Format reviewed: PC - DOS
Submitted by: Daniel Thompson
One of my all time favourite games, and one of the best adventure games I have played in all my gaming years. The graphics are astounding and the sounds are perfect for the game. Unlike Sierra games there is no dying, and no need to save every ten seconds to protect your game, but the puzzles are just as hard and fun to work out. Though some of them do require a lot of abstract thinking, but that’s what this style of game is about thinking outside the box.
While a walkthrough can you lead you through the game easily it will ruin a lot of the fun that this game has to over, the conversations and the comments from the star.
On that note the star is Guybrush Threepwood one of the true heroes, at least a hero in a pirate sense and for an idiot. Threepwood is the funniest part of the entire game he makes it a classic by what he puts up with and does for the love of being a pirate and the love of his fair girl, Elaine Marley.
I recommend that any fan of adventure games should play this game, if you have played it then play it again just for the kicks you know you want to.
Format reviewed: Sega CD/Mega CD
Submitted by: Damian Butt
The Secret of Monkey Island is an adventure game developed by Lucasfilm Games. The game spawned a number of sequels, collectively known as the Monkey Island series. Released in 1990, The Secret of Monkey Island is the fifth game to use the SCUMM engine. It made a name for LucasArts as an adventure game development studio.
The game, memorable for its witty humor, was primarily designed by Ron Gilbert, with Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman. The trio would also helm the development of the game's sequel Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge.
The Sega CD-version was known for its long loading times but superb background music (CD quality)!
Format reviewed: Amiga 500
Developer: Ron Gilbert
Submitted by: Kai Lunkeit
Simply the best point'n'click adventure ever! A game about pirates, love and of course, grog. Starring one of the most memorable characters in history, namely Guybrush Threepwood, a young guy who wants to become a mighty pirate.
During his adventures you'll have to solve brilliant puzzles which belong to the best in any adventure game. Those puzzles are always logical and never unfair or far-fetched and there's also no way that you will get stuck in the game because you missed an important item. There's also no way to die (I look at you, Roger Wilco) except for one famous scene under water. You'll meet lovable characters like Governor Elaine Marley, fruity cannibals or Stan, a weird guy who sells previously used vessels and witness razor-sharp dialogues which you choose from a multiple choice menu.
The mouse controls are pretty much perfect and a logical step forward from the already great controls in MANIAC MANSION and the INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE game. You choose your actions from 12 different options and easily handle your inventory – all with a simple click.
The beautiful graphics, the ear-pleasing, very atmospheric soundtrack and the hilarious storyline all add to a marvellous adventure game which you'll definitely have to play!