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Written by  :  ETJB (450)
Written on  :  Dec 30, 2010
Platform  :  DOS
Rating  :  4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

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New and Improved SCUMM

The Good

Monkey Island 2 picks up where the first game ends and has our famous pirate wannabe on another grand quest to locate the fabled treasure known as, Big Whoop.

The sequel wisely retains both the user-friendly SCUMM, point n' click interface as well as the comedy and general feel-good pirating of its predecessor. Familiar faces such as Voodoo lady, LeChuck, and the lovely Governor are all part of the sequel as well as new islands, puzzles, objects and a cast of eccentric friends and foes.

Monkey Island 2's graphics, animation, music and sound effects are all noticeably improved upon since the first game. While the game is certainly harder, with some more complicated puzzles, it never becomes unfairly difficult and does not offer anything nearly as insane as what was involved in opening the store owner's safe in the first Monkey Island game.

Fans of point n' click adventure gaming, especially of the SCUMM LucasArts variety, should certainly give this one a try.

The Bad

While a clear improvement over the first Monkey Island game, the sequel's early 1990''s graphics, animation, music and sound effects cannot but help seem dated. The drab maze in LeChuck's fortress can be frustrating and will require taking great notes or using an online guide.

Perhaps the biggest complaint in the game is that Monkey Island 2's ending. If you do successfully locate the fabled treasure and defeat LeChuck be prepared for some very odd plot twists, which have stirred up some confusion and controversy among Monkey Island fans.

When Monkey Island 2 ends, the Secret of Monkey Island is still a secret. The fabled treasure of Big Whoop seems less then worthy of its vast mythology and the player is initially left wondering if the entire adventure was just the imagination of a boy.

The Bottom Line

Monkey Island 2 is a classic, pirate themed point and click graphic adventure game by LucasArts. It successfully improves upon the first game, while retaining the features that made it great. These days finding a great adventure game is not an easy feet and the Monkey Island franchise is probably the Holy Grail of the genre. Fans of the genre should certainly give this one a try. Look behind you! A Three-Headed Monkey!