The GWJ Adventure Game Club - Game 14: The Curse of Monkey Island

The Curse of Monkey Island (1997)

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Third time in a row we're playing a pick of mine. Apparently, folks agree it's high time we played a Monkey Island game. Third in the series, this one is actually the first to feature voices. Once again, the bumbling pirate Guybrush Threepwood is chased by the ghost zombie evil pirate LeChuck! And he's wrestling with some relationship issues too, as his beloved, Governor Elaine Marley, has been... well, you'll see, but it's not good! This adventure is packed with puns, and includes monkeys, treasure, peg legs and cannons. Yaaaaar!!!

You can find the wikipedia page here, usual spoiler warning apply. How Long to Beat estimates about 8 hours to completion (but I'm pretty sure I can wrap it up in 3, maybe 4). Available on Microsoft Windows, OS X, and currently 50% off on Steam!

You can find the main thread over this way. We'll be playing The Curse of Monkey Island in December 2019, with an extra month if need be.

Think i might give this one a shot. it's been long enough since i played it that i can't remember most of what happens

hmm...maybe i'll stream me playing it...

And I'm off! Mega-monkey mode for me.

There's absolutely no way I'm going to get frustrated with the adventure game logic and finish the last 2/3 with a walkthrough. Nope, no chance of that.

I always play in Mega Monkey mode but I know every little bit of it by heart now.
Will definitely be streaming it, I already tested things a few days ago.

Haven’t played this one, or any Monkey Island, since ... well, let’s just say it was a while ago. I suspect I could still reel off a good number of Murray’s lines though.

So I just bought the collection on Steam. This should be interesting to revisit.

I just put in over two hours last night. It’s still really great. Sure, the graphics aren’t super sharp, but I’m okay with that. The humor is still hilarious. And I haven’t come across anything too problematic, as I recall, but it could be the rose glasses talking.
New comers to this game, I really, really recommend exhausting all dialog options. There are so many great conversations to be had. I skipped a fair chunk of it, because most of it is still fresh in my mind (I play this one every few years), so you’ll miss out if you settle with watching my playthrough.
The puzzle design is also quite LucasArts in spirit in the sense that you basically can’t get stuck in a “no win” situation. If you feel you can’t progress, it’s because you haven’t tried something.

So as always: pick up everything that’s not nailed down.
Talk to everyone. About everything.
Try the wonkiest item combinations you can think of. Examine all the things.

And have fun.

The Monkeys are Listening ...

Murray!

Oops.

El Pollo Diablo!

Si! He dejado en libertad los prisoneros y ahora vengo por ti!!

I actually had a viewer on Twitch whose handle was ElPolloDiablo. Was pretty awesome.

So I wrapped up the whole thing in about 4 hours and a half. It's pretty much a speedrun, though I could've been quicker if I'd remembered more and done less backtracking. I also did all of Murray's dialogs, because Murray is awesome.

And I still adore this game to bits.

Eleima wrote:
brokenclavicle wrote:

Hadn't played Curse of Monkey Island in well over a decade. Fired it up last night and it took me around thirty or forty minutes to finally halfway recall how to get out of the boat (the initial two areas). Good stuff all the way, though. The little tiny wannabe pirate always cracks me up!

I'm so conflicted, because I wanna reply that Wally is indeed totes adorable and must be treasured and defended at all costs, buuuuut.... I also don't want to post about CoMI here when it should be in the dedicated thread. What do I do? :D

You could post over here while quoting from and linking back there.

UHS has a hint system for this game. I played CMI back in the day (and maybe once or twice more since), but I've forgotten a lot of the puzzles, and I doin't want to be stuck for days. The hint system is perfect for this type of game.

Singing pirates!

Sword fighting!

Cannons firing!!!

Great call on the Universal Hint System. We used that back in the day, and I'd almost forgotten about it. Glad to hear it's still up and running in some form!

Hit my first stumbling block trying to plug a hole in a boat. I have an idea of what I need to do, just not sure what to do it on.

Spoiler:

Guybrush says the biscuit is "about the right size" to plug the hole, so I'm thinking I need to use the biscuit cutter to cut something appropriately-shaped?

And yeah I discovered UHS still existed a few years ago. Combined with playing minesweeper again for the first time in a decade yesterday and replaying Curse, this is turning out to be a full-on 90's game week.

stupidhaiku wrote:

Hit my first stumbling block trying to plug a hole in a boat. I have an idea of what I need to do, just not sure what to do it on.

Spoiler:

Guybrush says the biscuit is "about the right size" to plug the hole, so I'm thinking I need to use the biscuit cutter to cut something appropriately-shaped?

And yeah I discovered UHS still existed a few years ago. Combined with playing minesweeper again for the first time in a decade yesterday and replaying Curse, this is turning out to be a full-on 90's game week. :D

1st hint:

Spoiler:

Caber toss area

2nd hint:

Spoiler:

Rubber tree

stupidhaiku wrote:

this is turning out to be a full-on 90's game week. :D

You say that like it's a bad thing.

You've got the right idea about the boat. If you want a hint that's not as specific as Aristophan's:

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Remember what boats are made of? Trees! Try finding one that can provide the materials to plug the hole.

Spent some more time with this this weekend. I plugged the hole and got stuck once more because I failed the pixel-hunt in the

Spoiler:

theater backstage and missed the pocket.

I eventually got going, though, and have now just opened up the

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crypt and the next step is to get the ring from the ghostly bride.

Been having a ton of fun with this so far, and am a bit disappointed because if I remember correctly the sequel (Escape) wasn't nearly as good as the first 3. It *has* been ages since I've played 2, though, and the special edition's been sitting in my Steam library forever so that may be my next task.