July 13th 2009 1:34 pm PT

This week on Arcade: Secret of Monkey Island & Madballs in….Babo Invasion


SOMI! Madballs!


Secret of Monkey Island and Madballs in….Babo Invasion are this weeks Arcade titles. Both will be available this Wednesday. Monkey Island will be 800 points, while Madballs will be 1200 800 points.


Edit: The Madballs price has been updated to 800 points




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  • Ahmedz

    800 points for Money Island!?!?!?

    EPIC WIN!!!!!!!

  • Twister65

    Monkey Island link no worky.

  • anthonycougar

    I require everyone to buy Monkey Island, no option.

  • WinterSnowblind

    Monkey Island is an absolute bargain for 800 points, I was expecting 1200 for the redone graphics, music and added voice work.

    It’s one of the few games I’ll be buying without even getting the trial first.

  • heater06

    Monkey Island FTW! I can’t wait for this. Loved the PC came and I’m thrilled that I’ll be enjoying an update of it for a mere 800 points. :)

  • tabicat

    800 points for Monkey Island == automatic buy

    I have no idea what Madballs in….Babo Invasion is, but it’s a really stupid title. I’ll check it out, though.

  • wardenam

    WOW 800 points, i was expecting this to be at least 1200 if not 1600 points.
    Well done lucasarts or whoever decided to price it at 800 points, i can see this shifting alot of copies at that price. And i’ll be buying some points so i can purchase it once its out.

    Nice to see everyone else thinking the 800 points price is a bargin as well :-)

  • theuglyteradon

    I was actually worried that the asking price for Monkey Island was going to be 1200 points, so glad that it’s five dollars cheaper than what I expected it to be! I can’t wait to play this!

  • metallicorphan

    Monkey Island FTW!!…woohoo 800 points an all

    now bring monkey island 2,3 and 4 to XBLA(and then the new one):D

  • a peeking duck

    The 800 points price has been public for a while now, guys… ;)

  • crabflap

    Very happy with the Monkey Island price, I have 950 points and was fully expecting to have to top them up so I’m happy for once ;D

    @Twilight Now: link to your source please.

  • a peeking duck
  • crabflap

    Seems to me like the last few weeks line-up is far better than this years summer of arcade. Only Trials HD and Shadow Complex are the only titles worth the price for me.

    Whereas in the last couple of weeks we’ve had Worms 2 800pts (good value), BF 1943 1200pts (again good value)and now Monkey Island at 800pts. This years promotion will almost certainly get nowhere near the sales as last year, someone should get a good talking to for that!

  • crabflap

    Thanks Twilight, thought I had my ear to the ground pretty hard on this one. must. try. harder.

  • Shadow0810

    Nice, I was very much expecting Monkey Island to be 1200 and therefore a no buy, although i could see the legitimacy of that price point. I just spent money on worms 2 and BF 1943 though soooo…later…

  • ColdMolasses

    Monkey Islnd! Awesome!

  • nuvm

    Awesome week! I’ll have spent more points in this month than I have all year.

    PS. Madballs… in Babo: Invasion image link is broken.

  • Sogeman

    This week Monkey Island next week Splosion Man. Damn this summer is expensive. I spent more on Arcade the last two month than the entire last year.

  • technofranki

    Secret of Monkey Island at 800 points is a must buy. I was expecting 1200 since this (sadly) looks like the new norm.

    Will be great to re-play the game again. It’s been many years since last time I play it.

  • Rixxar 06

    well Monkey Island day one purchase. i would even today for it. Hopefully it sell very well so we can see some more updated Lucasarts Games, Maniac Mansion, Loom, Dig and the Indiana Jones Games would be awesome

  • BrooksterMax

    Awesome awesome, and even better at 800msp. Does it include the copy protection system from the Amiga and PC with that spindle and faces that was a bugger to photocopy (to preserve the original naturally).

    Anyway here is an awesome music remix to enjoy in the meantime

  • Mark of Scorpio

    The madballs link is missing the colon after the http. Correct link: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/m/madballsxbla/

  • Sr LeungJan

    I don’t have money, I don’t have money, I don’t have money

  • FlagshipFighter

    I will certainly be impatiently waiting for the monkey island release! I Can’t wait!!! :D

  • BrooksterMax

    @sr leungjan

    Get a credit card for the points :0 Credit cards are good for the economy! Its what kept the USA and UK out of trouble recently lol

  • Chicago Mafia

    Oh yeah. Monkey Island at that price = instant buy for me. Who ever is the guy (or girl) who ultimately decided to price it at that sweet spot deserve a pat on the back.

