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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Critic Score User Score
Xbox 360
88
...
Windows
87
3.8
Macintosh
...
3.3
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Description

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is an enhanced remake of the classic adventure game The Secret of Monkey Island (1990) about the adventures of Guybrush Threepwood to become a pirate.

The gameplay is completely identical, but has been re-mastered. It includes an updated hand-drawn art style for high resolutions with more fluent animations, an orchestral music score, full voice-overs and an in-game hint system with clues to help players who get stuck. At any time while playing, players are able to switch between the original game and the enhanced version in real-time.

There are various ways to control the game. Unlike the original game, the possible verbs for actions and the inventory are not shown constantly on the screen. In the Windows version, the mouse is used to walk around and perform the default action for objects, the cursor can be changed by using the scrolling wheel, players can press a key to bring up a box with all possible verbs (as well as the inventory) and finally certain actions are also specifically bound to the keyboard keys. Next to the regular save system, there is also an autosave function.

Screenshots

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Windows On deck of your ship.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Windows Do the monkey dance.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Windows This poor soul no longer needs that rope... and I do
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition PlayStation 3 Map of Melee Island in original mode.

Alternate Titles

  • "The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition for iPad" -- iPad title

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User Reviews

A special treat for Monkey Island fans Windows *Katakis* (37871)
Only buy if you do not have the original game. Windows Paul Graves (38)
Raise the anchor and get Jolly Roger in the sky! We're heading for Monkey Island! PlayStation 3 Stijn Daneels (81)
Yay, Monkey Island ! But... is the remake good ? Windows Alaedrain (3261)

Critic Reviews

Adventure Gamers Windows Sep 25, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Multiplayer.it Windows Jul 17, 2009 9.2 out of 10 92
IGN Xbox 360 Jul 14, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
RPGFan Xbox 360 Jul 20, 2009 87 out of 100 87
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jul 16, 2009 86 out of 100 86
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Aug 28, 2009 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot PlayStation 3 Apr 23, 2010 8 out of 10 80
App Spy iPhone Jul 23, 2009 4 out of 5 80
PCActu Windows Mar 02, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
The Review Busters Xbox 360 2009 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #2 Best Xbox Live Arcade Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 05, 2009 - Best PC Adventure in 2009
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Best PC Adventure Game
    • 2009 - Best PC Adventure Game (Readers' Choice)

  • Related Web Sites

    • Developer Diary (Mac) (A developer diary by Aspyr's Isaac Wankerl on the publisher's NonBlog site which discusses the porting process which brought SMI: Special Edition to the Mac. The article pays particular focus to the game's audio engine and the challenges it posed (May 04th, 2010).)
    • The Circle is Complete (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Monkey Island: Special Edition, with commentary being provided by original creator, designer, and writer, Ron Gilbert (May, 2005).)
    • The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (official game website)
    • X360A achievement guide (X360A's achievement guide for The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition.)
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