Guybrush Threepwood is a pirate wannabe who has just ended up on an island in the Carribean, called Mêlée Island. Here, he learns from three old grog-swinging pirates that there are three things to master to be a pirate: You must know how to fence, how to find a treasure and to steel loot. So, Guybrush's first quests are the master these things. For instance, when you fence somebody, your swordplay isn't the most important thing, but what really counts is your wits. If you insult your opponent and he doesn't come up with a snappy answer, you get the overhand. On the other hand, if he does come up with a snappy answer, he gets the overhand. Guybrush learns how to fence and find treasure and when he's trying to steal a small statue at the governor's mansion, he runs into the governor, who turns out to be a beautiful young woman by the name of Elaine and Guybrush falls in love with her. Much at his dismay, the instant he's mastered all three tasks, Elaine is kidnapped by the ghost pirate...
Anders E Lundin
October 1990 (USA)
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Also Known As:
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
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If Guybrush walks to one corner of the lookout plateau on Monkey Island, the rock will give way under him and he will fall, supposedly to his death, and a menu screen with the options "Restore", "Restart", and "Quit" will appear briefly. This is a parody of many Sierra games such as King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella
(1988), which feature many inconvenient ways to die, a thing that had always frustrated designer Ron Gilbert
. See more
When Meathook is facing left his sprite-sheet was not merely flipped, meaning that his eye-patch appears on the correct (left) eye when facing left, except in one frame in his talk-animation. See more
You've got a real attitude problem!
Well... you've got a real hair problem!
You just don't know when to quit, do you?
Neither did your barber.
There are many funny things in the credits. There is a "chocolate supply", and it states that one of the game workers "finally got a 286." At the very end it says, "Turn off your computer and go to sleep!" See more
There are two versions of the game. The original one, with 16-color graphics and text for verbs and inventory. A newer version was later created that uses the 256-color palatte (richer, more varying colors) and has graphic pictures instead of words for the inventory. Less-used verbs were also removed from the verb list. Additionally, the CD version of the 256 version features new music tracks. See more
Referenced in Day of the Tentacle