Charts Genres Community
Charts Genres Community Settings
Login

The Secret of Monkey Island

Developer / Publisher: Lucasfilm Games
October 1990
The Secret of Monkey Island - cover art
Glitchwave rating
3.96 / 5.0
0.5
5.0
 
 
518 Ratings / 2 Reviews
#211 All-time
#2 for 1990
Guybrush Threepwood, a wannabe pirate, arrives on Mêlée Island™ where he is given three trials by the pirate leaders in order to become a pirate. He must master the art of swordfighting, steal an idol from governor Elaine Marley's mansion, and find the treasure of Mêlée Island™. Finally finished with his trials, Guybrush returns to the pirate leaders only to discover that the governor has been kidnapped by the ghost captain LeChuck and his crew, so he sets off on an adventure to Monkey Island to find and rescue the governor.
There was an error saving your submission.
Rate / catalog Rate / catalog another release
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
1990 Lucasfilm Games  
8xFloppy 3.5"
XNA
1991 Lucasfilm Games  
4xFloppy 5.25"
ES
1992 Lucasfilm Games  
3xFloppy 3.5"
XNA
Show all 8 releases
1993 LucasArts JVC  
XNA 0 09119 92053 7
The Secret of Monkey Island Bestseller-Games
1994 LucasFilm Games  
CD-ROM
DE 43440233099002
The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition
2009 LucasArts  
Download
The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition
2010 LucasArts  
Download
Write review
Title
“The Secret of Monkey Island” might be one of the very first video games I played as a child. Even though I couldn’t even read English, I remember playing the demo at least a dozen times. It had the troll standing at the Mêlée docks to prevent you from getting out. No matter if I couldn’t figure out any of the puzzles, I just loved walking around and enjoying the setting and atmosphere.

My parents got me a legit copy a couple of years later, and despite the game not being the experience I had expected, I was totally blown away by the humor. Just like Guybrush, I was dreaming of an epic pirate adventure, and in the end, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was just another clumsy kid unfit for pirate life, but with the heart in the right place.

The plot is merely an excuse for what is essentially a genre parody littered with puns and pop culture references. Things play out as you would expect for the most part. yet I thought the twist they got with Elaine’s characters wasn’t as obvious back then.

The puzzles are part of the humor, to the point that many times the puzzles are the jokes and vice versa. The solutions are slightly more intuitive than the average LucasArt graphic adventure, with only a few absurd item combinations and pun-led tasks that could get frustrating. The pacing is generally tight, and the variety of things to do is impressive for a game this old. However, walking back and forth between areas can sometimes get a little tiresome.

About the “special edition”: it’s essentially a carbon copy of the original with a new user interface, revamped graphics, and especially made voice acting. The controls have been changed into an action wheel with a separate inventory menu. While it might have been a choice to make the game more accessible on mobile devices, nothing beats the original interface. The voice acting is on par with the other games in the series, and I have to say I’m not a big fan. Deadpan wry humor is obviously an essential feature of the Monkey Island series, but I thought the performances here were simply flat rather than genuinely deadpan. Many jokes felt funnier read in my mind rather than being acted out.
Body
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
manicure 2022-10-28T09:34:30Z
2022-10-28T09:34:30Z
90
1
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
100% complete campaign
Supplement
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Attribution
Requested publishing level
Draft
Commentary
Review
review
en
Expand review Hide
Title
Fightin with words
Secret of Monkey island is one of the essencial point and click adventure games that should be played by every fan of the genre. Unfortunatly, i dont count myself as a fan of the genre. I find the controls inherently immersion breaking for me, giving you control of the actual character in an adventure game immediatly makes the game better. Secret of Monkey island is unfortunatly not the case, and you are doomed to the main character slow pace and the repetition of dialogue if you press the same interaction twice. That said, it is a really funny game. I have played it about 2 years ago, and i still remember a lot of the jokes. It offers a sort of family friendly but witty sort of humour. Without wanting to spoil anything, there are quite a few 4th wall breaking moments that really had me laughing.

