Very few video games allow you the ability to flip back and forth between old and new -- seeing how graphics and gameplay have progressed over the course of many years. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is one of the special games that allows you to do so, gaining a real sense of appreciation for such handcrafted and gorgeous design detail. Guybrush Threepwood is in your control and he desperately wants to be a pirate. Arrrr you ready for the challenge?
Take Threepwood through Melee Island, solving puzzles, talking to various personalities along the way and gathering items to help in your journeys.
The point and click genre can be a dud. But taking a classic 90's gem and refurbishing it to our HD lifestyle, it can work. And it does. Both incredibly easy and toe-cringing difficult puzzles exist here. And when it gets a little frustrating, the game will drop you a hint -- making the "I'm about to turn this crap off" factor vanish completely. Lovable characters with side-splitting commentary go hand-in-hand with what you've adored about this title for years. You become connected with them and desire to please them, pumping through the game in no time. A downfall is, the game is kind of short. But for die hard fans, it's easy to just restart again from square one and do it all over again.
The reason for that? The graphics -- although not the greatest by any means for current DLC -- blow the old clunker visuals so far out of the water, that you'll feel you've obtained 20-20 vision. Audio is crisp, clean and refreshing as well. Although, newcomers to the game may not find as much of an attachment to it, since there are much more riveting, action-packed titles out there. But puzzles are fun and truly get your mind thinking. The title does a great job keeping the story progressing along, keeping a much-needed flow for point-and-clicks.
But the moral of the story here is, well-written scripts and addictive story modes never spell a bad time. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is impressive, hilarious and downright worth your money. Original fans? You've probably already stopped reading and bought it. Newbies? Give it a whirl. Your brain needs games like this. And then, you'll fall in love. A good combination, indeed.
Pros: Stays on-course with original, repolish graphics are prestine, flashback feature is awesome
Cons: Newbies might be turned away at first, menus are weird
GamePro Score: 4.0