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...
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Release Date: Jul 15, 2009

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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
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Crashes at startup since Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.1. This was introduced with Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) + NVIDIA driver v372.54 or later, or Radeon 16.9.1 or later. Avoid.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
One of the first games I was really immersed in back in the days! The remake is a masterpiece - so many great memories!
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139 of 156 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is a remake of the popular Lucas Art point and click adventure game which was released back in 1990. The remake was released in mid-2009 on PC, Mac, PSN and Xbox Live Arcade. The game is set in the Caribbean at the time of pirates. You play as Guy Threepwood - a guy who dreams of becoming a pirate.

This game is set in a third person perspective point and click style gameplay. You are able to explore around the world and interact with objects in a couple of different ways, such as inspecting them, picking them up, pushing or pulling for example, whilst you are also able to interact with other NPCs in the game through multiple dialogue options. The game has no death scenes in it for your character; game play is heavily focused on puzzles and exploring. The puzzles in The Secret of Monkey Island are in adventure style; and make no sense what so ever until you finally figure it out, then it becomes clear as day, but all of the puzzles are fun to take part in. Personally my favourite would be the pirate insulting duels. This was the first game in a long while that actually had me taking notes on a pen and paper! None of the puzzles are really time based, so you can spend as much time as you want on them without being penalized.

What I really liked about The Secret of Monkey Island is that you can either play the game in the remastered settings with the higher quality art style, or you can actually play it in the classic pixel style that the original game was based on, you can do this on a scene by scene basis too. The art style of the remastered edition looks really good though, lots of vibrant colours and some really nice looking background environments.

As this was my first experience with The Secret of Monkey Island I wasn't sure what to expect from it story wise, but I was pleasantly surprised when there is a whole load of humour added into the plot. Every single character I ran into had an extremely memorable persona. I don't want to spoil any of the story since the game is essentially the story, but it is captivating and interesting right until the end.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is completely voice acted, and done really well. Even the none main characters are voice acted, such as bar dwellers and town folk which was a nice touch, much of the sound track is also the same, just remastered to a higher quality.

This is another game that completely baffled me at parts, whether it be on some of the puzzles or just knowing where to go next to progress the story; which resulted in me looking up the guide, to be honest I am not sure how you are supposed to figure some of it but it has been done by plenty of others! I was really immersed in the story of the game and didn't want to lose too much time faffing around with not knowing where to go so I was happy to look up the answers this time.

Each of the game's scenes has plenty of objects that you can interact with, most will end up with Guy giving some sort of witty remark towards them, and there are also lots of NPCs which you can talk with to get more out of the plot and some of the side stories going off in the game too.

The Secret of Monkey Island took me ten hours to complete; this was with the aid of a guide at parts, and following up all dialog options with NPCs to get the most out of the lore; I thought this was a pretty good length for the game considering I actually thought it would be a lot shorter given my past experience of point and click games. Given that the story is linear and that there is only one ending to the game, there is no reason to replay it through a second time though.

Given that this is a remastered edition of the game, it works fine on the newer operating systems, and I was able to play at 4K resolutions perfectly fine. I encountered minor problems with the controls in the game, and the scroll wheel functionality when choosing which action to take on objects stopping randomly - but this was easily worked around by using the keyboard shortcuts. An odd issue which has been reported is that for some reason the game refuses to run when being installed on a 3 TB hard drive, so that may be something to consider if you are purchasing it and you only have a 3 TB drive.

The Secret of Monkey Island is often referred to as the pinnacle of point and click adventure games, and this series is what spawned many more of the greats we have today, and rightly so. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my time playing this game, and the story is absolutely brilliant and I cannot wait to get stuck into the rest of the series. The low price of £6, 99 on Steam makes The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition a serious contender for a must play title.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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91 of 98 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2015
THE SECRET OF MONKEY ISLAND: SPECIAL EDITION - A LucasArts Classic beautifully and masterfully reworked

|| 9.5 ||
Score Comment
Graphics 9 Simply stunning, switching between the original graphics and the special edition you can really appreciate the time the artists have taken to faithful reproduce the backgrounds, characters and animations.
Audio 9 Excellent music (I mean come on! its monkey Island I don't think I will ever get that tune out of my head) and really well done voice acting for all the characters.
Gameplay 10 Ok, first I admit I am completely biased here: I love Monkey Island. Back from the days when I first got it to run on my 268 (I know showing my age) this game was something special. Monkey Island is one of the classic games from the golden age of point and click adventure games where LucasArts and Sierra ruled supreme with games like Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max and the Kings Quest series. The controls have been reworked, making them more user friendly for a modern audience, but are still faithful to the original and don't detract from the game in anyway. Even if you weren't old enough to appreciate these games the first time round they are masterpieces and I feel stand the test of time.
Story 10 The game is pretty much all about the story (a truly amazing story), and while you are free to do some exploring around the islands and some trial and error with the puzzles, the story is essentially linear (so don't expect an open world game). The dialogue is full of dry humour and the situations (and solutions to puzzles) fantastical, absurd and brilliant. While the story has many aspects that will appeal to younger players (slapstick humor), much of the humour will appeal to adults. The puzzles are challenging but not to the point of frustration and are worked into the story well.
Replayability 7 If you have played the game its likely to be memorable enough that you will know the solutions to the puzzles, but its still good fun, and was for me very nostalgic.
9.5 Completely biased review, take from it what you will, but we all have childhood games special to us and this was mine. Good times

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133 of 177 people (75%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2012
i want to play this but guybrush's hair is really bothering me
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2013
Monkey Island (MI) is a unique blend of bizarro characters, whacky plots & even stranger puzzles!

