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UPDATE by The Tingler: It's also got a new video up at GameTrailers. The jury's still out on this one, I think.
Sometimes, though, sharing one's brief two cents on a game isn't quite enough. For those of you who have something interesting to say about Monkey Island that would take the lengthier form of an all-out standalone editorial (or essay, or article, or whatever term you prefer) similar in vein to elTee's theory about Loom in the latest article, we're open to it! However, in order to spare yourself from potential disappointment and wasted effort, please give us a taste of what you have planned so that we can ensure it meets the (obviously high) publishing standards of the International House of
In other Telltale news, the repeatedly delayed Sam & Max Surfin' the Highway hardcover should be available next month.
Members of the first party will no doubt be interested in the fourth installment of our "LucasArts' Secret History" series, due to the trivia, downloads, and developer insights within... members of the second party should take a look at our review and find out what they've been missing.
As someone from the second group, I am now very desperate to get my hands on a copy of Loom (FM Towns preferably!) and play this mother. I mean, dragons, Swan Lake and a free audio drama... in the same game? Kiss me now!
Thanks to all the developers and gamers for sending in their thoughts, and to Dan Lee for the amazing art work once again!
However, a surprise was apparently included with the game: an advertisement for an as-yet unannounced LucasArts game. Don't get too excited - it's a Star Wars game, the long-rumoured game based on the new Clone Wars series and movie coming out this Autumn/Fall.
The game will come out the same time. Of most interest is that it will apparently be exclusive to Nintendo's two consoles - Wii and DS. What the game will be like is anyone's guess, but as it's not even been announced properly yet and is out in a few months, I'm not holding my breath.
Once upon a time, Mojo hosted a game guide dedicated to Loom. This particular guide was thought lost to time until clone2727 travelled back to the past and diligently assembled all pieces that made up the guide.
So without further ado, may I present to you the Loom Game Guide!
Oh yes, proving that LucasArts aren't completely dismissive of their olden days, their own Shop is selling it too. Still not selling the games though, are they...
Update by elTee: Out of stock.
And yes, he does say that they're trying to reach as large an audience as possible - which is meant to explain why they're cutting out the Star Wars staple of lightsaber-dismemberment, but doesn't explain why there's an N-Gage version of the game but not a PC one.
Oh, and there's no new footage and they're still reusing that really old concept art.
This image is a lot less placeholder-looking than certain alternatives, but that's still not proof. Troubled fans in search of closure pointed out this new development in a Telltale forum thread, to which diegetic video game sitcom theme song lyricist Jake Rodkin explained, That box still isn't the final one but is very close.
Sitting here, posting this, I realise it is significant for two reasons: 1. This game sounds more delicious every second, and it has whet (yay!) my appetite even more; and 2. This is a new record for Mojo's annual "How long would it take us to post this?" competition. What I'm trying to say is: Guys, eat your hearts out. That is all.
The only problem is that it's just a mobile phone game. Ah well, Lego Indy will be here soon.
(I'll stop now.)
(Remember: with the beard.)
The staff of Mixnmojo send out congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Schafer. It's a girl!
Update: 2HB the real version is now complete as Mr. Graham Annable's son, James Oliver Annable, says "Hi" to the world.
Update: The release date for Sam and Max: Season One has been revealed to be August...something. No other details have been released.
And if you haven't seen the films before, take a look at the review anyway, to get an idea of what all the fuss is about. Then you can pick up on all the in-jokes in Monkey Island 2.
Update: page two, with a look back at Temple of Doom, has been published.
Update 2: page three, with a look back at The Last Crusade, has been published.
Update 3: some thoughts on The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are now online, free of major spoilers.
- Gamespot, 7.5: "Penny Arcade Adventures is slick with rain, humor, and all sorts of awesome, but it's for fans of the comic's brand of humor only."
- IGN, 7.8: "It's a smart, fun game that would have been truly great with a wider range of enemies and environments and a touch more depth to the gameplay."
- Destructoid, 9.0: "Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is a hilarious, immersive, and goddamned fun gameplay package."<:MORENEWS:>
- Wired, 7.0: "Penny Arcade Adventures lives up as well as any game could to an overabundance of hype. That is to say, while it does try to bite off a great deal more than it can chew -- and suffers for it -- the game is a solid, clever, hilarious piece of entertainment that will more than please its audience."
