Thursday, June 25, 2009

A perfect storm of point-and-click.

Life is pretty funny. Just when you start thinking about something, sometimes that thing becomes...a thing...I don't know, something.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is there's been a sudden resurgence in classic adventure games recently. In more ways than one. For those of you who don't remember, the games I'm talking about are of the point-and-click variety. Great writing, engaging characters and long-lasting nostalgia make these games absolute classics. They were big years ago, back in the eighties and nineties. And then they died off for seemingly no apparent reason. 

Just in the last couple of months, it seems they may be making a comeback. There's a select few that are beginning to return to the forefront of the video games for an all-new group of people to discover. And here are the reasons they're coming back...

1) The Secret Of Monkey Island

Coming to Xbox Live Arcade and PC, this classic point-and-click features the adventure of one Guybrush Threepwood, a young boy with dreams of being a pirate.

It won an ass-load of awards when it was released in 1990 and people talk about it nowadays in hushed tones that's usually only reserved for John F Kennedy and the spaghetti pizza. Well, it's coming back - in a High Definition version.

With an all new widescreen paintbrush art-style, this Monkey Island remake looks to be amazing and it will retain the original script, style and even some of the voice actors from the original.

Pictured: The most awesome thing you saw today.

On top of all that, Lucasarts (the developer) have flat-out stated that if this sells well, they will make more. SO ANYONE OUT THERE WHO EVEN REMOTELY LIKES VIDEO GAMES, BUY THIS GAME.

Release date: Hmm, no official date has been announced as yet. But it looks to be in the next month or two.

2) Tales of Monkey Island

In addition to a remake of the original, little Californian development house Telltale are making a whole new Monkey Island game. Tales of Monkey Island will be a 5 episode game released on PC and Wiiware (with a rumored Xbox Live Arcade version to follow).

Telltale already have form in this regard. A couple of years ago they did an all-new Sam & Max game in the same episodic form. Two whole seasons of it, in fact. So they know what they are doing. If you don't know who Sam & Max are, look here:

That's Max on the left. He's some kind of hyperkinetic rabbity-thing. Both him and Sam are freelance police. Oh yeah.

Sorry, got a little off topic here. Here's some shots of the new Monkey Island game...

Release date: July 7 for PC. It will then come later for download on the Wii.
                    (Hey Yuri, look here!)

3) A book clearance centre broke my fucking mind.

Here's what I mean when I said life is funny. I was all jazzed up by the possibility of playing Monkey Island and possibly other games of that types all over again right? Walking along minding my own business, when I was suddenly drawn into one of those book clearance centres like a moth to a flame...

Y'know, one of these places. But with dollars. Thanks for nothing Google Image Search.

A saw a sign that something about video games, so I went in and came out with Sam & Max Hit The Road and Full Throttle. Two of best of these games. One cost $15, the other $10.

Pardon me, I have to leave you now, dear reader. Two slices of awesome await.

P.S. Buy Monkey Island.

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