Tag Archives: LucasArts

LucasArts Signs Deal with Epic for Unreal Engine 3

LucasArts is just the latest company to enter the Unreal Engine 3 arena alongside Gameloft and Trendy Entertainment (the makers of Dungeon Defenders).  While there is no indication as to whether or not LucasArts plans on bringing the Unreal Engine 3 goodness to the iOS, the press release does explicitly state the powers of the engine on iOS, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.

It’s also a long term deal that allows LucasArts to build not just one but multiple games using the Unreal Engine 3.

There’s really not much more information than that, but hopefully we’ll be seeing some Unreal Engine-d games from LucasArts sometime in the near future.  I wonder, what would Secret Monkey Island look like with the Unreal Engine 3?

‘Monkey Island 2: Le Chuck’s Revenge’ Out now for iPhone and iPad

Monkey Island, the first one, was probably one of the best re-imagined retro games for the iPhone, also making it as one of the best point-and-click adventure games on the platform.  I had an enjoyable time with the first version, and while I’m not too keen with point-and-click adventure games, Monkey Island drew me in like no other.

Fortunately, LucasArts has decided to release the second Monkey Island, named Le Chuck’s Revenge to both the iPhone and iPad (separate versions, separate costs).  It brings all the “special” it brought to the first game in the series, with the ability to switch between classic and enhanced graphics, redone musical score, voiceovers, and a hint system.

If you were a fan of the first game, this seems to be a no-brainer.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on this title before the night wanes into dawn.

Monkey Island 2 SE: Le Chuck’s Revenge is available on the iPhone for $7.99 and the iPad for $9.99.

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Monkey Island Half Price This Weekend, Lite Version Available

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is on sale until Monday for $3.99, down from its regular price of $7.99.  This classic adventure game is a must play for fans of the genre and anyone looking to relive some retro gaming memories.  Are you familiar with the upcoming console release Brutal Legend?  Tim Schafer, who’s the creative director on that game, is also the man behind the original Monkey Island.

Daniel gave Monkey Island a must have recommendation, so at half price we’d recommend you pick it up right now.  If you’re still not convinced, give the newly available lite version a shot first.  This sale ends Monday at 10:00 am PST.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Review: A Beautiful Ship Port

LucasArts, the creators of The Secret of Monkey Island, released their beautiful game for the iPhone around a week ago after many hints were given for the game being released.  I’ve played extensively with this game, and I believe I can lay down a final verdict on this game.  Reading this SEGA?  This is a port done right.

Likes

Rehashed: I really, really like the fact that LucasArts ported over a rehashed game to the App Store and not just a straight port with the original graphics.  Some may have liked the original graphics, but for me, the new ones absolutely rock.

Not An Emulator: One thing that SEGA is notoriously know for doing is putting an ROM into a sluggish emulator, then releasing that for $4.99.  LucasArts’s Secret of Monkey Island is a game that’s actually a game and not emulated.  The special edition is specifically made for the iPhone, and the game was most likely made from scratch.

Upholds the Spirit: Ports of famous games like Golden Axe are usually either sluggish, input bad controls, or does not fit the multitouch iPod screen.  Because of these factors, the ports of these games usually fail to uphold the nostalgia and awesomeness felt in the past.  The Secret of Monkey Island does a wonderful job upholding the spirit of the game, and the fact that you can play with the classic graphics makes it even better.

Shake For Hints: Stuck?  One factor that seems to present in almost all adventure games is that you don’t know what to do.  In The Secret of Monkey Island, you have the ability to shake for hints when you’re stuck.  There’s no need to search for guides on the Internet or download long Word documents.  The “shake for hint” feature greatly increases the fun factor of the game and leaves a user enjoying the game more than being frustrated.

Dislikes

Controls: I found the controls for The Secret of Monkey Island not natural at all.  The pointer felt more like a mouse than something that’s on a touch screen since you have to drag the pointer around.  I’m sure most of you will get used to these controls after a while, but the dragging just feels so unnatural.  If you’re reading LucasArts, please make the controls so that it feels like I’m playing on a touch screen.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is an extremely well done port with rehashed graphics and hours of gameplay.  This isn’t a watered down version of the game, and it surely isn’t a sluggish or unresponsive port.  LucasArts did an excellent job with making the game for the iPhone, and I am so glad that they actually took the time to make a new game rather than port it directly.  There’s also an option to change the look to the original, retro graphics so that older players will still feel that nostalgia.  Of course, controls can be proved so that it feels natural on an iPhone or iPod Touch, but the controls don’t bother me much compared to how much the game delivers.

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is developed by LucasArts, and I played through version 1.0 on my 1st generation iPhone.  The price is $7.99.

The Secret of Monkey Island Released

Remember the *wink* *wink* *nod* *nod* that happened a few weeks ago?  And the Secret of Monkey Island iPhone wallpaper that was released for “no reason”?  Well I’m elated to tell you that The Secret of Monkey Island by LucasArts has been released for a premium price point of $7.99.

Back by popular demand, The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the internationally-acclaimed classic pirate adventure game from LucasArts. Featuring an all new re-imagined contemporary art, complete voice over by members of the original Monkey Island™ franchise cast, a re-mastered musical score using live instruments, plus scene-for scene-hot swap to seamlessly transition between Special Edition and Classic modes at anytime.

If you’re a LucasArts fan, this should be a no brainer since it looks almost exactly like the Xbox Live Arcade version.  Oh and a warning, the file size is 351 MB.

The price is $7.99, and the creators are LucasArts.