The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (1990)
"The Secret of Monkey Island" (original title)

Video Game  -  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  -  October 1990 (USA)
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Young pirate wanna-be Guybrush Threepwood sets out to pass the Three Trials, woo the governess Elaine Marley, reach the fabled Monkey Island and vanquish the nefarious ghost pirate LeChuck.

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Credited cast:
Dominic Armato ...
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Elaine Marley (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Khris Brown ...
Chester
S. Scott Bullock ...
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Meathook (voice)
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Cobb - the SCUMM Bar Pirate / Red Skull the Cannibal / Mystery Pirate I / Swordfight Opponent II (voice)
Denny Delk ...
Narrator / Pirate Leader III / Shifty Melee Citizen (voice)
Patrick Hallahan ...
Bouncer / Sharptooth the Cannibal / Phineas, Man of Low Moral Fiber / Mystery Pirate II (voice)
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Bill Fettuccini / Estervan - the SCUMM Bar Pirate / Pirate Leader I / Store Keeper / Sword-Head Ghost (voice)
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Bridge Troll / Freddy - Man of Low Moral Fiber / Jojo the Monkey / Meathook's Parrot / Piranha Poodle / Pirate LeaderII / Rat / Spiffy the SCUMM Bar Dog (voice) (as Roger L. Jackson)
Leilani Jones ...
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Mancomb Seepgood / Captain Smirk / Navigator Head / SCUMM Bar Cook (voice)
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Alfredo Fettuccini / Bob the Ghost Pirate / Lookout / Ghost Priest (voice)
Patrick Pinney ...
Stan (voice)
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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

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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: Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge (1991) and The Curse of Monkey Island (1997) (see the Trivia pages of those respective games). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Guybrush Threepwood: [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.
Elaine Marley: What's that?
Guybrush Threepwood: Never mind. I don't know why I said that.
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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 »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #6.6 (1991) See more »

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Best game of all time....tied with Maniac Mansion
20 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you ask me, it's the older games that are more fun. In 1990, Ron Gilbert released the first and best of the Monkey Island series, "The Secret of Monkey Island" Being a fan of Ron Gilbert/Lucasfilm Games (Maniac Mansion for example) I found this game extremely fun. Unlike most adventure games of today...you actually understand and find interest in the characters. You are Guybrush Threepwood, a young man who came to melee island anting to become a pirate. When the evil pirate Lechuck kidnaps the governor, Elaine Marley, you must get a crew and ship and sail to Monkey Island to rescue her. Now, form the sound of it this may not seem like a good game. Well believe me, it is. And one of the most important parts of the game is the humor. Just play it yourself. And see if you and Guybrush can discover "The Secret of Monkey Island."


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