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Download Tales of Monkey Island (PC), Chapter 1, free

Avast ye, adventure fans of yesteryear! There be a new Monkey Island adventure for yer plunderin' pleasure, and if ye act now, ye can get the first chapter for no gold.

If you like adventure games, monkeys, and/or free stuff, today's your lucky day. LucasArts is offering a free download of Tales of Monkey Island - Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal.

This offer is good today only, and the clock is already ticking, so hurry up lest ye miss yer chance, ye, um, scurvy dog.

(Did I mention today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? That's LucasArts' impetus for the freebie. But I'm going to restrain myself from going all yo-ho-ho on you. Try to, anyway.)

If the name Monkey Island doesn't ring a bell, you were probably born sometime after 1980, damn you. These were "graphic adventures" at their finest and funniest, and it's terrific to see the series revived after all these years.

Tales of Monkey Island is actually a five-part series; today's download is the first chapter. I haven't had time to try it yet, but judging by the trailer, it's definitely the best-looking Monkey Island game to date.

So, who's your favorite pirate? Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow? Me, I'm partial to the Sea Captain from The Simpsons.