Another Monkey 1 review... Gee, I wonder if it will be positive??
What the heck do you expect me to say?? That Monkey Island is a milestone in the history of adventure games? That it perfectly merged an engrossing adventure game, rife with fantastic puzzles that challenge your imagination without becoming frustrating "click-on-stuff-until-some-shit-happens" affair, with an engaging comedic plotline that developed smoothly and provided the first really amazing comedy writing for a PC game?
That it had drop-dead gorgeous 256 color vga graphics that left every other game in the dust? That it was a groundbreaking achievement in graphics, sound, design, etc..??
Naa. I don't feel like writing all that crap!
Bad? Well, the game needn't be so monstruously GOOD! I mean, Talk about overstatements.... Ok, ok, We get that it's a good game, but there's no need to rub it on every other game's face!! Poor guys... they have feelings, you know?
The Bottom Line
My take on Monkey Island 1? Pirates + Monkeys + Grog + Dude named Guybrush + LeChuck + Melee(Tm) Island = KickAss!!!!!!
Monkey 1 is the kind of game that you play until your brain melts, that makes you laugh so hard it hurts and that totally shatters your preconceptions about adventure games and comedy in videogames. I mean, I remember checking it out as a kid thinking:
"Man... Pirates??? How the heck can they be fun?? They don't have missile launchers! They don't even do Kung Fu!!" ... Well, it takes a particularly great game to overcome that kind of objective reasoning, and The Secret of Monkey Island is just that game. The best example of adventure gaming's golden age, a bonafide classic and the finest adventure game ever conceived to many. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm late for my pirate initiation course.