The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Review
- Huge soundtrack and voice work.
- An intuitive interface and hint system (just shake!) will keep you moving quickly.
- Sluggish cursor movement and fiddly item recognition can test your patience.
Adventure enthusiasts and fans of Monkey Island will have no trouble making their minds up about buying this game. For those new to the genre you'd be hard pressed finding a better game to introduce you to the genre that defined a generation of gamers.
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Have you ever found yourself stranded on the high sea with a mutinous crew and nothing but a strange voodoo recipe to escape a tricky predicament? If so you're probably already familiar with LucasArt's classic adventure The Secret of Monkey Island. For those of you who aren't so familiar, this remastering of a legendary series will have you swilling Grog and stealing idols in no time.
Sadly little has changed in the way of controls since the game was first released in 1990. Much of the interface is interacted with intuitively, however the game's stubbornly slow cursor can make even the most patient of gamers feel like making this game walk the plank. A swipe with two fingers at any time will switch to the original game and in some cases you may even find yourself doing so to make life easier.
If you can look past the somewhat dated controls, what you will find is a feast for the eyes and ears that is rare amongst iPhone games. The improved graphics are inspired remakes of their original work (which you can check for yourself at any time) and the characters of the Monkey Island world couldn't be more perfectly voiced.
Adventure fans are sure to fall in love again (or for the first time) with the world of Monkey Island, but even the best of games can fall flat if you're spending more time wrestling with the controls than you are enjoying it. Thankfully there's more than enough to enjoy in this repackaged offering.
DescriptionPirates! Adventure! Monkeys! Re-live the hilarious swashbuckling misadventures of the wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood as he attempts to become the most infamous pirate in the Caribbean!
What the press are saying:
“…a fabulous way to experience MI on a bus or at work when no one is looking.” – Destructoid.com
“Monkey Island's point-and-click interface seems perfectly suited to the iPhone and we’re pleased to report that it works great.” – GameSpot.com
“You're about to discover a true classic.” – Pocket Gamer
“…the best version of the game we’ve seen yet.” – Touch Arcade
Back by popular demand, The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the internationally-acclaimed classic pirate adventure game from LucasArts with:
• An all new re-imagined contemporary art style
• Complete voice over by members of the original Monkey Island™ franchise cast
• A re-mastered musical score using live instruments
• Plus, scene-for-scene hot swap to seamlessly transition between Special Edition and Classic modes at anytime
What's New in Version 1.1Version 1.1
Improved graphic fidelity and art smoothness:
Background and character art is sharper and anti-aliased
3GS related bugs:
Fix 3Gs crash bugs
Fix graphical tearing on 3Gs
Fix graphical flickering on 3Gs
Fix missing voices with headphones plugged and sound muted
Fix irregular volume bug on speakers
Fix irregular volume bug with headphones
Adjust transition in opening credits so it is in sync with music
Tune existing controls:
Acceleration curve for trackpad cursor implementation
Fix inconsistent double tapping timing, allow for more time
Reduce accelerometer sensitivity for triggering pause menu
Default action verb fade out at same timing than default action
Slow down timing of default action icon fade in/out
Add tutorial text to explain trackpad control and cursor settings
Add pop up text to explain trackpad control and new scheme
Fixed random background misalignments
You should now feel the urge to complete the Trials….again!!!