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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

MobyRank MobyScore
iPad
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3.3
Browser
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iPhone
86
3.4

User Reviews

A special treat for Monkey Island fans Windows *Katakis* (37844)
Only buy if you do not have the original game. Windows Paul Graves (26)
Yay, Monkey Island ! But... is the remake good ? Windows Alaedrain (3261)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Browser 5 3.1
iPad 4 3.3
iPhone 9 3.4
Macintosh 7 3.3
PlayStation 3 6 3.2
Windows 36 3.8
Xbox 360 13 3.6
Combined MobyScore 80 3.5


The Press Says

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100
iPhone1UP
Simply put, this is quite a perfect adventure game that joins a not-as-perfect-but-still-really-damn-good modern adaptation of a perfect adventure game. What we have is a classic game packaged in a way for everyone (PC or console gamer alike) to finally and easily play it, and that's exactly what you should do -- whether you're learning the secret of Monkey Island for the first or 50th time.
100
iPhoneSlide to Play
The Secret of Monkey Island is a truly memorable experience, whether or not this is the first time you've played it. The new graphics, voice work, hint system and autosave make a great game even better, and even though the controls are not a perfect fit for the iDevice, this special edition is still a Must Have. If you want an incredibly entertaining adventure game that is a big step beyond any other on the iPhone, you must buy this game.
100
WindowsAdventure Gamers
How much time you spend with the Special Edition is going to depend a lot on your previous experience with Monkey Island. If it’s your first time through, and you don’t use any hints, you could easily spend up to ten hours or more. Even if you’ve played it a dozen times before, you might do like I did and click “Look At” on every object just to hear the lines read aloud. I do have some nitpicks on a few elements of the new version, but even if you hate every aesthetic choice the developers have made, the original game is a mere button press away and plays as well as ever. This isn’t a situation where one forces oneself to slog through Moby Dick because it’s a “classic”; The Secret of Monkey Island is still as fun as any other game you’ll play this year, and probably significantly more so, and everyone who loves adventure games should experience it at least once.
100
Xbox 360UOL Jogos
"The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition" é uma excelente pedida para os fãs de adventures tradicionais e aqueles que prezam o bom humor. Não é um jogo acessível a todos devido a seu ritmo lento e puzzles que nem sempre privilegiam a lógica, com muita tentativa e erro, mas os diálogos impagáveis e situações hilariantes continuam frescos até hoje, 19 anos depois de seu lançamento original. Com gráficos atualizados e diálogos totalmente dublados, é um clássico inquestionável, essencial para entender a evolução do videogame como meio narrativo.
100
WindowsUOL Jogos
"The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition" é uma excelente pedida para os fãs de adventures tradicionais e aqueles que prezam o bom humor. Não é um jogo acessível a todos devido a seu ritmo lento e puzzles que nem sempre privilegiam a lógica, com muita tentativa e erro, mas os diálogos impagáveis e situações hilariantes continuam frescos até hoje, 19 anos depois de seu lançamento original. Com gráficos atualizados e diálogos totalmente dublados, é um clássico inquestionável, essencial para entender a evolução do videogame como meio narrativo.
100
Xbox 3601UP
Simply put, this is quite a perfect adventure game that joins a not-as-perfect-but-still-really-damn-good modern adaptation of a perfect adventure game. What we have is a classic game packaged in a way for everyone (PC or console gamer alike) to finally and easily play it, and that's exactly what you should do -- whether you're learning the secret of Monkey Island for the first or 50th time.
100
Windows1UP
Simply put, this is quite a perfect adventure game that joins a not-as-perfect-but-still-really-damn-good modern adaptation of a perfect adventure game. What we have is a classic game packaged in a way for everyone (PC or console gamer alike) to finally and easily play it, and that's exactly what you should do -- whether you're learning the secret of Monkey Island for the first or 50th time.
93
Xbox 360TeamXbox
If there was a PC Gaming Hall of Fame, The Secret of Monkey Island would be in it. It’s a game that many of us grew up with and to this day refer to regularly. As much as that can be said for the original classic of 1990, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is a welcome addition to XBLA that will give fans an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, bringing them back simpler days in the gaming business, when games didn’t have the multi-million dollar budgets as they do today and they didn’t need high-profile marketing or fancy gimmicks to succeed. For long-time fans, it’s a chance to relive a part of our childhood; for newcomers, it’s a chance to experience what so many of us haven’t stopped talking about for nearly 20 years. Do yourself a favor and download The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (at the reasonable price of 800 Microsoft Points or about $10). Otherwise, you’ll be wearing my sword like a shish-kebab!
92
WindowsMultiplayer.it
Non sappiamo dov'eravate nel 1990, o cosa facevate. Forse non eravate ancora nati. Adesso però, con una nostalgica operazione di marketing (finalmente lo abbiamo detto), LucasArts offre a tutti una seconda opportunità per godere nuovamente di una delle avventure grafiche più amate degli anni '90, o una seconda opportunità per non farsela sfuggire ancora. Di nuovo c'è che l'aspetto grafico è stato rivisto (non sempre con successo), e che l'interfaccia è adesso più pratica e attuale, mantenendo però le caratteristiche principali. Di buono invece, c'è che mai si sono riuniti in una volta sola tanti talenti come in quell'anno fatidico. Ron Gilbert, David Grossman, Tim Shafer, Michael Land e Steve Purcell erano tutti a far merenda allo stesso tavolo, e il risultato è stato questo primo, irripetibile lampo di genio. Per meno di dieci euro, vi portate a casa la storia. Cos'altro possiamo aggiungere?
90
MacintoshMacLife
This game will thrill die-hard fans of the series, but it’s also newcomer-friendly, and as funny and satisfying as any puzzle game on the market.
90
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
It may have been a long time coming but Monkey Island is finally back and just as good as we remember it. It’s disappointing that LucasArts have taken this long to go back to their adventure roots but the quality of product on offer more than makes up for it. The Secret of Monkey Island is still one of the greatest games of all time and this new Special Edition presents it to a new audience with its fantastic production values and hilarious dialogue. There are some problems with the old game design and animation, but the subtle new additions like the hints system make it an easier experience for new players to enjoy. For the old fans that played it back in the day this is the game exactly as you remembered it. There is absolutely nothing stopping you from setting sail once again, so get your crew ready and remember to bring a helmet. Ahoy!
90
Xbox 360GamersGlobal
[CLASSIC-VERSION] Für den Preis einiger Bananen bekommt ihr ein absolutes Top-Spiel! 800 Microsoft-Points oder umgerechnet etwa 9 Euro in Steam: Wer hier nicht zuschlägt, verpasst eines der besten Adventures aller Zeiten, das auch heute noch in der A-Liga eines Book of Unwritten Tales ganz oben mitspielt (und die knackigeren Rätsel hat!).
90
WindowsGamersGlobal
Wer hier nicht zuschlägt, verpasst eines der besten Adventures aller Zeiten, das auch heute noch in der A-Liga eines Book of Unwritten Tales ganz oben mitspielt (und die knackigeren Rätsel hat!). Mit Ausnahme des suboptimal gelösten Inventars und der – vermutlich absichtlich – teils sehr reduziert wirkenden Animationen gibt es nichts, was moderne Spiele besser machen würden. Klar, die Cutscenes finden in Spielgrafik statt oder mit Standbildern statt anstatt als Rendervideo, aber das tut der Atmosphäre keinen Abbruch.
90
Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
This is the superlative iteration of an undisputed masterpiece. The core game is so funny, charming and entertaining that any minor flaws in its presentation barely register.
90
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
Few games can stand the test of time with such confidence, and whether your interest stems from its genre-defining significance or its reputation as an unforgettable game, you won't be disappointed by time spent on Monkey Island. Anyone who disagrees probably fights like a cow.
90
Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
The only barnacle on this ship is the interface. Actions are bound to LB/LT and your inventory is locked to RB/RT, while shortcuts are on the D-pad. Unfortunately, the 360 D-pad is mushy and imprecise, often resulting in unintended actions. Using the triggers is also a bit cumbersome. But you can never really fail in Monkey Island, so no true harm is done. Secret is the foremost example of the genre on Xbox — and arguably anywhere else. Should you buy it? Yarr!
90
Xbox 360GameSpy
Chances are, either you played this game back when it was big (in which case I'm preaching to the choir), or your curiosity's been piqued based on recent exposure to other games like it (possibly even including the brand-new episodic Tales of Monkey Island). Regardless, this game is for you -- and it's here as a stark reminder of how easy you've got it.
