TouchMyApps » LucasArts http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge in Review – On your iDevice – a three-headed monkey! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/09/monkey-island-2-special-edition-lechucks-revenge-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/09/monkey-island-2-special-edition-lechucks-revenge-in-review/#comments Thu, 09 Sep 2010 17:28:50 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38935 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 … Read more]]>

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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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition – Adventure’s legend comes to the iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/24/the-secret-of-monkey-island-special-edition-adventures-legend-comes-to-the-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/24/the-secret-of-monkey-island-special-edition-adventures-legend-comes-to-the-iphone/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:05:33 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=16325 In the wake of 1990′s The Secret of Monkey Island (TSOMI), adventure games became a dime a dozen in a market that craved another point and click quest to emulate LucasArts‘ masterpiece. The original game spawned four sequels – the most sincere proof of its market influence – and in 2009, has undergone a facelift, … Read more]]>

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In the wake of 1990′s The Secret of Monkey Island (TSOMI), adventure games became a dime a dozen in a market that craved another point and click quest to emulate LucasArts‘ masterpiece. The original game spawned four sequels – the most sincere proof of its market influence – and in 2009, has undergone a facelift, a re-imagining, and now, has been stuffed into the iDevice, waiting to be dug up iPhone gamers. But, fans of the genre or not, Monkey Island is a catch-all game. Funny, sarcastic and colourful, it is a riot which is sure to make become a hit with any gamer. A cursory glance at App Store reviews will prove how realistic that claim is; LucasArts’ genre-defining game is sitting at a cumulative 4,5 stars, or if you can’t suss out stars anymore, a strong Grab!

LucasArts, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, 7.99$, 351 MB
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

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The re-mastering that the iPhone TSOMI has undergone is slightly different from console and PC versions. It doesn’t retain the original 1990 version, but otherwise, it is the same game, replete with voice-overs, new animations and graphics, the game has been re-awakened to a nearly perfect iPhone incarnation.

After the PC’s mouse and keyboard, the iPhone’s touchscreen interface could have vaunted the best interface among all consoles, but LucasArts outwitted themselves, making TSOMI a virtual copy of the console version’s control system – the cursor has to be dragged around the screen as if the iPhone was slaved to a controller. With this small annoyance aside, the game is an excellent rendition of the classic.

Below is a great gameplay video from OSXReality.

For adventure lovers, check the links below:
Return to Mysterious Island Walkthrough in the WildReturn to Mysterious Island in ReviewHysteria Project in ReviewThe Oregon Trail in ReviewTrapped: Undead Infection Impressions

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