Escape From Monkey Island
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Guybrush Threepwood has finally defeated the zombie pirate LeChuck, and married his sweetheart Elaine Marley. The happy couple is returning home from an exciting honeymoon. But as they arrive on Melee Island, they notice some very strange changes. A mysterious stranger who calls himself Charles L. Charles is organizing a campaign to become the next governor. The Australian businessman Ozzie Mandrill is turning the Caribbean into an attraction for tourists. And on top of that, Elaine's mansion is being demolished! Naturally, it's up to our hero to revert the things back to normal, even if that means traveling to exotic islands and solving puzzles on the way.
Spitting the sand of Monkey Island from my mouth, I wondered if the life of a mighty pirate was all it was cracked up to be. I'd ignored recent events that should have been warning shots across the bow of my soul, from my wife's brush with death to the anti-pirate ramblings of an Australian gazillionaire. If only I'd chosen a different path, LeChuck might still be dead and the Ultimate Insult might have remained a mystery. If I'd never picked up a sword, the grog-swilling pirates of the Tri-Island Area might be unthreatened by the forces of gentrification and demonic heckfire. If only... suddenly, the hairy finger of a familiar monkey tapped me on the shoulder. It was time. Time for the biggest battle of my swashbuckling life.
Escape from Monkey Island was the fourth game in the Monkey Island series, and the second game to use the Lua-based Grim Engine. The game follows Guybrush Threepwood and Elaine Marley as they return to Mêlée Island from their honeymoon. There they discover that Elaine Marley's position of governor has been revoked, her mansion is scheduled to be demolished, and a politician named Charles L. Charles is running for the governorship. Guybrush learns that the islands are being purchased one by one, and pirates are being forced out in favor of tacky Caribbean-themed tourism. Guybrush must find out who is threatening his way of life, piracy, and also find a way to save Elaine's mansion.
"Spitting the sand of Monkey Island from my mouth, I began to wonder if the life of a mighty pirate was all it was cracked up to be. I'd ignored recent events that should have been warning shots across the bow of my soul, from my wife's brush with death to the anti-pirate ramblings of Australian gazillionaire Ozzie Mandrill. If only I'd chosen a different path, LeChuck might still be dead, and the mystery of the Ultimate Insult might have remained an enigma. If I'd never picked up a sword, the grog-swilling pirates of the Tri-Island Area might be unthreatened by the twin forces of gentrification and demonic heckfire. If only . . . suddenly, the hairy finger of a familiar monkey tapped me on the shoulder. It was time. Time to stop LeChuck (again). Time to make the world safe for pirates. Time for the biggest battle of my swashbuckling life."
Guybrush and Elaine Marley-Threepwood have just returned from an idyllic three-month honeymoon, only to find that the island of Mêlée is half deserted and someone is trying to demolish their mansion. It seems that while they were away, someone had Elaine legally declared dead, thus nullifying her title as Governor. They manage to save the mansion, and meet a mysterious figure calling himself Charles L. Charles, who declares that with the governorship of Mêlée now vacant, he intends to be elected to the position.
On Lucre Island Guybrush meets with the Marley family lawyers, who give him a letter from Elaine's grandfather, Horatio, to be delivered when she became married. The letter mentions that the deed to the mansion is deposited at The Second Bank of Lucre, along with the keys to something known as the Ultimate Insult, a secret weapon ten times as terrifying as Big Whoop. Guybrush visits the bank, but while he is inside the vault the bank is robbed by Pegnose Pete, who frames Guybrush by wearing a Guybrush mask and then takes the Marley heirlooms. Guybrush is arrested by Inspector Canard, who places a voodoo ankle bracelet on him that will prevent him leaving the island. Nonetheless, Guybrush manages to track down Pegnose, and learns he is working for Ozzie Mandrill. He follows Ozzie and retrieves the Marley heirlooms. Lastly, Guybrush exploits Pegnose's crippling fear of ducks and captures him. Inspector Canard agrees to set Guybrush free, but Pegnose escapes.
When they sail to Jambalaya Island they discover that Ozzie Mandrill has assumed total control over the island, turning it into a tacky tourist trap. All the pirates have been shipped off to nearby Knuttin Atoll, where they are held prisoner and put through a pirate re-education program. From the diagram of the insult drawn onto the Jambalaya Island map, Guybrush realizes the insult has been split into three pieces. For the first piece Guybrush enters and wins a Plank Diving contest, and is awarded a statue of a golden man. The second piece is a silver Monkey Mug from Planet Threepwood. For the third piece Guybrush sails to Knuttin Atoll, evading the insane Admiral Ricardo Casaba, and digs up the bronze hat of Tiny LaFeet, Jambalaya Island's most famous pirate.
