Eight things to know before playing Return to Monkey Island


The big news is that the rambunctious pirate adventure everyone has been talking about is Return to Monkey Island, is now available for Xbox Series X|S, Windows and with Game Pass! I know you want to jump right in and play it right away, but before you do, here are some key things I think you should be aware of:

1. The anchors are a lie

One of the characters in the game is going to tell you a lot of random facts about anchors. I want to reassure you that these facts are not necessary for gameplay or story. They never come up again. You can forget them. And in case you don’t forget them, I want to make sure you understand that the “facts” are made up. The character in question is not an intentional liar, but she is a confident person who is not very good at doing research. Do not use Return to Monkey Island as a factual source for your Wikipedia article on anchors. It’s probably best not to use the game as an actual source, period.

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2. The fish are not a lie

Since I don’t want you to lose bets, I have to let you know that contrary to the anchor facts, the fish for sale at the fish shop in Return to Monkey Island are all meticulously researched, real fish. Hagfish, toadfish, slimehead, bloater and lumpsucker are things that exist in the outside world, however unlikely that may seem. We may have taken some liberties with their ability to move and survive outside of the water.

3. Avocado Soda is both fictional and real and it’s not our fault

Avocado soda is something we made up for the game, but a quick web search will yield many examples of it in the real world as well. We are not affiliated with any of these products, we disclaim any responsibility for their existence and we make no representations or warranties about what will or will not happen to you if you drink them.

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4. There are no monkeys on Monkey Island

Well, okay, there’s a great big monkey head made of stone. But that’s the only one. This is a game about pirates, not monkeys. If you really need monkeys, let us introduce you to one of the many fine zoo simulators currently on the market.

5. Kids named Guybrush are bullied at school

After playing this game, you might be tempted to name your next child after the mighty pirate Guybrush Threepwood. Of course, you are free to do as you please, but let me remind you that elementary school can be difficult for kids with unusual or suggestive names like Guybrush, LeChuck, Grossman, or John. Maybe you could consider changing your own name instead, or getting a nice tattoo?

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6. It’s good to try new things

This is a game that encourages curiosity, not one that punishes it. So don’t worry, go ahead and try things, even if it looks like they won’t help you, or they might arrest, injure, or kill you. Um… we’re clear I’m only talking about things you do in the game, right? Getting people out of jail is usually a bad idea in real life.

7. The game has a writer’s cut

Return to Monkey Island has a Writer’s Cut mode that can be toggled on and off among the many other options. The Writer’s Cut restores extra lines of dialogue cut from the game, maybe a few hundred. Bonus! But the game already contains a large number of words, certainly enough for most people. I’m the person who did a lot of both the writing and the cutting, and I can tell you that these extra words were removed for good reasons. But some of them are funny, so we provided the opportunity to put them back. You can always turn the option off again.

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8. Enjoy

You can speed up the game whenever you want, but I don’t recommend approaching your first playthrough that way. Take your time. Sniffing around. Bring some snacks and a friend. Trust me in this.

Okay, that’s it, now you’re done! Go play!

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Return to Monkey Island is an unexpected, thrilling return from series creator Ron Gilbert who continues the story of the legendary adventure games The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, co-developed with Lucasfilm Games. It has been many years since Guybrush Threepwood was last engaged in a battle of wits with his nemesis, the zombie pirate LeChuck. His true love, Elaine Marley, has shifted her focus from governing and Guybrush himself is adrift and unfulfilled, having never found the secret of Monkey Island. Hip, young pirate leaders led by Captain Madison have shaken the old guard from power, Melee Island has deteriorated and famed businessman Stan has been jailed for “marketing crimes.” Banter with old friends and new faces on familiar islands now under dangerous new leadership. Then take to the high seas and explore the new and unknown as you work your way out of tough predicaments. Clever puzzles, bizarre situations and devastating setbacks are all that stands between Guybrush and glory.” Clever evolution of classic adventure game controls Context-sensitive interactions, reactive dialogue trees and an easy-to-use inventory system make piracy a breeze Go on Archipelago Adventures Navigate through the sometimes friendly confines of Melee Island, a familiar place itself under new management by leaders who have pressured old friends and new faces. Venture into unknown lands such as the aptly named Terror Island and the hair-raising outposts of Brrr Muda to find allies and enemies Created by a Legendary Crew The new chapter in the Monkey Island series marks the return of iconic series creator Ron Gilbert, along with game co-writer Dave Grossman, art director Rex Cr owle (Knights & Bikes, Tearaway ) and composers Peter McConnell, Michael Land and Clint Bajakian (Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge).