The Secret of Monkey Island: Review #5

This game is so old, I don’t even remember if I’ve ever played the original. Without the effects of nostalgia, the remastered version still manages to capture the attention of a modern audience. Overall, this is a recommended classic game that’s worth your time to give it a shot. For the amount of content and fun, the price feels reasonable. Definitely don’t miss getting it during a sale (especially as a bundle).Details:I decided to play this with the modern graphics throughout, which look great. You can toggle back to classic version graphics anytime if you prefer. The only thing I disliked was that hot spots on the map (in bird’s eye view) can be difficult to locate unless you try hovering your cursor over a small, specific set of pixels. The story is fresh and full of humour, although dialogue can be draggy. I was able to skip whole cutscenes by hitting backspace. However, I couldn’t find any way of fast-forwarding conversations on a sentence by sentence basis even though I read the dialogue text before the voice-over was done. That really killed any incentive for me to replay the game. The voice-overs were fantastic by the way. They gave the characters personality and made the whole experience more enjoyable. Also love all the music, which changes depending on the scene.Many puzzles require examining every item in your inventory carefully, or trying different combinations of actions. Some puzzles have completely out-of-the-box solutions which players may have trouble figuring out on your own. Fortunately, there is a hint system that gives you clues on how to solve puzzles and eventually specific instructions. I have no idea how players in the past completed the game without a guidebook, short of applying trial and error for hours. The hint system is the best feature and a solid selling point of the remastered version.

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