- GamesRadar, 8.0: "Of course, the real star of PAA isnâ€™t the gameplay, but the humor. Itâ€™s a lot like playing a comic strip, and should be approached as such. Read a few of the strips online before plunking down your $20 - if you like what you see there, the game is worth the price of admission."
- Edge, 4.0: "With the episodic development cycle all but demanding that structure and form be locked down in the first instalment, with content added thereafter, the series' future looks precarious at best." [June 2008, page 90]
I'll ignore the fact that Edge completely missed the point of episodic, I guess.
If you have an Xbox360 and a PC and can't decide which game you want, the only major difference is that the PC version is a point-n-click while the Xbox one is a traditional hold-the-button-to-move. Wired also points out that the artwork looks better on a computer monitor than on a TV screen.
I should also note that this appears to be the first of at least four episodes, which might (or might not) continue. I'm not sure, because it's never entirely stated, but Tycho Brahe/Jerry Holkins's tone in his interview with Joystiq gives off that impression, and his opinion on game development, which games influenced Rain-Slick and about his mad musikal skillz. Gabe and Tycho have also written-up their general impressions on the launch.
And thus ends the longest post on Mixnmojo to be ever conceived. Someone call Guinness. I'm gonna be rich.
Herge, the creator of
More importantly, Gabez, purveyor of good taste, is 21 today. Aww, our little man is all growns up. Join us in wishing him a happy birthday!
Genuine oldskool fan site!
Just returned from nowhere land!
Guaranteed not updated since 2003!
Delve into Mojo's past by checking out one if its hosted sites: The Kickstand, dedicated to bringing you the latest Full Throttle news!
It features interview with one of the Gone Jackal guys, fan fiction, and much more!
I should note that it'll be pretty hard for you to download the game right now (lots of traffic and Greenhouse isn't handling it all - hey, this is their first time). Wait a little then try to download it from the Greenhouse website.
UPDATE by Tingler: As Kroms said, the Greenhouse servers are really struggling at the moment. Here's an alternate place for the download. You still have to buy the game from the main site, though.
Update by Jason: Over at Grumpy Gamer you can read Ron's thoughts on the launch, and one blog entry down you can read about how Steve Spielberg likes Monkey Island!
The winners of the seventh annual Ursa Major Awards (formally the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature & Arts Awards), for the Best in anthropomorphic/"funny animal" literature and art first published during the calendar year 2007, were announced at a presentation ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Morphicon...It is unknown if there is any truth to the rumours that a "Who has the Biggest Brain" facebook-app tournament was held in the Telltale offices. The employee with the lowest score forced to don the suit below and collect the award in
Currently planned for 360 and PS3, Fracture has considerable potential for pushing the next-gen action genre. Denny also said to expect some truly crazy terrain-inspired achievements in the Xbox 360 version, although he wasn't willing to go into specifics. While the games should mostly be the same content-wise on each system, we only saw the Xbox 360 build in our demo. As Denny put it, "We're not going to comment on specific PS3 features at this time, but it is definitely coming to PS3." When asked about a PC version of the game, Denny Thorley didn't deny it, and only said, "We're not prepared to talk about PC at this time."There are a bunch of other previews (the game was shown off at a San Francisco media event earlier in the month and at GDC in February), by Joystiq, 1up, Team Xbox, OrlandoSentinel, and Game Informer. In these you'll find lots of new screenshots and information should you care enough to see it. At the moment Fracture is still scheduled for release sometime this Fall.
Look within to find adventure games, strategy guides, copies of The Adventurer, and even the Grim Fandango toy.
Strong Bad starts the game asleep on his couch, his hand wedged in a bag of chips, mumbling about an old SNES game. Itâ€™s the sort of joke that, while funny on its own, is very clearly a nod to longtime fans of the series. These moments are sprinkled throughout the game, but not too frequently as to be off-putting. Strong Badâ€™s particular brand of humor is the kind that most anybody can enjoy â€” the clever dialogue will make most anybody chuckle, yet there were one or two moments when, as the only Homestar aficionado in the room, I found myself to be the only one laughing. SBCG4AP makes no excuses for the fact that it is aimed at fans, but the newcomers in our group found plenty to laugh about as well. My impression wasnâ€™t that you had to be a fan to enjoy the gameâ€¦ youâ€™d just get to enjoy it more.See it all.