90
WindowsGameSpy
Chances are, either you played this game back when it was big (in which case I'm preaching to the choir), or your curiosity's been piqued based on recent exposure to other games like it (possibly even including the brand-new episodic Tales of Monkey Island). Regardless, this game is for you -- and it's here as a stark reminder of how easy you've got it.
87
Windows4Players.de
Schade, dass es keine Grafik-Mischlösung à la Impossible Mission gibt (alte Sprites in neuer Grafik), denn die Neufassung hat nicht zuletzt dank der exzellenten Sprachausgabe, mit Ausnahme von Schlaftablette Stan, die Nase bemerkenswert weit vorn - auch wenn mich Pixel-Puristen für diese Aussage vermutlich kielholen werden. Die Puzzles sind genial wie vor 19 Jahren, die Dialoge brillant wie eh und je, die Steuerung ist toll an das Pad angepasst, auch wenn die Inventar-Bedienung dezent fummelig geraten ist - und ich liebe das Hin- und Herfaden zwischen alter und neuer Musik, auch wenn just dieses Feature ein paar Bugs hat. Kurz gesagt: Monkey Island ist heute wie damals der schönste Karibikurlaub, für den man die heimischen vier Wände nicht verlassen muss. Wie ein gutes Buch, das man immer wieder liest, kann man auch dieses Adventure wieder und wieder und immer wieder spielen, ohne dass es schlecht wird. Ein zeitloser Klassiker, heute besser denn je!
87
Xbox 3604Players.de
Schade, dass es keine Grafik-Mischlösung à la Impossible Mission gibt (alte Sprites in neuer Grafik), denn die Neufassung hat nicht zuletzt dank der exzellenten Sprachausgabe, mit Ausnahme von Schlaftablette Stan, die Nase bemerkenswert weit vorn - auch wenn mich Pixel-Puristen für diese Aussage vermutlich kielholen werden. Die Puzzles sind genial wie vor 19 Jahren, die Dialoge brillant wie eh und je, die Steuerung ist toll an das Pad angepasst, auch wenn die Inventar-Bedienung dezent fummelig geraten ist - und ich liebe das Hin- und Herfaden zwischen alter und neuer Musik, auch wenn just dieses Feature ein paar Bugs hat. Kurz gesagt: Monkey Island ist heute wie damals der schönste Karibikurlaub, für den man die heimischen vier Wände nicht verlassen muss. Wie ein gutes Buch, das man immer wieder liest, kann man auch dieses Adventure wieder und wieder und immer wieder spielen, ohne dass es schlecht wird. Ein zeitloser Klassiker, heute besser denn je!
87
PlayStation 3IGN
The Secret of Monkey Island has a special place in the museum of videogames for its quick wit, its personality, and the way it surprises us at every turn. Playing this adventure will take you back to a simpler, more innocent time before games needed to bash us over the head with ultra violence to get our attention. They definitely don't make 'em like this anymore. The Special Edition doesn't offer any new gameplay, so its appeal may be limited if you've already been initiated. But if you've never seen a three-headed monkey, download this now.
87
Xbox 360RPGFan
What it comes down to is that The Secret of Monkey Island is one of the great games in the adventure genre: like Maniac Mansion, King's Quest, or Sam and Max Hit the Road. With LucasArts providing this remake for a mere ten dollars, there is no excuse for any gamer not to have this in their library. There might be newer games with better graphics and new gameplay elements, but there's a reason you probably knew at least one of the guys listed at the beginning of the review: they make great games. With all of them having worked on this world-class title, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition would be worth twice the price that LucasArts is asking for it, even if it didn't have spiffy new graphics and great voice acting.
87
Xbox 360IGN
The Secret of Monkey Island has a special place in the museum of videogames for its quick wit, its personality, and the way it surprises us at every turn. Playing this adventure will take you back to a simpler, more innocent time before games needed to bash us over the head with ultra violence to get our attention. They definitely don't make 'em like this anymore. The Special Edition doesn't offer any new gameplay, so its appeal may be limited if you've already been initiated. But if you've never seen a three-headed monkey, download this now.
