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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.


The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Windows Talking to Captain Smirk.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Windows LeChuck doesn't want his plans foiled.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Windows Do the monkey dance.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Windows Guybrush the human cannonball

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 *Katakis* (38155) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Only buy if you do not have the original game. Paul Graves (38) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
Yay, Monkey Island ! But... is the remake good ? Alaedrain (3264) unrated

Critic Reviews

1UP Jul 17, 2009 A 100
GamersGlobal Jul 16, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Jul 15, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Jul 15, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
4Players.de Jul 15, 2009 87 out of 100 87
GameStar (Germany) Jul 16, 2009 86 out of 100 86
Gameplay (Benelux) Aug 28, 2009 85 out of 100 85
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 22, 2009 17 out of 20 85
Gamers Daily News Jul 16, 2009 8 out of 10 80
PCActu Mar 02, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75


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  • 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.)
    Sciere (357922) added The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (Windows) on Jul 15, 2009
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