your game of catch-up:
If for some reason that bunch of meaningless pre-rendered bluster leaves you wanting to know more, there's a website here. But bad luck, it doesn't actually have any info on it.
That's where you, our musically talented readers, come in. We would love to have a short piece of music (vocals are optional) that will work well as a pod cast opening. In fact, we'd love to have several: if you send us any kind of jingle that meets our (embarrassingly low) standards, then we'll add it to our jingle library and use it randomly. You will have immortality, and our eternal thanks.
Plus, as an extra incentive, we're giving away a copy of A Vampyre Story to the very best musical jingle. If you didn't grab a copy of AVS when it first came out, then you missed out on a real treat, as our review will testify.
To give you some inspiration, here are some jingles from other podcasts and radio shows:
- Adam and Joe (BBC 6Music) -- and alternative podcast jingle.
- Idle Thumbs (we're probably all about the middle ages)
- LucasCast (the LFN's podcast)
(Note that the version of A Vampyre Story that constitutes the prize is the North American retail version published by The Adventure Company, which ought to work internationally.)
Update: 15 days left! Thanks to everyone who's entered so far; keep 'em coming! :)
Update 2: Only three days left! The contest ends on Tuesday. Every contribution is appreciated and will likely be used for future years in our podcasts.
"Earl Boen, the man who first gave a voice to the evil ghost/zombie/demon pirate in 1997 with Curse of Monkey Island™ has returned to play LeChuck in the final chapters of Tales of Monkey Island!
Plus, he's re-recorded lines for the prologue of "Launch of the Screaming Narwhal", which will be available on the Collector's DVD, and coming soon as an updated Chapter One download on our website!"
This should allay the concerns of those who feared that the TMI DVD would be the only option for hearing Earl in all his demonic glory.
The next step is presumably the announcement of a North American distributor, which hopefully won't lag too far behind. My fellow Americans can rest reasonably assured though that the English release will be getting a digital distribution release, and therefore any wait to play this game after the blokes in the UK do will be purely optional.
And what's this? Concept Art?
Sam & Max 2010.
Is this a resurrection of Infinite Machine's Sam & Max Plunge Through Space? (Oh, Justin Chin's no longer at Telltale, so probably not).
It may be late in your time zone, or early, but there's no time like the present to continue the adventures of Guybrush
And if you haven't bought the episode yet (or the season), there's still time to redeem your personal epic fail at life. After all, Telltale's store is open 24 hours a day.
You can read our our review whilst you're waiting for the game to be released.
Update: The Pirate God review has risen on ye olde The SCUMM Bar too.
Here's the Announcement Announcement Teaser video:
If you're already doing YouTube stuff, you could do worse than have a peek at this video (it's not Mojo related, it's just EPIC WINness) if you're not already one of the 2 million+ who have watched it in the last day or so.
Update: Thanks for the tipoff black_sheep. This is probably the game, Star Wars Legends.
"Remember to grab the demo right here on Big Download next week Tuesday the 8th -- the original voice of LeChuck, Earl Boen, is back!"
(Also, while you're at it, do check out this Chapter 5 preview, which contains a few new screenshots. Beware of SPOILERS therein, though.)
UPDATE: elTee has thoughtfully pointed out that the same article we linked to above (and scandalously skimped on reading) indicates that Tuesday's demo is in fact of Chapter 5 gameplay. So Earl Boen in Narwhal might not be coming so soon as we first thought. There's always the DVD...
UPDATE 2: Jake from Telltale comments!
"Earl Boen definitely recorded a demon LeChuck for Ch 1 (as obviously indicated by his voice appearing in the trailer). I don't know when it will be released, though."
So there you have it. The Earl Boen dialogue for Narwhal is fully recorded, but the release date for an updated version of TMI Chapter 1 with his voice work is undetermined as of yet.
There's also Tim's explanation for the very late announcement of the game's strategy elements, Tim's major gaming influence on BL, and why Tim Curry played Doviculus. Obligatory second linkage!
Another reason to join Twitter is that we're not always able to break news as it happens, and sometimes you get one day deals such as $2.49 for Lucidity or The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition. Deals that LucasArts mentions on Twitter.
The real reason for this update, however, is to endorse the idea that you should follow the Mixnmojo Twitter account. Our Twitter feed is automatically updated by the magic of technology, using a mysterious method that scientists have agreed to call "amazing". To see the magic in action, follow Mixnmojo.
Though you've probably seen most of what was shown (those three screenshots, some light story spoilers) and may have even read one of the write-ups by now, Telltale has thoughtfully collected the previews that came out of the event of mourning for your convenience.
Update by Kroms: Those crazy Germans have published I Wonder What Happens In: Tales of Monkey Island: Rise of the Pirate God, which is German for "I wonder what Guybrush is doing in hell right now with Nor Treblig". I have to link to it. Guybrush would've liked that.
Within the content of said manuscripts was this article, describing Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures, some 1,800 years before the game was even made.
We can only assume that the body was Jason, tragically lost in the year 199 AD, but still performing his duties to this future web-site.
Close enough. Wanna buy some Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 5: Rise of the Pirate God screenshots and concept art? Right now I'm selling them for the very low price of free!
Just come on down to our Tales of Monkey Island screenshots gallery and our concept art gallery, where you'll find the latest and greatest images on display. Caveat emptor, though, for SPOILERS lurk within....
Don't forget, the full game comes out on Tuesday, December 8!
(This message brought to you by wholesale distributor AlfredJ on IRC.)
...we're also very interested in taking characters out of the adventure game genre and creating all new games and experiences with them. Nintendo has done a fantastic job of this with their characters over the years and I would hope that we'll get an opportunity to do the same.And this...
I feel part of the reason we're still talking about Monkey Island 20 years after its initial release is due to the "secret" not being revealed. Leaving it mysterious and ambiguous I feel is part of the charm. However, I also think we owe the fans a bit of closure around the "secret" and hope that we have the opportunity to reveal it in a perhaps unexpected way soon.What the...!?
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