iPad Game of the Month, July 2010: Monkey Island 2 Special Edition

The return of Lucasarts adventure games from the 90s is a cause for celebration, and we’re especially pleased to play them on a great device like the iPad. Of all the iPad games released in July, Monkey Island 2 is at the top of our list.

In Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge for iPad, you once again control pirate wannabe Guybrush Threepwood, who is a little more confident now that he has one fight with LeChuck under his belt. Guybrush’s next goal is to find the mysterious treasure known as Big Whoop.

In this iPad version, you can view each scene in beautifully remastered high-resolution, or as the originally blocky art. A new hint system lets you view all the interactive items in the environment, and there’s a new control scheme that makes moving around the world much easier.

Our runner-up for iPad Game of the Month is lighter on the adventure, but it’s still an absorbing experience. In Osmos for iPad, you control a floating mote which moves by expelling particulate matter. Absorbing smaller motes lets you grow, but moving around too much will make you smaller.

It’s a delicate dance in a microcosmic world, and when you start throwing in giant motes that affect gravity and hostile motes that are intelligent enough to move on their own, the game gets much trickier. It’s a fantastic game, and a perfect fit for the iPad.

Congratulations to Lucasarts and Hemisphere Games for making these incredible games. Their contributions have helped make the iPad into a versatile gaming machine.