How to escape the hold in Return to Monkey Island – Casual & Hard mode

You can't hold me!

Return to Monkey Island picks up several years after the classic point-and-click franchise left off. You'll find the same great humor and that many of your favorite characters from the series are back. As we enter Part Two, Guybrush is part of LeChuck's crew as his ship head for monkey Island. But Guybrush is stuck below deck, away from the action. So, how do you escape the hold in Return to Monkey Island?

How to escape the hold in Return to Monkey island - Casual mode

Open the crate in the hold to find Murray the skull, but you'll have to leave him here for the time being. Now grab your mop, swab the grease, and then swab the porthole with the grease. You'll have to repeat this process three times before the hole is greasy enough for you to climb through. Once outside, go right and climb up onto the deck. You'll find out that, to complete the potion to get to Monkey Island, you need to find a flat skull.

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Where is a Flat Skull located in Return to Monkey Island

Go back down to the hold and convince Murray to come with you by saying you can get him closer to LeChuck. Take him onto the deck by going back out of the window and then down to the lower deck. Put Murray through the laundry press to flatten him, then take him back on deck and throw Murray into the cauldron. After an unfortunate incident for your previous boss, you'll be promoted to First Swabbie and have escaped the hold for good.

How to escape the hold in Return to Monkey island - Hard mode

To escape the hold on Hard mode in Monkey Island, you must swab the screws holding the porthole. There are three screws, so swab each with grease before returning the mop. Use the knife to unscrew them, and the porthole will open. Next, swab the porthole with grease three times to escape. Follow the walkthrough for Casual difficulty until you have to flatten the skull.

Here the laundry machine will break as soon as you touch it. Fix the press using the screws from the porthole on the laundry press to fix it. Afterward, continue using instructions for Casual mode. Now you're on a new mission to create a potion that will take you to Monkey Island. It seems an impossible task, but there's always a solution.

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Chris Marling is a writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience across newspapers, magazines, and websites. Based in the UK, he has written professionally on everything from tech to tearooms. But his real passion is gaming, going right back to the Atari 2600 - and especially RPGs and MMOs. He cut his teeth on games such as The Realm and Anarchy Online. But 20 years on still gets excited about exploring each new world. When not online, you'll find him gaming analog-style around the table. Chris has had five of his own board games published, including Pioneer Days and Armageddon.

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