What are the definitive versions of MI 1 and 2?
edited March 2012 in Tales of Monkey Island
It seems that there are some differences between the many versions of The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (talking about all of the original platforms the games were released on, not the special editions) and I can't really find the answer: What are considered to be the definitive versions of these games, or are there definitive versions? Amiga, Atari ST, CDTV, DOS, FM Towns, Mac OS, Sega CD (though that list varies for Monkey Island 2), which are the ones that are considered the best and/or the original?
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For Monkey Island 2, the versions are mostly the same except of course for differing amounts of colors and differing audio due to the games running on different hardware. Again, this is a matter of taste (and usually comes from which ever version people played first).
If you want the original version, the DOS versions would be it (EGA floppy for MI1, MI2 only had one DOS version AFAIK). But both Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2 were built with the MT-32 sound device in mind. If you don't have an MT-32, the MT-32 emulator in ScummVM is really good now in the latest daily builds.
Whoa, extremely thorough and informative, thanks so much!
In short, I believe the PC version is best when played with MT-32, although I think you miss out on the sound effects, like when opening doors and such? Of Monkey Island 2, I would go for the VGA version with the CD audio. It's got the interface of Monkey Island 2, complete with icons instead of just text for items in your inventory, as well as best graphics and better music.
The SE versions are good alternatives, but personally I prefer the original graphics and sound in both games, as well as no speech. I don't mind the voice actors in the Monkey Island series, but the first two games were written without voice-overs in mind, and I think it works better with only subtitles.
I always remember certain things from the EGA version of Secret (as it was my first version), even though I've played the VGA CD version way more times since then.
Most notably, when you give the wimpy idol to the cannibals, Lemonhead has a bit of extra dialogue: "Simple. Just like one of mine. And little. Like mine. And it says 'Made by Lemonhead' - just like one of mine!" As I recall, in the VGA CD version and in SE, he only makes two comparisons, not three.
IIRC Guybrush also has extra dialogue in MI2 when giving the fish to the fisherman on the Phatt Island wharf in the disk version.
I do know that the infamous stump joke was removed in the CD version, but was there any other missing dialogue as well?
Whoa, even more thoroughness! YAY!
Interesting. Does MT-32 emulation come with the ScummVM package, or do I have to download some external files to get it working?
Why don't you try it?
He make three comparisons in the VGA Floppy version. I remember it, because I've never played the EGA version, but I played the floppy version with VGA graphics and that was one of my favourite lines EVER