The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

PC, XB360, PS3 / Adventure / Release: Jul 15, 2009 / ESRB: E10+


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Ron Gilbert fantasizes about Monkey Island sequel

Ron Gilbert fantasizes about Monkey Island sequel

Ron Gilbert's next game may be a puzzler for iOS, but he still gets nostalgic on occasion. For example, just how would he handle a new installment in the Monkey Island series? Hypothetically, mind you.

Gilbert tackled that question in his Grumpy Gamer blog, making it quite clear that he was just talking, nothing more. But if it did happen, he'd make it a fully voiced 2D game, and do all the things they couldn't do in the '90s with the limited engines and hardware. "Monkey Island deserves that. It's authentic. It doesn't need 3D. Yes, I've seen the video, it's very cool, but Monkey Island wants to be what it is. I would want the game to be how we all remember Monkey Island."

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Gatling Gears, Star Raiders, and 2K discounts coming to XBLM

Gatling Gears, Star Raiders, and 2K discounts coming to XBLM

The next few weeks of Xbox Live Marketplace content have been detailed by Microsoft's Larry Hryb, including some anticipated XBLA games and discounts on 2K titles.

The twin-stick shooter Gatling Gears will be up tomorrow for $15 (1200 MSP), and Sega Rally Online Arcade will go up next week for a cool $10 (800 MSP). Hryb also tweeted separately that Star Raiders will be up this week as well. Read more »

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Shack PSA: Pre-Order Monkey Island 2 SE on Steam, Get Monkey Island 1 SE Free

Pre-ordering Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge on Steam nets you The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition for free, LucasArts has announced.

Both games are revamps of their respective beloved adventure game originals, featuring full voice acting, remastered scores and redrawn graphics--and plus option to switch back to the old style. MI2: SE, however, also features a creator audio commentary track and the ability to mix and match the new voices with the old art style. Read more »

"Saw this article, double-checked the offer on Steam, pre-ordered... Monkey Island 1 SE isn't ..."
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Shack PSA: Tales of Monkey Island and Secret of Monkey Island SE for $20

The complete first season of Telltale's episodic adventure game Tales of Monkey Island is on offer now in a $19.95 discount double-pack with LucasArts' own 'Special Edition' revamp of its game that began it all, 1990's The Secret of Monkey Island.

Tales of Monkey Island typically costs $34.99 on its lonesome while The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition will run you $9.99. The offer ends on Friday, May 7, so ye scurvy dogs best be heading for shore 'fore the treasure's lost forever. Read more »

"Awesome, was waiting for a sale to get Tales of Monkey Island."
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InstantAction Launches New Game Streaming Service with Web Embed of Monkey Island SE

Online gaming provider InstantAction today launched the latest facet of its service, allowing full-featured games to be embedded on a web page thanks to its streaming technology.

"InstantAction makes embedding video games as easy as embedding a standard video or photo, and at equivalent speeds," the company claimed in today's announcment, explaining that the "embed code will also work on any webpage that allows HTML editing, and supports Javascript and iframes." Read more »

"Hmm, it blew up firefox here. Probably this shitty work computer though. "
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First Monkey Island: Special Edition Headed to PlayStation 3, Mac

Alongside word that an enhanced special edition of Monkey Island 2 is headed to PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and iPhone this summer, developer LucasArts also revealed plans to bring the revamped original to PlayStation 3 and Mac in the near future.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition--released in downloadable form on PC, Xbox 360 and iPhone circa July 2009--packs two versions of the classic LucasArts adventure game, the 1990 original and an enhanced special edition that includes redrawn art and new voice acting, with players able to switch between the two at any time. Read more »

"I really tried to like the new art, but alas to no avail. I think they went way to 'disney' and ..."
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Monkey Island Deals Mark 'Talk Like a Pirate Day'

"International Talk Like a Pirate Day," or September 19 to everyone else, has produced a trove of excellent Monkey Island discounts.

For starters, Telltale will allow anyone to download the first episode of Tales of Monkey Island for free on Saturday.

