The Curse of Monkey Island: Hair demons and demon chickens

(This is part of my journey going playing through 1997’s The Curse of Monkey Island. You can follow the entire series on the Retro Gaming page.)

As I’ve noted in the Monkey Island series, Guybrush is — for an affable guy — very much capable of playing mean tricks on people and stealing everything not nailed down. I guess that’s the pirate life! In his pursuit to secure a crew, he douses a comb with lice to get a stuffy guy out of a barber chair. Said stuffy guy ends up completely bald, but hey, that’s what wigs are for.

Guybrush steals some scissors from the barbershop and hacks his way into the island interior, where karma catches up with him and he’s eaten by a snake. Of course, this being a LucasArts game, you can’t actually die, so this is merely a setback — and an opportunity to loot the stuff in the snake’s belly!

As the saying goes, “from the innards of a snake to the quicksand!” And so our pirate’s series of tragedies continues — all the more tragic for the loss of his inventory. Considering that there was a full breakfast in that snake, I’m a little bummed to lose it.

Lunch is next on the agenda, and for that there is nowhere finer than Captain’ Blondebeard! Here, Guybrush has a hilarious encounter with a twice-dead Manny from Grim Fandango. LucasArts, everyone!

As Guybrush assembles the last of his crew, a different bunch of pirates find LeChuck’s boots floating in the sea. Retrieving them, the old zombie pirate comes back from the extra-dead — again!

While attempting to secure a vessel of his own, Guybrush is — to his not-so-great horror — tarred and feathered by a roving band of pirate monkeys. My son particularly liked this part.

This becomes a very roundabout way to get below decks, as Guybrush goes back to town, freaks out the restaurant owner (who thinks he’s a devil chicken), gets knocked out, and then put into a pot for some reason.

Anyway, the “captain” of the ship is a big ape. Make of that what you will.

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