The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

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What's your opinion on this remake?
Tho I love MI and this remake for its graphics and stuff i think the interface is somewhat clunky.
Why did they remove the old SCUMM Bar in favor of that weird popup menus that block the screen and that u have to activate via keystrokes?
MI was a point and click game and now i have to hit button combos constantly like i was in an rpg or fps,or switch back to the classic mode with the proper interface.
Since this game has black bars on top and bottom of the screen they coulda easily fitted some sort of SCUMM bar onto the screen.

Being a real pirate i have a hook for a hand, so the old version that u could play singlehandedly had some real advantages over this remake.
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Utopia GFR Dec 8, 2012 @ 4:15am 
Well, I haven't played the original one in 21 years so I don't quite remember the gameplay.
I like this remake and the hint system as well, at least you can go forward and complete the game in a decent amount of time.

I believe remakes are made to fit in modern gaming otherwise they wouldn't have bothered in doing so.

Amongst the strongest points, the artwork and the vocals are just a blast.
Last edited by Utopia GFR; Dec 8, 2012 @ 4:17am
OdoG Dec 9, 2012 @ 12:50pm 
I agree that the UI isn't up to par... you can always hit F10 to play with the old graphics and GUI.
Last edited by OdoG; Dec 9, 2012 @ 12:51pm
Eny- Dec 21, 2012 @ 3:56am 
The only thing lacking is the commentaries they done for the 2nd
The Remover™ Dec 21, 2012 @ 5:18am 
They've ruined Guybrush!

What the hell is wrong with his hair!?

They gave him some weird 80s/early 90s punkish undercut thing it looks like. It is NOT how his hair is supposed to be.

It bothers me enough that I don't want to play.
Last edited by The Remover™; Dec 21, 2012 @ 5:18am
Duke McRed-Bull Dec 21, 2012 @ 10:09am 
Yeah right, never mind the story and the humor. The hair! Thats what's important...
Zaxx Dec 21, 2012 @ 1:21pm 
Originally posted by The Remover:
They've ruined Guybrush!

What the hell is wrong with his hair!?

They gave him some weird 80s/early 90s punkish undercut thing it looks like. It is NOT how his hair is supposed to be.

It bothers me enough that I don't want to play.

There is a hair mod, as ridiculous as it sounds.
it was about time they modded that!
beEZ Dec 24, 2012 @ 8:33am 
Originally posted by Mostly Harmless:
Originally posted by OdoG:
I agree that the UI isn't up to par... you can always hit F10 to play with the old graphics and GUI.

Really?!?!. I disliked the GUI and graphics so much I hunted down the original and played with SCUMMVM. Thanks so much for this tip!

Hating the GUI is one thing, the old one is 100x better because in the new one you have to scroll down or up 100x times before you find the right action.

But hating the new graphics? That's just non sense. How can you even compare those pixels to the beautiful art they created now. In the old graphics you cannot even guess that there are dogs in front of the governor's house so bad they look.
MaximumDestroyer Dec 25, 2012 @ 3:54am 
The art is beautiful and the voice acting is awesome. The GUI sucks though, sometimes I switched back to the old game to be able to perform actions fast enough :p
This may sound weird do you use the hint system? I have completed the game and it's nowhere to be found on the controls menu.
*P0P$*FR3$H3NM3Y3R* Dec 25, 2012 @ 11:14am 
The graphics are sure different and pretty cool and thats nothing i really try to weigh out against the old school charme..these are 2 different worlds.
However they really could have dumped the full gamepad support in favor for a tiny SCUMM bar on the botton of the screen for us old time pointers and clickers!
UnknownD Dec 26, 2012 @ 8:03am 
Hehe. I smiled when I read that most of you don't like Guybrush's hair cut. Yes, it looks weird but nevermind.
The gameplay, it took some time to get used to it but once you know the keys for the commands (instead of opening the menu) it's okay.
The new graphics are very nice. And I like the possibility to switch between the new and the old style anytime I want. Often I compare both when I enter a new screen.
The (english*) voice is awesome (great job, although I wished Stan would speak faster as I imagined him).

In summary, I love to play "Monkey Island" after the years in a new design and sometimes I get the feeling of being back in my childhood when I played "Monkey Island" the very first time.

It's a pity that the voice is only available in english. But in this way I could notice many translation mistakes in the german version, which is interesting and strange equally.
Timeless Smipes Dec 27, 2012 @ 3:48am 
I think the UI is like this, because this was made for consoles in mind. I have been playing this with a friend on his PS3.
But even on the PS3 I often found myself switching to the old UI because it was easier and faster to use.
Artur Sep 22, 2013 @ 6:24pm 
They pretty much told the german audience to shove off, but if you happen to be a native english-speaker it's still a great experience aside from the horrible controls.
Haggis McMutton Sep 23, 2013 @ 1:33am 
well... I really liked this remake, but as many of you I played the original versions of the games when I was a child and I also own the original CD versions of the first 2 games of the series (as well as the other 2) so I like better to play to the original versions, even if I don't dislike the remakes.

About Guybrush's hair: oh, come on! It's not something that completely ruins the game! Besides, Guybrush's haircut in The Secret of Monkey Island: SE is very similar to his haircut in Curse of Monkey Island...

and about the gameplay, that's what makes things difficult: the interface is not very comfortable and considering that it didn't even come out for tablet or mobile devices... well, they could've done better :)
The interface of LeChuck's Revenge is way better...
Gilmaris Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:54pm 
I use keyboard shortcuts to get to the right action. U=Use, L=Look, T=Talk to, G=Give, P=Pick up, S=Push, A=Pull. Of course, the game gives you little hint that you can do this.

As for my impression of the remake, it strikes me as a rush job. The walking animations are just not good at all, and the game is buggy. I changed to full screen in video options, only to have the cursor placed visually higher than where it actually was. When I tried to change resolution or back to windowed mode, it crashes my computer. I know about the alt-Enter fix, but that's a clumsy way of doing it.

You can use numbers for dialogue options (1 for the top one, 2 for the second one etc.), but only do this in retro mode: for some reason, they chose to place the dialogue options in different order in the remastered version (not always, but often enough), but the numbers still select from the order in which they appear in the retro version - meaning you should never use these numbers shortcuts unless you're playing retro.

I also bought this game for PS3, in a boxed version together with MI2. Never do that. It takes forever to install, and once that's done, it turns out it doesn't actually install anything. Meaning each time you want to play the game you have to make a complete install of both games. I've seen this issue brought up on the Lucasarts forum, but there hasn't been so much as a reply, except by other frustrated players having the same problem with no fix. So if you want it for PS3, you have to buy it from the PS Store - the boxed version is fatally flawed.

In short, it feels rushed, and I'm not overjoyed by it.
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