Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge for iPad

Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge for iPad

What have we learned? Never pay more than £2.99 for an iPad game

Point-and-click adventures seem tailor-made for the iPad, and in Monkey Island 2 you have one of the best ever made. Even before we get to the numerous improvements that justify the ‘Special Edition’ label, mighty pirate Guybrush Threepwood’s second quest is superior even to the superlative original – funnier, prettier, and crammed with even more of the often-bizarre puzzles that gained the series such a following.

Now that we’ve made it perfectly clear how good this game is, this re-release brings a number of excellent enhancements. The most obvious is visual, with the vintage pixelated graphics – still available at any time with a simple two-finger swipe – replaced with new, high-resolution alternatives that look superb and come with a whole new set of references and in-jokes to spot. Also new is full voice acting, available regardless of your graphical preference, which is of a very high standard and brings a lot to the game.

And the list of new features goes on and on. There’s a highly entertaining developer commentary, numerous control tweaks to make it play at its best on the iPad, new music, a hint system… We’d recommend this if it was a quick and dirty port, but when it’s been updated with this much love and care it becomes an absolutely essential app download.

Rated 5 out of 5

An fantastic version of a stone-cold classic, and at its current price it represents unbelievable value for money.

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