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Monkey Island - Debug Mode
An article by bgbennyboy, posted on September 16. 2003.

Back when the monkey island games were being created the developers and playtesters used certain commands to help them. Using these they could skip rooms, make the game run faster, move to a different section of the game and more. These commands are still present in the retail versions of the games - as part of debug mode.

Despite its scary-sounding name debug mode isnt complicated at all. You dont need to have your favourite hex editor tatooed on your arm just to use it. In fact its really just a cheat mode, and like all cheat codes, no matter how much you type it, a nude Lara Croft really wont appear (joke circa 1997). Debug mode is enabled by typing in a certain phrase ingame and then pressing a key combination to activate it.

The Secret of Monkey Island
Type "hardyharhar" and press control-shift-D to activate debug mode.

Skip rooms: This works with every version of monkey island 1 ever released. If you have the CD version though there are other things you can do.

CD Version:
  • Control and E - Examine/set a scumm variable
  • Control and F - Activate fast mode
  • Contol and L - Enter a bootparam
  • Control and O - Pick up an object from another room
  • 1 - Change character, this only works when another character is on the screen
  • 7 or 8 - Change text colour
MI1 Room Numbers/Names
  • Room 1: beach
  • Room 2: monkey-1
  • Room 3: monkey-2
  • Room 4: monkey-3
  • Room 5: monkey-4
  • Room 6: monkey-5
  • Room 7: sh-captai
  • Room 8: sh-hull
  • Room 9: sh-crews
  • Room 10: logo
  • Room 11: vista-1
  • Room 12: monkey-he
  • Room 14: sh-galley
  • Room 15: fork
  • Room 16: seesaw
  • Room 17: sh-crows
  • Room 18: crack
  • Room 19: sh-deck
  • Room 20: main-beac
  • Room 21: gen-jungl
  • Room 23: cu-gov
  • Room 25: village
  • Room 27: hut
  • Room 28: bar
  • Room 29: fortune
  • Room 30: store
  • Room 31: jail
  • Room 32: alley
  • Room 33: dock
  • Room 34: high-stre
  • Room 35: low-stree
  • Room 36: mansion-e
  • Room 37: meats-hou
  • Room 38: lookout
  • Room 39: hellmaze
  • Room 40: pond
  • Room 41: kitchen
  • Room 42: underwate
  • Room 43: trainers-
  • Room 44: masters-h
  • Room 45: cu-church
  • Room 48: crossing
  • Room 49: road
  • Room 50: cu-brush
  • Room 51: circus-te
  • Room 52: circus-gr
  • Room 53: foyer
  • Room 57: bridge
  • Room 58: damnfores
  • Room 59: stans
  • Room 60: gym
  • Room 61: sword-mas
  • Room 62: cu-sword
  • Room 63: map
  • Room 64: treasure-
  • Room 65: hellhall
  • Room 69: bighead
  • Room 70: hellcliff
  • Room 71: gh-room
  • Room 72: gh-captai
  • Room 73: gh-crews
  • Room 74: gh-storag
  • Room 75: gh-hull
  • Room 76: cu-traine
  • Room 77: gh-deck
  • Room 78: church
  • Room 79: cu-bar-1
  • Room 80: fort
  • Room 81: cu-bar-2
  • Room 82: cu-bar-3
  • Room 83: cu-dock
  • Room 84: recipe
  • Room 85: melee
  • Room 86: cu-naviga
  • Room 87: seamonkey
  • Room 88: fighting
  • Room 89: cu-works
  • Room 90: copycrap
  • Room 95: part4
  • Room 96: part1
  • Room 97: part2
  • Room 98: part3
  • Room 99: icons
MI1 Boot Parameters
Boot parameters skip to a specific point within the game. So if you loose your saved game or simply want to skip ahead, you can enter a boot parameter to go there.
  • 1 - Monkey Island
  • 2 - Monkey Island Map Bottom - By Crack
  • 3 - Monkey Island Map Centre Left - By Fort
  • 4 - Monkey Island Map Centre
  • 5 - Monkey Island Map Centre Right - By Monkey Head Clearing
  • 6 - Monkey Island Map Top - By Cannibal Village
  • 7 - Cabin on Ship - Before ship intro
  • 110 - Outside swordmasters with sword and lechuck's note
  • 111 - Melee lookout point with sword
  • 112 - Outside swordmasters with sword (different number of insults known?)
  • 113 - Outside swordmasters with sword (different number of insults known?)
  • 114 - Outside swordmasters with sword (different number of insults known?)
  • 115 - Outside swordmasters with sword (different number of insults known?)
  • 213 - Outside cannibal hut with voodoo root
  • 321 - Govenors mansion with sword file and idol
  • 332 - Underwater at Melee dock
  • 333 - Close-up end cutscene
  • 334 - Close-up end cutscene
  • 353 - Stans with credit note
  • 408 - Cannibal Village, outside hut with monkey head key, leaflet, wimpy little idol
  • 415 - Melee Island lookout point with breath mints and rubber chicken
  • 444 - Outside governors mansion with meat and yellow petal
  • 456 - Jail with breath mints and melting mug of grog
  • 501 - Ship Kitchen
  • 555 - Melee Island Bridge
  • 666 - Scumm Bar - empty
  • 707 - Store - storekeeper away
  • 759 - Melee Dock
  • 777 - Circus tent with pot and hunk of meat
  • 789 - Monkey Island Map Bottom - By Crack with 2x rope
  • 800 - Melee Island Forest
  • 878 - Monkey Island River Fork
  • 888 - Outside Smirk's with sword and 50 pieces of 8
  • 900 - Monkey Island Upper Beach
  • 999 - Caverns Under Monkey Island by ship with magnetic compass, head of naviagator, necklace of navigator
  • 1111 - Ship Intro
  • 1212 - Melee Dock with Navigator Head, Navigator Necklace, Root Beer Seltzer
  • 1436 - Monkey Island - Bottom of crack with magnetic compass, pamphlet, leaflet, brochure, 3 bananas, oars
  • 2221 - Ship Kitchen with spell ingredients
  • 2222 - Ship deck with breath mints and rubber chicken
  • 2299 - Ship Deck with Pamphlet, leaflet, brochure, rope, gunpowder, flaming mass and pot
  • 3777 - Melee Island lookout with 2x 300 pieces of eight, sword, shovel, breath mints, rubber chicken
  • 4313 - Cannibal Village, outside hut with monkey head key, oars, magnetic compass, pamphlet, leaflet, brochure, navigator head, navigator necklace
  • 4444 - Monkey Island - By Monkey with 5 bananas and monkey head key
  • 5555 - Inside Hut in Cannibal Village
  • 6342 - Ghost Ship Main Deck, outside hut with monkey head key, oars, magnetic compass, pamphlet, leaflet, brochure, navigator head, navigator necklace
  • 6565 - Monkey Island beach by banana
  • 6666 - Outside Monkey Head with monkey head key
  • 6767 - Ship Intro
  • 7777 - Monkey Island beach by banana, Guybrush and Rowboat invisible
  • 7981 - Monkey Island River Fork after dam blown with 3 bananas, magnetic compass, pamphlet, leaflet, brochure
  • 8742 - Cannibal Village, outside hut with monkey head key, oars, magnetic compass, pamphlet, leaflet, brochure
  • 8888 - Caverns Under Monkey Island by Bob after ship has sailed
  • 8889 - Caverns Under Monkey Island by Bob after ship has sailed
  • 8989 - Melee Island Church during wedding
  • 9432 - Monkey Island Beach, with magnetic compass, pamphlet, leaflet, brochure
Monkey Island 2
Type "monkeyspit" and press control-D to activate debug mode.

In Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge you can do the following:
  • Control and E Examine/Set a scumm variable
  • Control and F Activate fast mode
  • Control and G - Skip Room
  • Control and L Enter a bootparam
  • Control and O Pickup an object from another room
  • 0 - Starts a slideshow of every room in the game
  • 1 - Change character, this only works when another character is on the screen
  • 2-6 Show Guybrush's 'pickup' animations
  • 7 or 8 Change text colour
MI2 Room Numbers/Names
  • Room 1: part1
  • Room 2: scabb-isl
  • Room 3: sky
  • Room 4: shore
  • Room 5: campfire
  • Room 6: weenie
  • Room 7: woodtick
  • Room 8: cartograp
  • Room 9: bar
  • Room 10: cu-spit
  • Room 11: grill
  • Room 12: inn
  • Room 13: largos
  • Room 14: laundry
  • Room 15: woodshop
  • Room 16: cemetery
  • Room 17: graves
  • Room 18: crypt
  • Room 19: cu-coffin
  • Room 20: swamp
  • Room 21: voodoo
  • Room 22: dred-cabi
  • Room 23: dred-clif
  • Room 24: dred-deck
  • Room 25: part2
  • Room 26: phatt-isl
  • Room 27: wharf
  • Room 28: pier
  • Room 29: jail
  • Room 30: library
  • Room 31: catalog
  • Room 32: cards
  • Room 33: casino
  • Room 34: alley
  • Room 35: waterfall
  • Room 36: faucet
  • Room 37: beach
  • Room 38: cottage
  • Room 39: rums
  • Room 40: basement
  • Room 41: phatts
  • Room 42: stairs
  • Room 43: bedroom
  • Room 44: cu-phatt
  • Room 45: booty-isl
  • Room 46: ville
  • Room 47: spitvile
  • Room 48: antique
  • Room 49: costume-s
  • Room 50: funeral-p
  • Room 51: kiosk
  • Room 52: mansion
  • Room 53: front-man
  • Room 54: back-mans
  • Room 55: entryway
  • Room 56: boudoir
  • Room 57: kitchen
  • Room 58: clifftop
  • Room 59: cliffbot
  • Room 60: tree-base
  • Room 61: tree-top
  • Room 62: tree-hous
  • Room 63: under-shi
  • Room 64: water
  • Room 65: over-gall
  • Room 66: galleon
  • Room 67: part3
  • Room 68: le-fortre
  • Room 69: le-explos
  • Room 70: le-dock
  • Room 71: le-passag
  • Room 72: le-hall
  • Room 73: le-door
  • Room 74: le-office
  • Room 75: le-jail
  • Room 76: le-cel
  • Room 77: le-dynomi
  • Room 78: le-closeu
  • Room 79: le-tortur
  • Room 80: bone-map
  • Room 81: kates-shi
  • Room 82: map
  • Room 83: raft
  • Room 84: part4
  • Room 85: dinky-bea
  • Room 86: dinky-spo
  • Room 87: dinky-hol
  • Room 88: elevator
  • Room 89: melee
  • Room 90: storage
  • Room 91: maintenan
  • Room 92: lost-foun
  • Room 93: undergrou
  • Room 94: icons
  • Room 95: whoopmap
  • Room 96: junglea
  • Room 97: jungleb
  • Room 98: junglec
  • Room 99: f-turf
  • Room 100: f-foregro
  • Room 101: f-trees
  • Room 102: f-plants
  • Room 103: open-cred
  • Room 104: f-rapinfl
  • Room 105: f-rapothe
  • Room 106: f-rap2inf
  • Room 107: f-rapshri
  • Room 108: copycrap
  • Room 109: long-shot
  • Room 110: bigwhoop
MI2 Boot Parameters
  • 123 - Men of Low Moral Fiber, laundry claim
  • 213 - won drinking contest, telescope, mirror, bottle near-grog
  • 323 - call box in forest
  • 332 - booty island overhead, invitation
  • 333 - booty island overhead, invitation dress
  • 353 - booty island outhouse
  • 408 - scabb island swamp with crate
  • 409 - stans with hammer and nails
  • 415 - costume shop with invitation
  • 456 - woodtick
  • 494 - captain dredd's ship, heap of stuff
  • 495 - woodtick, gold, monacle, shovel
  • 498 - woodtick hotel, voodoo doll, pins
  • 300 - governor phatt
  • 400 - forest?
  • 500 - hotel with mud
  • 550 - outside drinking contest house
  • 600 - elevator
  • 800 - card catalog
  • 850 - map
  • 900 - scabb island overhead, with crypt key, pirate quotes, ash-2-life
  • 1000 - scabb island outside shack, heaps of stuff
  • 1050 - phatt island overhead
  • 1100 - wally hanging on chains in lechucks dungeon
  • 1300 - scabb island swamp
  • 1350 - lechuck's fortress docks
  • 1550 - Men of Low Moral Fiber
  • 1600 - fish?
  • 1700 - underground tunnels
  • 1800 - wally at desk
  • 1850 - cliff side
Curse of Monkey Island
Use Serge's CMI debug patch to enable debug mode. Instructions and the appropriate keys are in the readme inside the zip

