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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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Orson Scott Card (insults writer), Ron Gilbert | 2 more credits »
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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

The beginning of Guybrush's line "That's the second biggest monkey head I've ever seen" is borrowed from the 70s parody show Get Smart! 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: You make me want to puke.
Guybrush Threepwood: You make me think somebody already did.
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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

A Special Edition was created in 2009. This version contains hand-drawn, updated graphics, more elaborate backgrounds, a remastered musical score and a hint system. Verb commands and items are no longer in standard display at the bottom of the screen, but appear in pop-up screens. This version also has voice dialogue, recorded by many series' veterans (such as Dominic Armato as Guybrush and Earl Boen as LeChuck). It is possible to toggle between the new graphics and the original 90s-style graphics while playing. This version also completely omits the infamous 'tree stump' joke that confused players back in 1990. See more »

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References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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Like Being IN a Movie! well...at least a really cool computer game.
15 January 2003 | by ChetBSee all my reviews

The Secret of Monkey Island is one of the greatest PC games of all time for several reasons:

(1) The Secret of Monkey Island requires REAL involvement in every aspect of the game. Through interacting with many elements of the landscape, story, and the very characters, the player is thoroughly pulled in to the action.

(2) The Secret of Monkey Island is full of comic genius! Thorough and thoughtful writing have provided jokes around every turn.

(3) Problem solving and puzzle solving skills are a must. Prowess at sword fighting is not based on the player's "eye-hand coordination" but rather on her ability to use insults picked up from fighting with other pirates.

(4) It uses cinematic techniques (I.E. great score (dated, but great), inter-cutting scenes, and real character involvement) to provide a wonderful gaming experience.

I won't be exaggerating to say that this game helped make my childhood complete. I'd love to see the original Lucasarts team responsible for this humorous and intelligent game produce a live-action film.

Maybe someday?


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