The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

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=== Justin TV Playthrough ===
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On June 19, 2009 at 6:00 PM LucasArts showcased a one hour live playthrough of the game.
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On June 19, 2009 at 6:00 PM LucasArts showcased a one hour live playthrough of the game, hosted at [http://www.justin.tv justin.tv]. It showed the first part of Part One: The Three Trials. The playthrough ended at 7:00 PM.
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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition key art
Developer(s) LucasArts
Designer(s) Adam D. Bormann, Dominic Robilliard, Craig Derrick
Engine SCUMM
Release date(s) Summer 2009
Rating(s) ESRB: E-10+
Platform(s) PC and Xbox 360 Live Arcade
Media Direct download
System requirements
Input Mouse or Xbox controller

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is a remake of the first Monkey Island game, The Secret of Monkey Island, for PC and Xbox Live Arcade. It is being developed by LucasArts and is due to be released in Summer 2009<cite_reference_link>. The remake features the same plotline and puzzles as the original game, although new dialogue has been written and all lines voice recorded. The graphics have been completely redrawn to 1080i resolution. In addition, the remake features a re-mastered musical score, and full voiceover. An in-depth hint system has been added to help players through the game’s puzzles. The game also allows players to switch between the new HD graphics and the original 256-color VGA artwork.

The game's twisty plot leads hero, Guybrush Threepwood, on a quest to discover the fabled Monkey Island. Tales of pirate wealth attract Guybrush, who lands at the port of Mêlée with high hopes, no money and an insatiable desire to become a pirate. Soon Guybrush wins the confidence of Mêlée's established pirates and finds himself blown by the winds of fate toward Monkey Island -- a storied isle whose name alone chills the bones of even the most bloodthirsty buccaneers.

Though Tales of Monkey Island will be coming out on Wii over the same time period, there are currently no plans to release the Special Edition on the Wii. The PC version will only be available by direct download.<cite_reference_link>.

Contents

Plot

See The Secret of Monkey Island - Plot

Gameplay

Interface

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition has a full screen interface, removing the verb list and inventory. Players interact directly with the game screen with either mouse or Xbox controller. An added feature in the remake is the hint system, which offers players progressively more explicit hints about what needs to be done to solve the current problem.

Comparison of remake conceptual art and original artwork.

Graphics

The graphics are all hand-drawn recreations of the original artwork. This includes not only the background art but character poses and animation. By comparison, the artwork for the original edition of Secret of Monkey Island was all drawn on computer. Players will be able to switch instantly between the original 256-color graphics and new graphics while playing.

While the redrawn graphics are very faithful to the original artwork, in some places background details have been added to aid the storytelling. For instance, in the Mêlée Island Village pier screen, many pirate ships have been added to the background, docked behind the Scumm Bar. This reinforces the plot point that the pirates are all landlocked in terror of the Ghost Pirate LeChuck. <cite_reference_link>

Sound & Music

The original MIDI score for the game has been re-recorded on live instruments. Ambient effects have also been added to lend the environments more atmosphere. And all dialogue has been voice recorded. Dominic Armato reprises the role of Guybrush, and Alexandra Boyd and Earl Boen return as Elaine Marley and LeChuck respectively. Leilani Jones Wilmore also returns as the voice of the Voodoo Lady<cite_reference_link>. The enhanced music and voice acting will only play when the HD version is showing - if players switch back to the classic interface only the original CD music and effects will be used<cite_reference_link>.

Added material

Spiffy's closeup in the Special Edition.

While the Special Edition is designed to be a line for line remake of the original game, some new material has also been included. For instance, in the Scumm Bar Guybrush can talk to Spiffy the dog. In the original game this was intended to bring up a closeup of Spiffy as Guybrush converses with him, similar to the closeups of other patrons of the bar. However the closeup had to be cut for disk space reasons, even though it was featured on the back of the game box. In the Special Edition remake Spiffy has his closeup restored.<cite_reference_link>

Other such easter eggs and "deleted scenes" are promised for the final game, as well as achievements on the Xbox Live Arcade.<cite_reference_link>

Future remakes

Producer Craig Derrick, in response to a question asking about a possible LeChuck's Revenge remake, stated that "at this time we have no plans for future updates". The feasability of a further remake would be considered according to three factors: sales, reaction, and attraction. If the Special Edition sold well and was popular with fans, Derrick not only hinted at more remakes but new original adventures:

"If [old and new fans] show up, enjoy the game and want to see more then I think we'll be on the right path to not only do more updates, but all new adventures."<cite_reference_link>

Previews

Justin TV Playthrough

On June 19, 2009 at 6:00 PM LucasArts showcased a one hour live playthrough of the game, hosted at justin.tv. It showed the first part of Part One: The Three Trials. The playthrough ended at 7:00 PM.

Reviews

Footnotes

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