Reviewed on PC


Reviewed By: John Davidson

Computer Platform: PC
Produced by: LucasArts
Price Range: $5-10
Learning curve time: 5 mins.
Age level: 10+
ESRB Rating: Everyone

Genre: Action/adventure
Christian Rating: 4 of 5
   (slightly offensive)
Gameplay: 5 of 5
Violence: 4 of 5
   (barely present)
Adult Content: 5 of 5

Guybrush Threepwood of 'Monkey Island'. Illustration copyrighted.
Arrr Matey. This is the game that started a revolution in computer games, released way back in 1991. This game (using the SCUMM engine) became one of the most beloved computer games of all time. Mostly due to the insane humor of the game.

You are Guybrush Threepwood: an aspiring pirate. To become a pirate you must accomplish the tree trials. Along the way you pick up all kinds of useful skills, like how to be shot out of a cannon using only a pot to save your life, finding a use for a rubber chicken with a pulley inside, and the greatest skill of all--insult sword fighting. Oh and later on you might want to deal with that pesky ghost pirate LeChuck.

“The Secret of Monkey Island” is mostly on the adventure side. Players will spend most of the time solving puzzles and riddles.

This game is a true classic; there is hardly anything that can be taken offense to. There are a few items: a ghost pirate, and a few slight references to Voodoo (such as the anti-ghost root you need to find to defeat LeChuck). But I wouldn't take those into serious consideration. In today's world of gory games, this title is one that delivers hours of good clean fun. And the puzzles will build a strong analytical mind

Year of Release—1991

I played this game on my Amiga and was very impressed with it. For it's time, the graphics and animation were impressive. It was the plot and humor that are more noteworthy. The only relevance to religion is an incident involving a voodoo doll and a hypodermic needle. This is a very funny sequence however, and has no moral implications in my opinion. A true classic. My Ratings: [4/5]
   —Kowalski37, age 18

I really enjoyed this game, the 'voodoo canon ball' is a little questionable but that is about the worst thing you will encounter. It was not offensive to me as a Christian at all. My Ratings: [5/5]
   —Walt Viviers, age 15

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