Back by popular demand, The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the internationally-acclaimed classic game (originally released in 1990) for original and new audiences alike. The development team at LucasArts is bringing the game into the modern era with an all new re-imagined contemporary art style, a...
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (624 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 15, 2009

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"Lead Guybrush Treepwood in this incredible point-and-click adventure that let's you switch in realtime from the original to a glorious remake."

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Back by popular demand, The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the internationally-acclaimed classic game (originally released in 1990) for original and new audiences alike. The development team at LucasArts is bringing the game into the modern era with an all new re-imagined contemporary art style, a re-mastered musical score, full voiceover, and an in-depth hint system to help players through the game’s side-splitting puzzles. Purists will also delight in the ability to seamlessly switch between the updated hand-drawn re-imagining and the original classic version.
The game's twisty plot leads our naive hero on a hilarious, swash-buckling search for the fabled secret of Monkey Island. Tales of pirate wealth lure him to the port of Mêlée with high hopes, no money, and insatiable curiosity. If clever enough, he will win the confidence of Mêlée's pirates and find himself blown by the winds of fate toward the terrifying and legendary Monkey Island -- an adventure that would chill the bones of even the most bloodthirsty buccaneer.

Relive the swashbuckling humorous misadventures of the wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood
  • Go on a daring adventure in your attempt to become the most infamous pirate in the Caribbean
  • Win the heart of the beautiful governor, Elaine Marley
  • Along the way, confront the evil ghost pirate, LeChuck
Play it again for the first time
  • All new re-imagined contemporary art style, hand-drawn to feature animation quality
  • Re-mastered music score presented in full orchestrated detail
  • Complete voice over using the original Monkey Island™ franchise cast brings the story and characters of the original adventures to life like never before
  • Scene-for-scene hot swap allows for seamless transition between special edition and classic modes anywhere and at any time
Includes all new features
  • All new intuitive game interface and controls provide a more interactive gameplay experience
  • In-game puzzle hint system keeps the puzzles fresh and fun

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP® or Windows Vista®
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3GHz or AMD Athlon 64 3000+
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM, 512 MB for Vista
    • Graphics: 128 MB with Shader Model 2.0 capability
    • DirectX®: 9.0c (March 2009)
    • Hard Drive: 2.5GB free hard drive space
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compliant sound card
    • Controller support: Xbox 360 controller
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
This is the funniest game I've ever played. The writing in this game alone makes it one of the best games you can buy. The soundtrack is also spectacular and the graphics are plenty stylish. Only real downside to this game is the puzzles can feel a bit ridiculous at times.

The Secret of Monkey Island is one of the best games ever made, SO BUY IT!
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Having played the original Amiga release, there is a high nostalgia factor in this game for me. One of my favourite games of the era.

So the Special Edition has been updated for the 21st century and the graphics are a lot easier on the eye, but what set this game apart back in '90 is still at its core - the humour.
Play with the original graphics and it still has the entertainment factor.
The puzzles aren't too difficult to figure out, but at the same time they're not overly obvious either. At worst you may need to back-track to get something you didn't know you needed.

TSOMI is a delightful trip through silliness and fun. Not a long or deep game at all by today's standards but it never needed to be. Just buy it at the ridiculous price is usually is, then install, relax and have fun.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
This game is about a island that is full of monkeys and these monkeys had a secret to keep but the main character, Guy, finds out these monkeys carry the AIDS virus and Guy was getting violated by these monkeys..... SPECIAL EDITION
Posted: October 23
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
It's okay.
Posted: October 3
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
The best point and click of all times. Thats all you need to know if you're thinking about buying it.
This game is epic.
Posted: September 29
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Good
Posted: September 29
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Great Point and Click classic.
Posted: September 30
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
A bit slow and odd, but once you settle down and get used to the humour it`s quite witty. Just remember to go with the odd or irrelevant dialogue choices first!
Posted: October 1
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
What can I say about this game that hasn't been said before? A true PC classic

9/10
Posted: September 27
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Simple gameplay, fun story. Casual game :)
Posted: October 20
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8.1 hrs on record
This is a really good game.
Having only played the third and fourth title of the series I really enjoyed playing the first Monkey Island.
I can recommend it to everyone who likes Adventures and for everyone who played and liked the other Monkey Island games this is simply a must-buy.
This (and the whole series) is one of the best adventures out there.
You can even change between the remake and the original game with a single button-press which is a really nice gimmick.
Posted: September 25
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6.8 hrs on record
Never played it until I got this modern version. Loved it. Kinda wish they had nerfed the hint system to be honest, I ashamedly used it more than I should have. Try to not use it all (or as minimally possible) because many times the hint outright tells you exactly what to do instead of subtly suggesting. But the hand drawn graphics are great and by hitting one of the F keys you can switch it to the original pixelated version!

A silly, entertaining, and fairly challenging point and click adventure. There's a reason it's considered a cult classic and trust me when I say that reputation has been earned. LE CHUCK 4 LYFE
Posted: September 25
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3.5 hrs on record
This is best known to me as the first real point-and-click adventure I ever undertook. This version not only contains the original version of Monkey Island, but also the updated version is really neatly done. It's wonderful hearing each character's personality emerging through the voice acting. Buckets of comedy value is included here and hey, in what other game will you find something as useful as a Chicken-with-a-pulley-in-the-middle? I'll tell you, Monkey Island is the only game you'll find such a treasured item. All in all, a fantastic adventure all-round
Posted: September 27
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4.8 hrs on record
The Secret of Monkey Island - a game reverently enshrined in a hallowed place of honor from the golden age of adventure games. The Secret of Monkey Island is indeed a definitive masterpiece of adventure gaming and one of the most important games in its genre. It's also incredible fun to play, even today. While the Special Edition is a mixed bag, the underlying game is as funny and charming as it has always been. Every gamer deserves to treat themselves to this timeless masterpiece.

