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The Secret of Monkey Island (DOS)

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Written by  :  Colonel Olrik (8)
Written on  :  Jul 16, 2005
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

A Pirate I was meant to be

The Good

The Secret of Monkey Island is without any doubt one of the greatest games ever made. It marked the beginning of LucasArts "golden era" which ended with Full Throttle (ok, Grim Fandango was a masterpiece and the latest Monkey Island was quite good but the company's heydays were long since over, but enough about that). The Secret of Monkey Island lets you take the role as Guybrush Threepwood, a young man with one wish; to be a foul-smelling, grog-swilling pirate. On his quest to achieve this goal Guybrush meets all sorts of interesting and funny characters such as; Otis, a notorious thief with a fetishism towards flowers. Elaine Marley, the independent and beautiful governor of Melee Island, Stan a dealer in used-ships and of course LeChuck, the most evil undead pirate you'll ever have to misfortune to gaze upon. LucasArts have always been good at creating a memorable cast for their games and The Secret of Monkey Island is no exception. Between the ordinary puzzles you must also engage in the Monkey Island series trademark: Insult Swordfight. The idea that sharp, witty insults are more important in a duel than your sword is (at least in my opinion) creative, also, this was as far as I know the first adventure game where you couldn't die (well, there's one point where you can but you must be a really bad gamer if you can't get past that certain part on your first try).

The Bad

The ending felt a bit rushed, that's all I can think of at the moment.

The Bottom Line

One of LucasArts finest games.