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 (629 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 15, 2009

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Includes 2 items: The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Monkey Island™ 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge™

 

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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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Not a big fan of this. I myself always prefered Sierra Games.

But, it's definately worth completing. The jokes are great, the story is nice. This edition is probably the best one we'll get!
Grab the complete edition packed with the second part. You won't regret it.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Great Point and Click classic.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Good
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
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
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
It's okay.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Simple gameplay, fun story. Casual game :)
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I get that this is one of those classics that everyone loves and gets all nostalgic about playing, but I feel like I just wasted 6 hours of my life. The humor is amusing at times, but the game just didn't really keep my attention too much and the only thing that made me complete it was the fact that I don't like not seeing games through to the end.
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4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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.
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3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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.
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4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
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
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6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
YAAAAYYYYY
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6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
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. >.>
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10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This is an amazing game. but hard without a guide. luckily, there are many
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1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Nostalgia-fest. Really good. The fact that you can toggle between the remake and original is REALLY COOL (or at least the 1980s nerd that this game brings out in me thinks so).

I never finished the original, so, now is my chance, and I'm pretty friggin happy about that.

Runs great on modern hardware and Windows 8.1.

Not much else to say. If you like point-and-click adventures, it's a must-have. Unless you don't like comedy. In which case, I've got a long, sharp lesson for you to learn today.
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4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
A well created update to one of the best classic adventure games. If the new designs and speech throw you off, you can always tap a button and revert to the original presentation.
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65.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Really high quality remake of one of the most well known adventure games. The updated modern graphics and music I think are excellent as is the spoken dialogue that wasn't present in the original. Another great feature is the ability at a press of a button to swap between the original and updated versions of the game. The game itself is challenging but not as tough as Monkey Island 2, which I think was too hard in places. Definately worth playing whether you've played the original or not.
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8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I'm terrible at point-and-click games, so I couldn't beat this without a walkthrough, but it was absolutely hilarious. It's the cheesiest pirate game in history and I love all the characters. Some good voice-acting, great music, and hardly a minute without something silly enough to cause a giggle.
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10.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Remastered version is quite decent but new design of Guybrush and Melanie is wrong. Especially in the final scene, where original look was more realistic and "breath taking". In remastered version ending is almost completly spoiled. IMO music in classic version is better, it sound deeper. Newer one is better in quality but not as good as original sound.

I really like voice acting with cast known from the newer MI games.
However, remastered version is different from the classic. Because classic version gives you more serious feel with "almost" photorealistic faces.

If you`re new to MI, you should play both versions. First try older one.
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