Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge

Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge

Ship Date: 
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Until recently, PS3-owning graphic adventure fans didn’t have much to get excited about, however, the arrival of Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playground, Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition and Tales of Monkey Island to the PlayStation Store would have made their hearts leap with joy. They must now be on the verge of a full cardiac arrest with the release of Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge.

It’s arguably the greatest adventure game ever made so we’re delighted to have it. The only question is whether the special edition actually adds to the original game.

Before answering that question, let’s take a moment to explain what Monkey Island is for those unfamiliar with the series or of the adventure-game genre. The series follows the adventures of Guybrush Threepwood. When we first met Guybrush in Secret of Monkey Island he was a naive and quirky wannabe pirate, even though he clearly didn’t know what a pirate was.

In his quest to become a buccaneer he found himself falling in love with Elaine, the governess of Mêlée Island, who ends up getting kidnapped by the ghost pirate LeChuck. He assembled a crew and sailed off to Monkey Island to discover the island’s mysterious secret and to banish LeChuck from the land of the living forever – at least that’s what Guybrush thought.

LeChuck is resurrected in the second game and he’s angry, and it’s Guybrush’s fault he’s back. Since the events of the last game Guybrush has become more narcissistic and cocky. He boasts to everyone about killing LeChuck and carries his victim’s beard as a trophy, but this backfires when one of LeChuck’s old followers, Largo LeGrande, finds out that Guybrush was responsible for his master’s death. Largo steals the beard from Guybrush and uses it to resurrect LeChuck.


Guybrush is informed by the Voodoo Lady (also in the first game) that the only way to stop LeChuck is to find the famous treasure of Big Whoop which is on the little known Dinky Island. You spend the rest of the game searching for Big Whoop in a desperate bid to save your life from the vengeful LeChuck.

The first thing to note about LeChuck’s Revenge is that it’s much bigger than Secret of Monkey Island. The first game had two islands in the Caribbean to explore, this has five: Scumm. Phatt, Booty, Dinky and an unknown island where LeChuck’s fortess is located.

You start on Scumm Island, an island reminiscent of Mêlée Island from the first game; it’s full of pirates who are being kept in check by the nasty Largo LeGrande. At the beginning fo the game Largo takes all of Guybrush’s money and possessions that he collected from the first game. So you spend the first part of the game looking to teach Largo a lesson. Once this is done another two islands become available for you to explore: Phatt Island and Booty Island.




Review by Seanoc