MI3 Room Numbers/Names
  • Room 1: logo
  • Room 2: thx
  • Room 3: icons
  • Room 4: chapter1
  • Room 5: chapter2
  • Room 6: chapter3
  • Room 7: chapter4
  • Room 8: chapter5
  • Room 9: cannon
  • Room 10: cannon-v
  • Room 11: waterln
  • Room 12: treasure
  • Room 13: plndrmap
  • Room 14: fortbase
  • Room 15: town
  • Room 16: chkn-int
  • Room 17: cu-elpol
  • Room 18: offstage
  • Room 19: stage
  • Room 20: spotlght
  • Room 21: brbr-int
  • Room 22: clring-a
  • Room 23: clring-b
  • Room 24: pistols
  • Room 25: banjo
  • Room 26: bchclub
  • Room 27: beachhot
  • Room 28: brimbch
  • Room 29: voodoo-e
  • Room 30: voodoo-i
  • Room 31: snake
  • Room 32: quiksand
  • Room 33: danjrbch
  • Room 34: danjrbay
  • Room 35: lc-deck
  • Room 36: lc-qurtr
  • Room 37: lc-plank
  • Room 38: elanemap
  • Room 39: shipmap
  • Room 40: shipcom1
  • Room 41: shipcom2
  • Room 42: shipcom3
  • Room 43: shipcom4
  • Room 44: armsdlr
  • Room 45: opdeck1
  • Room 46: opdeck2
  • Room 47: opdeck3
  • Room 48: opdeck4
  • Room 49: opdeck5
  • Room 50: opdeck6
  • Room 51: appldeck
  • Room 52: gb-deck
  • Room 53: bloodmap
  • Room 54: shipwrck
  • Room 55: village
  • Room 56: volcano
  • Room 57: altar
  • Room 58: firefly
  • Room 59: wndml-ex
  • Room 60: hotel-ex
  • Room 61: hotelbar
  • Room 62: recipes
  • Room 63: storerm
  • Room 64: portrait
  • Room 65: gestroom
  • Room 66: closet
  • Room 67: cemetery
  • Room 68: doghouse
  • Room 69: stancrpt
  • Room 70: famcrypt
  • Room 71: crakwall
  • Room 72: morts
  • Room 73: stump
  • Room 74: litetop
  • Room 75: eggbeach
  • Room 76: undrwatr
  • Room 77: skulisle
  • Room 78: clifftop
  • Room 79: clifface
  • Room 80: smglcave
  • Room 81: gondola
  • Room 82: snow-dia
  • Room 83: rum-dia
  • Room 84: hang-dia
  • Room 85: tort-dia
  • Room 86: carnival
  • Room 87: easyhard
  • Room 88: chapter6
  • Room 89: comb
  • Room 90: crownest
  • Room 91: credits
  • Room 92: saveload
  • Room 93: endcred
  • Room 94: m-island
Escape from Monkey Island
There are debug functions in the game, but no-one has been able to activate them yet.

