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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

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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
Release date
LucasArts Entertainment
Aspyr Media
Aspyr, Disney Interactive, LucasArts Entertainment
Age rating
13+ Teen

System requirements for PC

  • 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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Last Modified: Oct 22, 2019

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
Don't waste time reading this! Go play this masterpiece. What have you been doing the last 20 years? Not many Words need be lost about the Point & Click cult classic, the early 90s?! Fans, and especially Gamers of the older Generation, Will know and love LucasArts's Work anyway. And if you missed Monkey Island so far, You can experience computer game history in a contemporary Look with the Special Edition and get everything. The Remake features pretty HD Graphics, new Sound Effects, Voice-overs, a new Interface and Clue system that helps with Puzzles, an instrumental distinctive and ingenious Soundtrack, as well as modernized controls. Retro fans are likely to rejoice, because by pressing a button you can easily switch between the classic and new hand-drawn graphics, and any Time. Here it becomes clear again how bad it is that in the 4th Part of the Series, 3D Graphics have been experimented with. Unrestricted Recommendation for this very successful Remake. A legendary adventure, remastered on Steam! Go and get it!
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When young Contender Guybrush Threepwood Takes on the picturesque Caribbean island of Melee Island, he has only one Goal: To become a foul smelling, Grog gurgling Pirate and rise to the Horror of the Caribbean. Stupid only that this Job is currently awarded to grim Ghost captain LeChuck, whose Name is pronounced only with Fear and drives even the most bloodthirsty Corsar beads of Sweat on his Forehead. Still, Guybrush receives three Commissions from the local Pirate Princes, which he has to handle for inclusion in the sacred Rank of Seafaring Cutthroats. But LeChuck, too, Got Wind of Threepwood's rising star and when the Ghost Pirate finally gets out to the big punch, It's up to the Newcomer to embark on the breakneck journey to the fabled Island of Monkey Island and get the Chestnuts out of the Fire. Let's Make it short: "Monkey Island" was THE entry Drug Into the adventure Genre for many 90s players and has lost little of its playful Quality to this day. Of course, the Classic has come quite into the Years by now and earned a technically polished reissue, certainly not least due to the continued Popularity. In addition to the Graphic, the Style of which is likely to be a little Of a matter Of taste, and an English full Setting of the Dialogues, the Tax Interface also underwent a Revision. Instead of the usual Command bar with all sorts of Verbs and text-based Inventory, we select the Commands with the Mouse wheel in the Remake. Since the Order is always the same, you have to rotate quite sometimes from time to time to find the necessary Arrangement for Guybrush. If you want to circumnavigate such Repair improvements, you can switch to the classic Look and operating Guidance of the Original at any time at the touch of a button and Go on a Nostalgia experience. The well-told story, the glorious (and now partly excellent to music ...) Figures, the insane Dialogues, the atmospheric Music and the wonderfully logical Puzzles make "Monkey Island" An absolute Recommendation even today. Only the unnecessarily acting changes in the Area of the Control and the Not always successful polished, but also somewhat naïve-looking graphics, leave a few Scratches on the sses good Impression.
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