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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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
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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5.8 hrs on record
This game is a classic. Probably the number 1 reason why I work in the videogames industry. If you are a complete stranger to point&click games, buy it ASAP. It's a must have, and probably the first step you should take in this genre (along with pretty much any point&click from the Lucas Arts golden era). The Special Edition doesn't bring anything new but graphics and voices, yet it's still worth every penny because it's an insane amount of funny quotes and silly situations to solve. The OST is pure gold, and even better in the Special Edition.

I honestly don't know what to say against this game, except maybe it's a bit short for nowadays standards (keep in mind I've finished this game at least a dozen times already, I'm still not bored of it but I kind of know every puzzle by heart now). I guess some people could complain about the new graphics but if they do, they can switch to the original style anyway... I'll end my review with this quote, taken directly from the game itself:

"Never pay more than 20 bucks for a videogame."

...Oh, and look behind you! A three-headed monkey!
Posted: September 28
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1.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 10
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0.6 hrs on record
"My name is Guybrush Threepwood and I want to be a pirate!" These words will stick with you long after you've completed the game. It's one of the most creative games in terms of plot, dialogue, art direction and characters. You won't get a chance to get bored. Oh, and the general overhaul of the game(without changing any of the gameplay) is a nice and welcome adaptation for the 2010s. You still get the option to play retro style, if you want to, with all the magic of 8-bit music and state-of-the-art 1990 graphics. So it's all extra, no downsides. The Special Edition is hands-down the best version of the game.
Posted: September 28
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10.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 30
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4.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 2
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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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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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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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65.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 4
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