The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

From the soundtrack and pacing to the puzzles and the insult sword fighting, I love The Secret of Monkey Island. Just one bar of the Scumm Bar theme is enough to fill me with nostalgia, so when one of our YouTube viewers suggested I recreate the important looking pirates' recipe for grog, I was all for it.

Pirates love swordfighting, that's a given. This creates something of a problem when you're designing a pirate-themed, point-and-click adventure game in which you don't want any real-time action sequences.

Xbox Live Games With Gold for November announced

Xbox Live Games With Gold for November announced

Super Dungeon Bros! Murdered: Soul Suspect! Monkey Island! Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon!

Microsoft's announced November's Games with Gold titles.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Super Dungeon Bros for free throughout November.

Murdered: Soul Suspect is free to download from 16th November to 15th December.

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Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Yo ho ho and a lot of old ROM.

Before we get started, those who have never played Monkey Island should probably just skip to the score at the end, dash over to Xbox Live Arcade and hit the download button. Unless you're a joypad-mangling mouthbreather, incapable of seeing past the next big shiny shooty game, you'll discover something that comes awfully close to being the perfect adventure game.

For those uninitiated, Monkey Island introduces us to Guybrush Threepwood, an ambitious young fellow newly arrived on Melee Island to seek his fortune as a pirate. First released back in 1990, he points and clicks his way through a series of puzzles, learning the art of insult sword-fighting and discovering the supernatural properties of root beer. Along the way he falls for Elaine, the island's feisty governor, and falls foul of the ghost pirate LeChuck, who has plans of his own for the lovely lass. If any of this sounds familiar then, yes, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies did borrow rather liberally - and rather cheekily - from this game in order to transform a Disney theme park ride into a rousing blockbuster success.

To say any more of the plot would surely spoil a wonderful experience best enjoyed fresh, so everyone who has yet to make Guybrush's acquaintance should do as they're told and go and play the bloody thing already. Go on. We'll still be here when you get back.

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Monkey Island SE heading to iPhone?

Lucas tweet drops big hints.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition may be on its way to iPhone, judging by LucasArts' impressively subtle use of its company Twitter.

Monkey Island remake next week

10 classic Lucas games on Steam tomorrow.

LucasArts has announced that The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition will be released on Xbox Live Arcade and PC next Wednesday, 15th July.

E3: New Telltale series is Monkey Island

Plus: "Secret of" remake for XBLA, PC.

LucasArts has revealed a brand new episode Monkey Island series for PC and WiiWare, plus a "completely re-imagined" version of The Secret of Monkey Island for Xbox Live Arcade and PC - as the German ratings board USK predicted.