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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

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The Secret of Monkey Island:
Special Edition
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition cover
Developers
LucasArts
Publishers
LucasArts
Disney Interactive Studios
Engines
SCUMM
Release dates
Windows July 15, 2009
macOS (OS X) July 15, 2009
Reception
Metacritic 86
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Controls Point and select
Genres Adventure
Themes Comedy, Piracy
Series Monkey Island
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on HowLongToBeat
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on IGDB
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition guide on StrategyWiki
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on MobyGames
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on Wikipedia
Monkey Island
The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
The Curse of Monkey Island 1997
Escape from Monkey Island 2000
Tales of Monkey Island 2009
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition 2009
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge 2010
Return to Monkey Island 2022

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is a adventure game in the Monkey Island series.

Key points

To switch between Classic and Remastered mode, press F10
Complete voice over using the original Monkey Island franchise cast.

General information

Monkey Island Wiki
The Legend of Monkey Island - A fan site for the entire series.
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 8 DRM in Special Edition Collection.[1]
Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements

Monkey Island Explorer

An explorer tool for Monkey Island Special Edition, it lets you play, dump and compile audio, images, text, as you browse through the files.

Hair Patch

Hair Patch
Hair Patch
The Hair Patch changes Guybrush's hair to resemble the classic version of the game.
  • Note: Install to art folder in the game installation folder. Create art folder if needed. Should be <path-to-game>\art.

Windows version
OS X version

Ultimate Talkie Edition for the Original Secret of Monkey Island

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition contains the original version of The Secret of Monkey Island

Script designed to convert the original, classic version of The Secret of Monkey Island into a standalone talkie version that can be loaded in ScummVM or DOS.

  • Note: If, after running the script, there's a file without an extension called MI1_Ultimate_Talkie_Edition, delete the file, create a folder with that name, and rerun the script

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\LucasArts\The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition\
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition/Settings.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32360/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\LucasArts\The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition/savegame.*
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32360/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Allows to set the resolution but only the menu is displayed in ultrawide
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always on
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High FPS results in slow menu transitions
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input

In-game keyboard/mouse layout screen.
In-game keyboard/mouse layout screen.

Audio

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, Voice
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Greek
Fan translation. Download here.
Italian
Russian
Fan translation by «PRCA/ENPY Studio»
Spanish

Changing language

If the configuration file is deleted, the language selection prompt will appear next time the game is started.
To change the language without losing other settings, edit the configuration file and modify the language=x line. Valid values are 0-English, 1-French, 2-Italian, 3-German, 4-Spanish.[2]

Issues fixed

Crash when installed in a 3 TB+ hard drive partition

The game will refuse to run when installed on a large partition.

Installing the game on another partition will fix this issue[3]

Will Not Launch on Latest Nvidia Drivers

Game opens with a white screen and error dialog, quitting out
Update to the latest version of Windows 10[4]

DVD version launcher does not work on Windows 10

Running Launcher.exe shows a black screen and "Failed to initialize renderer" pop-up
Set Launcher.exe to run in Windows 95 compatibility mode[5][6]

Extremely slow intro logos and menu animations

Uncapped FPS results in slow menu transitions. Usually caused by disabling V-sync globally in the drivers.
Enable vertical sync in driver's control panel.
Limit the Framerate to 60FPS

Crash/immediate exit on launch

The game will launch and exit without an error message when no audio device is available.
Make sure an audio device is plugged in and enabled.[7]

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
OpenGL 2.0 OS X only.
Shader Model support 2.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only.[8]

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB (XP)
512 MB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 2 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6
Processor (CPU) Intel 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce 7300
512 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/32360/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (32360) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References