Avast! Free episode o’ Tales of Monkey Island!

Arr, it be talk like a pirate day, and dem scallywags at Telltale Games be givin’ away der booty.

Okay, I promise, I won’t pirate it up for an entire post. But Telltale really is giving away a free episode of one of their games, so you can try out the new Tales of Monkey Island for Talk Like A Pirate Day.

This clearly fits with the geeky theme of this website, but what about the feminism? Well, I won’t say the games are perfect on that front, since most of the games probably wouldn’t even pass the Bechdel test, but there’s a lot to love about Monkey Island. The women aren’t just eye candy. For example, the love interest, Elaine, is a smart cookie. When we first meet her in the first Monkey Island, she’s already governor of the island. And when we find her in the latest episode of Tales (Episode 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay), she’s already started solving problems and moderating negotiations rather than moping around waiting for our hero to rescue her. And unlike many video game heroines, she knows how to dress sensibly.

Monkey Island is still mostly about the boys, but the few women most definitely kick some butt. I loved them in the original games when I played them as a kid, and while there’s some to nitpick, there’s also lots to love in Telltale’s new adventures.

So, pick up a free episode of Tales of Monkey Island today while you still can, and have a great talk like a pirate day! ARRR!