Monkey Island Tales 1 HD

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Excellent port of the computer/console adventure series.





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Ease of play

The touch-based game is fairly easy to control using your fingertip on the iPad screen, but it's not always as responsive as it should be (requiring a more precise tap or two).


The game has some cartoon sword-fighting sequences, one punch to the face (by a possessed hand that has a mind of its own), and an implied "bar brawl" that is heard but not seen.


Some minor references to sexual intimacy are in this series, including dialogue that mentions a "make-out session" and "getting hot and heavy." Elaine, the lead character's wife, is also referred to as "sexy."


The word "hell" can be heard in the dialogue once or twice.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The game references and shows barrels of "grog," a 250-year-old word for an alcoholic beverage such as a beer-like drink or type of rum. Later on in the series (the fifth and final adventure) there is a "grog vending machine."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Monkey Island Tales 1 HD is a swashbuckling adventure in which you play as a pirate out to rescue your wife and put an end to the evil ghost pirate Le Chuck, who is holding her captive. This first tale (of five) balances puzzle-solving and humor, but there is some minor animated violence; there are also subtle references to alcohol and sexual conduct.



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Yes, players assume the role of Guybrush Threepwood, a bumbling pirate who gets himself in all kinds of trouble while sailing the High Seas; this adventure starts off near the "Rock of Gelato," where Threepwood's nemesis -- a demon pirate known as LeChuck -- has taken his Threepwood's wife, Elaine, captive on his ship. While trying to save her, Threepwood accidentally blows up LeChuck's ship and washes up on the shores of Flotsam Island. Your goal is to find a way off Flotsam, rescue Elaine, and finish off LeChuck once and for all. Using your fingertip, you'll tap to move Threepwood around the game world, talk to hilarious characters (by selecting desired dialogue from a list of options), add items to your inventory, and use them on the environment when needed. The 3D game looks impressive on the iPad, but there are a few technical hiccups, such as some slowdowns in performance and some camera angles that obstruct your view. But overall, gamers who prefer good puzzles and a few laughs will no doubt enjoy this first adventure in the five-part episodic series.

App details

Release date:December 15, 2010
Category:Adventure Games
Publisher:Telltale Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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