Well this came totally out of left field, but there are few surprises that I appreciate more than "Oh hey, by the way, there's a new Monkey Island game." Monkey Island Tales 1 HD [$6.99] is the first part of a five episode series of adventure games that was originally released for the PC and Mac, as well as making appearances on both WiiWare and PSN. The game takes place in a 3D environment where (much like other Monkey Island games) you guide Guybrush Threepwood through a series of misadventures. These puzzles are very similar to other adventure games and involve clever use of the environment, items, and dialog choices.

We haven't gotten official word yet on when the rest of the series will be making their way to the App Store, but the original episodes were released on the PC about a month apart, so I've got my fingers crossed for episode 2 sometime in January. We plan on taking a closer look at the game, but with the onslaught of releases today we've got quite a huge pile of games to go through. In the meantime, swing by the thread in our forums.

  • Janelle B

    I'm confused, it says it's universal, but it's for the iPad only?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Those links are automatically generated and I'm not sure where it's getting the universal from. If you look on the App Store, it clearly is listed as an iPad game and the App Store details also only mention it's compatible with the iPad.

      • Adams Immersive

        It has 10 screenshots, 5 in iPhone format and 5 in iPad format.

  • http://www.facebook.com/philmacnevin Phil MacNevin

    That game was enjoyable, played it through on the Mac.

  • Silentcorp

    Is it going to run as poorly as the Sam and Max release? That thing ran terribly, even after removing a lot of the graphical fidelity. If they can get this to run smoothly, I'm all over it, if not I'll just play the Steam version I got a while back (whole series for $9.99 I believe.)

  • foobar

    You'll need to cross more than your fingers. No other Telltale game ever reached episode 2 on the iPad.

    I guess they just view the iPad versions as ads for their PC/Mac versions.

    • thewiirocks

      Considering that they only released one other series (Sam and Max), I wouldn't exactly say that's a trend.

      That being said, I did a double-take when I saw this story. Telltale? Actually *supporting* the iPad?!?! Something is clearly out of whack here...

  • Deamon34

    Is it worth it to get involved with the Monkey Island series? I played games like, The Dig, Full Throttle, Day of the Tentacle and so on but never Monkey Island. If yes where should I start?

    • Silentcorp

      Yes, if you enjoy adventure games of yester-year you will enjoy the MI series. I would start with the recently remade Monkey Island1:Special Edition.

      It can be found on just about every gaming platform, iPhones, Xbox 360's, PC's ect ect. The iPhone version has had a few sales recently so it may be one to look out for, I got both the first and second game for 99 cents each!

      They have the same pitfalls as the older Lucasarts games (abstract puzzles, fuzzy logic, pixel hunting) but the story/characters more than make up for it.

  • jason

    So can you get a lightsaber in this? ;]