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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall User Score (14 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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UOL Jogos (Jul 23, 2009)
"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.
1UP (Jul 17, 2009)
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.
TeamXbox (Jul 15, 2009)
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!
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 26, 2009)
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!
GamersGlobal (Jul 16, 2009)
[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!).
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 (UK) (Jul 15, 2009)
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.
Official XBox Magazine (Jul 15, 2009)
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!
GameSpy (Jul 15, 2009)
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 (Jul 15, 2009)
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!
RPGFan (Jul 20, 2009)
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.
IGN (Jul 14, 2009)
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.
85 (Jul 22, 2009)
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.
GameSpot (Jul 15, 2009)
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.
Game Observer (Aug 14, 2009)
Secret of Monkey Island brings the ha-ha, but it also brings an abundance of the point-click.
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.