The Secret of Monkey Island (aka. Monkey Island: Origin) is a point and click graphic adventure video game developed and produced by Lucasfilm Games, and published in 1990 by Sega for the PC and Sega CD.
The game takes place on an alternate version of Earth called the “Monkey Island”. In this version of Earth, pirates roam the lands and kidnap any female that comes their way. The only way to escape the clutches of pirates is to solve puzzles within the game to uncover the secret behind its creation. The game follows two characters – Monkey and Wanda, who are traveling to the “Monkey Island”.
Wanda and Monkey have a plan to infiltrate the island through an unlocked door at the airport. They will use a small boat to cross the island and use the knowledge gained from the books they read to find the key to unlock the door. In the first stages of the game, Wanda and Monkey make short work of their enemies with no trouble at all. Soon enough, however, things begin to get a little out of control and Wanda begins to wonder whether her plan was a good one after all.
After discovering that Monkey had actually been captured by the pirates, Wanda and Monkey decide to return to their original goal. However, they realize that there are many more obstacles to face than ever before. Monkey and Wanda’s search lead them into many different locations that require the duo to use their wits and brains in order to solve the puzzles. To complicate matters further, Monkey discovers a dangerous conspiracy that may prove to be the final hurdle that he and Wanda must face. The game has been praised as being one of the most unique and interesting point and click adventures available on the market at the time.
Monkey Island uses several different story elements in order to tell its story. In the beginning, the story revolves around Monkey. After a series of adventures, Monkey is captured by pirates and imprisoned. The main focus of the rest of the game involves Monkey trying to free himself from his prison. Throughout the game, Monkey has to solve puzzles and fight enemies using weapons found throughout the game such as swords, daggers, magic wands, hammers, guns, spears, and bombs.
After Monkey finds a way out of his prison, he must also uncover the secret behind the creation of the game as well as how to win the prize that he has been given. If Monkey wins the prize, he can win the chance to marry Princess Liberty and become the rightful heir to the throne of Monkey Island. In order to do this, Monkey must find many hidden treasure chests throughout the game.
During the course of the game, Monkey finds himself in various adventures with many different people, including Monkey’s Uncle, Mr. Grundy, the sheriff, a talking pig, and even Princess Liberty herself. Once the main story is completed, Monkey’s Uncle decides to help him in his quest, providing him with the answers to his questions as to why he is being forced to marry a princess. While the game is considered a puzzle game, the actual puzzles are not as complex as the average adventure game, but the game does provide enough clues that are necessary to solve some of the puzzles. The puzzles also serve to entertain the player as they require you to solve some of the riddles contained in the game to uncover the answer to the question of what causes them.
Although The Secret of Monkey Island has only two levels, it’s worth the investment. if only because you can spend hours playing this game in single player, and if you are playing it online with others then you may want to take advantage of the game’s multiplayer feature. This way you can enjoy a great adventure together, and experience Monkey Island all over again.