The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Video Description

Guybrush Threepwood is headed to Monkey Island to become a pirate, but he must pass the Three Trials to prove he is worthy.

I’m not sure where I heard about this game, but it looked interesting so I wanted to play it. It was initially released in 1990 and later redone in 2009 for the special edition, which is the version that I’m playing which even allows you to press F10 to switch graphic settings from the original to the new version. The original was pixelated with no voice acting, while the new one has voice acting and looks great.

The game is absolutely hilarious and has some of the funniest humor I’ve heard. It’s by the same creator of DeathSpank, so no wonder it’s so funny!

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Guybrush Threepwood has arrived on Mêlée Island in hopes of becoming a pirate and making it to Monkey Island. However, strange things begin to happen around the island. He must prove himself worthy by completing the Three Trials. He has to master the sword, steal an idol from the governor’s mansion, and find the lost treasure. It’s only when he’s done all this he can be a pirate…oh and drink grog too! Grog is a secret recipe that contains one or more of the following: kerosene, propylene glycol, artificial sweeteners, sulfuric acid, rum, acetone, red dye no.2, SCUMM, axle grease, battery acid, and/or pepperoni. And it eats right through mugs!

During his quest he finds out about a pirate named LeChuck who fell in love with the governor and never wanted to leave her mansion. She told him to drop dead, and so he did, becoming a ghost. His ship sunk when he was searching for Monkey Island™ and there were no survivors. His ship still sails the sea, causing havoc and preventing the pirates from sailing.

Guybrush passes the three trials by defeating the sword master, robbing the governor’s mansion, and finding the lost treasure. However, Sheriff Fester Shinetop attaches the idol Guybrush steals from the mansion and kicks him into the water, leaving him to drown. Guybrush escapes only to realize that governor Elaine Marley has been kidnapped by LeChuck and they’re headed for Monkey Island. Guybrush has to get a crew together to save her. LeChuck was actually Shinetop in disguise which is why it was so easy for him to kidnap the governor, and was glad Guybrush was presumed dead.

Guybrush’s crew consists of the sword master, Carla, a prisoner, Otis, and Meathook, a man who use to run a tourist business. He gets a ship from Stan’s Previously Owned Vessels and heads off to Monkey Island. His crew is no help, but he manages to get there safely where he finds a man who was stranded for over 20 years, Herman Toothrot. With negotiations with the native cannibals on the island (who are harmless since they’re watching their cholesterol and red meat intake), Guybrush manages to exchange something with them in return for an item important to Toothrot so he could give him the key to opening the monkey head on the island.

Deep beneath the island is LeChuck’s ship. Guybrush grabs a root for the cannibals of the island to make a special elixir, known as root beer, to kill the ghosts. However, by the time Guybrush makes it back to the ship, it vanishes as LeChuck is planning on marrying the governor back on Mêlée Island. Guybrush goes to the church to put a stop to it, only to find that the governor had everything under control. She wasn’t really kidnapped and was going to use her own root bear to kill LeChuck. However, the bride in disguise (monkeys) stole her root bear. Guybrush uses his root beer on LeChuck, killing him as fireworks go off. Guybrush and the governor enjoy the fireworks together…and he realizes she has a husband. There goes that relationship…

There is a slight variation in endings. If you sink your ship upon getting to Monkey Island, your crew will be locked up by the cannibals while Herman Toothrot will go back to Mêlée with you. If you don’t sink your ship, your crew will go back with you, while Herman Toothrot will remain stranded on Monkey Island.


This is a point and click adventure game where you have to look around your environment, talk with people, find objects, use and combine those objects, etc. Your interactions include: give, open, close, pick up, look at, talk to, use, push, and pull. There is also a hint system so if you get lost or confused, you can use a hint to see what to do and where to go next. The more you use them, the more information will be given. Controller support is very good as well. All commands you need are there, including switching to the older graphics.

There is also a combat system when mastering the sword. It includes using insults to win the battle. You’ll get a few insults and answers to start with, and if the pirate knows the correct answer, they’ll fight back and insult you. If you know the answer, you’ll have the advantage, and be able to insult again. After enough times of remembering the insults and answers, you’ll be able to take on the Sword Master, who uses her own insults but if you pay close enough attention, you can use your answers to come back at her.


The original graphics look very pixelated and dated, but still very good if you like the style. The new graphics look a bit more cartoony, some of it not faithful to the original. But, still looks pretty good overall.

Sound / Music

The music and voice acting is absolutely phenomenal. The original never had voice acting, but the remaster does and it’s hilarious. The music has also been redone from the original and it sounds great.

Game Info

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (Cover)
Developer: Lucasfilm Games
Publisher: Lucasfilm Games
Release Date: October 15, 1990
Published: (updated: )

AdventurePoint & ClickPuzzle

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Asphodel Gaming
Asphodel Gaming
I am a streamer and game reviewer that enjoys older games (PS1, PS2, PSP, Genesis, Dreamcast, Game Boy, N64, GameCube, and more), and indie games.
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