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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Armato ...
The Ghost Pirate LeChuck / Sherriff Fester Shinetop (voice)
Leilani Jones ...
The Voodoo Lady / Carla the Swordmaster (voice) (as Leilani Jones Wilmore)
S. Scott Bullock ...
Otis the Prisoner / Red Skull the Cannibal (voice)
Patrick Pinney ...
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)
Alfredo Fettuccini / Bob the Ghost Pirate / Lookout / Ghost Priest (voice)
Bill Fettuccini / Estevan - the SCUMM Bar Pirate / Pirate Leader I / Store Keeper / Sword-Head Ghost (voice)
Mancomb Seepgood / Captain Smirk / Navigator Head / SCUMM Bar Cook (voice)
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)
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)


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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October 1990 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Pirate Leader: Do you have any special skills?
Guybrush Threepwood: I can hold my breath for ten minutes!
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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 »


Referenced in The Longest Journey (1999) 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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