In my latest podcast, I interview developers Eugene Sandulenko, Arnaud Boutonné and Johannes Schickel from the open source software ScummVM. ScummVM allows you to enjoy point and click adventure games on a variety of platforms including computers, consoles and portable devices.
There is certainly a wild and wonderfully strange selection of stories available when you dare plunge yourself into some of the classic point and click adventures, however Day of the Tentacle may stretch your gaming mind to its absolute limit as you try desperately to prevent an incredibly evil purple tentacle from taking over the world!
Released in 1993 by Lucas Arts, Day of the Tentacle is the sequel to the holy grail of the point and click adventure genre, Maniac Mansion. Maniac Mansion introduced the ‘Scumm’ engine (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion), which was used for numerous titles for many years to come.
I loved the old point and click adventures on the PC, in fact the very first game I purchased for the PC was Simon the Sorcerer, which was such a magical title and had me playing for hours and hours. These older games were designed with DOS in mind and on todays machines compatibility problems arise. This is where the great ScummVM comes in:
“ScummVM is a ‘virtual machine’ for several classic graphical point-and-click adventure games. It is designed to run: Adventure Soft’s Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution’s Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; and games based on LucasArts’ SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system. SCUMM is used for many games, including Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more.”
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