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Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge

aka: MI2, The Secret of Monkey Island 2
Moby ID: 289
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Guybrush Threepwood, the mighty pirate who can hold his breath for ten minutes, could have lived quietly and happily with his sweetheart Elaine, the governor of Melee Island. But the restless pirate spirit won't let Guybrush in peace. Things don't go very well with Elaine, and Guybrush (now with a beard) embarks on a new adventure: searching for the legendary treasure of Big Whoop. However, the evil ghost pirate LeChuck hasn't left the stage yet. His subordinates are trying to bring him back from the dead one more time. Will Guybrush be able to defeat his archenemy again?

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge is a puzzle-solving adventure game and a sequel to The Secret of Monkey Island. It utilizes the same command-based SCUMM interface (the player uses verb commands on highlighted objects) and branching dialogue system (choosing between several different responses during conversations) that were used in its predecessor. The game features hand-painted graphics, and is the first to utilize LucasArts' iMUSE system, which synchronizes music with visual action on the screen by providing smooth transition between themes.

The events of the game take place on a new set of islands; a part of the game allows the player to explore several islands simultaneously. Uncommonly for adventure games, LeChuck's Revenge features two difficulty levels. The easier one is dubbed Monkey Island 2 Lite; it bypasses or simplifies some of the harder puzzles.

Spellings

  • モンキー・アイランド2 ル・チャックの逆襲 - Japanese spelling
  • 猴島小英雄2:李察克的復仇 - Traditional Chinese spelling

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Critics

Average score: 93% (based on 37 ratings)

Players

Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 490 ratings with 18 reviews)

I came back to let you know, I've gotta thing for you and I can't let go!

The Good
Playing this game was like kissing my first girlfriend, finishing this game was like losing my best friend. When I think of this game "Mr.BoJangles" by Sammy Davis Jnr comes to mind. That kind of sad, longing feeling for something which you know you'll never ever have again.

Every single thing. Even as a kid I could get the vast majority of the jokes. I just played it last night again and it makes me "laugh milk through my nose". Why don't they make games like this anymore? It makes me want to burn things in frustration. The modern day Monkey Island Adventures just don't compare in my opinion. I played this before I ever played Monkey 1, hence it was even better for me than other players.

This game even taught me how to balance my funds/finance. When I was a kid, it cost me IR£45. I saved up for a full year before I could buy it. Even since I was a kid, I have had a great mind for money, and its because of this game.

I'm telling you, Ron Gilbert will never know the influence he had on the younger generation of gameplayers.

The Bad
Absolutley nothing. Well okay, the complexity for a 9 year old was extreme , otherwise absolutley nothing.

The Bottom Line
Before Doom revolutionsed the Gaming industry, this and Ultima Underworld were the top dogs. When I was a kid I could more closley identify with Guybrush Threepwood(the main character) than I could with Jesus Christ. This game is insanley hillarious, entertaining, and best of all....now completley FREE! IMO - its the best game LucasArts ever made

DOS · by kubakuba (9) · 2003

New and Improved SCUMM

The Good
Monkey Island 2 picks up where the first game ends and has our famous pirate wannabe on another grand quest to locate the fabled treasure known as, Big Whoop.

The sequel wisely retains both the user-friendly SCUMM, point n' click interface as well as the comedy and general feel-good pirating of its predecessor. Familiar faces such as Voodoo lady, LeChuck, and the lovely Governor are all part of the sequel as well as new islands, puzzles, objects and a cast of eccentric friends and foes.

Monkey Island 2's graphics, animation, music and sound effects are all noticeably improved upon since the first game. While the game is certainly harder, with some more complicated puzzles, it never becomes unfairly difficult and does not offer anything nearly as insane as what was involved in opening the store owner's safe in the first Monkey Island game.

Fans of point n' click adventure gaming, especially of the SCUMM LucasArts variety, should certainly give this one a try.

The Bad
While a clear improvement over the first Monkey Island game, the sequel's early 1990''s graphics, animation, music and sound effects cannot but help seem dated. The drab maze in LeChuck's fortress can be frustrating and will require taking great notes or using an online guide.

Perhaps the biggest complaint in the game is that Monkey Island 2's ending. If you do successfully locate the fabled treasure and defeat LeChuck be prepared for some very odd plot twists, which have stirred up some confusion and controversy among Monkey Island fans.

When Monkey Island 2 ends, the Secret of Monkey Island is still a secret. The fabled treasure of Big Whoop seems less then worthy of its vast mythology and the player is initially left wondering if the entire adventure was just the imagination of a boy.

