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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

If you have read my story, you know that adventure games were the first source of English input that I used outside of English classes. These games showed me how much fun I could have with English and opened my eyes to the power of reading English sentences on your own.

Cropped screenshot from The Secret of Monkey Island opening titlesOne of those games was The Secret of Monkey Island. I had played a few adventures before, but The Secret of Monkey Island I really enjoyed. The difficulty level was not too hard, you could not kill your character (no “Game Over” screen), and the game’s premise (you are a young lad with a funny name who came to an island in the Caribbean to become a pirate) sucked me right in. Monkey Island had the right mix of originality, quirky humor and mystery to make it a cult classic and one my best childhood memories.

And now LucasArts has released a remake. They re-created the hand-drawn graphics, re-recorded the beautiful music, and added voice dialogue, while remaining 100% faithful to the original. Finally a way to experience the great adventure on modern computers with big screens. I bought the game on Steam (it’s only €9!) and finished it in two days, but it could take you weeks if you have never played it before.

The Secret of Monkey Island is a great way to learn English, especially if you like video games and have the patience to solve some light-weight puzzles. The dialogue is clearer than what you hear in movies, there are subtitles (in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish), and you can run the game in a window, pause it, and look up words in your dictionary. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is available for PC, Xbox and iPhone. Take a look at the trailer and the official site.


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