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Escape from Monkey Island

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Escape from Monkey Island
Escape from Monkey Island cover
Mac OS (Classic) Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows November 8, 2000
Mac OS (Classic) April 9, 2001
macOS (OS X) November 17, 2001[citation needed]
Metacritic 86
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control
Genres Adventure
Art styles Cartoon, Pre-rendered graphics
Themes Comedy, Piracy
Series Monkey Island
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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
Return to Monkey Island 2022


The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.

Key points

The PS2 version (which came out months after the original PC version) adds slightly better graphics, a more tolerable Monkey Kombat and higher quality audio for FMVs (see "Essential Improvements").
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 Legend of Monkey Island - another great fan site. Community Discussions - for game series. Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Mac OS
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Humble Store
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DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
v1.1. DRM-free when launched directly from executable.[2]
Demos are available from ScummVM.

Essential improvements


Patch v1.1 is the latest patch, available from Disney's support page.
All digital versions have already been patched to v1.1.

Replacement installer and launcher (only essential for retail copies)

Bennyboy's Replacement Installer enables installing the game on modern systems.
It includes an Improved Launcher, which enables high resolutions and windowed mode. It can also download and install the v1.1 patch.


DREAMM bypasses the installation issues and provides a stable emulated environment that allows the game to run without issues on modern Windows, macOS, and Linux systems.
Limited graphical options compared to dgVoodoo.

Add content from the PS2 version

The PS2 version (which came out after the PC version) of the game includes better quality audio tracks for the videos, some extra dialogue lines omitted from the PC version, and a help chart for the Monkey Kombat minigame.
Follow the instructions on the ScummVM forum post.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Launcher video settings
Launcher video settings
In-game video settings. Note: There is no multiplayer mode in the game. "Multiplayer Options..." is a joke.
In-game video settings. Note: There is no multiplayer mode in the game. "Multiplayer Options..." is a joke.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Game runs at 640x480, higher resolution can be forced using dgVoodoo 2 or improved launcher.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use the -w command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

dgVoodoo 2

Can be used to force anti-aliasing and higher resolution.
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo 2 and extract it.
  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.
    • Make sure to leave Filtering in the Texturing section of the Direct3D tab set to App driven to avoid broken backgrounds.
  4. Ensure that the Enable Direct3D launcher setting is selected. The launcher defaults to OpenGL every time it starts, unless Direct3D is explicitly chosen.[4]


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


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

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Movement controls cannot be remapped.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse is unsupported.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
The Joystick/Gamepad setting must be enabled via keyboard before a controller can be used.
Controller remapping
Movement controls cannot be remapped.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
The Joystick/Gamepad setting must be enabled first.
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Options menu.
Options menu.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Retail only.
Traditional Chinese
Retail only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only: "Fuga da Ilha dos Macacos" (EA Brasil).

Issues fixed

The retail version won't install

Use Replacement installer and launcher[citation needed]

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

Run Game in a single core. In windows "start /affinity 1 Monkey4.exe"
Reload an earlier save[5]
Avoid skipping cutscenes[6]
Wait for the issue to resolve itself later in the game[7]

Issues unresolved

Jambalaya Island rowboat moves extremely slowly at higher framerates

Cap framerate to 30 FPS
Try holding down the "run" button while moving in the rowboat[8]

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

Reboot your PC[9]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
OpenGL 1.2 Set in the launcher.
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
For 64-bit, use DREAMM.
macOS (OS X)
After the initial Mac OS release, a PowerPC OS X patch arrived in November 2001. The game never received a universal binary release after its OS X patch.
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System, iMUSE
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

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


  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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2020-09-04
  2. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2022-10-04
  3. Verified by User:Antrad on May 22, 2019
  4. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2022-10-03
  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
  9. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2020-09-06