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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.


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There are 122 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

UOL Jogos Jul 23, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
1UP Jul 17, 2009 A 100
TeamXbox Jul 15, 2009 9.3 out of 10 93
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jul 15, 2009 9 out of 10 90
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Jul 19, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Official XBox Magazine Jul 15, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GamersGlobal Jul 16, 2009 9 out of 10 90
IGN Jul 14, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 22, 2009 17 out of 20 85
Game Observer Aug 14, 2009 76 out of 100 76


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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 (357925) added The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (Xbox 360) on Jul 15, 2009
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