It bothers me that a number of people don't know how to get older Monkey Island games (and Grim Fandango in a few cases) to work in newer OS's, such as Windows 7.
Anyways, I just wanted to post/repost this to let everyone know how to do it, in case you still can't figure it out. These instructions are for Windows.
Because of the poor quality of MI2SE's classic mode, I am updating this to show how to extract the original VGA version of MI1 and MI2 from their respective SE versions, so that you can play the classic mode properly in the manner it was originally conceived.
@Chyron8472 said: It's REALLY easy to extract the original VGA version of LCR from the MI2SE .pak file. Everyone who only has MI2SE (on PC) needs to do this so we can all use the original version for the Great Monkey Island Race. It will make things far less complicated.
1) First, download the Monkey Island Explorer.
2) After downloading and running the program, click "Open", then click "Monkey Island 1: Special Edition" or "Monkey Island 2: Special Edition." It should automatically browse to your SMISE or MI2SE game folder. If it does not, browse to it manually. Click "Monkey1.pak" or "Monkey2.pak" and click OK.
3) Click "View" then click ".000", highlight "classic/en/Monkey1.000" or "classic/en/Monkey2.000" and click "Save File" -> "As is (raw)". Save the file to wherever you want to store the original MI2 game files.
4) Click "View" then click ".001", highlight "classic/en/Monkey1.000" or "classic/en/Monkey2.001" and click "Save File" -> "As is (raw)". Save the file to wherever you want to store the original MI2 game files.
5) Download and install ScummVM.
Open ScummVM, click "Add Game," then navigate to the folder where you stored the monkey2.000 and monkey2.001 files. Click "Choose."
There you go!
If you want to, you can also create a Windows Shortcut to MI2 by creating a shortcut that points to the scummvm.exe file and after it also put the game's ID (usually "monkey2" for MI2)
eg. Target: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Games\ScummVM\scummvm.exe" monkey2
First, for SMI, MI2:LR and CMI, you need to install ScummVM (some people prefer DOSBox, but I use ScummVM and it works great, the only difference is the save/load menu.)
For Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, I wrote a lengthy reply to someone's question about ScummVM previously, regarding getting the Monkey Island Madness MI games installed (which has been quoted below). You should be able to glean what you need to be able to install other versions of MI1 and MI2 from it. The links to the ScummVM wiki will indicate which files to copy.
For Curse of Monkey Island, you have two options.
Either you can copy the files listed on the ScummVM wiki: http://wiki.scummvm.org/index.php/Datafiles#Curse_of_Monkey_Island.2C_The [which says you need the "RESOURCE" folder (combined from both discs), "COMI.LA0", "COMI.LA1", and "COMI.LA2"] and further follow the directions from my quote to get it running in ScummVM...
Or you can use a new installer built for newer OS's (similar to that for EMI or GF.)
http://quick.mixnmojo.com/cmi-setup OR http://code.google.com/p/curseofmonkeyislandsetupandlauncher/
For Escape from Monkey Island and Grim Fandango, you need new game installers. The launcher that comes with each installer is unnecessary.
EMI Setup: http://quick.mixnmojo.com/escape-from-monkey-island-setup
Grim Setup: http://quick.mixnmojo.com/grim-fandango-setup
Note: The following was written with the Monkey Island Madness CD in mind. However, it does have useful information in it for other uses, such as creating ScummVM shortcuts.
@Chyron8472 said: You do NOT need the CD inserted EVER after setting up the games on ScummVM properly.
List of needed files from the CD, According to ScummVM wiki:
Okay, the ScummVM wiki says:
a) You need "MONKEY.000" and "MONKEY.001" from the SoMI folder on the disc.
b) You need "MONKEY2.000" and "MONKEY2.001" from the MI2:LR folder on the disc.
c) You ought to copy said files to (a) location(s) on the hard drive and then point ScummVM to them.
Here are Detailed instructions if you don't know how to do all that.
PART 1: CREATING FOLDERS
1) Using Windows Explorer, browse to your Program Files folder or your Games folder, or wherever you usually install games to.
2) Create 2 new folders (you can just make one, but I make 2 of them.)
3) You can name either folder whatever you want, but for the sake of simplicity, I can instruct you what to name them.
3a) Name one folder "Monkey Island 1".
3b) Name the other folder "Monkey Island 2".
PART 2: COPYING DATA FILES
4) Insert your Monkey Island Madness CD. If the autorun box pops up, close it.
5) Using Windows Explorer, browse to the CD (Open My Computer, right click on the CD and click "Open")
6) From the "MONKEY1" folder on the CD:
copy files "MONKEY.000" and "MONKEY.001" to the "Monkey Island 1" folder that you created earlier.
7) From the "MONKEY2" folder on the CD:
copy files "MONKEY2.000" and "MONKEY2.001" to the "Monkey Island 2" folder that you created earlier.
PART 3: RIPPING MUSIC FOR MONKEY ISLAND 1 TO USE
Note: I can not give detailed instructions on this part as you may use different software than I do (I use WinAmp).
8) Using the software of your choice that you use for playing CDs and ripping them to MP3, rip the CD audio tracks from the disc to MP3 or OGG format (this music is the background music for Monkey Island 1).
Note: the first track is where the game data is stored, you don't need to rip it.
9) Browse to the folder where these MP3's are, and rename each MP3 filename per the following image (THIS IS IMPORTANT):
Note: the metadata like the Title and Artist and such doesn't matter, only the filename. Be aware that tracks 2 thru 25 should be called "track01.mp3" thru "track24.mp3", consecutively.
PART 4: SET UP GAMES ON SCUMMVM
10) Install ScummVM
11) Run ScummVM
Adding Monkey Island 1 to ScummVM:
12a) Click "Add Game"
12b) Browse in the window to the location where your created "Monkey Island 1" and "Monkey Island 2" folders are .
12c) Highlight (single click) or Browse to (double click) your "Monkey Island 1" folder.
12d) Click "Choose".
Adding Monkey Island 2 to ScummVM:
12a) Click "Add Game"
12b) Browse in the window to the location where your created "Monkey Island 1" and "Monkey Island 2" folders are.
12c) Highlight (single click) or Browse to (double click) your "Monkey Island 2" folder.
12d) Click "Choose".
Yay! You're done!... or not.
NOTE: The next steps are optional.
PART 5: CREATING WINDOWS SHORTCUTS
13) Browse to and create 2 new Shortcuts wherever you want to launch your games from. Change the target location to the ScummVM.exe file in the folder where you installed ScummVM to, and after it put the ScummVM ID of the game.
(ie. my ScummVM is at "C:\Program Files (x86)\Games\ScummVM\scummvm.exe")
13a) For The Secret of Monkey Island, change the target of one shortcut to your scummvm.exe with the ScummVM ID for the Monkey Island 1 game (usually "monkey")
example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Games\ScummVM\scummvm.exe" monkey
13b) For Monkey Island 2: Lechuck's Revenge, change the target of the other shortcut to your scummvm.exe with the ScummVM ID for the Monkey Island 2 game (usually "monkey2")
example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Games\ScummVM\scummvm.exe" monkey2
PART 6: FULL SCREEN AND 4:3 ASPECT RATIO
14) Open ScummVM, highlight either game, and click "Edit Game"
15) Click "Graphics" at the top of the window.
16) Click the checkboxes (place a check mark) next to:
- "Override Global Graphics Settings"
- "Aspect Ratio Correction"
- "Fullscreen Mode"
17) Click OK.
Yay! NOW you're Done