Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 100
    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.
  2. It is impossible not to feel nostalgic with The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition. An amazing remake of an amazing original game.
  3. If you’ve never played Monkey Island, now you've got a very good reason to.
  4. Memories of Secret of Money Island are cemented in my brain, and my original experience with the title is intertwined with my gamer soul. This is an incredibly special game already -- a benchmark for future adventure titles -- made even more special for the current-generation player with new art, UI, sound, and voice acting. Don’t miss this.
  5. 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.
  6. An excellent remake that does total justice to the original. A joy to play with the fantastic humour and characters lovingly recreated as we can only imagine they were originally intended.
  7. With so many fans already on board and many gamers itching to see what all the fuss was about, Secret of Monkey Island never disappoints and delivers a remarkable revision of this classic adventure.
  8. For only 800 Microsoft Points you'll get one of the greatest adventure games of all time, complete with spoken dialogue and brushed up visuals. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition offers fans as well as newcomers hours of gameplay.
  9. 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.
  10. A dream come true for many gamers of the 1990s, this is a remake done right, with the care and attention this property deserves. In fact, if other adventure games get the same treatment, I would likely re-buy all of them just to experience the new graphics and sounds.
  11. A remake oozing love and affection - hopefully the first of many LucasArts reduxes. [Sept 2009, p.74]
  12. 90
    If you cut your teeth on, say, Telltale's various Sam & Max or Strong Bad series, you're about to find out exactly what a hardcore adventure game plays like.
  13. The Secret of Monkey Island is a classic, and the enhanced visuals, soundtrack and audio, along with the inclusion of the original art and music is just icing on the cake. Drop that FPS, pack up your rubber chicken-with-a-pulley-in-the-middle, and book a trip to Monkey Island.
  14. 87
    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.
  15. The landmark script and puzzles override the bland artwork as the classic graphic adventure returns.
  16. Secret is the foremost example of the genre on Xbox — and arguably anywhere else.
  17. 90
    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.
  18. 87
    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.
  19. The Secret of Monkey Island 2 SE: LeChuck‘s Revenge is a brilliant remake of a great classic. Beautiful graphics, beautiful sound and smooth controls make this game a valuable buy.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition is one of the most recommended buys of this summer, provided one hasn't played the classic game before.
  23. This is what remakes should be all about, keeping the original story was a brave but sensible move and Lucasarts have pulled off the new look well.
  24. For $10, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is a fantastic remake of a classic game.
  25. Point-and-click gaming at its very best. Ignore it at your own stupidity. [Issue#49, p.102]
  26. Guybrush and gang get the gaming equivalent of a knighthood, a Ferrari and a bonk with Megan Fox. [Oct 2009, p.102]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 19, 2013
    This is how point and click adventures work. It has logical puzzles, wonderful writing, and some of the best characters in video games. This game must be bought! Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2012
    Point and click adventure with a great sense of humour. I very much like how you have the option to switch between old and new graphics. Be warned that this game is hard and can be frustrating if you become stumped. Full Review »
  3. Oct 10, 2014
    The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition  e  Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge, sono due acquisti che consiglio di fare ad occhi chiusi a chiunque, considerando anche il prezzo “budget” (tra l’altro la versione retail,  Monkey Island: Special Edition Collection, contiene entrambe le avventure, storyboard, bozzetti e le colonne sonore complete rimasterizzate di ciascun gioco, tutto in un’unica confezione!). Non lasciatevi sfuggire queste perle di rara bellezza, che a distanza di oltre 20 anni sono ancora considerate metri di giudizio per le produzioni odierne. Ritroverete quella magia che si è persa col passare degli anni e con l’evolversi del mercato  che gira attorno ai videogiochi e delle preferenze dei giocatori stessi che hanno abbandonato un genere che poco a poco stà morendo. Esperienze di questo stampo devono essere provate almeno una volta nella propria vita, per far rivivere anche a chi ancora non c’era momenti indimenticabili della storia videoludica. Il voto che assegno a queste “edizioni speciali” non è ovviamente lo stesso che darei all’originale, per ovvi motivi, altrimenti il 10 sarebbe garantito ma lo rende comunque un acquisto imprescindibile.  Se non avete mai visto una scimmia a tre teste, è il momento giusto per farlo! Full Review »