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.