"We can confirm that LucasArts is no longer a member of the ESA," said LucasArts public relations director Margaret Grohne. "As a company we are still committed to bringing consumers the best interactive experience possible and support the ESA's mission in the industry. LucasArts will be participating in E3."The news comes in the wake of Activision and Vivendi also ending their ESA memberships. Other than that LucasArts is making Monkey Island 5, this news doesn't actually mean anything specifically (except that maybe publishers don't feel like wasting money), but there ya go.
Here's a picture. Looks frickin' awesome doesn't it? There's loads of art just in that advert that I've not seen before!
Thanks to SyntheticGerbil for finding this out!
The fate of the galaxy rests in your hands as you take on the alien Yuuzhan Vong as Bryon Tomri, a former Imperial star pilot. The mod includes the work of 34 voice actors playing 61 roles. Players can download the mod at njoproject.com along with standalone versions of the game's cutscenes, several behind-the-scenes documents and unimplemented voice work for the curious.The authors also released a Phantom Menace X-Wing Alliance mod several years back which was better than pretty much all the LucasArts Episode 1 games.
The final version of The Invasion Begins tells an in-depth story about Bryon Tomri, who finds himself entangled in the beginning months of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the Star Wars galaxy, and must choose between duty and his friends. The mod includes 5 missions, 19 skirmish missions that are based on the originally planned 19 missions for the mod, 5 cutscenes, a full voice cast, voiced briefings, new music, and new e-mail messages tailored specifically to the campaign.
The mod also supports multiplayer gaming between users who have The Invasion Begins installed, allowing players to take control of the coralskipper and Chiss claw fighter in head to head combat for the first time.
LucasArts may have abandoned the Star Wars space sim genre, so it's great to see the community still alive and kicking. Grab the NJO Project here.
Introducing... a recorded discussion about lots of interesting things! It's like a pod cast, but less fun.
UPDATE by The Tingler: If you've got a lot of patience and can ignore scary-looking faces, you can now read the polished, uncensored version at IndyJones.net! Only the truly dedicated need venture in!
Update: And it costs 1600 Microsoft Points.
Extreme update: It will be released on Mac and PC on the same day too: 09:00 UTC (1:00 am Pacific Time, 4:00 am Eastern Time), May 21st. Thanks to Maratanos for also pointing-out that Kotaku says the same thing.
Update the Third: Here's a new trailer and five new screenshots. It looks pretty cool, so roll on Wednesday!
Update, Henry the Fourth: Aw look, they even did a prequel comic about it. Three pages to follow, lads.
Update Five Rhymes With Hive: Here's a direct link to a hi-defintion version of the trailer.
The first episode is due this June (hooray! Strong Bad AND Insecticide in the SAME month - the 2005 version of myself is dying with envy), and the other later in the year.
Check out a plot summary, some new screens, and a new gameplay video while taking all that in. Also check out the Chapman Brother interview and Next Generation impressions that we forgot about.
UPDATE: Don't make the Swan angry.
Nasa engineers have identified the 1.1m tonne asteroid, which in 2000 was given a significant chance of slamming into Earth, as a potential landing site for astronauts, ahead of the Bush administration's plans to venture deeper into the solar system with a crewed voyage to Mars.
The mission - the first to what officials call a Near Earth Object (NEO) - is being floated within the US space agency as a crucial stepping stone to future space exploration.
Tune in next week when we reveal Stephen Hawking has proven it is indeed possible to travel through time using chron-o-johns and a big-ass diamond.
This week, Guybrush and Karl (the Swordmaster of Jambalaya Island) get in a spot of insult sword fighting... with sexy results! Listen to part four here, and previous episodes of the series here.
Suck on that console owners. LucasArts love us, they really love us.
VideoGamer.com: Do you guys have any message to your PC-owning fans, because you guys have a heritage on PC?Read the whole thing here.
