Revenge – a dish best served...
Oh, how the pirate world loves to hate Guybrush Threepwood. A plucky young swashbuckling wannabe, Threepwood is synonymous with a lot of things: bumbling battler, comedic dreamer and the easy target of name related mockery (being called everything from "Peepwood" to "Threepillow"). Yet despite his ineptitude, Threepwood has been successful - much to his own surprise - at the one thing many others couldn't do: defeating the dreaded ghost pirate LeChuck.
But even in victory Threepwood can't catch a break. In his pursuit of another big adventure to bore his pirate brethren with, he sets off in search of the treasure Big Whoop and, true to his bad luck, accidently sets in motion the resurrection of LeChuck. And guess what the ghostly sea dog wants to do now he's back on the earthly plane...
Luckily for Threepwood, it appears the one thing that holds the secret to beating LeChuck once more is finding Big Whoop. So with a proud new beard and his fanciest pirate pants ironed, Threepwood heads off to save his skin in an adventure no one will ever forget - mainly because Threepwood will never stop talking about it if he survives...
"Do you like my new beard?"
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge may be about double-crossing, scurvy, bilge rats with rotten teeth, metal hooks and wooden stumps, but its appearance is far from pirate-like. Originally released on PC and Commodore Amiga in 1991, LucasArts has given its brilliant adventure game a contemporary overhaul. High Definition visuals, new animations and a clean style give Monkey Island 2 Special Edition a very attractive and modern shine - without sacrificing the charm of its original appearance.
The same goes for its re-mastered musical score, with the game's steel drums and gentle flutes creating a suitably Caribbean atmosphere, while a full voice-over breathes life into the exceptionally witty script.
Fans of the original shouldn't dismay - there's the option to play the game as it looked and sounded back in 1991, too. You can switch between the old and new styles at any time and there's also the option to remove the voice-overs or subtitles.
Monkey Island 2 is extremely accommodating and friendly to anyone and, with the inclusion of unlockable art, commentary from the original creators Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman, trophies and an online leaderboard to see who's the best pirate on the online seas, there's a barrel of fun to be had with Monkey Island 2, even if you're already familiar with Threepwood and his crew.
A pirate's life for you
Playing Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge is to take a voyage into a vast, engaging and hilarious adventure. Stepping into the thrill seeking shoes of Guybrush Threepwood, you navigate through detailed environments, chatting to memorable characters and solving tricky puzzles in the quest for the treasure of Big Whoop.
In true LucasArts style, the lengthy journey to Big Whoop means you'll never be stranded without a boatload of hilarious dialogue and brain-teasers which stay with you long after you've showered Threepwood with the glory of success.
Interaction with the many weapon wielding natives is handled with multiple choice questions and answers, each one with a distinct tone such as insulting or humorous. If you still can't get what you want from the person you're talking to, then a different approach may be required, or you may need to solve a puzzle first or pick up an item to progress. Monkey Island 2 may seem tricky, but it's never unfair and solving its lateral thinking puzzles feels massively rewarding as you work past the clues slyly planted in the dialogue.
LucasArts has also made the game as accessible as possible to anyone making their first voyage to Monkey Island, with the ability to directly control protagonist Guybrush Threepwood rather than using the original point-and-click method, as well as highlighting objects of interest to save you searching. And because the company knows that some of Monkey Island 2's conundrums are harder than a rum preserved pirate, there's a hint system which you can use at any time to lend you a hand (or hook). Don't feel too guilty using it - after all, pirates love to cheat...
With its intuitive controls, compelling gameplay and the option to switch back to the original controls and gameplay if you want to experience it 1990s style, Monkey Island 2 is more fun than a barrel of mischievous monkeys.