Other miscellaneous things:
Once you've activated debug mode, you dont need to do it again every time you want to enter a debug command.

If you skip rooms in the middle of a cutscene or a scene when the inventory dissapears you can end up with some really strange effects.

In MI1 use bootparam 4444, give all the bananas to the monkey and change to room 35, the rat will now follow you, just as the monkey would normally.

In MI1 you can walk round the game as 'tiny Guybrush', change to room 2 (the map) then change back to another room.

If you have MI1 CD you can use boot parameters on the command line, eg. starting "Monkey1.exe 15" will make the load the game with Guybrush in the Cannibal Village.

There is also debug information that cant be accessed. For example in MI1 Ega there is a function to detect the machine speed as either 'Molasses machine', 'Street legal machine', or 'Trans-warp drive machine' and there is a function to switch between a one button interface and a two button interface.

Debug mode is present in lots of other Lucasarts adventures, see the original forum thread for more information.

DarkMonkey January 29. 2004

Hm, Intresting article. BTW, does anyone have Monkey Island sprites that I can use for my fan-game? I've been searching for days with no succes...

Lewis16 January 25. 2004


Balthazar December 08. 2003

Is the first Monkey Island game even capable of recognising the ten minutes you need to kill Guyrbush?

LHWMonkey November 23. 2003

to kill guybrush in mi 1 you have to let him stand underwater for ten minutes ehrn mr shinetop throws you down with the idol.....arr!

LHWMonkey November 22. 2003

hehe im making a monkey island fan game........ keep looking out for it as a demo is released soon

kevsyd November 19. 2003

how do u Kill Guybrush in MI1, i heard it was possible but never found out how

Beavers October 13. 2003

Ive beaten many a games in my life but none were as fun and/or funny as this one.How the story unfolded was genius,and the lines like "Thats the second biggest duck i've ever had in in my pants"They keep you laughing and yet very content in playing this game and not putting it down until you've seen it all.That is why (I love this game!!!) Also if anyone has any "Monkey Island"roms i would like to get them.

Orange October 06. 2003

How did you find out how to get into debug mode? Was there an insider that told u how? What the hell is Wally gonna do with all that Dynamite???

dave October 06. 2003

i like monkeys

Viking Girl October 06. 2003

Great great I gonne try this when i am home:D

curly October 02. 2003

i with i could have monkey is land 1 and to for free cuz i can never find them together anywere,*sigh* owell

Rapp Scallion September 18. 2003

The rat and the monkey isn't the only one that follows Guybrush after Guybrush has given the monkey all the bananas. The Melee Island lookout does too!

-Rapp Scallion

Lagomorph September 17. 2003

You can also in the monkey island directory from dos just type:
"monkey 28" for instance to go to the scummbar, you can even go to some places you can't really visit in the game (like on Elaine's face)

LucasTones September 16. 2003

Yes! Thanks Benny, I had read about this a while ago and never got round to trying it.

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