4cr writes: "The Secret of Monkey Island was something of a revolution when it came out in 1989. Up until that point, adventure games were dense, inaccessible affairs. They were difficult, but not in the good "makes you think" way. They were frustrating, based more on luck than brains. It was common for one false move to lead to failure hours later. You had to check every nook and cranny, and leaving behind one item could be fatal. Monkey Island was the game that turned the tide, as it was deliberately designed to remove those frustrations."