Developed by LucasArts
and released in 1991, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge is a sequel to The Secret of Monkey Island
. The project was lead by Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert
who was, again, assisted by Dave Grossman
and Tim Schafer
. The sixth game to use the SCUMM engine and the first to use the iMuse sound system, Monkey Island 2 is considered by many to be the high point of the series and adventure games in general.
Set several months after the events of The Secret of Monkey Island the game begins mid-story with Guybrush
hanging onto a rope with a chest telling Elaine
the sequence of events that led to the situation, starting the flashback to Scabb Island.
Guybrush is seen telling two pirates about the time he defeated LeChuck
and his ongoing search for the reclusive treasure of Big Whoop, saying he is in need of a ship to take him there. The pirates tell Guybrush that Largo LeGrande, one of LeChuck's ex-henchmen, has placed an embargo on the insland and Guybrush goes on to defeat him with a voodoo-doll provided by the Voodoo Lady. While Guybrush attempts to convince Largo that he was the one who killed LeChuck he brandishes his beard which Largo promptly steals and uses it to resurrect his former master. The Voodoo Lady informs Guybrush that the only way to stop LeChuck now lies only in the secret of Big Whoop.
After a lengthy series of events including library research and a spitting contest, Guybrush is able to reconstruct the long-hidden map of Dinky Island that pinpoints the location of Big Whoop. He loses the map to LeChuck but manages to land on Dinky anyway where he discovers Herman Toothrot once more. He is typically unhelpful again but his parrot remember the conversation between the sailors who originally found Big Whoop and guides Guybrush to the burial site in exchange for crackers. Guybrush begins digging and lowers himself down on a rope.
At this point we return to current events with Elaine and Guybrush talking. Unfortunately Guybrush's rope snaps and he falls into a series of artificial tunnels. LeChuck confronts Guybrush, claiming to be his own brother, and stalks him through the tunnels tormenting him with a voodoo doll. While running from LeChuck, Guybrush makes several surprising discoveries including the skeletal remains of his parents, an elevator to Melee Island and the beginnings of an amusement park.
By scavenging his surroundings, Guybrush is able to make a voodoo doll of Lechuck and maims the zombie pirate. LeChuck begs Guybrush to take his mask off. Guybrush agrees, revealing the face of his brother, "Chuckie". The reunion of the brothers is interrupted by a man in brown coveralls telling them that kids are not allowed "down here". The two brothers, both appearing as children, exit the tunnels together and meet their parents aboveground in the "Big Whoop" amusement park. As the family leaves to ride the Madly Rotating Buccaneer, Chuckie turns towards the screen and grins, voodoo magic playing over his eyes. The last in-game screen shows Elaine standing outside Big Whoop excavation site, wondering, "What could be keeping Guybrush? I hope LeChuck hasn't put some sort of SPELL over him .... "
The game was originally released on floppy disks for the PC, Mac, and Amiga. In 1994 the game was released on FM Towns, the last LucasArts game to be released on the platform. The game was later repackaged and released on CD in the The Monkey Island Bounty Pack along with Monkey Island and Curse of Monkey Island.
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge
At GDC 2010 on March 10th, 2010, Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge was announced. This remake has updated graphics, a hint system, a re-mastered soundtrack, achievements
and full voice-over. It was released for PlayStation 3, PC, Mac, Xbox 360, iPhone, and iPod Touch during July 2010.
The Special Edition also features a developer commentary featuring Ron Gilbert
, Dave Grossman
and Tim Schafer