CS: Absolutely. We started on the PC. Unfortunately that goes back to the point of such a variance of the platform. There wasn't such a variance at that time and it made a lot more sense to develop on PC. The message is that we're not shutting the door on PC at all. Just for this project it happens to be that we don't have a PC SKU. I really hope that everyone can experience this game on a platform eventually.
VideoGamer.com: Might there be a PC version in the future?
Forum member Moedred at TheRaven (TheRaider.net's forum) unearthed a trademark filed by LucasArts in 2007 for this title to be used as "interactive entertainment". It's not part of the list of trademarks for possible Indy IV names.
The trademark can be seen here. Just click 'Basic Search' then type in 'Staff of Kings'.
If it is indeed Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, then that fits with the ongoing rumour that the "quest of biblical proportions" would be for the Staff of Aaron/Moses, that helped cause the Seven Plagues of Egypt and parted the Red Sea.
Another tidbit of info was also unearthed in the Dorling Kindersley kids book Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide, that states about the game that Indy is "searching for his former college professor, Charles Kingston". This would mean the game may be taking a more Last Crusade approach than the usual Raiders retread.
UPDATE: And in other Indy news, there's a new trailer up for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Slightly pointless as it's mostly the second trailer and no one will ever see it in a cinema as the film comes out in less than two weeks.
It can be found here:
480p / 720p / 1080p / YouTube
The first episode of SBCG4AP is expected on WiiWare in June, with the next four following monthly. Each episode will have a different lead designer and writer, similar to a television series. The first episode is being led by Mark Darin, the creator of the Nick Bounty games, with a later episode being helmed by Mike Stemmle, a name familiar to many Sam & Max fans.Be sure to read the entire preview which includes some gameplay details and additional new info.
Samuel L Jackson has reprised his role as Mace Windu for the movie, though it's unconfirmed if he will continue to do voicework for the TV series that the movie is launching.
Also, the second part of the animated LEGO short for Raiders of the Lost Brick has been posted online here.
Eurogamer is the most recent and is probably the most fun preview I've seen yet. I would've killed to have been one of those kids, getting to play a major game early! It also addresses some issues, such as the similarities to Lego Star Wars and how guns will feature.
IGN has the shorter preview, but makes up for it by having videos from all three Lego-ised films!
I thought I would post this as news partly because whether the film's good or bad the Soundtrack will be fantastic, partly because I think John Williams is great and I'm looking forward to the Soundtrack almost as much as I am the film, but mostly it's to annoy Jason. :D
So where did I find it? Why, only on the UK version of the Official Site instead!! Check the Downloads page out!
Here's the direct link to the best version! Enjoy!
Nothing at all.
Now then, back to our regularly scheduled programming!
UPDATE: There is absolutely no truth in the rumours you may have heard.
And in other news...
Our intrepid reporter (again, me), took a couple of shots to prove his slightly blurry findings. There's also the first ever shot of Indy together with the Crystal Skull, although obviously just in Lego.
1080p / 720p / 480p
If you can't run HD, The Official Indiana Jones Site has it too. The site has also had a small revamp, which basically means that a very golden Crystal Skull is staring at you the whole time you're there.
EDIT: There's also something on the updated Official Site that you may or may not want to avoid - an official Story Synopsis of Indy IV. Don't say we didn't warn you...
Does this mean games are changing, or does it mean that this game is a love-or-hate thing? Or did Gabe and Tycho accurately predict the future? Let's buy the game and find-out later this summer.
There's a game that's coming out sometime in 2008 called 'BrÃ¼tal Legend.' I've seen a lot of screenshots and little things from it. They have showed interest in using some King Diamond music in there, and they've also talked about maybe doing a voice-over.He does not provide much more information, (well, a paragraph and a half more) but I think that's great. I was personally worried that the game would be completely dominated by the Iron Maidens and Black Sabbaths of the world but it's nice to see some good ol' underground metal potentially in the game.
Update: Here's an excerpt that has all information related to Mojo.
Update: It's official!
Update 2: New trailers! Including Annarchy!
Beware though, for if a trailer for a Lego version of three films we've seen thousands of times can contain spoilers, this one certainly does!
I especially liked the moment at 49 seconds!
Then why don't you go playtest Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People? You get to be a hot shirtless Mexican guy, too. And it will literally leave your Wii in a smoldering crater.
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