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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49 of 51 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
THE SECRET OF MONKEY ISLAND: SPECIAL EDITION - A LucasArts Classic beautifully and masterfully reworked

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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.
Overall
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
AUDIO: Awesome                                                          AESTHETIC: Classic
MEMORABILITY: Unforgettable                               WORTH: Light Discount

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.

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.

                                                    
SCORE: 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This is an excellent remake of the cult classic point and click adventure game. I think they have gone as far as they could to improve sound - graphics - while keeping in touch with the original. And they have left the core game - the puzzles - dialogues intact. The voice acting is consistent with later titles in the series as they have recruited the same roster of voice actors for the main characters. The ability to swap back and forth between the classic edition and the improved edition is genius, but it does get strangely addictive and I find myself wishing for some kind blinking mode where it would constantly swap back and forth in a slow pace just so I can apprciate the best of both worlds. If you are not familiar with the series but like adventure games it is fair enough to say that as long as you can take a light hearted adventure and do not mind old school adventure gaming puzzles you will end up making quite a lot of nice gaming memories for yourself and will no doubt find yourself laughing out at the absurdity of this yet believable pirate universe.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
An excellent way to relive an experience with a classic point-and-click adventure game! This remake of the Monkey Island offers the same experience but with refined music, sound and fully redrawn scenes. I understand it is possible to switch back to the old graphics but why do so if the new look is so detailed?

The jokes hold up to this day and the puns are just as hilarious as they used to be. Word for warning though: it is possible the game does not let you go and you complete it in one sitting just as I did!

I look forward to playing its sequel and pretty much anything that was a classic in this genre and gets a release on Steam.

PS (to the people remastering these titles): Please do the same with Day of The Tentacle!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
The Secret of Monkey Island is a very classic and revolutionary game. Although it was made in the 90s, it will always be a brilliant game, and this special edition shows that it can even stay up to date with modern video games (Although you can never beat the classic graphics).

The Secret of Monkey Island series is one of the most funny games series that I have ever played, with the brilliantly weakened forth wall, and the cute child-like innocence of Guybrush Threepwood, every time I replay a Monkey Island game I cannot help but to laugh at the jokes and the little references, and every time I replay it, I always find new brilliantly absurd commands and interactions.

The special edition of this game is in some aspects an improvement, but in most, quite a disappointment. The inventory is different, there's voice acting, the Stump Joke is missing and a few more differences. The special edition shouldn't be thing to deter you from buying, or from not buying this game. If you don't like the notion of a special edition, and would rather the classic, floppy disk version, you shouldn't let that stop you from buying this version, quite a lot of the special edition factors can be turned off and, apart from the missing Stump Joke, not much else was changed. If you love modern, newer games, and feel that old games are in the past, you should still not let that stop you from buying this game, for the special edition has updated the game to look sleek and new, and if you cannot stand having to read dialogue, just turn on the voice acting.

The Special vs Classic edition aside, the dialogue in Money Island is very funny, Guybrush Threepwood constantly breaks the forth wall, so much so, that by the time of the second game, you would have forgotten that it was ever there. There are lines of dialogue that are just so perfect in the game, that you simply cannot help but to pick, sometimes it is Guybrush Threepwood saying he wants to be a fire-fighter (instead of a pirate) or him asking if two brothers are his mother. The plot of the game is not that thick and at some times it barely even makes any sense. But the love story in the whole series of Monkey Island games is the cutest love story you could ever see, with the stupid, innocent Guybrush, and the strong, independent Elaine, why they are even together boggles the best of the fans.

There are many good things about The Secret of Monkey Island, but one big factor that cannot be turned off or on is the difficulty. This game is very, VERY hard, because it is an old fashioned point and click game, it has absurd logic, Guybrush Threepwood cannot reach something a few metres off the ground and thinks that if he mixes red flowers with meat it will poison it, also somehow he is able to use a kitchen pot as a helmet.... The game thus feels as if it goes on forever when you play it, whether you spend ages pondering over a specific puzzle, executing trial and error, or you have a walkthrough up in a tab, trying to not overuse the hints, you will spend quite a bit of time on the game. Sometimes it is merely a simple puzzle that with stitch you up, or maybe it will be the whole game, either way, I heavily recommend having some sort of hint system or walkthrough handy, just in case.

