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[[Image:Secret of Monkey Island - DOS - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
 
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'''''The Secret of Monkey Island''''' is an adventure game created by [[Lucasfilm Games]] and released for [[DOS]] in 1990. It is the first in a series of Monkey Island games and uses the using the popular SCUMM engine.
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'''''The Secret of Monkey Island''''' is an adventure game created by [[Lucasfilm Games]] and released for [[MS-DOS]] in 1990. It is the first in a series of Monkey Island games and uses the popular [[SCUMM]] engine.
  
I first saw this game at a friend's house. He had the LucasArts adventure box set and went through several of the games pretty quickly, so I never got a chance to play it. Hearing more and more about the series over the years, I finally decided to play it around 2015.
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I first saw this game at a friend's house. He had the LucasArts adventure box set (EGA version) and showed me saved game locations from various games, including the ending of Monkey Island. I never got a chance to play it then, but the game looked pretty cool. Hearing more and more about the series over the years, I finally decided to play it around 2015 and beat it with only needing a couple hints.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
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* '''Overall:''' 5/10
 
* '''Overall:''' 5/10
 
* '''Best Version:''' DOS VGA remake?
 
* '''Best Version:''' DOS VGA remake?
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{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
 
* The script is pretty hilarious, lots of funny dialog options.
 
* The script is pretty hilarious, lots of funny dialog options.
* The graphics are quite beautiful, even in the EGA version.
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* The graphics are quite beautiful, even in the [[Enhanced Graphics Adapter|EGA]] version.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* You're unable to choose a lot of the dialog options because the game cuts-short a lot of conversations. The only way to read these options is to keep reloading the game.
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* You're unable to choose a lot of the dialog options because the game cuts-short many conversations. The only way to read these options is to keep reloading the game, which is a pain in the ass.
 
* Like many adventure games, some of the puzzles are particularly difficult to solve and don't make much sense. I can attribute this to trying to pad the length of the game, trying to sell hint books, or laziness from the developers. Either case is annoying.
 
* Like many adventure games, some of the puzzles are particularly difficult to solve and don't make much sense. I can attribute this to trying to pad the length of the game, trying to sell hint books, or laziness from the developers. Either case is annoying.
 
* Several parts of the game are just too silly and ruin the experience (but only temporarily).
 
* Several parts of the game are just too silly and ruin the experience (but only temporarily).
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* Nothing really, this game is pretty solid.
 
* Nothing really, this game is pretty solid.
  
==Gallery==
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==Media==
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===Documentation===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Secret of Monkey Island - DOS - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
 
Secret of Monkey Island - DOS - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
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Secret of Monkey Island, The - Ad.jpg|Advertisement.
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</gallery>
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===Gallery===
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<gallery>
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Secret of Monkey Island, The - DOS - Screenshot - Island Cannon.png|EGA screenshot.
 
Secret of Monkey Island - Fan Art.jpg|Fan art.
 
Secret of Monkey Island - Fan Art.jpg|Fan art.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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===Videos===
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgRIXntFhww youtube.com/watch?v=QgRIXntFhww] - Longplay, VGA.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpIUxjGfkXg youtube.com/watch?v=FpIUxjGfkXg] - Longplay, special edition.
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==Download==
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This is the LucasFilm Games Passport to Adventure game sampler. It contains an MS-DOS demo version of ''The Secret of Monkey Island'', ''[[Loom]]'', and ''[[Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure]]''.
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* [[Media:Passport to Adventure v1.0.zip|Download]] ([[:File:Passport to Adventure v1.0.zip|Info]]) - Passport to Adventure Demo.
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==Titles==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Language !! Native !! Transliteration !! Translation
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| English || The Secret of Monkey Island || ||
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| Japanese || モンキー・アイランド ユーレイ海賊大騒動! || Monki Airando: Yurei Kaizoku Osodo! || Monkey Island: Ghost Pirate Turmoil!
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|}
  
 
==Links==
 
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Latest revision as of 14:55, 13 May 2019

North American box art.

The Secret of Monkey Island is an adventure game created by Lucasfilm Games and released for MS-DOS in 1990. It is the first in a series of Monkey Island games and uses the popular SCUMM engine.

I first saw this game at a friend's house. He had the LucasArts adventure box set (EGA version) and showed me saved game locations from various games, including the ending of Monkey Island. I never got a chance to play it then, but the game looked pretty cool. Hearing more and more about the series over the years, I finally decided to play it around 2015 and beat it with only needing a couple hints.

Status

I do not own the game, but I have beaten it, though I required occasional hints.

Review

  • Overall: 5/10
  • Best Version: DOS VGA remake?

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The script is pretty hilarious, lots of funny dialog options.
  • The graphics are quite beautiful, even in the EGA version.

Bad

  • You're unable to choose a lot of the dialog options because the game cuts-short many conversations. The only way to read these options is to keep reloading the game, which is a pain in the ass.
  • Like many adventure games, some of the puzzles are particularly difficult to solve and don't make much sense. I can attribute this to trying to pad the length of the game, trying to sell hint books, or laziness from the developers. Either case is annoying.
  • Several parts of the game are just too silly and ruin the experience (but only temporarily).

Ugly

  • Nothing really, this game is pretty solid.

Media

Documentation

Gallery

Videos

Download

This is the LucasFilm Games Passport to Adventure game sampler. It contains an MS-DOS demo version of The Secret of Monkey Island, Loom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure.

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English The Secret of Monkey Island
Japanese モンキー・アイランド ユーレイ海賊大騒動! Monki Airando: Yurei Kaizoku Osodo! Monkey Island: Ghost Pirate Turmoil!

Links