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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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Leilani Jones ...
The Voodoo Lady / Carla the Swordmaster (voice) (as Leilani Jones Wilmore)
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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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Bill Fettuccini / Estevan - the SCUMM Bar Pirate / Pirate Leader I / Store Keeper / Sword-Head Ghost (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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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 Special Edition, in the underground cave where LeChuck's ship is found, one of the faces embedded in the rocks is from Manny Calavera from Grim Fandango (1998), also a LucasArts game. See also trivia for The Curse of Monkey Island (1997). 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

Otis the Prisoner: Oh, come on. Don't be bitter. I'm here to help. Not just for the money.
Guybrush Threepwood: Money?
Carla the Swordmaster: Yeah, we are getting paid for this, right?
Guybrush Threepwood: How appropriate. You fight like a cow.
Carla the Swordmaster: You never did know when to use that one.
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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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Threepwood's greatest adventure!
5 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This game is an absolute classic. Guybrush Threepwood must go down in history as the most likeable computer sprite of all time and LeChuck is his perfect nemesis. The Secret of Monkey Island and LeChuck's revenge or similar in formula but both extremely unique and imaginative. The more modern follow-on was great too but not in the same league as the early '90s originals. This game is cheap to buy and will run on any PC (it worked even on an Amiga for goodness sake!) so there is no excuse why any PC owner shouldn't own the game. The solutions to puzzles aren't simple, but especially in the original game they are logical and realistic in the context of the game. That is what makes the game stand out for me as better than modern equivalents. A true classic, buy it!


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