Another fantastic day at the Retro Computer Museum today as we continue to sort, test and catalogue the ever growing collection of hardware and software. I was rummaging around the Amiga section and came across the original big box version of Lucasart’s classic – The Secret Of Monkey Island. Popping the box open to see if it included the infamous and unique copy protection device.
…and as you can see it did. Always makes me smile when I see this.
When the game starts, a picture of a pirates face is displayed on screen (actually a combination of two faces) and the name of a place. You will be prompted to input a correct date to continue on to the game.
Using the Dial-A-Pirate, you turn the wheel so replicate the pirate face on screen. Look at the place name on the wheel and note the date displayed below it. Enter this date to confirm you have a genuine retail copy of the game and if correct, the game should continue.
It certainly beats looking up a word on page 8, paragraph 3, row 7, forth word across..and let’s not forget the (cue sinister music) LensLok device.