  • DenmonX

    Never played Monkey Island, but for 800 points I’m buying it.

  • Stryker412

    I was going back and forth between the 360 and PC versions. Ultimately I think I’ll go with the PC version since we don’t know if the games will transfer to whatever the new XBOX is. At least with the PC version I know I can play it for years to come.

  • a peeking duck

    DenmonX: you are in for a treat!
    Recently, LucasArts began releasing their old adventure games via Steam, and for those people that never played the Indy games or The Dig… I envy them. And I envy all those like DenmonX who will for the first time gaze upon the everlasting genius of The Secret of Monkey Island… in HD. :)
    ENJOY IT!!!!!!

  • KMetalmind

    Awesome price, I´ll get it the wednesday for sure :DDD

    Keep things like that coming!!

  • MeS FEAR

    Monkey Island is already mine!!!! Looking forward for my all time favorite point and click adventure…and lucasarts do a remake of the other 2 monkey island episodes too pls!!! I love these episodes.

  • Bucket of Truth

    I always thought how awesome it would be if a old Lucasarts SCUMM game came to the XBLA. But I figured it would never happen because it was too simple and too good of a idea. Instead we would get stuff no one wants or asks for like “Hyperboarding Super Racers” or some nonsense.

    Here we are two days away and I STILL can’t believe we’re getting this game. Just a undeniable classic. XBLA has a lot of great stuff on it, but this game has to be one of the best, if not the best thing ever released on it.

  • Insimbi

    Monkey Island – yesss! I’ll be buying this immediately.

  • DamianIsabel

    wow, totally expect Monkey Island to be 1,200 points, must buy either way.
    unbelievable awesome adventure game, this time with Dominic Armato as Guybrush Treepwood(he was voicing Guybrush ever since Curse of Monkey Island back in 1997), redone graphics, ability to switch between original and special edition graphical upgrade, remastered soundtrack ~ only fool won’t buy it.

  • Ai Kago

    Superb!, I remember playing this on my 486 lol. Cannot wait for this!

  • Rick Dias PK

    Very interesting pair of releases. I’ll be looking forward to both of them…

  • Shonk

    Monkey Island = Sold
    The one i have never heard of for 1200 LOL = NO SALE

  • metallicorphan

    @MeS FEAR

    there are actually another 4 episodes,if you include the new one(5th)that started last week on Wiiware and PC…Escape from Monkey Island(the 4th of the series)was on the PS2 back in 2001


  • DL CyberSkull

    Why do I have to wait until *Wednesday* for Monkey Island?

  • bknight2k

    Monkey Island purchase for me

  • wiirule111

    Gotta buy this game on day 1! :-)

    It will be the third time i buy this game. Previously on Amiga and PC-CD.. ;-)

  • DarkTear81

    I’ll get MI too. Hopefully the overdone graphics are ok. Didn’t like the new look of Guybrush. Anyway I will love a makeover. Just played it again on ScummVM.

    Oh and to all of you:
    You fight like dairy farmers. =P

  • Exu

    Haha, that “Madballs” game looks utterly VILE. Someone who deals with the arcade releases must really have a vendetta against someone who helped make that horrid-looking abomination.

    I mean, giving it the high price and then putting it up against MONKEY. ISLAND.
    It’s literally a both-ends-of-the-scale week this week. Something brilliant and priced right, versus something utterly awful and overpriced.

    I know where my points are going!

  • SumHydroponic

    Okay guys, I haven’t had a chance to ever play Secret of Monkey Island. Could someone fill me in on this game and help me decide if I should buy this game or not. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Karachi King

    @SumHydroponic: It’s an old LucasArts point and click adventure game. Why not just try the demo tomorrow and decide based on that?

  • BrooksterMax

    Its a point and click adventure game, one of the most famous from the early 90s. You know the sort, click on “get” then highlight the mug onscreen, then “use mug” with tap. Its going to be a retro-fest tomorrow.

  • StammyFi

    Great times for Live Arcade. First Sam & Max, Worms, BF1943 and now Monkey Island and there is still Summer of Arcade to come.

  • Sneltje

    They should not only put the price on game bits/bytes size but also on reply ability fallue.
    As Monkey Island and most of the point and click adventure have a one play only ability. which is to bad anyhow what about old content don’t they get a price reduction?


  • Sneltje

    Ofcourse I meant value, aarrrgggggg I flipp’n hate french keyboards!!!!!


  • CheekyLeeth

    Still having the original Monkey Island, I wasn’t going to buy it. However, 800 points has turned my head. Someone, somewhere, made an EXCELLENT decision.