The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Adventure game with witty, complex written instructions.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

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Ease of Play

Many of the game's quests are incredibly tricky puzzles often based on wordplay. They can be really tough to figure out. The interface is imperfect -- easy to learn, but not always easy to use. Your character can often end up walking someplace you don't intend.


There's some slapstick (like a man being shot from a cannon and hitting a tent pole) and some animated sword duels (though no one gets hurt in any of the duels). The swordfights are actually won by the person who hurls the better insults at his opponent. There's also one big fight that takes place off-screen -- you only hear the sounds of it.


There's innuendo and sexy talk between the hero and the island's female governor. Everything is veiled; the worst thing said being "Let's go back to my place."


There are no real swear words, but there are plenty of insults thrown around. In this game, sword duels are won by the person who comes up with the better insults.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Pirates drink lots of grog and one character (a drill sergeant type) smokes a cigar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is a remake of a popular old PC game, but with new painted graphics and added voiceover acting. (The "Special Edition" refers to the ability to switch back and forth between the new updated version and the old pixelly, soundless version.) The story involves a naive young man's quest to become a pirate, which requires him to become a thief, swordsman, and treasure hunter. The plot has some mature themes (mostly involving intimated lust between the hero and the female governor) and some slapstick violence. The humor in the game, while not necessarily inappropriate, will probably go over the head of younger players. Some parents might find the swordfighting scenes problematic, in that you must win a duel by insulting your opponent ("You make me want to puke!" etc.). The villains of the tale are a band of ghost pirates, but they're not presented as being all too scary.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMadi1001 January 16, 2011

Great game for lots of ages.

Constantly you have to think logically about what to do next to continue the game's storyline, but the game itself is fun, creative, and exciting. A must g...
Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck September 23, 2010

Retro game gets a fun little facelift.

The controls are a bit wacky, but you will get them.

Is it any good?

The script for THE SECRET OF MONKEY ISLAND: SPECIAL EDITION is incredibly witty and pokes fun at not only pirate cliches, but also at the common conventions of computer games. There are many laugh-out-loud moments. The real fun of the game is in figuring out what to do next at any given point in the story -- something which is unfortunately hard to do sometimes. There are also points when the game moves incredibly slowly: Some of your tasks seem endless (especially learning to swordfight), and it always feels like whatever you need to get is all the way on the other side of the island. Far too much time is spent walking from place to place. Still, if you're willing to invest the time, the story is great fun and the game itself is a classic that worth experiencing.

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