The Bottom Line
Monkey Island 2 is a classic, pirate themed point and click graphic adventure game by LucasArts. It successfully improves upon the first game, while retaining the features that made it great. These days finding a great adventure game is not an easy feet and the Monkey Island franchise is probably the Holy Grail of the genre. Fans of the genre should certainly give this one a try. Look behind you! A Three-Headed Monkey!

DOS · by ETJB (428) · 2010

Jewel

The Good
This game shows great comic graphics, laugh-out-loud humor and that great LucasArts interface. All this may not seem much at now, since the adventure genre is practically dead, but if you really observe you can see that the Gilbert brothers really did pump everything they have in the sequel to MI.

The Bad
Not much really to put here but maybe the game could have been a tiny bit longer. But hey if it's not long enough for you, go back and play it again. You won't be disappointed.

The Bottom Line
This game may be looked on by others from now as a one of the best adventure games in the now-dying genre. If you can still dust off a copy of this gem, you will see why it was a milestone and one of the best successors to one of the best games ever made (in my opinion.) If you don't already have it.....BUY IT!!!!

DOS · by Zsolt Pardi (19) · 2005

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Amiga version

The Amiga version of this game was nicknamed Disk Juggling Simulator by the Amiga community because it came on 11 disks that have to be swapped around whilst playing the game.

Death

You can actually kill Guybrush! If you wait several minutes after being suspended above the pool of acid, you will be lowered into it.

Development

Ron Gilbert did not want to use a CD for this game, because he said it ran very slow and it didn't allow them to do what they wanted. He also believed that the CD wouldn't last for more than a couple of years. However, they were forced to delete six major scenes just for it to fit on five disks. However most of these scenes were not complete so a "director's cut" will never be made.

Big Whoop was never intended to be a large part of the game in the beginning.

German version

During development, the German translator Boris Schneider tried to convince Ron Gilbert to change the monkey wrench puzzle because it makes little sense in German. His idea was to switch out the monkey for an Englishman ("Engländer" is about the same idiom as "monkey wrench"). However, Gilbert did not give in.

iMUSE

This was one of the first games to use the iMUSE sound system.

Insult fighting

As of 2004, Monkey Island 2 is the only game in the main series so far to not include the famous Insult-Swordfighting battle sequences.

References

  • Sometimes in the gambling game, one of the possible prizes is a ticket to the Linguini Brother's Circus. But if you win the ticket and look at it, it'll say The Fettucini Brother's (from The Secret of Monkey Island)
  • In this game (as in many Lucasarts games) there are references to other Lucasarts products. For instance, in the antique shop, there is an Indy whip. The voodoo lady and LeChuck have great closeness to Star Wars. And Guybrush hates snakes, like Indiana Jones.
  • In the costume shop on Booty Island you can find costumes of two Hanna Barbera characters: Fred Flintstone and Huckleberry Hound.
  • There are a lot of books in the Phatt City library, one of them is called "The Majesty of the Sierras" (search the LM drawer). After you receive it from the librarian, take a look at it and Guybrush responds:

Sierras? Majestic? I think not. * Sam & Max also make an appearance in the game - look for them in the costume shop. * Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge was so named as a veiled Star Wars reference. The original subtitle of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi was Revenge of the Jedi.

FM Towns Cliff Puzzle

Normally, one of the puzzles in Monkey Island 2 requires Guybrush to use a fishing line to try and retrieve a map piece from the side of a cliff, only for a seagull to steal it and fly away to a treehouse. However, the FM Towns skips directly to the seagull taking the map piece to the treehouse, omitting the cliff puzzle entirely. It wasn't until 2022 when former LucasArts localization manager Aric Wilmunder explained that the puzzle was cut because of a bug with the vertical scrolling.

Sales

As of 2004, Monkey Island 2 is one of the best-selling adventure games ever, having sold over 500,000 copies.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Adventure Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1992 (Issue #100) – Adventure Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15th Anniversary Issue) - #74 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) –#2 Funniest Computer Game (together with The Secret of Monkey Island)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1992 – Best Adventure in 1991

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by eric aili.

Amiga added by POMAH. Macintosh added by Kabushi. Antstream added by lights out party. FM Towns added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Trixter, jeff leyda, IJan, MAT, Unicorn Lynx, Jeanne, Apogee IV, Paulus18950, Patrick Bregger, FatherJack, Skippy_Chipskunk, Vincent Kinian.

Game added September 23, 1999. Last modified February 23, 2024.