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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A special treat for Monkey Island fans *Katakis* (37804) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Only buy if you do not have the original game. Paul Graves (26) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
Yay, Monkey Island ! But... is the remake good ? Alaedrain (3261) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (33 votes) 3.8

The Press Says

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Adventure 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.
UOL 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
GameStar (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.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
LucasArts geeft zijn meest legendarische adventure een liefdevolle facelift. Verplicht voer voor adventurefans.
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.
PC 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!
Gamers 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.
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.
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.
Mana 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.