Original Music in Monkey Island: Go Tell Aunt Rhody and O Good Ale Thou Art My Darling
Did you know Stan's theme and the SCUMM Bar theme in the Monkey Island games are based on pre-existing compositions? Witness
Go Tell Aunt Rhodyand
O Good Ale Thou Art My Darling.One or more tune has appeared in every game.
Guybrush Trying to Pick Up Kate
Keep trying to
Pick UpKate to get a bunch of different responses.
Yes, you can kill Guybrush in Monkey Island 2—sort of. Hang over the acid pit for five minutes, and Guybrush and Wally will drop into it. You will, of course, be revived straight away.
Monkey Island 2 Dive Sequence: Original vs. SE Classic Mode
The classic mode in the Special Edition are very different.
Alt+W Cheat End Credits
Press Alt+W anywhere in Monkey Island 2 to
winthe game. You will be sent straight to a custom credit screen!
Cut Color-Guessing Puzzle
The puzzle during this portion of Monkey Island 2 is pretty infamous, but a look through the game's source code reveals that it used to be different - and probably a lot easier! This "deleted scene," with an abundance of unique dialogue, was restored using the game's original source code by Marius Winter.Courtesy of The Video Game History Foundation.
Unused LeChuck & Largo Closeup Cutscenes
Restored from the game's original source files (thanks Marius Winter!), here are all five unused close-up cutscenes from the game. The first of these was never used at all, while the remaining four are technically in the game - just without the closeup art and animations!Courtesy of The Video Game History Foundation.
Unused, Unfinished LeChuck Voodoo Room
This room inside of LeChuck's Fortress was cut from the game before the final background art was created, but a skeleton version using a pencil sketch survives in the source code. While there is no functional code for this, analysis of the SCUMM script suggests that a puzzle here involved making recipes by spelling out words using the first letters of the ingredients on the shelves. Code restored by Marius Winter, gameplay video by Jake Rodkin, MT-32 audio recording by Roger Holten.Courtesy of The Video Game History Foundation.
Early on in the design, Monkey Island 2's antagonist was supposed to be
LeChuck's hellbent brother.In the end, it was switched back to LeChuck.
Zonker Harris is a character in Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury. In the Special Edition, the reference was switched to Jedi Knight's Kyle Katarn.
Wally Spills The Secret
Did you know the Dinky Island name could sorta, kinda, but not really be found by looking at Wally's shack-door?
Stan's Original Coffin Shop
Guybrush’s made-up addresses:
221B Baker Street: Home of Sherlock Holmes.
10 Downing Street: The Prime Minister of the UK’s residence.
1060 West Addison: Wrigley Field baseball stadium in Chicago. (Dominic Armato is, coincidentally, a Cubs fan.)
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: The White House.
Guybrush tells Captain Dread he has
natty dreads.This is a reference to the Bob Marley and the Wailers album, Natty Dread. Dreadlocks is also Dread’s hair style.
Buzzsaw Girl was a character in Steve Purcell’s comic book series, Defenders of Dynatron City. The series was later adapted into an animated TV pilot and a Nintendo game.
Joy of Hex
In an early version of The Secret of Monkey Island, Mêlée Island was governered by one Governor Fat. This did, of course, change, and the character instead appeared as Governor Phatt in LeChuck’s Revenge. Credit: Video Game History Foundation—go there for the full animation and the backstory.