The Secret of Monkey Island was a watershed game for Lucas Arts. While their earlier efforts were also excellent (especially Zak McKracken, which is so unfairly forgotten), The Secret of Monkey Island is where everything comes together and the stage is set for a truly incredible run of masterpiece adventure games that would culminate with 1998's Grim Fandango - the greatest adventure game of all time. The Secret of Monkey Island takes the brilliant ideas in Loom and for the first time, fully realizes them. The Secret of Monkey Island is a game that refuses to allow the player to reach a dead end - one of the most maddening aspects of earlier adventure games where the player could reach a point in the game where further progress was impossible due to the lack of an item missed earlier in the game. This required reloading an older save game, or even restarting the game entirely. Not fun. The Secret of Monkey Island also refuses to kill the player. Unlike so many other early adventure games where death was a frequent and often unforeseeable occurrence, Monkey Island recognizes that dying is unnecessary and detracts from the fun. The heart of adventure games is the exploration, story, and puzzles - and these are exactly the elements that The Secret of Monkey Island embodies. The Secret of Monkey Island thus laid the foundation upon which the future of adventure gaming would be built. No longer were adventure gamers going to be satisfied with unforeseeable deaths or maddening dead ends.

Not only is the game a hallmark of the genre, but it is also a joy to play. The characters are simply drawn, but charming. Mighty pirate wannabe Guybrush Threepwood is a hilarious lead character and he is impossible to dislike. His one liners will have you rolling. Even some of the dialog choices you don't choose will have you snickering. The story of Guybrush's quest to become a pirate is a wonderful mash-up of pulp piracy cliches. There's buried treasure, thrilling sword fights, voodoo magic, mysterious islands, and even cannibals. It's an inherently lighthearted and silly game, and every one of those elements (and much more) are inverted or lampooned in very funny ways.

The Special Edition update, however, is a mixed bag. The game's graphics have been updated for significantly higher resolutions than the game's original 640x480 resolution and now supports widescreen resolutions. I have mixed feelings about the update. There is a certain flatness to the graphics work that I don't find attractive. I do give the artists credit, however, for their attempt to remain very faithful to the original artwork as well as subsequent games in the series. The animations are also rather rough. Characters moonwalk around the screen in a decidedly unnatural way and there are some clipping issues. All of these faults are almost certainly due to Lucas Arts not investing enough resources and trying to get by on the cheap. It's a shame, because there is indeed potential for a wonderful remake. The game also now supports full voice acting for all characters using the familiar voices from the later Monkey Island games. The main cast is wonderful, but some of the supporting voices are a bit rough. Also, some of the jokes are ruined with the poor timing of the audio - for instance, try asking the Men of Low Moral Fiber in town about what's in the keg. It doesn't work like it does in text. The other poor aspect of the Special Edition is the changes to the inventory and verb (interaction) system. The game no longer has the classic SCUMM verbs in the lower portion of the screen along with inventory items. The inventory must now be accessed via keyboard hotkey, and verbs must be selected via mouse scroll wheel or hot key. This is a significant downgrade, in my opinion. The original system was more streamlined and allowed for faster interactions. There was one puzzle in the game that I couldn't manage in the Special Edition due to the cumbersome inventory system, but can easily accomplish in the original. I won't spoil it for you, but will say that it involves grog.

The truly brilliant aspect of the Special Edition, however, is that the original, unaltered game is included and can be seamlessly switched between. Essentially, you get two games and you can try them out and see which you like better, or complete the game both ways. I still prefer the older version, but I'm an old grey beard gamer. As I see it, there's just no improving on perfection, and The Secret of Monkey Island is a very near perfect adventure.
Posted: October 19
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3.6 hrs on record
A really hilarious and difficult point-and-click adventure game, which avoids being too difficult by having no deaths. The script is fantastically funny, coming from the mind of Tim Schafer, and the story almost seems there just to allow as much comedy as possible. This game is a classic and the ability to swap between classic and redone visuals and audio is fantastic.
Posted: October 18
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4.4 hrs on record
Always come back to this game for a laugh, originally owned on my Amiga and played to death on that now on to PC with a graphics overhaul
Posted: October 16
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4.1 hrs on record
I loved this game so much when I was 10. These days, its puzzles might be considered difficult to the point of insanity, but the writing is so funny and the characters are so great that I think it's worth grabbing even without the nostalgia value.
Posted: October 16
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6.4 hrs on record
YAAAAYYYYY
Posted: October 21
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6.9 hrs on record
If you have yet to play the original, get this instead; you will have a wonderful experience of classic humour and switching between both new and classic is so fluent, as a way to compare the original scenes to the new scenes easily, However as a fan of the series, classic Guybrush kicks ♥♥♥ of the new Guybrush in apperence.

The only thing to hate is the removal of the stump joke. >.>
Posted: October 7
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10.4 hrs on record
This is an amazing game. but hard without a guide. luckily, there are many
Posted: October 11
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