At one point in gaming history, LucasArts titles were some of the most highly regarded games on the PC platform, especially in the point-and-click genre. Games like Secret of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango were highly praised for their overall dialogue and writing, which, given that Tim Schafer was responsible for much of their plots and characters, isn't too surprising.
Now the game engine used to run many of these beloved titles is celebrating twenty years and has added support for even more adventure games.
According to a report from Kotaku, the Maniac Mansion virtual machine scripting utility, also known as ScummVM, is celebrating two decades of existence. The team behind its development has released a new version capable of running even more games. ScummVM was first released in 2001 and was originally used to run The Secret of Monkey Island 2: LeChucks Revenge, another game with Schafer's name attached and created by LucasArts, before more games were added. In addition to some other fondly remembered titles such as Little Big Adventure and Myst 3: Exile, ScummVM 2.5.0, as it is known, will also support classics such as Grim Fandango. Originally released in 1998, Grim Fandango received a remastering a few years ago, which gave the game a visual boost but kept a lot on the original. It's generally considered one of the best LucasArts games ever made, along with the likes of the Secret of Monkey Island series and Day of The Tentacle.
The software is also compatible with some non-LucasArts games, such as the Leisure Suit Larry series by Sierra On-Line, a studio that, along with the former, released some of the most notable PC adventure games at the time. above, unfortunately. disappearing in 2008. In addition to additional support for more games, ScummVM 2.5.0 will also be tweaked with general improvements and features, including a reworked user interface, as well as adding Steam and GOG achievements to some games, and adding text-to-speech for other titles as well.
While the genre may have been lost in the past two decades, there are still some point-and-click-worthy adventure games that stick around to this day. In their prime, the likes of Sierra and LucasArts were the bosses for this lost PC gaming style, but the ScummVM update may attract some older fans to it, or maybe even encourage newer players to check out. how some games used to be. .