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The Secret of Monkey Island (1990)

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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

Cast overview:
Dominic Armato Dominic Armato ... Guybrush Threepwood (voice)
Earl Boen ... The Ghost Pirate LeChuck / Sherriff Fester Shinetop (voice)
Alexandra Boyd ... Governor Elaine Marley (voice)
Leilani Jones Leilani Jones ... The Voodoo Lady / Carla the Swordmaster (voice) (as Leilani Jones Wilmore)
Cam Clarke ... Meathook (and his tattoo) (voice)
S. Scott Bullock S. Scott Bullock ... Otis the Prisoner / Red Skull the Cannibal (voice)
Patrick Pinney Patrick Pinney ... Stan the Salesman (voice)
Roger Jackson ... 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)
Rob Paulsen ... Alfredo Fettuccini / Bob the Ghost Pirate / Lookout / Ghost Priest (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Bill Fettuccini / Estevan - the SCUMM Bar Pirate / Pirate Leader I / Store Keeper / Sword-Head Ghost (voice)
Jarion Monroe ... Mancomb Seepgood / Captain Smirk / Navigator Head / SCUMM Bar Cook (voice)
Wally Wingert ... Biff the Ghost / Franklin, Man of Low Moral Fiber / Herman Toothrot / Swordfight Opponent I (voice)
Denny Delk Denny Delk ... Narrator / Pirate Leader III / Shifty Melee Citizen (voice)
David W. Collins ... Cobb - the SCUMM Bar Pirate / Lemonhead the Cannibal / Mystery Pirate I / Swordfight Opponent II (voice)
Patrick Hallahan 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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Official Sites:

Official Disney Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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

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 »

Alternate Versions

There are two versions of the game. The original one, with 16-color graphics and text for verbs and inventory. A newer version was later created that uses the 256-color palatte (richer, more varying colors) and has graphic pictures instead of words for the inventory. Less-used verbs were also removed from the verb list. Additionally, the CD version of the 256 version features new music tracks. See more »

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Classic. Well stood against the currents of time.
10 April 2002 | by Squirelly JoeSee all my reviews

A game rarely comes along that spawns many a fan and "successful" sequels. Monkey Island is at the top rank (When it comes to Computer games, that is). What you might think of as a rough, violent pirate game, totally turns away from it from the moment you enter the bar. (You'll see if you play). Laugh a minute and unpredictable, Monkey Island gets 11/10.


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