Are you a fan of adventure games? Monkeys? Terrible puns? How about pirates? Then today be your lucky day, mateys.
In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day (which is today, scallywags), Telltale Games is offering Monkey Island Tales HD for iPad for just $2.99 per episode. (There are five that make up the complete game.) Normally, each episode would run you $6.99.
That link is to Episode 1. (Never mind that CNET's download page says "for iPhone"--this is definitely an iPad game.) Assuming you've tried it and liked it, be sure to grab Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, and Episode 5.
If the name Monkey Island doesn't ring a bell, you were probably born sometime after 1980, in which case I hate you. These were "graphic adventures" at their finest and funniest, and I was jazzed to see the series revived after all these years.
The game is basically a series of puzzles you solve using exploration, interaction, bad jokes, and the occasional monkey. If you're tired of killing zombies and want something that tickles both your brain and your funny bone, there's no better choice.
Although Tales of Monkey Island debuted for Windows a couple years ago, the iPad version is fairly new, having arrived last December. In fact, Episodes 2 through 5 didn't take tablet form until late June.
I'd have a hard time spending nearly $35 (in total) for an iPad game, even one as good as this, but $15 is a lot more reasonable. iPad 1 owners, take note: Monkey Island Tales can be a little sluggish and choppy, just like Telltale's other fab port, Back to the Future.
Don't own an iPad? Here's more good news: Tales of Monkey Island for PC and Mac is on sale for $9.99--for the entire five-part series. Both sales are good through the end of the week, Sept. 26.