LucasArts and Telltale Games will be celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day this Saturday (September 19th) by offering the first episode of Tales of Monkey Island up for download completely free.
Avast, ye mateys! Thar be plunder on the horizon, an' she be free for the takin'! When ye landlubbers be tryin' to talk like we scurvy scalawags of the sea on Septembarrr 19th, the bilge-rats at Telltale will be jes' givin' their hard-earned booty away! Startin' midnight on th' Greenwich Mean Time, Tales o' Monkey Island: Episode One: Launch of the Screamin' Narwhal'll be free to download and play from thar webby-site! Iff'n that ain't bein' a great deal for ye, matey, than I'm a purple peg-legged parrot.
Aye, an' the Secret o' Monkey Island remake'll be just half yer doubloons on Steam, Direct2Drive and the iPhone App Store. So jes' remember, ye scoundrel, even iff'n ye be a pirate, that doesn't mean ye have to act like one.
We're keelhaulin' the press release below. Yarrrrr!
Each year on September 19, brigands and scallywags 'round the globe rule the day on International Talk Like a Pirate Day. And what better way to mark the occasion than by jumping into the celebrated Monkey Island® swashbuckling pirate games by LucasArts and Telltale!
On September 19, Telltale is making the premiere episode of Tales of Monkey Island® a FREE download on their website (http://www.playlikeapirate.com/) all day.
In addition, today through September 21, LucasArts is offering a virtual treasure trove of deals on several versions of The Secret of Monkey Island®: Special Edition titles, including:
• 50% off the iPhone and iPod touch version of LucasArts' new The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition via Apple's App Store
• 50% off The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on Steam®, Valve Corporation's delivery and management platform for the PC and Direct2Drive, IGN Entertainment's digital download store
Best ye' jump on these offers smartly before they expire!
LucasArts will also soon release a free "lite" version of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPod touch as well as a sound board application for iPhone and iPod touch that features 16 witty and ridiculing sound-bites from The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition.
Taking place each year on September 19, Talk Like a Pirate Day was officially started in 1995 by two Oregon-based pirate lovers and has since become a pop culture phenomenon celebrated by would-be scallywags all over the globe. The event has evolved beyond simple pirate speech with people inserting piratey activities into their everyday life by eating, drinking, dressing, blogging, laughing, Tweeting, and gaming ... like a pirate!
The Monkey Island pirate game phenomenon all started in 1990 with LucasArts' The Secret of Monkey Island, a graphical adventure PC title featuring an aspiring pirate named Guybrush Threepwood. The game was an instant critical success and has since spawned three additional titles, making it one of the most enduring videogame franchises of all time.
The new wave of Monkey Island excellence kicked off this summer with two new projects. Telltale premiered the Tales of Monkey Island game series on PC and WiiWare, in July, delivering a completely new epic storyline and swashbuckling flair that is unfolding across five monthly episodes, which are available for download on Tellale's website, http://www.telltalegames.com. Wii users can also download episodes individually from the Wii Shop Channel.
The Monkey Island celebration continued when LucasArts published The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, a completely re-imagined version of the first game in the series that adds updated high definition graphics, a re-mastered musical score, and full voiceover to the classic adventure game. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PC via Steam and Direct2Drive, and iPhone and iPod touch through Apple's App Store.