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The Secret of Monkey Island (1990) is a classic tongue-in-cheek pirate adventure game. You click or tap the screen to explore locations, find items and complete puzzles. Playing a young man, Guybrush Threepwood, with a dream of being a pirate, you become embroiled in a kidnap rescue. Using intuition, guesswork and an eye for absurd comedy, you must solve the mystery of the island and save the day.

The series original success spawned many other games, as well as a re-released version:
  • The Secret of Monkey Island (1990) Amiga, Atari ST, Mac, PC
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (1991)
  • The Curse of Monkey Island (1997)
  • Escape from Monkey Island (2000)
  • Tales of Monkey Island (2009) on Wii and PC
  • The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (2009) on Mac, PC, iOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: Special Edition (2010) on Mac, PC, iOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Secret of Monkey Island 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Point-and-Click game with Action, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 17 hours to complete. The wide range of duration time comes from the puzzle-solving gameplay that can be completed quickly or have you going in circles for hours.


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This game has helped players develop their Disposition as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is rated PEGI 12 for violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for alcohol and tobacco reference, comic mischief, mild cartoon, violence, and suggestive themes. The game includes several comical depictions of characters, including a scene in which a "Meathook" character turns his back to the camera to reveal slightly exposed buttocks (e.g., "plumber's crack"). During a sword fight, one of the characters uses a suggestive metaphor to describe battle (e.g., "Sword fighting is kinda like making love. It's not always what you do, it's what you say."). While players have no direct control over the sword combat, they can sometimes make/hear comments such as "prepare to die" and "I will milk every drop of blood from your body." One character is depicted with a cigar in his mouth, and another character discusses how rum is an ingredient in a grog mixture.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to read and solve association puzzles to progress. This can be combining items to get where you need. It also requires some resilience and lateral thinking to progress via branching conversations.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 19-year-olds play this game:


The Secret of Monkey Island usually costs £8.50.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Steam Store PC £8.50

The Secret of Monkey Island

App Store Mac Unavailable On Digital Store
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/10/1990

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click (Action, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Lucasfilm Games (@LucasfilmGames)

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