The Secret of Monkey Island

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Over the past few years, we have seen many great releases in the gaming industry. Most of them with stunning graphics, amazing sound quality and none stop action. This is truly the age of the gamer, were videogames have the power to rival that of the movie industry (though with some of the most recent movie releases, that doesn’t seem to be too difficult). In spite of this, I believe that today’s games are still missing something. “The Secret of Monkey Island” has that something.

“The Secret of Monkey Island” is an old game that was produced by the (then) imaginative crew of Lucasfilm Games. It follows a man named Guybursh Threepwood, who washes ashore on Melee Island and having no memory of his past, decides out of the blue that he wants to be a pirate. The game follows Threepwood on his comedic quest to make this a reality, through random item bashing and hilariously random conversations. This is a true adventure game that, though it is not incredibly challenging, is just fun to go along for the ride. There is nothing more classic, than using a rubber chicken as a sling line to get across a gigantic gorge, or as strange as using insult fighting to beat opponents in duels to the death. This game is very well written, and unlike many other games that penalize you for saying stupid things with the conversation options, you are sometimes rewarded for it. In fact, half of this game is centered on conversation amonkey_island3nd the colorful characters that you have to bargain with to get the item you need for the next puzzle. There really is no way to loose in this game, (In fact, you can jump off a cliff, but he simply dusts himself off and walks away) but this is not exactly a competitive game.

I do have some criticisms, though. Sometimes, the usage of the items are so bizarre, that it can take a while to figure out what you have to do (ie. Chicken with sling line). However, to some, this might be seen as where the fun and the challenge comes from. Also, occasionally it is difficult to maneuver the character to where you want him to go, but you never have to dodge bullets or run from alien monsters, so this simply more of an annoyance rather than anything else. This game is also very linear, so to gamers who are used to action games that have alternate endings, there is just the one.

Overall, this is a good game. It may not have the graphics or the adrenaline pumping gameplay of most current games, but it will always go down as one of my all time favorites. If you’re looking for a game that is full of adventure, will make you laugh and has a protagonist in a puffy shirt, then this is the game for you.

Final Grade: A+

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~ by gonzo1208 on March 1, 2009.

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