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Video GameThe Secret of Monkey Island (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 9 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/10/1990

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Role-Play

Developer: Lucasfilm Games (@LucasfilmGames)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 17 hours to complete. 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.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

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

Rated for younger players in the US. 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.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to read and solve association puzzles to progress. This can be combining items to get where you need. It also requires some resilience and lateral thinking to progress via branching conversations.

CostsCosts

The Secret of Monkey Island usually costs £7.19.
 

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Steam Store PC £7.19
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our The Secret of Monkey Island Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@LucasfilmGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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