In what has been the best news I’ve woken up to this year, we will Return to Monkey Island sometime in 2022! I am still bamboozled by the announcement, to be honest with Terrible Toybox, Lucasfilm Games and Devolver Digital bringing this new game to life. Terrible Toybox worked on Thimbleweed Park and if you haven’t played it before, I highly recommend it.
The Secret of Monkey Island was the very first point-and-click adventure game I ever played way back in 1990 on 5.25″ floppy disks and using the dial-a-pirate wheel to get past the game’s security questions. Nine year old me couldn’t comprehend what I was playing, to the point where I spent literally a year just walking around the early stages of Melee Island, marveling at the talking pirates, barking dogs and the grog. So much grog!
I actually did not know how to get past the barking dogs at the Governor’s mansion. My innocent mind had no comprehension that poisoning meat and giving it to the dogs to put them to sleep was the solution to getting past them. Nor did I think using a rubber chicken with a pulley would work, or that the phrases, “I am rubber, you are glue”, or “you fight like a dairy farmer”, would be engrained in my memory forever, giving a subtle nod to my time in Monkey Island games every time I see them.
I digress. The news today that nearly every Monkey Island fan has waited over 30 years to hear, is that Ron Gilbert, the grumpy gamer himself, has been secretly working the past two years on Return to Monkey Island, and it is releasing this year! It is set to follow on from 1991’s Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge and features the likes of Dominic Armato who originally voiced Guybrush Threepwood, as well as the original LucasArts musicians who will provide the game’s music. It’s an incredibly exciting prospect as the later games, though good point-and-click games in and of themselves, just didn’t capture the same magic as the first two games. I loved playing the remastered versions recently, and I haven’t played the Telltale Games version, Tales of Monkey Island, though I may dive in now to experience it before returning for Return to Monkey Island sometime this year.
All we’ve been given is a landing page over at returntomonkeyisland.com as well as the game’s teaser linked above. I cannot wait to hear more and we will keep you updated when release information is known.