Monkey Island 2 – Swashbuckling Goodness
With 11 floppy disks in total, Monkey Island 2 was an epically long game back in its day. Designed and created by the legendary Ron Gilbert, this point and click adventure is my most favourite LucasArts games. That’s saying something as well because I love LucasArts games. Grim Fandango, Full Throttle and Day of the Tentacle are all fantastic games! You need to play them if you haven’t already.
The good news is all of those previously mentioned games have received a remaster and can be picked up for cheap digitally. But we’re not here to talk about those games today. Let’s dig into Guybrush Threepwood’s second adventure as he journeys to find the biggest treasure of them all; Big Whoop!
Monkey Island 2 Had A Facelift
I’ve recently had the pleasure of playing through this game again in the form of the Monkey Island Special Edition Collection. This collection combines a remaster for both Monkey Island 1 and 2. It’s also packed full of extra content such as concept art and a Director’s commentary.
Monkey Island 2 has been completely overhauled in this special edition. The visuals are beautiful, yet still feel authentic and you can now control Guybrush using analog sticks. What’s more, the game is now fully voiced acted and all of the music has been remastered. It’s a true treat to experience such an awesome game in this manner. It’s truly been handled with respect and care.
A Helping Hand in Monkey Island 2
The Monkey Island series is notorious for being tough. This isn’t the sort of game you can sit back and give half your attention to. Some of the puzzles had me scratching my coconut for days trying to figure them out. With the invention of this little thing known as the internet walkthroughs are pretty easy to come by for all games. If you do get stuck, answers are now readily available. Back then though if you got stuck you would have to raid through hundreds of magazines or be lucky enough to talk to GamesMaster to find out what the hell to do.
To this day I still remember some of the things that are needed to progress further in the game, that’s how much of an impression the game made on me. On the other hand, some of the tasks had completely slipped my mind. Thankfully, the remastered version of Monkey Island 2 includes a hint feature. Simply hold down a button and you’ll be presented with a hint which helps to guide you in the right direction. Keeping holding down the button and the clues become less cryptic to the point where they essentially tell you exactly what to do.
Monkey Island 2 – Hover Over & Pick it Up
The gaming purists out there will be glad to know that Monkey Island 2 Special Edition comes with a legacy mode. You can easily switch between the retro and remastered version, all it takes is the click of a button. Whether you’re a veteran Monkey Island fan or a gamer in search of a new challenge, pick this up. Monkey Island 2 is as charming as ever in this Special Edition and is a great treat to play.