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Escape from Monkey Island

by LucasArts Entertainment
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews) 84 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00005AW20
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,355 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Escape from Monkey Island continues in the hilarious anachronistic tradition of its award-winning PC predecessors, The Secret of Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, and The Curse of Monkey Island. Escape features an original cinematic story full of drama, intrigue, and, of course, sidesplitting humor.

The story follows wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood and his new bride, Elaine Marley-Threepwood. Upon their return to Melee Island, of which Elaine is the elected governor, the couple finds out that Elaine has been declared dead and that her office has been usurped by a slick--yet strangely familiar--politician. Escape from Monkey Island is highlighted by hundreds of challenging puzzles, which are set amidst dozens of rich and brilliantly rendered backgrounds.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The monkey island series are perhaps the greatest video game series ever, even pitting up against the likes of Final Fantasy, Zelda and all the other great ones.
It's a shame not too many people have actually played the games.
But perhaps this, now on a mainstream platform, will change things.
For those familiar with the older games, there is no such thing as monkey lite on this thing. It's hard right from the get go. I feel sorta dumb after the fact, but the cannon puzzle really had me stumped. (I won't spoil it for you) :)
But the main con to this game is the horrendously slow loadtimes and sometimes choppy animation. Whenever a monkey comes on screen, it's not smooth AT ALL. It's pretty embarrassing if you focus on that, but luckily, not a lot of action takes place int he game. It's more a thinker game.
Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious February 22, 2003
You could say I've been living under a rock, but this is my first Monkey Island game. I've rented it at least three times (I don't know why I just don't buy it). The game in itself is hilarious, with the crazy characters and odd gameplay. I love this game especially, though, becuase of it's magnificent level of difficulty. It definitely isn;t easy, but I've never been frustrated or thought it was hard. I also love the way that it's not a normal game in the sense that you have to collect golden coins or kill enemies. You don't just have to press buttons-you actually have to think about the solutions to the strange puzzles. Lastly, the graphics and sound are of a good quality. If you have never tried a Monkey Island game before and have somewhat older kidsm just trust us on this one and buy this game. It's awesome!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Original November 24, 2004
By Rebecca
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I suppose you could say that I've been living underground, as this is the first exposure that I've had to the Monkey Island series. I bought this game based on the cover art and the concept. I was looking for an inventive game, and boy, did I get one. I've never encountered a game quite like Escape from Monkey Island, and it depresses me that it is the last game in the series. The puzzles are challenging, but only because they require thought. The jokes are incredibly funny, and they last through the entire game. Although I've never played any of the other Monkey Island or LucasArt games, I picked up on a lot of the inside jokes and laughed some more. The interaction with the settings was unique, as were the responses from other characters. The music was fitted perfectly to the theme, and was highly addictive without being annoying. The gameplay was slick. The graphics were sharp and colorful. The only drawback I can think of is the insanity of Monkey Kombat. I didn't like that I had to go online to figure out how to win Monkey Kombat and advance to the end of the game. The designers could have come up with something less involved in that situation, which is the singular reason why I gave the game only 4 stars.

Overall, this is a wonderful game. I highly recommend that you check it out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent September 29, 2001
Everyone knows the PC-style adventure game category's been hurtin' for some action for a while now,and many previoully devout followers have strayed from the genre,looking elsewhere to slate their thirst for a good story.But take heart,my comrades in the never-ending battle for quality adventure games,all hope is not lost!A messiah has finally come to deliver the faitful from this purgatorial plateau of thebanal.Classic Q&A style storytelling,mind joggingly scrumptious puzzles,zany wit and over the top silliness,plus visual candy that'll strip your saliva glands bare from all juices,await for the willing gamer.Doesn't that sound delicious?Of course it does.And yet,all good things do come with a price.Ironically,the pop culture heavy humor that is Monkey Island tends to go a bit overboard at times{no pun intended},leaving you with a tummy full of sour grog.But then again,what's a piratey adventure without some seasickness,argh?Overall,YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH THIS FINALE TO A LUCAS ARTS LEGACY,so be sure not to miss the boat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This gem of a game is - by far - the best adventure game to come out since classics such as ZORK and A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's part four of the Monkey Island series (MI in short) but you don't need to play the first three to enjoy it - I didn't play them and I had a blast. (Reading the story in the manual will make sense of most of the previous game reference jokes) It's quirky humor and odd references to pop culture here and there make a laugh out loud funny game. However, the game is not all fun and games. The puzzles range from medium-hard to near impossible, people who have played and enjoyed the "Army Men" series press your <BACK> button now. The interface is excellent for a ported game from the PC, but be patient for loading times. By far the best feature of this game I've noticed is that there is NO way to permenantly screw something up. You can't die or use up all of your items you need later. Feel free to try everything and anything, and you'll need to!
If you do decide to purchase this game, do NOT, and I repeat DO NOT purchase or download any sort of guide or FAQ for this game. It's a waste of your money because it'll ruin the game. Once you know what to do, there is no thrill or thought involved.
With a more precise rating system, I'd give EFMI 4.5 stars. 1/2 star off for the shortness of the game (only 3 Acts then the ending battle) and loading times. All in all, an excellent game for the puzzle minded.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work on my ps3 like all other ps1 and 2 games that I have ...
Doesn't work on my ps3 like all other ps1 and 2 games that I have do and yes for those who do not know. Read more
Published 2 months ago by metroid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful game always loved the monkey island series
Published 3 months ago by Katie loughrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Loved these games since I was little, so awesome to play them again ^~^
Published 4 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a good buy and Im glad to get this game back ...
It came on time on the dot and it had all the stuff as it showed on the pic with the cd ,case and book. It was a good buy and Im glad to get this game back for my old man!
Published 6 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars monkey island is great
this game isn't as good as the outhers ive played but its still rad cuz monkey island is awesome!!!!!!!!!! ....have a nice day .
Published 12 months ago by aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, great comedy!
I loved the Monkey Island series growing up and this new version was lots of fun. Almost every line of dialogue had me cracking up.
Published 24 months ago by Tim Flipton
4.0 out of 5 stars very fun
Not the best game in the series but definitley worth buying and playing if you're a monkey island fan, i love all the monkey island games and this one fits right in with the rest,... Read more
Published on December 10, 2012 by frizzlefry
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Funny
Escape From Monkey Island is probably one of the funniest titles on PS2. You run around trying to solve puzzles with a well written story. Read more
Published on November 25, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure,comedy,pirates,monkeys and actions
This is a problem solving game with a difference. You are the character of Guybrush Threepwood who was a wannabe pirate who becomes an unlightly pirate. Read more
Published on August 3, 2010 by Ben Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad if purchased cheaply!
I wouldn't pay full price for it, but over all, I enjoyed this game - bright, fun graphics; silly dialogue; clever and cute. Read more
Published on December 30, 2008 by Kay
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