Here’s a throwback for all you old-school gamers out there. The classic point-and-click adventure game series, Monkey Island, is all set to make a grand return this year. The game will be published and developed by Return Digital and Lucasfilms Games. The exact release date of the game is not yet known.
Aptly called ‘Return To Monkey Island’, the game would be a continuation from Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, which was released way back in 1991. It should be noted that there have been other releases since, with the last title being Tales of Monkey Island, which was released in 2009. In 2010, we got remastered versions of the first two games, under the ‘Special Edition’ name.
What should get old-school gamers really excited is the fact that Ron Gilbert is returning to make the game. To recall, the 1st two titles in the series were created by Ron Gilbert alongside Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman. Grossman will also be a part of the new Return to Monkey Island game. These three were behind some of the most legendary point-and-click games during the genre’s heyday back in the late 80s and early 90s. Notable titles include The Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, and Sam and Max: Hit the Road.
Monkey Island Series: The setup
The Monkey Island series of point and click adventure games are set sometime during the Golden Age of Piracy. The initial game’s main protagonist is Guybrush Threepwood, a hapless simpleton who wishes to be the greatest pirate in history. The titular Monkey Island itself is an island set somewhere in the Caribbean. The Monkey Island series is best known for its humour. The game regularly breaks the fourth wall and makes fun of not just the player, but also gaming as a whole.
Another notable feature in the Monkey Island series is the fact that the game never leaves the player in an unwinnable situation. While this may seem obvious now, we are talking about the game in the 90s. A time when ‘Git Gud’ was the norm, not the exception.