Unfortunatly to get to those good moments, you have to get through a few obtuse puzzles. I resorted to a guide whenever stuck, but being in that position in the sort of game this is only makes me frustrated and wanting to drop it. The puzzles arent solve by logic, they are solved by trial and error and this is a sign that their design is not all that good. Again this is a major pet peeve i have with everysingle point and click out there, and to be fair this game isnt one of the worst that does this. Which is a shame, because the stories and writing in these sort of games is some of the best out there. its a game i would recommend for anyone who is into wacky humour over gameplay.
Body
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Threntall 2016-06-22T19:38:02Z
2016-06-22T19:38:02Z
3.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Supplement
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Attribution
Requested publishing level
Draft
Commentary
Review
review
en
Expand review Hide

Catalog

meanswithoutends The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-29T14:28:13Z
2022-11-29T14:28:13Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
knoise The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-27T14:14:39Z
PS3
2022-11-27T14:14:39Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
playstation plus cloud streaming
navzerinoo The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-19T16:16:08Z
2022-11-19T16:16:08Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
CanaryESP The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-18T15:37:06Z
Windows
2022-11-18T15:37:06Z
3.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
sshd The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-17T16:51:51Z
2022-11-17T16:51:51Z
5.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Stracchino The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-15T14:59:50Z
2022-11-15T14:59:50Z
3.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
CrashV1978 The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-14T23:52:06Z
DOS • XNA
2022-11-14T23:52:06Z
4.0
1
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
CrashV1978 The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-14T23:48:37Z
Xbox 360
2022-11-14T23:48:37Z
4.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
CrashV1978 The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-14T23:47:57Z
Sega CD/Mega CD • XNA
2022-11-14T23:47:57Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
LukasSvenjen The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-12T22:57:27Z
2022-11-12T22:57:27Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Hendo250 The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-10T01:48:53Z
Windows
2022-11-10T01:48:53Z
4.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
tailsdtg3 The Secret of Monkey Island 2022-11-09T01:49:49Z
2022-11-09T01:49:49Z
4.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Player modes
Single-player
Media
8x Floppy 3.5"
Franchises

Comments

Rules for comments
  • Be respectful! All the community rules apply here.
  • Keep your comments focused on the game. Don't post randomness/off-topic comments. Jokes are fine, but don't post tactless/inappropriate ones.
  • Don't get in arguments with people here, or start long discussions. Use the boards for extended discussion.
  • Don't use this space to complain about the average rating, chart position, genre voting, others' reviews or ratings, or errors on the page.
  • Don't comment just to troll/provoke. Likewise, don't respond to trollish comments; just report them and ignore them.
  • Any spoilers should be placed in spoiler tags as such: [spoiler](spoiler goes here)[/spoiler]
Note: Unlike reviews, comments are considered temporary and may be deleted/purged without notice.
  • Previous comments (6) Loading...
  • darklink20001 2020-01-21 01:09:51.077796+00
    maybe a little overrated? i dunno, i played the special edition which looks decent but doesnt have the same charm as other classic lucasarts games. i wouldve played with the og graphics but the voice acting wasnt there.
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • darklink20001 2020-01-21 01:10:53.732062+00
    still a really solid game but doesnt stick with me like grim fandango day of the tentacle or sam and max. im thinking ill like some of the sequels more
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • to_noid_or_not_to_noid 2021-08-25 20:22:51.364699+00
    “Rubber Tree!”
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • VariousThings 2022-04-02 00:42:13.245147+00
    It's a shame that the Special Edition doesn't let you combine the classic graphics with the talkie audio. :(
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • 3zz3zz3zz3 2022-05-02 08:20:41.986859+00
    can anyone else admit that the endgame taking place particularly in the monkey island is the most painful part of every game in the series (except for mi3 i guess). forever walking........boulders........ anyway i love these games so much
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • Fiddlesticks 2022-06-08 04:17:38.717669+00
    @VariousThings The Secret of Monkey Island Ultimate Talkie Edition might be what you're looking for!
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • CheCapitalista1955 2022-07-10 04:31:11.245864+00
    Overrated? No. This is one of the Best games in the Story. But if you take it serious is hard yo understand why.
    reply
    • funkacademy 2022-09-13 17:11:41.602841+00
      What?
    • Xantha_Page 2022-10-29 05:40:26.168482+00
      breh...
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • RawheatC 2022-09-23 13:04:15.065525+00
    Played this years ago before my brain was fully developed and I had no idea what the hell I was supposed to be doing, let alone understand any of the humour. Gotta try it again at some point.
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • More comments New comments (0) Loading...
Please login or sign up to comment.

Suggestions

There was an error saving your submission.
ADVERTISEMENT
Examples
1980s-1996
23 mar 2015
8 apr - 12 may 2015
1998-05
Report
Download
Image 1 of 2