Monkey Island Creator Ron Gilbert Is Bringing Scurvy Scallywags To iOS

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Ron Gilbert is the weirdo behind some of the best and funniest games of tjhe last thirty years. Maniac Mansion. Secret of Monkey Island. Heck, just last year he designed The Cave, a game about evil psychic twins, a hillbilly and a time traveler going spelunking. It’s available for Mac if you haven’t given it a try.

Gilbert’s next game, however, is coming to iOS, and the title is so deliciously weird and unwieldy you just can’t help but get excited. Are you ready? It’s called Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage To Discover The Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match-3 Pirate RPG. Let’s see him fit that under the app icon.

Co-developed with Clayton Kauzlaric, Scurvy Scallywags is a match-3 game with a twist.

“Unlike Puzzle Quest — and just about every other match-3 RPG that sprang up after it — in Scurvy Scallywags you actually move your hero/pirate around the board and position her/him next to enemies to do battle,” Gilbert wrote. “It creates this new layer to the matching that is a lot of fun.”

You will apparently be able to customize your pirate a great deal.

“We have close to one hundred different hats, shirts, heads, swords, etc you find and use to dress up your pirate,” he wrote. “There are also ten different ships to build, plus a sea shanty you collect that is sung by real life pirate singers (they work for grog, quite inexpensive).”

There’s no firm release date for Scurvy Scallywags but it should be out in the next few months in both iPhone and iPad versions.

Grumpy Gamer

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