A little bit about ScummVM

by alphamonkey on April 9, 2008 · 2 comments

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I’d originally planned on doing a post about Sam & Max Hit the Road (after I realized that Telltale Games’ awesome new Sam & Max game was getting ready to close out it’s second ‘season’ of episodes), but that led me to start thinking about how much I miss playing those old LucasArts point and click adventures, which of course led me down a rabbit hole from which there is no escape.

You see, the problem lay in the fact that most of these games where made some 15 years ago, meaning that compatibility was not going to be in my favor. But lo and behold! I discovered the ScummVM project, an ongoing open source love letter to the abandonware of old.

Based off LucasArts’ very handy SCUMM engine (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion), this freeware download allows you to once again dusk off those old floppies and CDs of old* and relive the glory of gaming days past. And believe you me, the supported game list is a veritable bucket load of ‘holy shit, that game was AWESOME’

So you might understand why this post is running about 20 minutes behind. After all, how could I resist the siren call of Sam & Max Hit the Road? Day of the Tentacle? Full Throttle? Not to mention sweet (now) freeware like Beneath a Steel Sky, the point-and-clicker that was art designed by Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) himself.

All I can say is ‘hell yah’. I’m so considering this the game post of the day.

*You did keep those, didn’t you? If not, for shame! I have one CD book that’s nothing but my old games, and for once I’ve never gotten rid of ’em.

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    There’s also a whole community of programmmers and fans that love Adventure games so much they’ve created their own free engines so that people can make adventure games. The most popular of these engines is Adventure Game Studio.


    Unfortunately since the majority of people are neither artists or writers, most of the games turn out to be little more than the equivalent of teen anime fan art.

    There are some gems out there though. I enjoyed Nelly Cootalot, which was both pleasing to the eye and since the creator was British, the humor was actually funny.


  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    That is ridiculously awesome. Thank you for that.

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