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While many of us dream of being pirates when we’re children, few of us manage to turn that dream into a career by the time we’re all grown up. That’s not true of our intrepid hero Guybrush Threepwood however, who is determined to become the most fearsome pirate in all of the Caribbean. Despite lacking the kind of skills a mighty pirate might need, Guybrush heads to the island of Melee in order to enlist under a pirate captain and seek his fortune. Thus starts one of the most fondly remembered point and click adventure games of the early 1990’s. Excellently written and packed full of humour, Monkey Island is an adventure game any PC gamer should set sail for.
Installing and playing
The Secret of Monkey Island should be run using ScummVM on modern PCs. Use our ScummVM tutorial to configure this tool for use with the game and take note of the guidelines below.
There are several versions of this game including one that originally shipped on floppy disks and later versions that shipped on CD-ROM. The version we tested was from CD-ROM, though if you have a suitable floppy drive and can copy the files from the diskettes, the floppy version should work too.
If you have the original CD release of the game, copy all the files from the CD. If you have the “Monkey Madness” CD compilation which contains The Secret of Monkey Island and the sequel (this version is also on the LucasArts Archive compilation), copy the entire contents of the “MONKEY1” folder.
The CD-ROM version of the game has 24 associated audio tracks. See this tutorial for details of how to extract them for use in ScummVM. If you have the “Monkey Madness” CD compilation, note that ALL the audio tracks on the CD belong to the first Monkey Island game, the sequel does not use CD audio.
The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition
In 2009, LucasArts released an updated version of the game called The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition. This version of the game is available to buy on the popular Steam digital distribution network. The special edition features enhanced graphics and full speech throughout, though salty old sea dogs (like us) may still prefer the pixelated charms of the original game.