STORY / GAMEPLAY
The story revolves around Guybrush Threepwood, a wannabe pirate who defeated the almighty ghost pirate LeChuck in the previous game. Now Guybrush's primary mission is to find the legendary treasure Big Whoop and regain Elaine's love. But every sailor that gone in search for this particular treasure, never returned or died under mysterious circumstances. To start this difficult quest, Guybrush must first find a way to recruit other (unemployed) pirates and buy a ship. But it seems that ghost pirate LeChuck is brought back from the dead and has new plans to destroy our hero. Unfortunately, Guybrush is trapped in Scabb Island which is under some kind of embargo and no ships are allowed to either enter or leave the island. At the beginning, Guybrush wanders around Woodtick, the only town of the island, to seek ways to leave this damned place and embark to the legendary treasure! How can he do that? He must make a map by recovering all four fragments of and bring them to Wally the cartographer and, at the same time, get rid of the bullying Largo LeGrand the sooner possible!
The gameplay is actually resembling the way pirates lived back in their time. Your quests involve library research, gambling, theft, drinking contests, necromancy, monkeys (!), spitting (!!) and so on, all performed in a very funny way, much like its predecessor!
Both Monkey Island 1 and 2 share the same interface where commands are built up by choosing from a selection of possible statements at the bottom of the screen. Many of the commands have a default setting so by clicking on an object or your inventory, enables you to "look at" it and offers a description or a comment. Several alternate commands are also available for certain items (i.e. doors) so you can simply right click to use them rather than consulting the available selection of possible statements!
Monkey Island 2 is much larger than the first one and includes two difficulty settings. You can travel to several islands as there are many characters to meet and puzzles to solve. Note that the game is funnier than the first and it remains today as hilarious as it was back in 1991. A real masterpiece of programming that is!
GRAPHICS / SOUND
The DOS version runs in VGA graphics and looks stunning with nicely detailed, cartoon-ish backdrops and sprites. Although each screen has around 256 simultaneous colors, the visuals look quite close to the Amiga (that handles up to 50 colors on screen)! The sprites are nicely animated and move a bit faster compared to the Amiga counterpart.
The game's sound offers is great and offers some nice tunes interacting with the scenes (the so-called iMUSE innovating system).