The Curse of Monkey Island by LucasArts.

Editor's Rating: 4.8/5
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What can I say? LucasArts — in my opinion the best adventure games maker — has absolutely outdone itself this time. The Curse of Monkey Island, the third installment in the series of classic adventure games, met and exceeded the lofty expectations surrounding it. This game had been long anticipated by fans of the series, and the genre in general. This game had created a new standard for adventure games, and it was hard to play any adventure game without comparing it with this extraordinary gaming achievement. The more I think about it, the more the word CLASSIC comes to mind.


The Curse Of Monkey Island Intro Video

Once again you assume the role of aspiring pirate Guybrush Threepwood. This part of the saga picks up where the last game (The Secret of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge) left off, sort of. Guybrush is set adrift after failing to find the fabled treasure Big Whoop. Feeling the situation is hopeless, Guybrush eventually stumbles into a battle and is apprehended by his arch-nemesis the Zombie Pirate LeChuck. Right from the get-go the story is engaging and funny. The opening sequence is one of the more memorable in adventure gaming history, and immediately you feel for the pathetic Guybrush. After he is captured, Guybrush is rescued by his lady love Elaine. Using a ring he finds on LeChuck's ship, Guybrush proposes to Elaine, but no sooner is the ring on her finger than she turns into a gold statue. Yes, that's right — as if you couldn't guess, the ring is cursed.  The rest of the game is centered around finding an antidote for the curse. On your way, you'll meet an innumerable cast of memorable characters — including Murray the talking skull (a running gag throughout the game), and Kenny, a fat little swindler who reminds me of a certain someone from South Park. The story surrounding the game isn't ultra-complicated and it's not as sophisticated as others; however, it's engaging, funny and memorable, and when you finish, you'll wish you hadn't.

The interface in The Curse of Monkey Island is easy and intuitive, and takes all of two minutes to learn. It is almost identical to the interface used in LucasArts' Full Throttle. There aren't really any big innovations in gameplay here over the previous two episodes, which depending on your position you can view as good or bad. I am all for pushing the envelope in gaming and I very much like to see new ideas put to good use, but it is nice to know that a good ol' conventional game can still be produced, and there is a refreshing tendency with the Monkey Island series not to mess with success. I've always been a fan of games like this, and they're not as common as they used to be. I'm very glad to see the masters reminded us all how it is to be done, and I wish the success of this game had inspired them to make sequels to some of their other classic adventure games.

The puzzles in Monkey Island are well varied. There are two game options, Regular and Mega-Monkey Mode, with Mega-Monkey Mode offering a more challenging variety of puzzles. Like any good adventure game, the puzzles can be frustrating, but if you persist the solution will ultimately present itself. The story and gameplay here were a pleasure from every aspect, and the puzzles were interwoven with the plot of the game in such a way as to not seem tacked on for the sake of appeasing the world's Myst fans.

Guybrush is captured by the evil piratesGraphics

Once again, Curse of Monkey Island shines in this category.  The graphics are better than any other adventure game in 1997. The characters are so big and bright, and move so fluidly, that you would almost swear you were controlling a cartoon. The cinematic cut-scenes are also splendid. The whole game is done with hand-drawn animation, and it is obvious that the animators and game makers alike put a great deal of time and effort into this project. If you have any doubt, just feast your eyes on the screenshots here and on the web site.


The audio is another shining example of this game's splendor. It features a Caribbean soundtrack that completely immerses you in the game, and you don't want to come out. You may even find yourself humming some of the tunes without realizing it. I happen to know there were at least one or two petitions going around to have the soundtrack of the game released separately, and It did happen. The voice acting is well above average too, and unlike some adventure games where the video and audio sometimes don't quite synch up, I didn't experience any problems with the audio at all.

System Requirements & Comments

Pentium 90 or faster required. Windows 95, Direct X 5.0 (provided on disk), 16 MB RAM, 4X CD-ROM drive, 1 MB hard drive space (est. 20 more for save games.) 100% Windows 95 sound card, mouse.

Personally, I think LA had the right idea, providing the best graphics and sound with the lowest possible requirements. Some game makers had gotten out of hand with system requirements, especially when the graphics don't always hold up to expectations for that kind of power. Today, the latest hardware is a must for playing recent computer games with the same level of popularity.

CMI CD LabelBottom Line

In case you couldn't already tell, I highly recommend this game for anyone. Whether you're looking for a good adventure, or just a good laugh, beautiful animation, or great sound, there's something for everyone in this game. It is an excellent value, and certainly a gaming classic. I have yet to find a person who has played this game who hasn't loved it; and I have no doubt that almost all of you will feel the same. It is not common to recommend an adventure game to everyone, but even you real-time strategy die hards and first-person shooter fanatics out there might be pleasantly surprised if you pick this one up.

[Editor's Note:  Although I enjoyed The Curse of Monkey Island, the game's overall score drops to a 95 based on the disappointing finale, which seemed tacked on at the last minute to rush the game to distributors.  Fans of the series should also note that the departure of series creator Ron Gilbert from LucasArts has dramatically changed the overall flavor of gameplay. Curse plays more like a parody of previous titles; LeChuck and his minions are much more comic than creepy.]

The Curse of Monkey Island by LucasArts., reviewed by Stilgar on 2008-08-10T16:33:48+00:00 rating 4.8 out of 5

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  1. Tori
    Posted November 4, 2008 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I played this games years ago. I had already done the first but had never seen the second game of Guybrush. It was this year that I finally got the second one (the Secret of Monkey Island) on WinUAE amiga emulator and completed the demon to the very last bit. I have also done the 4th sequel (the 3D one) a few years ago. Totally, Monkey Island games are great in terms of fun, secrets, mind work, and of course time wasting on silly things. They are nice to me and I recommend others to take them if they have the time and the brains to take so many riddles and funny tricks. All together the 3rd one (the Curse of MI) was my favorite, I did it before 2000 and it game us lots of fun. Yes US, you heard me right. It wasn’t a game for one person so a few of my friends and I worked on it at the same time and shared what we found until the very last scene of the game. It was really nice back then and I am downloading the rar file to give it another try at the age of 33. I am also planning to have my girl try it when she grows a little older to be capable of understanding the stuff found in the game.

    Great work Lucas Art.

  2. Dane
    Posted August 20, 2009 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    I used to have this game when i was younger and i lost it. It was my favourite game and im soo happy i can download it again!!

  3. Nmx
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    hey there ! great download u got there eh! just one question….i cant seem to find the actions menu when i play the game…. and of course i dont know all the keayboard shortcuts….any thoughts??? plz email! thanks

  4. awad
    Posted October 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    i like this game so much thank you

  5. Vlad
    Posted December 8, 2009 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    I used to have this game when i was younger and i lost cd 3 so i can’t install it again and now i finally find it ! tnx

  6. spaceman
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    hey im kinda a noob does this run on dosbox or not i really want to know

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