Wow! Frank Cifaldi of the Video Game History Foundation recently took a deep dive into The Secret of Monkey Island’s source code, and one of the discoveries was this early version of the Grog machine from Stan’s Previously Owned Vessels. If you compare the Grog machine from the source code to the one that actually appears in the game (below), you’ll notice the “wave” is more reminiscent of the Coca-Cola logo in the early draft. According to designer Ron Gilbert, this change was mandated by LucasArts’ lawyers to avoid any potential claims of infringement.
If you’re a Monkey Island fan — or just a fan of video game history — you should definitely check out the rest of the article. It’s an absolutely fascinating piece of research.
A Grog machine bears witness as Guybrush delivers an atomic wedgie to LeChuck in Monkey Island 2: Special Edition!
Stan’s Grog machine got a fresh coat of paint in The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition!
A new look for an old classic — Escape from Monkey Island’s Grog machine!
The Grog machine returns in Tales of Monkey Island! I could really go for a Grog XD right now…
Poor Grog machine. It never fully recovered from The Secret of Monkey Island.
Just for fun, here’s a map from the Monkey Island 2 hint book featuring a sketch of the broken Grog machine.
The Grog machine from The Secret of Monkey Island is iconic. The image above is from the VGA version. Here’s the 16-color EGA release…
Followed by the Amiga version…
And, finally, here’s the Grog machine as it appears in the Atari ST version of The Secret of Monkey Island.