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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (1990)

The Secret of Monkey Island (original title)
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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Dominic Armato ...
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The Ghost Pirate LeChuck / Sherriff Fester Shinetop (voice)
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Leilani Jones ...
The Voodoo Lady / Carla the Swordmaster (voice) (as Leilani Jones Wilmore)
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S. Scott Bullock ...
Otis the Prisoner / Red Skull the Cannibal (voice)
Patrick Pinney ...
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Bridge Troll / Freddy - Man of Low Moral Fiber / Jojo the Monkey / Meathook's Parrot / Piranha Poodle / Pirate Leader II / Rat / Spiffy the SCUMM Bar Dog (voice) (as Roger L. Jackson)
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Alfredo Fettuccini / Bob the Ghost Pirate / Lookout / Ghost Priest (voice)
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Bill Fettuccini / Estevan - the SCUMM Bar Pirate / Pirate Leader I / Store Keeper / Sword-Head Ghost (voice)
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Mancomb Seepgood / Captain Smirk / Navigator Head / SCUMM Bar Cook (voice)
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Biff the Ghost / Franklin - Man of Low Moral Fiber / Herman Toothrot / Swordfight Opponent I (voice)
Denny Delk ...
Narrator / Pirate Leader III / Shifty Melee Citizen (voice)
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Cobb - the SCUMM Bar Pirate / Lemonhead the Cannibal / Mystery Pirate I / Swordfight Opponent II (voice)
Patrick Hallahan ...
Bouncer / Sharptooth the Cannibal / Phineas, Man of Low Moral Fiber / Mystery Pirate II (voice)
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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 »

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 »

Quotes

Cannibals: Is that a banana in your pocket, or are you just happy to see us?
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Crazy Credits

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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20 July 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I first got this game when I was around 7 or 8 and it was slightly difficult to complete at that age but when I was a bit older and tried it I got through it fairly well. The story isn't difficult to follow a young pirate-wannabe named Guybrush Threepwood comes to Melée Island to try and become a pirate. He is set three trials to complete and while trying to complete them he meets Elaine Marley the Governor and future love of his life but he isn't the only one who loves her. The ghost pirate LeChuck plans to kidnap Elaine and make her his wife and of course it ends up being down to Guybrush to stop him.

There are so many lines that make you want to laugh out loud, Guybrush is a great character altogether and it's a game that'll have you addicted fast. When you've started playing you'll be in a rush to get through it and see more of it. I recommend it especially for people who love this type of game.

Lam_on_the_lam a.k.a Minnie Goodsoup


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