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  • Summary: As ye venture out onto the docks of Melee Island, there'll be a shock to yer system the likes of which you've never seen. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition gives you the world you remember, yet it be shown to ya like only yer imagination could. It seems Guybrush Threepwood, a young lad wantin' to be a bloodthirsty pirate is back to relive his hunt fo the fabled riches of Monkey Island. Hilarious swashbuckling misadventures: Embark on a bumbling misadventure in an attempt to become the most infamous pirate in the Caribbean, win the heart of the beautiful governor, Elaine Marley, and confront the evil ghost pirate, LeChuck! High-definition graphics: The game is all-new and re-imagined with a contemporary art style, hand-drawn and presented in 1080p. Complete voice over using original Monkey Island franchise cast members brings the story and characters to life like never before. Renewed music score: Enjoy the re-mastered and re-recorded musical score using live instruments. Special Edition and Classic modes: Scene-for-scene hot swap lets you seamlessly transition between Special Edition and Classic modes at anytime during gameplay. Enhanced gameplay: The all-new intuitive game interface and controls provide a more interactive gameplay experience. Hint system: Not sure what to do next? The in-game puzzle hint system keeps the puzzles fresh and fun. [LucasArts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. Monkey Island Special Edition is the well done remake of a classic game. The controls may not be perfect, but the graphics and sound make up for it.
  3. One of the best games ever. [Oct 2009, p.69]
  4. Shows that the Monkey Island still got what it takes. The new art and musical score are beautiful and voice acting is of good quality. Story and writing are still superb, puzzles are inventive and the game is witty. On the minus side the interface is a little obsolete and there's also a little bit too much running to and fro. Also the imitators of Monkey Island series have eaten away a little bit of the original's magic. Nevertheless the game's still well worth it’s price. [Aug 2009]
  5. 87
    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.
  6. An almost perfect remake of a timeless classic. It captures the look and feel of the original game while it benefits greatly from decent new graphics and top-notch voice acting. If only Lucas Arts hadn't changed the control scheme! The use of that clumsy Xbox 360 interface in a adventure game (!) for pc is just ridiculous, it really brings down some of the fun.
  7. The game only lasts about 5-6 hours, and many will find what's on offer exceedingly dull. Still, point-and-click fans and puzzle-adventure buffs should really enjoy it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Apr 15, 2012
    Great game, never get bored even if its from 1990, I just love it, the sound, the storyline, everything! I recommend it to everyone who just wanna play an amazing game Expand
  2. Dec 15, 2012
    I hadn't played the original game. At first, the graphics and animation surprised me. But when you play it, you just forget everything. The whole plot is hilarious, as well as the puzzles. They are not illogical, you just need to think like the main protagonist would. And let me tell you, this is a great experience. The only thing I've been disappointed with is the way they re-designed Guybrush; the Monkey Island 2: SE version is much better in my opinion. Anyway, I believe The Secret of Monkey Island is a hilarious adventure classic, and this Special Edition is a great way to make people discover it if they didn't get to play it before. Expand
  3. Apr 27, 2013
    Simply brilliant, one of my favourite games as a spotty youth is back for me to enjoy as my hair starts to turn grey. A flawless update to a truly classic game. Long live Guybrush Threepwood! Expand
  4. Feb 7, 2013
    I always regretted never playing the original when it came out, but at the time the whole pirate theme was unappealing. I'm so glad that Telltale games decided to remake this and give me a chance to play such an iconic game. Yes the age of the point and click adventure has come and gone, and yes allot of my feeling towards this game and games like it is fueled by nostalgia, but hey: I still like it, regardless of the reason. The visuals are top notch, the voice acting is brilliant, the writing and humor are just first rate. Overall: A brilliant game that sparks warm fuzzy feeling of the good old days. A real shame that many of the younger generation can't appreciate this game for what it is: A piece of gaming history, preserved in a 100% loyal remake. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2013
    I am really loving this game. The puzzles are challenging, the humor is spectacular and the graphics and sound are top notch. If you get stuck, the game has a great hint system so you can always keep moving forward if you are stumped. Would definitely recommend this game! Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2011
    Guybrush Threepwood would perhaps be my favourite video game character and this remake has enhanced everything thats great about him. This is a true and solid remake shinning up one of the best adventure games of all time for a modern play through. The question does have to be asked to if Monkey Island has held up over the years and the answer is most certainly YES! Monkey Island is one of the greats, its story, witty humour, puzzles, and formula are brilliant and only gamers whom are impatient, have bad taste or short attention spans would disagree. HIGHLY recommended to intelligent gamers.â Expand
  7. Apr 27, 2011
    I haven't played a game with so illogical puzzles as in this one.
    The best thing is, it has a solution button and you'll find yourselves
    spamming it. Your other option is try everything on everything. To me, this high_score is because of pure nostalgia. Expand

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