Review – Tales of Monkey Island

Arrr ye scurvy dogs!!

I can’t believe I haven’t done this any sooner, because honestly, Monkey Island is not just one of my favorite games, it’s a part of me. My dad used to play it and I started playing it myself when I was still a  darn little kid. I grew up with the Monkey Island series (mostly watching my sister play it because it was too difficult for me at first) and have always loved the games.

For those who know Monkey Island, scroll down towards the picture, for those who don’t know Monkey Island: a quick introduction! Monkey Island is a series of Adventure Games, of which the first game was created in 1990 by Lucasarts. You play as a young man called Guybrush, who wants to become a pirate. You have to go through ‘the three trials’ in order to become one, which are: mastering swordplay (by defeating the swordmaster), thievery (by stealing an idol) and treasure huntery (by finding the legendary lost treasure of mêlée island). Guybrush falls in love with the local governor Elaine, who is kidnapped by the ghost pirate LeChuck! As a real pirate you have to go rescue her!

Now that all sounds very heroic and awesome, but the greatest thing about the series is: it isn’t. Guybrush is kind of an idiot from time to time. He is not muscular or strong, but has a particularly strong sense of wit. The game consists mostly of you picking up all kinds of random things you find (Guybrush IS indeed kind of a kleptomaniac), and using them very creatively to find your way out of nasty situations like being held captive by a group of cannibals! Never thought a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle could be useful? Think again!

The other games from the Monkey Island series go along the same kind of story. LeChuck always comes back and Guybrush always has to defeat him. There is a lot of humor in the games, and when I say a lot I mean A LOT. You can’t play monkey island without a smile! For instance, when swordfighting, you don’t just have to fight, you have to throw insults at one another, and know the correct reply to each insult. For instance, when your opponent says “You fight like a dairy farmer” you say “How appropriate, you fight like a cow!” and so on.

Ooookaay so now let’s get to the review of ‘Tales of Monkey Island’ shall we! This game is made by Telltale games, you know, the same ones who made the Walking Dead game I just posted about? It’s the second Monkey Island game in 3D, but where the last one made Guybrush look like a balloon, this one makes him look rather handsome. I love the graphics, I love the story, and I love the new game interface! Some people miss the classical point-and-click system, but I like it this way too.

The story goes like this: Guybrush starts out by stabbing LeChuck with his cursed cutlass of Kaflu, but instead of killing LeChuck, he sucks all the voodoo out and makes LeChuck a normal man (who is suddenly all sweet and kind, especially to Elaine, yuck). Then where did all the voodoo go? Into the cutlass? No that would be too easy! It has spread all over the Caribbean as ‘The Pox of LeChuck’, is making pirates sick, and is making them behave like total badass pirates. Guybrush’s hand is infected, and he can’t restrain it (he even slaps random people in the face!). So Guybrush sets out to try and stop the Pox. If he can find La Esponja Grande (yes, the giant sponge), it could suck the Pox out of all the victims. But where is La Esponja Grande? And can he leave Elaine behind with the ‘oh so kind’ LeChuck while he goes off on his adventure? Anyway, I won’t give away anything else, but it’s a really good story. ^^ There are also some new characters, which are also very good, and the game still has Dominic Armato’s voice acting, and with that, you’re golden.

I really love the game, because I feel like the characters have grown. In the first game Guybrush is only 19 years old, and now he is about 28. His wit has become even sharper, his loyalty to Elaine is stronger than ever and his sense of humor is definitely still as good as before. He actually makes a lot of kinky jokes in this game, which in my opinion are all very very funny. Throughout the series you can see him grow from a young guy saying “I wanna be a flooring inspector (oops I meant Pirate)!” to an actual legendary pirate.

Out of all video game characters in the world, Guybrush is my No. 1 favorite. He is just so different than all the other characters out there, and he is amazing!

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If you are interested in playing Monkey Island for the first time, try the Special Edition version of the first game! It’s a remake from the original game for tablets, and it’s really fun. If you swipe over the screen, it changes into the original version, so you can switch between styles as you play.

And last but not least, if you want to practice your insult swordfighting in Chinese, go HERE!

Now go play!

Jade

ps:

Nah, just kidding


Loving the sea

Hello!

My first exam went well today! and 3 more to go!

Here is part 2 of my holiday update, pics from my vacation to the sea in the Netherland (called ‘Zeeland’). It’s really beautiful there and I went there with my parents. But my friend Lara also came a few days, and so did my brother and his girlfriend. We’ve had lots of fun and the weather was great! I also practised playing my beautiful mintgreen electric guitar and my mum taught me how to knit! It’s going pretty well, but it takes such a long time! You can see the result in the pics below!

Kisses,

Elvi

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Review: The Walking Dead (game)

Grrr Aaarrgh!

The Walking Dead is a video game based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series. It exists of five episodes, which you can buy separately, or all together for only €15. I think it’s an amazing game, that really sticks in your head after you’ve played it. It’s an adventure game, but unlike most puzzle solving adventure games, this one is more focused on the psychological aspect of the story, how you relate to the other characters and how your own character develops.

The game takes place in the same world as the comic, where there is a zombie apocalypse, hence the title: the walking dead. The zombies are called ‘walkers’ because of the slow way they walk, which is quite fortunate for the player, otherwise you’d be dead in an instant! ‘The Running Dead’ would’ve made for an awfully difficult game. You play the game as the main character: Lee Everett, about whom I won’t say any more, I’ll let you find out his story by yourself. Wat I can already say is that he is a very sympathizable character, who you really enjoy playing with. At the beginning of the game you find a little girl called Clementine, who you have to take of, which makes the game all the more emotional. You start feeling very responsible for her pretty quickly, and she is just super cute.

