I originally played The Secret of Monkey Island on the Amiga and it completely opened my eyes to a new type of gaming when I realised you didn’t just go from left to right and could actually walk the other way! Although some of the puzzles were mind-numbingly hard or just plain silly, it was still very funny and I still have very fond memories of it. Now Special Edition is here and they’ve given it a complete makeover with brand new graphics and a voice-over.
If you’ve never played the game before you play as Guybrush Threepwood, a wannabe pirate ready to seek his fortune. Of course, you get in a right mess and end up fighting a ghostly pirate called LeChuck who incidentally was completely ripped off by Geoffrey Rush in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
What you get for your money or points is exactly the same game as before with the added cosmetic touch. A neat touch is the ability to toggle between the original and new game and somehow, the old graphics are a lot more charming if a little pixelated. And you’ll be pleased to know there’s a handy hint system now so you won’t have to go on Gamefaqs every five minutes when you can’t figure out what to do. Of course back in the day you’d just be stuck for days on end randomly trying stuff until something worked.
If you’ve played it all those years ago or are new to the game, I highly recommend picking it up. It’s cheap, highly entertaining and takes you back to the classic days of gaming where no-one got shot in the face.
Monkey Island Special Edition gets an excellent 8 out of 10.
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