The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Review

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (PC 2009)

It's been ages since I've played a "point and click" adventure game, but Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition managed to kick start my interest in the genre again. If you're even remotely interested, I recommend you give it a try too.

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For those not familiar with "point and clicks", you're clicking around the screen with your mouse to move the character around the settings/maps. When you get close to an object to interact with, you can select one of several actions, like 'pick up' or 'look at' or 'open'. A lot of the puzzles are solved from combining the items that you've collected over the course of the game and using them at the right moments. It's strangely satisfying to solve these puzzles without using any hints. Speaking of hints, for those who get lost, you can hit the 'hint' button and hints will be dropped. First, ambiguous ones, but if you're persistent with jamming the hint button, it'll tell you exactly what to do (but that just spoils the fun).

So what's special about Special Edition? Just about everything: updated graphics, new character renderings, a fully voiced script, and new user interface system. For kicks, you can swap into the classic version at the press of a button. I tried it a few times during the game, but there's almost no point to it other than to satisfy your curiosity.

Clocking in at 5 to 6 hours, this game is a timeless classic filled with challenges, some small decisions to make in the dialog interactions, and lots of laughs. All of the characters, from your friends to your enemies, have their quirks, so it was pretty fun discovering what this world was all about.

Pros: Short, fun adventures with pirates ... and cannibals.
Cons: Hints are just so tempting and easy to access.

kenholic.com rating: 8.5 out of 10. Very enjoyable romp.