FIRST 10 MINUTES | X360, PC Sunday, August 16, 2009 | 4:50 PM

The first 30 minutes of Monkey Island

The first 30 minutes of Monkey Island

I know that we normally call it the first 10 minutes and that we usually show you more of the game by adding different videos but this time, we figured it would be more appropriate to show you the first 34 minutes of The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition in one shot. As you'll agree we wouldn't have been able to show you much in 10 minutes only so, if you're interested in seeing more, just follow me inside.

The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition hit Xbox Live Arcade about a month ago, a good opportunity to (re) play LucasArts' 1990 classic adventure game.



If nostalgia is your thing, then you'll be happy to find the classic version just by hitting the select button at any time in the game. If you choose so, you'll obviously lose the voice acting and the new soundtrack but as you can switch from one version to the other whenever you feel like it, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. That's actually why the animations haven't changed a bit since 1990.

Once you've accepted Guybrush's new character design, it's just like old times. The painted landscapes look great, most of the characters - well, except for the hero that is - have been well-designed and the new music score gives the game a second youth. Some people might be annoyed to hear that sometimes the music has been replaced by ambient noises but the game still conveys this great pirate atmosphere.



The game is obviously a bit trickier to play with a controller than a mouse but it's still comfortable, thanks to some shortcuts you can use with the D-pad - which you won't see in the video as I wanted to show the menu interface. The game's longevity is good, provided you don't use the help button every time you get stuck but even so, it will take you some time to beat it.

As I didn't want to spoil too many puzzles, I've only captured the first trial that Guybrush is asked to accomplish in order to become a pirate. So if you really want to see more, let's hope you have an extra 800 Microsoft points lying around somewhere.



Counting the PC and Atari ST versions of the game, it'll be my fourth time traveling with Mister Threepwood and it doesn't get old at all. The game is still as funny as ever and, even though the gameplay mechanics have obviously gotten old, I have to say I have fallen for it again. So now, what will it be for you?

The first 30 minutes

All comments

Commented on 2009-08-16 18:12:31
Old Lucas Arts <3
Commented on 2009-08-16 19:04:29
I love this game ^_^
Commented on 2009-08-16 19:40:22
Me 2 :) one thing I don't like...is the (blue x) hint button...work only in SE version of the game...its stupid to make it so easy...TOO easy...other than that, GREAT GAME...love the new grapics and sounds....enhancement :P

/Rechain
Commented on 2009-08-16 19:42:30 In reply to Rechain
Posted by Rechain
Me 2 :) one thing I don't like...is the (blue x) hint button...work only in SE version of the game...its stupid to make it so easy...TOO easy...other than that, GREAT GAME...love the new grapics and sounds....enhancement :P

/Rechain
Well you don' HAVE to use it, and seeing as how like 99.9% of players that haven't played it before would never EVER figure some of the stuff out, i think it's perhaps a good thing in the end.

We need a remake of Monkey Island 2 as well though, that's my favorite game in the series.
Commented on 2009-08-16 19:58:38
Man you guys were really late with this one.
Commented on 2009-08-16 20:40:48 In reply to Megido
Posted by Megido
We need a remake of Monkey Island 2 as well though, that's my favorite game in the series.
Yes and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, that was awesome!
Commented on 2009-08-16 22:01:05 In reply to Jollipop
I just got back home after a month vacation, sorry but we also have our own lives to handle. :D
Commented on 2009-08-16 22:20:35 In reply to Ishigami
Posted by Ishigami
Yes and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, that was awesome!
I hope if they are remaking the old classics they don't forget THE DIG...
Commented on 2009-08-16 22:24:00
Lol at his ''sudden urges'' XD
Commented on 2009-08-17 07:41:59
I beat it in less than 5 hours. to say the truth, it's a little bit boring. at first it was interesting, then when you sail to the second island. things get worse and the ending was meh. :( sorry threepwood fans.
Commented on 2009-08-17 13:10:26
Monkey island does something few games today does, it makes me laugh. It's worth getting for that alone. How can you not like the rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle? Or the sword fighting?

I also beat the game fast but this was like my 5th playthrough or something, so it shouldn't have taken too long.
Commented on 2009-08-17 14:46:19 In reply to rubso
Posted by rubso
I beat it in less than 5 hours. to say the truth, it's a little bit boring. at first it was interesting, then when you sail to the second island. things get worse and the ending was meh. :( sorry threepwood fans.
There are actually two different endings, and if you beat it in less that 5 hours then you most definitely used the hint system and you've only got yourself to blame
Commented on 2009-08-17 14:58:45 In reply to lilgringo
Or it was his fifth playthrough...
Commented on 2009-08-18 09:53:28
I love the game but the new graphic style doesn't work for me. I rather play the old version.

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