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Release Date:
October 1990 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Arguably the best computer game ever See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Dominic Armato ... Guybrush Threepwood (voice)

Earl Boen ... LeChuck / Sherrif Fester Shinetop (voice)

Alexandra Boyd ... Elaine Marley (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Khris Brown ... Chester
S. Scott Bullock ... Otis the Prisoner / Lemonhead the Cannibal (voice)

Cam Clarke ... Meathook (voice)

David W. Collins ... 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)

Jess Harnell ... Bill Fettuccini / Estervan - the SCUMM Bar Pirate / Pirate Leader I / Store Keeper / Sword-Head Ghost (voice)

Roger Jackson ... 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 ... The Voodoo Lady / Carla the Swordmaster (voice)

Jarion Monroe ... Mancomb Seepgood / Captain Smirk / Navigator Head / SCUMM Bar Cook (voice)

Rob Paulsen ... Alfredo Fettuccini / Bob the Ghost Pirate / Lookout / Ghost Priest (voice)
Patrick Pinney ... Stan (voice)

Wally Wingert ... Biff the Ghost / Franklin - Man of Low Moral Fiber / Herman Toothrot / Swordfight Opponent I (voice)

Directed by
Craig Derrick 
Ron Gilbert 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Orson Scott Card  insults writer
Ron Gilbert 
Dave Grossman 
Tim Schafer 

Produced by
Kristina Academia .... associate producer
Gregory D. Hammond .... producer
 
Original Music by
Barney Jones 
Michael Land 
Patrick Mundy 
Andy Newell 
 
Art Department
Aaron Muszalski .... additional art (Amiga version)
Sean Turner .... graphics
 
Animation Department
Martin Cameron .... animator
Mike Ebert .... animator
Mike Ebert .... background artist
Mark J. Ferrari .... background artist
Steve Purcell .... animator
Steve Purcell .... background artist
Sean Turner .... animator
 
Music Department
Brian Tibbetts .... bass guitar
 
Other crew
Boris Schneider .... German version
Matthew Wood .... lead tester (PC VGA 256 color version)
 
Thanks
Ron Gilbert .... very special thanks
George Lucas .... very very special thanks
 

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"The Secret of Monkey Island" - USA (original title)
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The man inside the troll suit guarding the bridge on Melee Island is a pixelated rendering of George Lucas (it is more obvious in the enhanced graphics of the Special Edition).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
Guybrush Threepwood:Hi, my name's Guybrush Threepwood and I want to be a pirate!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Troldspejlet: Episode #7.1" (1992)See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Arguably the best computer game ever, 21 December 2001
Author: cls-6

The first Monkey Island game is a landmark in computer game history. It pretty much begins the adventure genre (actually Maniac Mansion came before, but it is very limited and primitive when compared to the subtleties of MI). At its time, games were simple jump-hit-and-walk side-scrollers and flight or sports simulators, no more than an afternoon worth of fun for kids. Then came MI and introduced complex plots, not unlike movie´s (so much, in fact, that you are reading this on IMDb), complete with meaningful dialogues which affect the plot´s direction (instead of mere interludes between action scenes). In MI, as well as in the adventure genre it helped create, interaction with computer-controlled characters went beyond physical confrontation, including dialogue, negotiation (even bargaining prices!), seduction and intrigue. And, perhaps its most remarakable feature, the humour. Satyre, irony or just plain good nonsense, in the tradition of Monthy Python. Indeed, the experience of playing MI (and all subsequent Lucasarts adventure games) is very much like watching a movie, except that you direct the action of the protagonist(s), changing events and outcomes in the plot.

Way before videogames got into the present 3D trend, spawning tiresome clones of the likes of 'Doom', 'Tekken' and 'Tomb Raider', companies like Lucasarts and Sierra made games with subtlety, malice and humour, best suited for intelligent, mature players instead of competitive children with aching fingers. Today these adventures might seem tecnically rough in comparison with all these vectorial 3d shooters that require endlessly more memory and more processing power. But in terms of creativity, of mature entertainment (and I don´t mean porn), modern games seem to be dull, technologically-enhanced versions of the same old Nintendo and Genesis action games of the past.

Belonging to the same line of adventure classics of the Monkey Island series are Sierra´s 'Leisure Suit Larry' series, 'Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis', 'Sam & Max', 'Full Throttle' and 'Grim Fandango' (Lucasarts´ foray into 3d, although keeping the adventure genre´s highlights). But I don´t think any of these, great as they are, have half the importance of the Monkey Island games. Technology is ever-evolving, nonstop, but these adventure games offer a kind of entertainment mere technology cannot.

On a final note about 'The Secret of Monkey Island', look for a CD version of this game, updated with more songs (carribean rhythms like reggae and calypso) and a visual inventory - see 'Alternate Versions' in this entry.

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