Believe me, if it didn't work the first time, it ain't going to work the second or third either.
You're telling me!
Could this be the same machine that I ended up inside in The Secret of Monkey Island?
Things are getting just a bit weird now.
By now I was starting to build up a nice collection of goodies, but the constant LeChuck interruptions were making it difficult to figure out what to do with them.
But...this alley is on Monkey Island! What's going on?
Squirting root beer in LeChuck's face looked promising at first, but achieved nothing.
Another classic, laugh out loud LucasArts moment!
Well, he doesn't need it anymore!
Did I miss something that suggested LeChuck might need to blow his nose?
This took more than a little luck, and could easily have resulted in a request for assistance.
Now you're gonna get it LeChuck!
I walked around until LeChuck made another appearance, then used the hypodermic syringe with the generic voodoo Kewpie doll. LeChuck jumped in surprise, but then acted as though he wasn’t at all bothered by what I’d just done. He mocked me: “Ooh, look at me quakin’ in me booties. I laugh at you and your puny voodoo tinkerings.” I figured he was bluffing, and selected “I wonder what would happen if I tore the leg off this thing” from my dialogue options. I don’t know what I expected to happen, but I sure as hell didn’t expect LeChuck’s leg to literally come off! It lay on the floor next to him, and as he fell to the ground, his arm also detached from his body. Suddenly a dog appeared from one of the tunnels, picked up the arm in its teeth, and left with it. It wasn’t the dog I’d picked up earlier in the game too, so it was a bit out of the blue. LeChuck appeared to be dying, and requested Guybrush to come closer. Guybrush refused of course, believing that LeChuck would try to rip his face off, but the pleas continued: “I want you to – gag – take my mask off…choke…see the TRUE face of your brother”. Intrigued, I agreed to do so, and Guybrush pulled his enemy’s face off to reveal…a normal looking man! “My God, you’re my creepy brother Chuckie.” WTF!? I knew the ending of Monkey Island 2 was a bit weird, but this was like Scooby Doo. I was confused to say the least!
Take that you maggot infested scoundrel!
I felt just as stunned as Guybrush did at this point.
I asked Chuckie why he’d been chasing me all over the place, to which he responded with: “Our mother told me to hunt you down”. He then asked Guybrush to stick the leg back on the voodoo doll, and I was given a bunch of dialogue options with various promises. I selected “Will you promise not to hold me down and spit on me anymore?” and just as he agreed, a man dressed all in brown arrived on the scene. “Hey, you kids! You’re not supposed to be in here!” This was pretty weird, but nothing prepared me for what happened next. Two kids, with one clearly being a young Guybrush, walked out of a building at a carnival to be greeted by their parents. The same two parents that spoke to Guybrush while he was unconscious on Booty Island! Was I supposed to accept that these two kids were simply play-acting the roles of pirates, and none of The Secret of Monkey Island or its sequel really happened? I asked the “parents” what was going on, and they told “Guybrush” that he was being scolded for running off. “Your mother and I were very concerned. Thank you for hunting down your brother like we asked, Chuckie dear. You boys didn’t get in any trouble, now, did you?” I selected “Chuckie tried to kill me!” from my dialogue options, but Guybrush ignored me and responded with “No, sir.” I continued to ask questions about what the hell was going on, but the father brushed me off and said “let’s go ride the Madly Rotating Buccaneer”. As the parents and their kids walked towards the ride, the face of Chuckie looked towards the “screen”, his eyes bright red and his mouth unnaturally open wide.
Huh?! You're not supposed to be in this game buddy!
What the...who are...where am...
Wouldn't be the last evil Chucky, that's for sure.
This was all very strange, but I just knew that there would be another twist. The legends at LucasArts were surely going to somehow bring everything back into order before the game would come to a… But then the credits started rolling. The game was over, and I sat there blinking and shaking my head. Would it all suddenly make sense if I just thought about it? Would the designers’ collective genius become clear when the inevitable epiphany hit me? The credits kept rolling. What about the ticket? Will I never find out what it was for? What about Elaine? Surely Guybrush and Elaine must get back together before the game ends? It can’t just… suddenly I was shown Elaine standing next to the hole in the ground at the big X. “I wonder what’s keeping Guybrush? I hope LeChuck hasn’t cast some horrible SPELL over him or anything.” And then the credits started up again. This time the game really was over, and the true meaning of it all became a lot clearer. LeChuck must have cast a spell on Guybrush to make him believe that he was never a real pirate to begin with. This didn’t sit well with me at all, and raised even more questions that I had no answers for. Was Guybrush actually unconscious and dreaming the whole experience with his brother and family? Did he ever have a brother named Chuckie? Would I have to play The Curse of Monkey Island to find out the answers to all these questions? Given it came out five years after Monkey Island 2, that’s a long time to leave fans waiting. I will continue this dissection of the games ending, and whether or not it’s a good one, in my Final Rating post in three days time.
They put the word spell in capital letters, presumably to emphasise its importance in figuring out what just happened.
Off you go!
Session Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 14 hours 00 minutes