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... Written by
Anders E Lundin
October 1990 (USA)
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Also Known As:
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
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Did You Know?
In the original version of the game, in the Swordmaster's forest, there is an area with a tree stump. When you check it out, Guybrush mentions that there is a hole in it which leads to a maze of caverns. When you try to go into the hole, the game will ask the player to subsequently "insert disc #23", "#47" or "#114". Afterwards, Guybrush says he'll skip that part of the game. As the game was originally divided over only eight floppy discs, this was meant as a joke. However, many gamers did not get it, also because there was a special credit at the end for the "art and animation for disc #23". LucasArts' help desk received so many calls about the 'missing disc', that the joke was removed from the CD-ROM version of the game; when the player tries to climb down the stump, Guybrush says he won't fit through the hole. References to this infamous joke were made in Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
(1991) and The Curse of Monkey Island
(1997) (see the Trivia pages of those respective games). 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
[one of three possible last lines
Well, if there's one thing I've learned, it's this: never pay more than 20 dollars for a computer game.
Never mind. I don't know why I said that.
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
Referenced in Lost: Pilot: Part 1