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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (Xbox 360)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the value for money and usability. The gameplay and graphics also get good feedback, but there are some less positive views about the controls.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Xbox 360 Games the The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (Xbox 360) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Monkey Island 2 SE: LeChucks Revenge


We had hoped for it... clamored for it, even. After the release of the first Monkey Island Special Edition on XBLA in the summer of 2009, all of us hardcore adventure gamers were positive that its success would bring about a special edition of the...

The entire package does a fantastic job of delivering all the fun, brain-teasing puzzles and hilarity for which the series is known. Guybrush and LeChuck are voiced by Dominic Armato and Terminator veteran Earl Boen respectively, as they (thankfully)...

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Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, The


Ahoy there, fancy pants! If it's adventure ye be looking for, ye came to the right place. There's a reason that, nearly 20 years after its introduction, Monkey Island is arguably still the best known franchise in the adventure genre. For me, the...

Choice of playing original or enhanced versions at any time; wonderful voice acting; iconic score has been re-recorded with live instruments; new graphics can be quite winning; still very funny; great characters; puzzles are challenging but never unfair

New graphics won't appeal to everyone; can't mix and match upgraded features with the original game; optional gamepad controls are a bit of a chore

If you’re a long-time Monkey Island fan, it’s worth replaying the Special Edition for the addition of the voice cast alone. If you’ve never played the game before, it's an affordable and even more rewarding way to experience one of the greatest...

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Review [Xbox 360, PC]


Sometimes I feel privileged to live in the time I do. The wonders of the internet, not to mention food that I don't have to catch myself and indoor plumbing, make life far more enjoyable. Just like life, innovation in games takes place to increase...

Great, hilarious writing ; Enjoyable characters ; Beautiful new art style

Difficult puzzles with few tips ; Hint system helpful, not satisfying ; Dialogue skip is too broad

A remake of one of the classics. The cosmetic updates are great, the writing timeless, but the gameplay and design remains chained to the past.


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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition


Some great old game-types are making a come-back of late. Leading the charge are fighting and adventure games. The latter resurgence seems to revolve around LucasArts properties and Tell-tale, many of whom used to work at LucasArts.

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition


A Brush with greatness

The Secret of Monkey Island returns in all its glory. You can even play the game with the original graphics

The sound effects could have been a bit sharper

With The Secret of Monkey Island – Special Edition, LucasArts has created an outstanding adventure game catering to both hardcore point and click fans, as well as those new to the genre. With easily mastered controls and an intuitive and streamlined...

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition


Since 1990, The Secret of Monkey Island has captivated many gamers through brilliance in writing and comedy, as well as an intuitive use of the point-and-click puzzle adventuring that has popularised the series and genre as a whole

For 10 dollars, The Secret of Monkey Island: SE is a steal. The game pays homage to series enthusiasts, as well as making it accessible to an entire new generation of gamers.

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Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition


Let's rewind to E3 2009. I'm inside LucasArts' conference room. I'm a few minutes early for the Star Wars: The Old Republic presentation. They have food and drink in both ...

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition


Drop that FPS, pack up your rubber chicken-with-a-pulley-in-the-middle, and book a trip back to Monkey Island.

For the uninitiated, the puzzles in Monkey Island are fairly logical even though a few require you to think humorously outside the box. There are of course a few points within the game that will likely strand a few new Monkey Island player for a little...

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition


A less clunky interface gives this version the edge

Great writing and acting ; Fun puzzling ; Spiffy graphical update

Clunky new interface ; Unskippable dialogue ; World feels a bit empty

Not just a wonderfully realised slice of fan service, Monkey is also the perfect opportunity for those not around in 1990 to experience the sheer genius of insult swordfighting, to barter with Stan the used boat salesman, to insult Fester Shinetop, to...


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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition


So you want to be a pirate?

The classic game holds up; humor's still funny; revamped art style and interface work really well

Hint system doesn't always work; can't skip dialogue; voice underscores repetitiveness of conversations