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...
Anders E Lundin
October 1990 (USA)
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Also Known As:
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
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Did You Know?
In the original version of the game, among the many idols surrounding the Giant Monkey Head, there are two idols behind each other that look like Sam and Max from Sam and Max Hit the Road
(1993), another LucasArts game. In the Special Edition, these have been changed to an idol shaped like Purple Tentacle from Day of the Tentacle
(1993) (and another one in silhouette in the back), also from LucasArts. 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
You've got a real attitude problem!
Well... you've got a real hair problem!
You just don't know when to quit, do you?
Neither did your barber.
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
Regardless of the version of the game (the 16-color version, the 256-color version or the Special Edition), after Guybrush ends up on Monkey Island, there is a choice he can make that will slightly affect the ending of the game. To get the canon ending, Guybrush has to use the 'primitive art' on one of the mountains to throw a rock on a banana tree on the beach (he should NOT hit his ship). When Guybrush returns with the root extract to LeChuck's ship, the ship is gone and only ghost crewman Bob is there. Guybrush' crew members then show up to take him back to the ship and return to Melée Island. After defeating LeChuck, Guybrush realizes that he completely forgot about Herman Toothrot. Herman can be seen standing on a beach on Monkey Island, hoping that Guybrush didn't leave him behind.
An alternative ending is obtained if Guybrush uses the primitive art to accidentally hit and sink his own ship the Sea Monkey. If this happens, Herman Toothrot will appear in the cave. It turns out he has a ship, but couldn't use it, since according to the rules, "if you're stranded, you got to be rescued"; he'll lend Guybrush the ship if he promises to rescue him with it. After defeating LeChuck, Guybrush wishes that his crew could have seen this. We then see Meathook, Otis and Carla locked inside the hut in the Cannibal village. Otis has suspicions that Guybrush was responsible for sinking their ship; Carla says that they will have a chat with him as soon as they get off the island (after they have escaped from the hut). See more