Throughout the game you encounter lots of other people who either join your group or become hostile. You have to make many decisions, which is basically the main aspect of the game: you decide and the game develops based upon what you do. That’s what makes you so personally involved, when someone dies, it’s often because of what you said or did. Often when I went to bed after playing, I kept thinking about everything I did, and doubting whether I had made the right choice.

It’s a great game to play together by the way. Mind you, it is a single player game. But one person can play and the other can watch. I played it with my boyfriend, and I know other people who did it just the same way. Because you have to decide fast sometimes, you can’t always talk every decision through, but as a ‘watcher’ you are also very involved in the game. I think the best thing about the game is turning it off and discussing (and comparing) all your decisions with friends!

I also really like the graphics, not super realistic, but artistic, and I admire that. Also, it’s made by Telltale games, which is such a great company, always offering great games at low prices. : )

So basically, get it get it! Play it! and tell me all about it ; )

xx

Jade

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Hepburn hair

Hi everyone!

Before going to Italy I got a haircut! Me! The one who always says she refuses to cut a centimeter off because long hair is so pretty. I just felt like having something different for a change, and went for it. So as you can see in my previous posts, my hair was shoulder length.

But then I started thinking… I’m young, I’m a student, if I ever want to try some stuff out hair-wise, now is the time! And then I started looking at pictures of Audrey Hepburn with short hair and one thing lead to another and BAM I cut off all my hair. Mind you, I’m not bald, it’s just really short now! I just feel like it’s a challenge, long princess hair is something you can hide behind, and I thought it could be a fun challenge, trying to create a fun look every day without being able to braid and make ponytails. I feel quite confident, knowing that I don’t need my princess hair to feel pretty! Quite proud..

It feels sooo weird! So light! It dries incredibly fast and I never have to comb it, nor use conditioner on it. Wow…

Anyway, since I’ve already had this haircut for a while now, I felt like it was time to tell you guys.. Hope you all like it!

Jade

ps: I will be trying out different colors too, stay tuned!

 

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I Amsterdam

 

hi there!

long time no see! Although school hasn’t started yet, vacation is over for me! I’m studying for the re-exams which will start this monday! But I thought it was about time for the first update after my great vacation! What have I done? Well, I’ve been to the wedding of one of my best friends in France, stayed there for 2 weeks, been to the sea in the Netherlands and stayed there for 2 weeks and socialised with all of my friends! And last but not least, I had a great amount of quality time with my mum, dad and doggie! This is part 1 of my holidaypics. One of the first things I did when I got back in Holland was going to the zoo in Amsterdam (Artis) with my mum. She told me I’ve been there when I was a little child, but I didn’t remember so we had to do it over again! It was a beautiful day and we rented bikes, had lunch at “bagels and beans” (which is always delicious!) and went to the zoo. Artis is an old zoo in the middle of the city and I loved it! It reminded me a bit of the zoo in Antwerp, which is going to my new hometown in about a month! Can’t wait to move! But first passing those exams!

Wish me luck!

Kisses,

Elvi

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Lunch @ “Bagels & Beans”

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Birdy eating lunch too!

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Big fish!

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cute penguins!

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Love from Italy

Ciao!

I’m back in Belgium! Actually, I’ve been back for a while already and have even gone to France for a couple of days with friends, so I’m not back from Italy, I’m back from France now. Yay, so much vacation! I haven’t had the time to upload some holiday pictures, so that’s what I’m doing now. Italy was -again- amazing! We went to Firenze, Fiesole, Bagni San Filippo and so much more! Firenze is beautiful, everything there is golden in the sun, there is a lot of art and there are many cool museums, it’s wonderful. Bagni San Filippo is also great, it’s a spa (all natural) where you can sit in the warm water, surrounded by nature, all by yourself, lovely. In Caffe Poliziano I had a coffee with black pepper in it, YUM, and I drank a lot of Esta The this holiday, which is a cool name for a drink, because ‘estate’ means summer. : ) We also visited the Museo Delle Torture, which is full of old torture instruments, creepy! We really enjoyed the sun a lot, but there were also a lot of storms. The weather is really getting weirder… Anyway, my heart lies in Italy, and being home I feel like a part of me is still there.

I’ll post some pictures from France soon!

Xx

Jade

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Val d’Orcia

Hi everyone!

I’m still enjoying Tuscany, it’s so incredible here… Most of the time we just drive around enjoying the landscape, I especially love the tiny roads in the middle of nowhere. The most beautiful area is called the Val d’Orcia. It’s a golden valley, and driving around in it is amazing! The rest of the time we visit some cities and villages, drink cocktails and eat pizza and ice cream. I visited Etruscan tombs with Derian’s mom which was also very cool (check me and wookiee out in the dark, cute). I’m trying to learn some Italian again, and to get into it, I now call Malteke ‘Maltece’ and Wookiee ‘Wookicina’ doesn’t that sound lovely? Also, we have a pool and I love swimming in my new retro bathing suit!! Check it out below!

Yesterday we got our exam results online and I passed all of them, yay! My sister and Derian also had super grades so we went to our favorite pizzeria called Trattoria di Cagnano. They have the best pizza ever for a ridiculously low price. We also drank a bit of limoncello to celebrate, yum.

Now you can finally see that my hair is shorter by the way, which hasn’t really been obvious in my last couple of posts. I still really love it! I was afraid that I would obsessively look at old pictures and go all “It was so much prettier when it was long!!” but I don’t feel like that at all. It’s nice for a change! And it kind of looks like Bridget Jones’ hair. There is going to be a third book by the way, hooray!!

Last but not least, Derian is reading a book called ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ (which he claims is great) and on the back of the book, it says ‘You’re never too old for an adventure’. I really like that idea, and think it’s a nice thought to end the post with. =)

Enjoy your weekend,

Lots of love

Jade

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