Avast, ye scurvy dogs! Pirate games may be popular on the App Store, but there’s one series that started it all on PC: The Secret of Monkey Island. The iOS ports of this classic Lucasarts series featured vastly improved graphics, but the humor and adventure are just as good as they were in the early 90s. Read on for our collection of Monkey Island reviews.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
Lucasarts may not be around anymore, but their classic adventure games still live on in the App Store. The Secret of Monkey Island introduced gamers to Guybrush Threepwood, a twerpy pirate-wannabe who joins with a crew to find lost treasure, rescue the governor, and defeat the dread pirate LeChuck. Though it used a well-established Lucasarts adventure game system (SCUMM), The Secret of Monkey Island had groundbreaking gameplay of its own: Sword-fighting consisted of trading insults and comebacks, instead of a twitchy minigame.
Key Quote: “The Secret of Monkey Island is a truly memorable experience, whether or not this is the first time you’ve played it. The new graphics, voice work, hint system and autosave make a great game even better.”
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge
The sequel to The Secret of Monkey Island once again upgraded the graphics (with a nifty two-finger swipe when you wanted to see the original, low-res graphics) and brought Guybrush into his own as a seasoned sailor. This sequel also had brand-new music and voice acting to bring these classic characters to life. For longtime fans, the ability to listen to developer commentary as you played was completely novel– it made replaying this game a joy, and provided a great experience for first-time pirates.
Key Quote: “If you have never played Monkey Island 2, you must, must, must buy this special edition. If you, like many of us, have played through the classic numerous times, you will be overjoyed to find out just how much fun the game can still be.”
Monkey Island Tales 1 HD
Although the main Monkey Island games reached their conclusion in 2000, the series was reborn with Telltale Games’ episodic adventures. We reviewed the first game in the new series, Monkey Island Tales 1 HD, and thought that it was a pretty good extension of the franchise. The 3D graphics and animation are enjoyable, as is the witty dialogue, but the story ends on a cliffhanger that leads right into the next episode. For a more modern take on the classic adventure genre, Telltale’s Monkey Island series is still a great iOS download.
Key Quote: “The puzzles are innovate, clever, and fun, and the humor and dialogue is fantastic. You should rarely have to turn to a walkthrough to solve a tricky puzzle, but the game is also not overly easy. For adventure games, it’s a good blend.”
Tomorrow, we’ll take a look back at Gameloft’s version of Call of Duty, the Modern Combat series.
This article is part of a series about the best games on iOS, 2008-2013. You can read the rest here.