87
WindowsIGN
The Secret of Monkey Island has a special place in the museum of videogames for its quick wit, its personality, and the way it surprises us at every turn. Playing this adventure will take you back to a simpler, more innocent time before games needed to bash us over the head with ultra violence to get our attention. They definitely don't make 'em like this anymore. The Special Edition doesn't offer any new gameplay, so its appeal may be limited if you've already been initiated. But if you've never seen a three-headed monkey, download this now.
86
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Wir (*hust*) älteren Computerspieler neigen ja gerne dazu, die früheren Zeiten zu verklären. Damals wären die Spiele noch besser, innovativer und alles mögliche gewesen. Nüchtern betrachtet trifft das nicht immer zu -- aber in diesem einen Fall absolut. Monkey Island zählt auch heute noch zu den Spitzen-Adventures. Deshalb freue ich mich riesig über Guybrushs Comeback. Dass Optik und Bedienung nicht ganz dem neuestem Standard entsprechen, stecke ich schnell weg, sobald ich wieder tief in die Karibik eingetaucht bin.
85
iPhoneRPGFan
The iPod Touch/iPhone features a number of awesome, classic games for point-and-click adventure fans. If my experiences with those games thus far are any indication, developers are still having some trouble working out the best way to control those games, but don't let that stop you from experiencing The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition. If you love this genre and have never played this game, you owe it to yourself to find out why it holds a special place in the hearts of so many people. Now, if we could only get them to re-release Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango...
85
iPhoneGameSpot
The Secret of Monkey Island's new graphics, voice-over, hint system, and autosave make a great game even better. It's a truly an entertaining and memorable experience, whether or not this is the first time you've played it.
85
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
LucasArts geeft zijn meest legendarische adventure een liefdevolle facelift. Verplicht voer voor adventurefans.
85
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Avec The Secret of Monkey Island : Special Edition, LucasArts ne se moque pas des joueurs. L'éditeur ne s'est pas contenté de ressortir un vieux titre en le dépoussiérant, mais a véritablement accompli un énorme travail de refonte qui force le respect et mérite amplement les quelques deniers demandés. D'ailleurs les premiers chiffres de vente sont très bons, aussi bien sur PC que sur Xbox Live Arcade. Espérons que ça continue, car cette édition spéciale le mérite amplement et un succès ouvrirait probablement la voie à de nouveaux remakes des point'n click de la grande époque LucasArts.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Avec The Secret of Monkey Island : Special Edition, LucasArts ne se moque pas des joueurs. L'éditeur ne s'est pas contenté de ressortir un vieux titre en le dépoussiérant, mais a véritablement accompli un énorme travail de refonte qui force le respect et mérite amplement les quelques deniers demandés. D'ailleurs les premiers chiffres de vente sont très bons, aussi bien sur PC que sur Xbox Live Arcade. Espérons que ça continue, car cette édition spéciale le mérite amplement et un succès ouvrirait probablement la voie à de nouveaux remakes des point'n click de la grande époque LucasArts.
83
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Wer hätte es geglaubt? Ausgerechnet Lucas Arts gelingt es, mit diesem Remake zu alter Klasse zurückzufinden: Das Spiel bleibt inhaltlich völlig intakt, verzaubert aber mit ein paar richtig hübschen Grafiken und fantastischem Sound. Dazu auf Tastendruck dieser butterweiche Wechsel zwischen Original und Remake – die reinste Schau! Leider ist die neue Steuerung wirklich störend und wirkt so umständlich, als sei sie unter schwerem Grog-Einfluss entstanden. Fast jedes Adventure der letzten 15 Jahre hat das besser gelöst – eine Schande, die Wertungspunkte kostet!
82
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
It really just comes down to this. Are you willing to spend $10 on one of the best adventure games ever made, with upgraded graphics, voice acting, and a hint system as freebies? If you like adventure games at all or if you just want to add another classic game to your collection, The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition is a must-buy.
80
iPhoneApp Spy
Adventure enthusiasts and fans of Monkey Island will have no trouble making their minds up about buying this game. For those new to the genre you'd be hard pressed finding a better game to introduce you to the genre that defined a generation of gamers.
80
PlayStation 3GameSpot
It's possible to beat The Secret of Monkey Island in just a couple of hours if you go into the game armed with a complete solution. However, if you take the time to enjoy it and solve the puzzles yourself, it should last you anywhere between five and 10 hours. If you have a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle, two sticks of cinnamon, a length of rope, and $9.99 in your pocket right now, the best advice we can give you is this: Spend the cash on The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and then figure out for yourself what to do with the rest of that stuff.
