Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge in Review – On your iDevice – a three-headed monkey!

If you were anywhere near computers in the early 90’s, there is no way you couldn’t have heard about the Monkey Island series. Roughly a year ago, LucasArts decided to give the adventures of Guybrush Threepwood a radical makeover and released  The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition with updated graphics and complete voiceovers. Apparently it was a success as this summer they followed up with Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge.

Monkey Island 2 is old-school point-and-click adventure game from the golden age. After defeating the evil Ghost Pirate LeChuck, the young wannabe pirate Guybrush embarks on a new quest to find the legendary treasure Big Whoop. In his attempt to get off Scabb island he accidentally sets off a chain of events that leads to the rebirth, or rather the re-undeath, of LeChunk into a Voodoo Zombie. Now he must race to find the treasure as it is his only hope of stopping his nemesis once and for all.

If you played the original almost 20 years ago the game will not come as a surprise for you. You have to find items, talk to people and solve lots and lots of puzzles to prod the story along. Thankfully more often than not the latter are more or less logical, especially if you get the feeling for that special kind of logic of the Monkey Island universe (bottomless pants included). Framing innocent captains, creating Voodoo dolls, winning a spitting contest, putting spirits to rest – Monkey Island 2 has it all. And if you find yourself stuck just shake the iDevice to provide a helpful hint or two. Don’t overdo it though, since you get scored after each chapter on your progress and this is one of the parameters assessed.

Monkey Island 2 offers a formidable amount of gameplay that will last an average player up to 8-10 hours of adventuring. Best of all – you’re not stuck with the same 20 year old graphics as is the case with some more lazy ports. With a simple swipe of two fingers you can seamlessly switch between the classic and remade interface and visuals. The latter, unfortunately don’t support the iPhone 4’s retina display, which is especially noticeable on all of the subtitles, which contrast with the item name’s quality (which seem to be rendered with the default system font and hence – in HQ). Furthermore Monkey Island 2 doesn’t support Fast-App switching. Coupled with the buggy autosave this can easily lead to lost progress, so make sure to manually save your game before exiting.

On the upside (and a leg up from the remake of Monkey Island 1) the controls have finally been updated for full touchscreen support (configurable though) without all that touchpad-style nonsense. And to help with the pixel hunting, which is the bane of many an adventure game, you can simply tap with two fingers on the screen to highlight all the hotspots. A special mention goes to the music and, especially, the voiceovers in Monkey Island 2. Be sure to play the game with your headphones on, you definitely won’t regret it.

The adventures of Guybrush won over people’s hearts and wallets long before the iPhone ever was conceived. On the iDevice the Monkey Island 2 finds a home away from home, fueling the rebirth of the adventure game genre and acquainting the generation “i” with the classics. Though it lacks the additional content of Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (TMA Review)  it makes up for it in superb graphics, all-new voiceovers and completely touch-screen interface. The only really frustrating thing is the auto-save bug, which may lead to lost progress, but other than that – it’s a winner. Time to embark on the search for Big Whoop, ye mates.

With this I declare Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge officially touched! Arrrrgh!

App Summary
Title: Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge Developer: LucasArts
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $7.99 App Size: 188.58MB
  • All new graphics
  • Complete voiceovers with all recognizable actors
  • Excellent full-touch controls
  • Seamlessly switchable classic mode for old-school fans
  • Superb story, puzzles and dialogues
  • No new content
  • No Retina graphics
  • No iOS4 multitasking support
  • Auto-save bug


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