The Secret of Monkey Island (Series) Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.


The Secret of Monkey Island is a classic tongue-in-cheek pirate adventure game. You click or tap the screen to explore locations, find items and complete puzzles. Playing a young man, Guybrush Threepwood, with a dream of being a pirate, you become embroiled in a kidnap rescue. Using intuition, guesswork and an eye for absurd comedy, you must solve the mystery of the island and save the day.

The series original success spawned many other games, as well as a rereleased version:
  • The Secret of Monkey Island (1990) Amiga, Atari ST, Mac, PC
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (1991)
  • The Curse of Monkey Island (1997)
  • Escape from Monkey Island (2000)
  • Tales of Monkey Island (2009) on Wii and PC
  • The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (2009) on Mac, PC, iOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: Special Edition (2010) on Mac, PC, iOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360


Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/10/1990

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS.

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing.



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Duration: This game will take between 7 hours and 17 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game. The wide range of duration time comes from the puzzle solving gameplay that can be completed quickly or have you going in circles for hours.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition was rated PEGI 12+ with violence.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ with alcohol and tobacco reference, comic mischief, mild cartoon, violence, suggestive themes. The game includes several comical depictions of characters, including a scene in which a "Meathook" character turns his back to the camera to reveal a slightly exposed buttocks (e.g., "plumber's crack"). During a sword fight, one of the characters uses a suggestive metaphor to describe battle (e.g., "Sword fighting is kinda like making love. It's not always what you do, it's what you say."). While players have no direct control over the sword combat, they can sometimes make/hear comments such as "prepare to die" and "I will milk every drop of blood from your body." One character is depicted with a cigar in his mouth, and another character discusses how rum is an ingredient in a grog mixture.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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