Achievement Difficulty: 2/10
Offline: 12 (200)
Online: 0 (0)
Estimated Time for 200: Approx 7 Hours
Minimum Number of Playthroughs required: 1 (2 is recommended)
Number of Missable Achievements: 5 (Sharp Tongue, Ten Minutes Later…, Escape Artist, Record Keeper and Human Cannonball)
Glitched Achievements: 0
Cheats: 0

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is an enhanced remake of a classic point and click adventure game from 1990. You play as Guybrush Threepwood who wishes to become a pirate. After seeking out the Pirate leaders he has three quests to complete before he is to be granted this status.

It is very possible to get the complete 200 on the first playthrough of Monkey Island as none of the achievements are very challenging. Assuming that you have just bought the game however you will want to experience all the fun this game has to offer so its best to break this down into two playthrough, one for a normal run and then a speed run for Human Cannonball.

1st Playthrough

Part One:

For this part of the game use the guide to get these achievements roughly in this order

  • Old School (can be gained as soon as the first cut scene starts)
  • Sharp Tongue (the chance to get this is gone if you complete the three trials)
  • Ten Minutes Later… (check achievement guide to not miss this one)
  • The Three Trials

Part Two:

This part has no missable achievements

  • The Journey

Part Three:

There are two missables here that you should get

  • Record Keeper (list of records in the achievement guide)
  • Escape Artist (once again, check the guide)
  • Under Monkey Island

In addition to these achievements I would also suggest going for the first ending (see Marooned Everyone) as it makes the second playthrough easier.

Part Four:

Depending on how you’ve played first time through you could get these achievements at the end of the game.

  • Guybrush Kicks Butt
  • Determined (providing that you didn’t use a hint)

2nd Playthrough
Now that you have played through the game once, you should know the puzzles pretty well and be able to complete this in less than three hours. Here are some useful tips to make this the easiest experience.

  1. Skip all cut scenes and conversations. You should know what is required of you by this time through.
  2. During part one do not gain all the insultscomebacks, get about ten, that’s how many I got, it should be enough.
  3. I had trouble using the look function when in “enhanced mode”. If you have the same issue, quickly go to “classic mode” for these actions as all the commands are listed in the bottom left of the screen in this mode.
  4. Got for the ending where you don’t sink the ship during part three, it’s the shortest option.

If you follow these you should get the remaining two or three achievements you don’t have. (If you didn’t get Determined first time you should this time as you won’t need to use the hints).

Basically, first time have fun and gain most of the achievements (sink the ship!), second time do it as fast as you can (don’t sink the ship!) to get the remaining achievements. A very easy 200 awaits you.

[x360a would like to thank Jabbawocky for this roadmap]

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Achievement Guide

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There are 12 achievements with a total of 200 points


    Secret achievements

    • Completed Part One: The Three Trials. Guybrush proved himself worthy to be a pirate.

      Complete the first chapter, The Three Trails to unlock this.
      Story related and cant be missed.

    • Complete Part Two: The Journey. Guybrush used a voodoo spell to travel to Monkey Island™

      Complete the second chapter, The Journey to unlock this.
      Story related and cant be missed.

    • Completed Part Three: Under Monkey Island. Guybrush traveled into the Monkey Head and got the root.

      Complete the second chapter, The Journey to unlock this.
      Story related and cant be missed.

    • Completed Last Part: Guybrush Kicks Butt. Guybrush stopped LeChuck from marrying Elaine Marley.

      Complete the second chapter, The Journey to unlock this.
      Story related and cant be missed.

    • Guybrush learned all of the insults, and is the wittiest/deadliest pirate what ever swung a sword.

      On the map head to the fork and wait for a pirate to walk up to you. Save your game here, once a pirate attacks you say "My name is Guybrush Threepwood. Prepare to die!" Continue to insult each other until you unlock all 16 insults.

      Insults and comebacks Thread

    • Guybrush can hold his breath for 10 minutes, but not any longer than that.

      You will get to a point in the game where you steal the Idol from the mansion, the guard will throw you into the water. Before this happens after talking to Elane make sure you save the game so you can reload after. When you try to go outside you are thrown into water by the guard, all you have to do is wait for 10 minutes and the achievement will unlock. Make sure you save first though as you will need to reload your game.

    • Escaped from the monkey island cannibals hut 5 times.

      This is done by lifting the skull and loose board, going through the hole and then re-entering the village. Walk over to the big stone head and towards the exit and the cannibals should return, do this 5 times.

    • Collected all of the notes and memos sent between Herman Toothrot, LeChuck and the Cannibals.

      There are 9 different notes and memos to collect, they can be found on the beaches in chapter "Under Money island".

      1. When you start the chapter on the tree.
      2. When in the map go to left it on the beach below the volcano
      3. Right side of map head to the River Ford its Under rock.
      4. After number 3 cross the river and climb the cliff to the Footholds. You will see it.
      5. Carry on up the cliff and you will see the next note
      6. Click on POND at the end of the river, to the right Pick up note.
      7. Top right edge of the map
      8. After you have been captured
      9. Top right edge of map

    • Finished the entire game in record time. We hope you were wearing a helmet!

      Just like the description says beat the game in under 3 hours, this shouldn't be to difficulty if you have played through the game once before. Skip past all cut scenes as this will save you time.

    • Experienced the original, classic adventure game, as it was in the early 90s.

      Just press to flip the screen to the retro mode to unlock this first achievement.

    • Completed the game without using any hints.

      You will get this if you don't prompt yourself with hints by pressing . Avoid asking for hints and the achievement will unlock once you finish the game.

    • Re-marooned Herman Toothrot and marooned Carla, Otis and Meathook on Monkey Island™.

      To get this you need to see both endings. You need to sink the Sea Monkey and keep it afloat. If you want to do this in one playthrough you must save the game when you get to the River Fork.

      1st Ending:
      Push the rock off 2 sink the ship and go on to complete the game.

      2nd Ending:
      Move the Art so that it is facing the tree instead.

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