I would heavily recomend this game to you, even if you are a very serious person, the humor is not all there is to this game, it has a brilliant soundtrack and very difficult puzzles, and on a whole is quite an enoyable game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Pre-Release Review
An absolute classic and one of the best SCUMM ever made. The new graphics look nice without taking away too much from the original game. A must buy for anyone that remembers the original or wants to get into classic PC gaming.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
This game had it's highlights; while I found most of the dialogue ok, it made me laugh a few times. I have to admit I relied heavily on the hint function (pressing the 'H' key in-game) to solve the puzzles, which took the challenge out. Overall, I still enoyed it, and it's intersting tosee how they updated the graphics from the original, and I feel it's aged well. Easiest boss fight ever in a game, so don't expect it to be like a Legend of Zelda game. ****
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Pre-Release Review
what makes it special is all the toffee that shoots out of your computer when you successfully finish the game DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IT CONTAINS SPOILERS
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I bought this game quite some time ago and only recently decided to sit down and play it "again" for the for the first time. Yes, you read correctly. I played this game years ago when it was on CD rom. Many of you probably don't even know what that is. LOL

Needless to say it was nice to play it again after much time had passed. The puzzles were still challenging, but not as much as the first time around. The main draw for this game is the remastering that went into it. Voice acting and updated graphics definetly make this game a blast from the past and appealing to newcomers of the adventure game genre.

I would recommend this game to anyone looking for a funny game to play or a reminder of when adventure games had a firm foothold on the gaming world.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
What is the SECRET of Monkey Island? Well your going to have to figure that out yourself. But one thing that is not a secret, is how amazing this game is. Quite possibly the first adventure game I ever played and the game that got me hooked to the genre. I love the music, the humor, the storyline, and almost everything about the game. Now looking back 25 years later I do see that the game is not completely without flaw. First, the game was made in 1990 so the graphics aren't all that great and there are no voices. Second, the game is relatively short by today's standards. This is not something that bothers me and shouldn't for most people, but might to the more recent fans of adventure gaming. Luckily the Special Edition gives the best of both worlds graphically (sorry but the story is still just as short), as old fans and new fans can enjoy the game they would want to play. Because trust me, there are some old fans that would cringe at the new look. The classic version and new version can be switched seemlessly by hitting F10. The old version staying true to its ancient (voodoo?) roots of a verb menu and an inventory box. The new version many good additions added to its gameplay as the new version intoduces 3D art, voices, and a much larger screen of play (due to the fact that the verb menu and an inventory box have been removed). Although I do enjoy a much larger screen, this is the one thing about the new version I am not fond of. They do have a drop down menu for the verb menu by hitting Ctrl or V as well as one for the inventory by hitting Alt or I, but this feels like more of a hassle than the old game used to be. At the end of the day, this game is a keeper. So don the adventurer's cap and become "Guybrush Threepwood, mighty pirate!"

Check out my other point and click adventure reviews on my page!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
TSoMI is truely one of the best Point & Click Adventure of all times. It cames straight from a Decade where P&C Adventures ruled the Computer Genre and here is the best of it.

In that Game you take control of Guybrush Threepwood, a young wannabe Pirate who comes to Melee Island to take a step forward in his carreer in the Life of a Pirate.
In the first Act you have to prove the Pirate Leaders that you are a worthy Pirate for them (The 3 Trials) and here you meet your truely Love, Gouvernor Elaine Marley in one Trial.
The Trials could be no problem if the bad Ghost Pirate LeChuck wouldn't kidnapped the Gouvernor for marry her (i dont wanna say to much) ;-)
So its up to you to find your big Love and hunt LeChuck down (just a wonderfull story).

You will meet a 3-headed-Monkey, Cannibals, Ghostpirates, etc.
The Story counts to the best still today, the Graphics are remaded with detailed Love (even if i find the new Guybrush look horrible), the Music is so awesome that i cant forget them till today.
The Controls aren't the best in the Special Edition, here was the original from 1990 much better.

I would give it 8/10 !!! LOVE IT TILL MY DEAD :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
This game is awesome.
Good humour.
You have to think :D


+ And also it teaches you how to swear without using F words... and stuff :D

10/10 Would beat pirates with swearing again.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
I didn't spend 20 bucks for this game
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125 of 160 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: May 14, 2012
i want to play this but guybrush's hair is really bothering me
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
I never played the classic game but this remaster is gold!
For those who played the original game, you can change between the old and the new in real time. It's a nice feature if you're into nostalgia.
Well, this is one of the best adeventure games around. Good laughs. Companies should make a few more games like this one.
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27 of 28 people (96%) 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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23 of 23 people (100%) 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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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2014
Pre-Release Review
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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
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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