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Return to Monkey Island will have an easy mode and a hint system

Still stuck on point-and-click adventure games? The return to Monkey Island has a solution.

During an interview with Ars Technica, creator Ron Gilbert confirmed that the game will have an easy mode, as well as a hint system.

“[One thing] what people really want in games today are built-in hint systems,” he explained. “Yes [players] don’t have a built in hint system, they’ll just hop on the web and read a walkthrough. Encouraging players not to, Return to Monkey Island will use a hint system designed to make sense in-game.

It will be “more than just a walkthrough,” he added.

Of course, getting stuck is part of the fun of point-and-click adventures.

Back when The Secret of Monkey Island was released in 1990, I spent hours and hours looking for ways to solve puzzles and grew increasingly frustrated when I couldn’t solve them.

But what are you still remember is the satisfaction when it finally clicks.

“[There was] a lot of things that we were doing at the time that we hadn’t given much thought to – a lot of very obscure puzzles,” Gilbert said. “Hiding information somewhere and not knowing where to find it – that kind of thing just wouldn’t fly today…Having clue systems means that if you make the puzzle completely weird and obscure, people just go to the hint system.

Of course, everyone knew what to do with a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle. To the right?

Luckily, there’s also a new easy mode, borrowed from Gilbert’s recent Thimbleweed Park.

This new feature, called “casual mode” in Return to Monkey Island, is designed for “people [for whom] it’s their first adventure game, or they haven’t played adventure games in a long time, or maybe they have a life and kids now,” Gilbert explained. “They can play casual mode, which is just a big simplification of the puzzles. It’s our main way of getting people to play a point-and-click game if they’ve never done it before.

Return to Monkey Island sees Gilbert return to the legendary point-and-click series and is due out later this year.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.