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.