The Curse of Monkey Island: Wedding bells

(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 if it wasn’t bad enough to have LeChuck kidnap Elaine in an attempt to marry her on his rollercoaster, the zombie pirate has transformed Guybrush into a little child. Hey, that skull there looks a little familiar…

To get out of this predicament, Guybrush has to mess around at the carnival to whip up one of those hangover cures he used on Goodsoup. This includes greatly angering Murray, as Guybrush chooses a different prize from the game. He goes on at great length to lambast Guybrush for the poor choice. I do love me some Murray.

After turning back in to a 20-year-old adult, Guybrush jumps on LeChuck’s rollercoaster of death in hot pursuit of Elaine. But you know me — I do love me a good rollercoaster ride in a video game! So I sat back and enjoyed the four scenes as they looped one after the other.

Poor Wally returns as part of this set dressing. Guybrush tries to rescue him, but nothing doing. Poor Wally.

In the inexplicable snow scene, Guybrush rigs up an explosive giant ape, then tricks LeChuck into lighting the fuse and blowing up the mountain. Also, apparently Elaine gave the pirate the slip, because she’s OK.

And with that, the game comes to a close! Elaine and Guybrush finally, finally get married and sail off into the sunset to live happily ever after. At least until the sequel.

So that was The Curse of Monkey Island, start to finish! Thanks for going on this journey with me. I love it just as much as the first two games, which is to say, an awful lot. It’s hilarious, the setpieces are gorgeous, and the puzzles quite tricksy indeed. I have just one game left in this series, but I’m going to leave it for now and embark on a different adventure come next week.

4 thoughts on “The Curse of Monkey Island: Wedding bells

  1. Wait? Only one game left in the series?
    Escape from Monkey Island and Tales of Monkey Island makes two.
    Did you already play ToMI or are you not counting it because it was made by a different company? (Which would be strange, because it shares a lot of the same developers as the previous games, shares the same genre as the previous entries, references past entries, and is basically just another sequel in every conceivable way.)

  2. Thanks for your play-though! Guess I really need to try the Monkey Island games at some point- I keep hearing about how amazing they are. It’s just that after bad experiences with ZORK back as a kid I can’t get into adventure games anymore.

  3. Ah, so you’ve heard that it’s best to pretend Tales never happened.
    Well I think the people who say to that are just being elitist (a bit like the people who say that only the original Star Wars trilogy exists, but with less of a valid reason). In my opinion, Tales is only the second worst Monkey Island game. Escape is the worst one (still a good game though, just a very bad Monkey Island game).

    I really liked Tales, although admittedly the puzzles are very simplistic. It’s also worth noting that it was very well-received at the time of release. I hope you play it after you eventually play Escape, because I don’t think it should be missed out because of what a few people say (it’s not like The Last Jedi or anything, if anything it’s closer to Bill & Ted Face the Music).

    By the way, I really enjoyed this playthrough.

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