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"This is very clever marketing - they pretty much will sell to a vast majority of adventure fans ..."
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LucasArts Planning Many More Retro Remakes, Re-releasing Jedi Knight Next Week

With LucasArts' recent remake of Monkey Island having "surpassed all of our expectations," studio president Darrell Rodriguez has now confirmed that "we plan to do much more of this, both on Steam and iPhone and other platforms in the future."

The revelation came during a GameTrailers TV interview, which also saw the LucasArts president speak on reissuing the Jedi Knight games and the potential of new entries in classic franchises, such as Grim Fandango and Indiana Jones. Read more »

"omg a remake of JK!! this is one of the stand out FPS games. I just hope they allow for ..."
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Secret of Monkey Island: SE Hits iPhone

Following a rather blatant tease, LucasArts has released an iPhone and iPod Touch version of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition in the iTunes App Store.

Priced at $7.99, the downloadable adventure packs the same features as its slightly more expensive computer and console counterpart, allowing players to swap between the 1990 classic and anenhanced edition with redrawn art, voices and redone music. Read more »

"You should be able to walk by tilting the iPhone, now THAT would be cool."
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The Secret of Monkey Island: SE Arrives

As LucasArts continues to embrace its various beloved adventure franchises, the developer's enhanced re-release of The Secret of Monkey Island is now available.

Priced at $10, the downloadable adventure can be had on Xbox 360 via the Xbox Live Marketplace and PC thanks to digital download outlets Steam and Direct2Drive. The re-release allows players to swap between two versions of the game: the 1990 original and a newly enhanced edition with redrawn art, voice acting and redone music. Read more »

"I've never played Monkey Island before and if it wasn't for this remake I probably never would ..."
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LucasArts Teases Monkey Island iPhone

With LucasArts having essentially confirmed plans to bring its vintage adventure games to the iPhone and iPod Touch, the company is now using the same heavy-handed tactics to suggest that The Secret of Monkey Island is on the way.

"For our Monkey fans - an iPhone sized wallpaper. No reason. Wink wink nod nod," reads a Twitter update from the studio. The company used the same "wink wink nod nod" phrase when it said it couldn't announce iPhone ports but they "would make sense." Read more »

"Whoever is in charge of the LucasArts Twitter account seems like they'd be pretty annoying to ..."
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Monkey Island Special Edition Priced

LucasArts today announced that its update of the classic adventure game The Secret of Monkey Island will be priced at 800 Microsoft Points, or $10 on Steam.

The "Special Edition" of the first Monkey Island game will feature redrawn graphics, new voice acting and a re-mastered score. Users will have the option of turning off the new graphics look in favor of the original art style. Read more »

"please, please, please let this happen with more old adventure games... particularly Sierra ..."
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Monkey Island Remake Arrives Next Week

LucasArts' downloadable remake of old-school adventure classic The Secret of Monkey Island will arrive on PC and Xbox 360 come Wednesday, July 15, it announced today.

The PC release will be available through Steam and other online distribution channels, whereas the Xbox 360 edition will be sold through the online Xbox Live Marketplace. The studio did not name a price for the remake, which also packs the original graphics. Read more »

"I hope this starts a retro comeback and we start seeing all the LucasArts and Sierra games ..."
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LucasArts Might Revamp More Classic Adventures

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition could be but the first in a string of classic LucasArts adventure game revivals if the sales figures support it, reports WAtoday.

"If this sells," said LucasArts community manager Brooks Brown, "there's no one at this company who doesn't want to do these games," raising hopes for re-releases of such fine adventure titles as Day of the Tentacle and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. Read more »

"Lucasarts, just fix the awful god damned animation of the remake then this will make me buy the ..."
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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Gameplay Footage and Comparison Screenshots

Secret of Monkey Island fans apprehensive about LucasArts' newly-announced revamp of the classic adventure can test their hopes and fears with comparison screenshots.

Screenshots are all good and well but video is needed to size up the redrawn graphics, re-orchestrated score, new interface and full voice acting. We, as it so happens, have a hodgepodge of footage--with the odd dip into the old graphics forcomparison. Read more »

"The animation is horrible, they need to work on it more, it feels like he's floating over the ground"
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