Guybrush wakes up on Monkey Island. Exploring, he finds an unusually large number of monkeys on the island. He finds a talking monkey called Jojo Jr. who tells him the monkeys have come in response to a calling. Something big is soon to happen. From the monkeys he learns the art of Monkey Kombat, and soon becomes skilled enough to defeat Jojo Jr. in battle. Guybrush also manages to construct a makeshift Ultimate Insult out of a bronze hat, a golden banana picker, and the Giant Monkey Head. However it refuses to activate.
Description: Our non-chronological exploration of LucasArts adventure games continues with an episode all about the legendary developer's final entry in the genre: Escape from Monkey Island. Unfortunately, EMI ended this era of LucasArts with a whimper, as the clunky 3D interface and questionable puzzles make Guybrush Threepwood's Y2K adventure feel more like a voodoo curse than a barrel of monkeys. On this episode, join Bob Mackey and Nina Matsumoto (Thimbleweed Park cover artist and designer at Fangamer) as the two examine this unloved entry in the Monkey Island series to find out what went wrong.
After acquiring the legal deeds and returning to the manor, Guybrush and Elaine soon discover that Charles L. Charles is really the shape-shifting Demon Pirate LeChuck, having been freed from his ice prison of the last game and seeking the Ultimate Insult. As Elaine continues her campaign, Guybrush searches the Jambalaya and Knuttin Atoll islands and recovers the pieces of the Ultimate Insult. Upon returning home, he is ambushed by LeChuck and Ozzie Mandrill, who steal the pieces from him. The two villains are revealed to be working together, Ozzie to rid of all pirates and turn the area into a resort and LeChuck out of debt to Ozzie for freeing him from the icy tomb and to use the Ultimate Insult to break Elaine and marry her. Feeling they might need Guybrush as a hostage, the two decide to dump him on Monkey Island.
Despite temporary discouragement, Guybrush sets about making his escape. He learns the art of Monkey Kombat from the "monkey prince of Monkey Island" and, upon restoring the hermit Herman Toothrot's memory, discovers that the old man is actually Elaine's missing grandfather, having contracted amnesia twenty years prior due to being pushed into a whirlpool off the coast of Australia by Ozzie. After constructing an even bigger Ultimate Insult, Guybrush discovers that the colossal monkey head statue of the island hides a giant pilot-able monkey robot. He reactivates the Mecha and powers it and Herman and the island's monkeys join him in piloting it. With the robot, Guybrush manages to disable an Ultimate Insult amplifier made by Ozzie before returning to Mêlée. During this time, Ozzie has managed to capture Elaine and assemble the Ultimate Insult. When it appears to fail due to the lack of the amplifier, LeChuck takes matters into his own hands and possesses a statue of himself he had built shortly after his gubernatorial victory. Ozzie uses the Ultimate Insult to take control of LeChuck's statue form and engages Guybrush's monkey robot in Monkey Kombat. During the duel, Guybrush performs repeated ties, allowing Elaine to escape and causing LeChuck to smack his head in exasperation, crushing Ozzie and destroying the Ultimate Insult. LeChuck then explodes. Guybrush and Elaine are reunited and Grandpa Marley resumes being the governor of Mêlée Island, so that the couple can go back to being pirates.
The game was met with a generally favorable reception. The gameplay received criticism for its interface and the difficulty of keyboard or joystick control as compared to mouse controls. The "Monkey Kombat" was also criticized, with the Gamespot review stating that "unfortunately Monkey Kombat may be the single biggest problem with Escape from Monkey Island". Another reviewer speculated that "Perhaps the designers figured that combining insult fighting, cute monkeys, and a Mortal Kombat spoof would work well, but it didn't".
But the zoo eventually voted the monkeys off the island and built a new habitat where the spider monkeys could do their frolicking. The story of why the monkeys were moved from the island has never been made public. I have the scoop. Yes, I get all the big stories.
Monkeys are well known as a non-swimming species, so for many years they were kept securely on that island. Every winter they moved inside. In early spring, a Canada goose or three was known to nest on the island. But the goslings were hatched and gone by the time the weather warmed enough for the monkeys to reclaim their island home.
One summer day in 1994, while workers were watching, Ariel decided to make her escape from Monkey Island. That is the simian equivalent of breaking out of Alcatraz, another island they said no one could leave. 781b155fdc