Escape from Monkey Island

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Escape from Monkey Island
Escape from Monkey Island cover
Developers
LucasArts
Mac OS (Classic) Aspyr Media
Engines
GrimE
ResidualVM
Release dates
Windows November 8, 2000
Mac OS (Classic) April 9, 2001
macOS (OS X) November 17, 2001[citation needed]
Reception
Metacritic 86
IGDB 90
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control
Genres Adventure
Art styles Cartoon, Pre-rendered graphics
Themes Comedy, Piracy
Series Monkey Island
Escape from Monkey Island on HowLongToBeat
Escape from Monkey Island on IGDB
Escape from Monkey Island guide on StrategyWiki
Escape from Monkey Island on MobyGames
Escape from Monkey Island on Wikipedia

Monkey Island
The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
The Curse of Monkey Island 1997
Escape from Monkey Island 2000
Tales of Monkey Island 2009
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition 2009
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge 2010

Key points

CD installer is 16-bit and doesn't run under modern systems (see: Issues fixed).

General information

Monkey Island Wiki
The International House of Mojo - in-depth article including developer interviews and game trivia.
SCUMM Bar - comprehensive fan site for the series.
The World of Monkey Island - another great fan site.
GOG.com Community Discussions - for game series.
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows
Mac OS
Gamesplanet
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-patched to v1.1[1]
Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
Demos are available from ResidualVM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch v1.1 is the latest patch.

Replacement installer and launcher[edit]

Bennyboy's Replacement Installer enables installing the game on modern systems.
It includes an Improved Launcher which enables CD-less play and can also install the latest patch.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves\efmi.cfg[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/730830/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves\[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/730830/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Launcher video settings.
Launcher video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Game runs at 640x480, higher resolution can be forced using dgVoodoo 2 or improved launcher.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use the -w command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Direct3D: Use dgVoodoo 2 and force in dgVoodoo control panel.
OpenGL: Force in graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Direct3D: Use dgVoodoo 2 and force in dgVoodoo control panel.
OpenGL: Force in graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always on in Direct3D mode; always off in OpenGL.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

dgVoodoo 2[edit]

Can be used to force anti-aliasing and higher resolution.
Instructions[2]
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo 2 and extract it (verified working on version 2.55.4).
  2. Copy all the files from the MS/x86 folder and paste the files into the game installation folder.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe and in the DirectX tab set the resolution and anti-aliasing.
    • For best results use a 4:3 resolution matching your vertical resolution (for example 1440x1080 for 1080p or 1920x1440 for 1440p) and set scaling mode in the General tab to Centered.

Notes

If shadow rendering is broken, in in-game video settings set Shadow Effects to Minimal.

Input[edit]

Key configuration.
Key configuration.
Joystick configuration.
Joystick configuration.

Audio[edit]

Options menu.
Options menu.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects and voice.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Adjustable speed.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

The game won't install[edit]

(alternative) Run the game using ResidualVM[3]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Guybrush sometimes gets stuck in non-default walking and standing animations[edit]

Reload an earlier save[4]
Avoid skipping cutscenes[5]
Wait for the issue to resolve itself later in the game[6]

Jambalaya Island rowboat moves extremely slowly at higher framerates[edit]

Cap framerate to 30 FPS
Try holding down the "run" button while moving in the rowboat[7]

Random lines of dialogue are skipped even though the skip button wasn't pressed[edit]

Reboot your PC[8]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
OpenGL 1.2 Set in the launcher.
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
For 64-bit, use ResidualVM.
macOS (OS X)
After the initial Mac OS release, an OS X patch arrived in November 2001.
The game never received a universal binary release after its OS X patch.
Therefore, all Intel-based OS X versions require ResidualVM.
Linux
Use ResidualVM.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System, iMUSE
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB (9x/ME)
64 MB (2000)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 MB
Video card (GPU) PCI or AGP 3D accelerator card
4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0a compatible
Sound (audio device) 16-Bit Sound card
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G3 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Video card (GPU) ATI Rage Pro
3dfx Voodoo3
OpenGL 1.2 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/730830/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (730830) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2020-09-04
  2. Verified by User:Antrad on May 22, 2019
  3. ResidualVM: Running GrimE games
  4. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2020-09-06
  5. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2020-09-06
  6. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2020-09-06
  7. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2020-09-06
  8. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2020-09-06