80
Xbox 360GameSpot
It's possible to beat The Secret of Monkey Island in just a couple of hours if you go into the game armed with a complete solution. However, if you take the time to enjoy it and solve the puzzles yourself, it should last you anywhere between five and 10 hours. If you have a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle, two sticks of cinnamon, a length of rope, and 800 Microsoft points in your pocket right now, the best advice we can give you is this: Spend the points on The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and then figure out for yourself what to do with the rest of that stuff.
80
WindowsGamers Daily News
That said, there is definitely more good than bad here. The humor is pretty good, and this should last you about six or so hours. That isn’t a bad deal for a ten dollar game, especially one as historic as Secret of Monkey Island. Long-time fans have probably already bought the game regardless of my positive review, so I imagine I’m mostly speaking to the uninitiated here. And to that crowd, this remake of the classic does come recommended; it’s a decent game in its own right, ten dollars is a fair price, and it will offer some great context with the ongoing Tales of Monkey Island episodes.
80
WindowsGameSpot
It's possible to beat The Secret of Monkey Island in just a couple of hours if you go into the game armed with a complete solution. However, if you take the time to enjoy it and solve the puzzles yourself, it should last you anywhere between five and 10 hours. If you have a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle, two sticks of cinnamon, a length of rope, and 10 dollars in your pocket right now, the best advice we can give you is this: Spend the currency on The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and then figure out for yourself what to do with the rest of that stuff.
76
Xbox 360Game Observer
Secret of Monkey Island brings the ha-ha, but it also brings an abundance of the point-click.
75
WindowsPCActu
LucasArts réussi avec brio la renaissance d'un des pionniers du point & click. Avec une refonte graphique au poil et la possibilité de passer d'une version à l'autre en une pression de touche, The Secret of Monkey Island : Special Edition respecte avec brio l’esprit du jeu original. Une occasion en or de découvrir un reboot exemplaire, tant sur son ambiance sonore que sur son univers. Disponible au prix très raisonnable de 8,99€ sur Steam, ce titre ne nécessite pas les habituelles questions sur sa qualité et son fun. Néanmoins, quelques défauts (maniabilité, sous-titres absents de la version originale) sont présents, mais ils n'entachent en rien le plaisir de jeu.
74
WindowsMana Pool
The Secret of Monkey Island is regarded by many as one of the best adventure games ever made. I spent countless childhood hours playing adventure games together with my mum, and Monkey Island was a definite favourite because of its ability to make us laugh out loud constantly. The release of the Special Edition brought about an opportunity for young gamers to enjoy the game without having to get past the dated graphics, and allowed seasoned veterans the opportunity to enjoy the game all over again. Those of you who played the game first time round were probably nervous about playing the special edition – have Lucas Arts remained true to our beloved game? Luckily for us, the answer is yes. The whole game has been re-animated, the soundtrack re-recorded and the characters given voice, but the script and story remain intact and unmolested.
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iPhone4Players.de
Mit dieser Fassung haben sich die Entwickler nicht mit Ruhm bekleckert! Zwar ist es ganz wunderbar, auch unterwegs Monkey Island spielen zu können. Und die neue Grafik sieht, von den fehlenden Effekten sowie der krümeligen Auflösung mal abgesehen, auch auf dem iPod bzw. dem iPhone ganz wunderbar aus. Dennoch kommt einfach nicht der Spaß auf, den ich mit den großen Fassungen hatte - und die Schuld liegt einzig und allein an der Steuerung, die wider jegliche Intuition programmiert wurde! Ja, man gewöhnt sich daran, ja, ich habe es auch hier geschafft, Otis aus dem Knast zu bekommen. Aber es war weitaus mehr Arbeit als Spaß. Von dem merkwürdigen Bug ganz zu schweigen, der dafür sorgt, dass ich keinerlei Sprachausgabe zu hören bekam. Alles in allem immer noch ein spaßiges Adventure, das aber an der schlampigen Umsetzung krankt.
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Xbox 360The Review Busters
How can you not buy this game? For the price you have to pay here you get more gameplay than more full priced games. Not only that you get a lot of humor and two games in one really since you can play the original game if you’d like. Monkey Island is a must own game for any Xbox 360 owner.