The most entertaining aspect of Monkey Island though is the humor used throughout; in the dialog, situations & actions you perform. It's rare to have humor used so well in a game. With your want-to-be pirate, 'hero', ahem, Guybrush Threepwood there are plenty of hair-pulling challenges & interesting locations to explore.

There is even swashbuckling sword play, although in a much more creatively different way than you would ever expect! Mind you, that will happen a lot in MI, where the most creative .. strange .. crazy step is often the next step, not the logical one you think.

The fresh coat of paint in the Special Edition with its 3D-ish cartoon look enhances the setting well, although you can also switch to the classic graphics at any time too! Voice acting is excellent taking full advantage of the great dialog. Always enjoyable taking a pirate holiday back to MI! Yarr!

Timeless point 'n' click adventure! One of the best!

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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2013
If you haven't played this game before, do it now. It's video game history. If you already played the 1990 original it's time for another playthrough. Everything that makes the game great was left untouched: The story, the humorous dialogues and the puzzles. The changes made to this re-release really add to the experience. HD graphics, outstanding voice acting and a beautiful re-recording of the classic score. Purists have the option to switch between enhanced and original graphics anytime during the game, even during cutscenes, and experience the game in it's original glory.
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 28, 2014
I never played the original, so there's no nostalgia attached to this:

This game is fun, funny, and very pretty. Fully worth the money!
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
Could so much awesome really be in one game.?! A story about mystery (Monkey island), ambition (To become a pirate), love (True love lasting over a series of 5 games), betrayal (Carla and Otis), epic humour (A red herring) and the start of the most awesome of it all….insult sword fighting! Without a doubt the best Adventure series out there, and this is where is starts.
How appropriate, you fight like a cow!
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2015

PROS: Remastered game looks amazing, remastered music is spot-on, voices are all great and fit with the rest of the series. Story and dialogue are wonderful. Puzzles are outlandishly-memorable, but entirely possible. I absolutely love the ability to switch back and forth between classic and remastered to see exactly what was changed.

CONS: Most people don't like the way Guybrush looks in this one, understandably-so. Someone even made a full mod to fix his hair. Dialogue stops are necessary to keep the game in-tact with the original flow, but can be a little distracting once voices are added to the mix.

WORTH: Did I mention you can transition back and forth from remaster to classic? well, you can transition back and forth from remastered and classic. Both experiences in one pretty little package! Excuse me while I fangirl.

OVERALL: 10 years ago, Ron Gilbert said in a magazine interview that he was amazed at how often Secret Of Monkey Island is brought up, 15 years after its creation. I wonder if he's realized yet that he's made a piece of gaming history.

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1.6 hrs
Posted: October 18
So as others have stated this game immediately crashes upon startup with windows 10,however there is a fix by installing an enb which i found searching through google for possible fixes and now its completely playable for me :D
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4.6 hrs
Posted: October 15
Doesnt work with Win 10.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 13
As of right now, this game do not work in Windows 10. When you start it immitiatly crashes.
After some googling it seems that it have been this way for several months, but no fix.


Wait until there is a fix. Don't give them money until the game works. Make them fix this ♥♥♥♥!

I repeat:
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13.7 hrs
Posted: October 11
This game is absolutely fantas..... LOOK BEHIND YOU! A THREE HEADED GORILLA!!!
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 7
Doesn't work since Windows 10 update. Avoid until they fix it.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 2
Nice remasterization of an epic 90's game. You can switch betweem versions in order to play as in MS-DOS mode for a nostalgic mood.

I only miss some achievements to add some difficulty step for those who already know how to cope in this game.

There's no words to summary this game, just play, have fun and enjoy this old but gold game.

I'm rubber, you are glue!
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6.6 hrs
Posted: October 2
Great memories while playing this brilliant remastered version of The Secret of Monkey Island. The screenplay is extraordinary and the new art is pretty good!
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happy home maker
6.1 hrs
Posted: September 22
As a stand alone game, I did not enjoy it. I bought this in the $15 bundle (on sale, of course). It is not worth that amount of money, even in a bundle. It is $10 alone. I bought it due to all of the glowing reviews it received. Obviously, many of those reviews were written by people were being nostalgic.

The game itself:
The items/puzzles were not intuitive, it took a long time to get from one location to anther (town to swordmaster, for example) and this trekking had to be done several times. The dialogue was not engaging, The plot was fine and so were the updated graphics.

I really tried to like this game (Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition) but I found it boring and slow. I only finished to getting the ship and crew, I have not even made it to Monkey Island and am stopping. It just did not have enough entertainment value for me to continue (and I did try....6 hours of trying to like it...) I also found that not everything made sense in the way it had to be put together. It was tedious walking from the town to the island map.

I did like some of the dialogue, but it was not enough to keep me entertained. Had I played the original game, this might mean more to me and many people gave it a thumb's up due to it bringing back fond memories (and I am MORE than old enough to have played it, maybe too old and that is the issue!) LOL

There are other games that I find much more entertaining, such as "The Last Door" (though more gruesome, which is why I wanted something more lighthearted), so I cannot recommend this, though it was not a bad game. There are just better games to spend my time on (and I have a lot I have to try out in my stack!).

I see that there are haters out there. I decided to look at the other negative reviews and we were all similar in our reasons for not liking the game. I can only assume it is people who love the nostalgia of the game who are finding all of our reviews unhelpful. That is too bad as our not liking the game is as legit as those who are nostalgic. Just because we don't like it doesn't mean we are wrong.
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