The Secret of Monkey Island Released for the iPhone
Just earlier this month Darrell Rodriguez, CEO of LucasArts Entertainment, hinted that they had plans to bring their classic games to portable platforms, in which he named the iPhone specifically.
“On iPhone, you know Apple’s policy that we can’t talk about a release until it’s ready to release. But it would make sense that we would do something like that if we were to go in that direction … wink wink, nod nod.”
Ok so maybe not so much of a hint, but more like a confirmation that their classic games would eventually appear on the small screen. I figured it would take at least a few months before we’d see anything show up in the App Store, boy was I wrong. Only two weeks have passed since he made his comment and already we have our first LucasArts classic adventure game released for the iPhone, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition.
This wasn’t just a simple port of the original 1990 release, but an enhanced remake. All the graphics have been updated, as well as musical score which was re-mastered using live instruments. Previously not all the lines in The Secret of Monkey Island were voiced over, this shortcoming was remedied by members of the original Monkey Island franchise cast.
The gameplay controls are all touch based, except for accessing the menu, which will only appear when the iPhone is held in portrait position. Like many other iPhone games, you’ll be able to zoom with pinch gestures and pan with finger swipes. You can also switch to classic mode by swiping two fingers across the screen.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition ($7.99 – iTunes Link)
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