Horizons: ScummVM

June 25th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

ScummVM might very well be the best program ever developed in the history of anything. It’s a free program that allows you to run old adventures on newer computers, provided you have the original games of course. It started out as a project to enable old LucasArts adventures to be played on today’s machines, but it has since moved far beyond that and now supports a lot of other games – mostly adventures. That includes some of my favorite games like ‘The Legend of Kyrandia‘ series and ‘Simon the Sorcerer‘ 1+2.

“ScummVM supports many adventure games, including LucasArts SCUMM games (such as Monkey Island 1-3, Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max, …), many of Sierra’s AGI and SCI games (such as King’s Quest 1-6, Space Quest 1-5, …), Discworld 1 and 2, Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2, Beneath A Steel Sky, Lure of the Temptress, Broken Sword 1 and 2, Flight of the Amazon Queen, Gobliiins 1-3, The Legend of Kyrandia 1-3, many of Humongous Entertainment’s children’s SCUMM games (including Freddi Fish and Putt Putt games) and many more.”

The complete list is huge though and you can check it out here. So if you’re in the mood for a little nostalgia with an old game you haven’t played for years because you can’t get it to work ScummVM is your friend.

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Horizons: Leisure Suit Larry 7 – Love for Sail!

April 4th, 2011 by | 5 comments

This edition of ‘Horizons’ is a few days late because I was abducted by aliens this weekend. When they were done probing me we had a drink and they were actually very nice guys. Anyway, on to the topic of the column which is the adventure game Leisure Suit Larry 7 – Love for Sail! This is one of my favorite adventure games and not for the reason you might think. Let us get it out of the way right away; Yes, the main objective of the game is to get the main character, Larry Laffer, laid and there is partial nudity in the game (and full nudity if you accomplish some hidden goals in the game), but if that is why you play the game then you will be sorely disappointed. All skin showing, sleazy dialog, and jokes are done in a very subtle and humorous way. That said, you shouldn’t give this game to your youngest children.

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Horizons: Kings Quest I, II, and III remakes

January 29th, 2011 by | 6 comments

Recently, I stumbled upon interesting remakes of the first two Kings Quest games. If you don’t know, Kings Quest I: Quest for the Crown comes from Sierra and was the first ever animated graphical adventure and quite revolutionary at the time. It was released in 1984.

In 2001 AGDInteractive Studio released a remake of the game with improved graphics, improved controls, and voices in addition to other improvements.  One lovely addition is the ‘no dead ends’ mode (optional) which supposedly removes those incidents where you didn’t click something at the beginning of the game and get stuck in the end of the game because you didn’t click that thing and you can start all over. (Cat in Kings Quest V anyone?) You can still die at random without warning though, so save often!

The graphics are nice and they’re kept in the same style as the original. The game is a bit harder than adventure games today because there’s nothing to indicate when you mouse over something important or that something can be interacted with. It makes the game more time consuming, but at the same time it’s a nice change from adventure games today that are filled with hints and light up like a Christmas tree whenever something important in on the screen.

There is also a remake of Kings Quest II: Romancing the Stone although that is listed as a creative retelling of the original game and not a straight remake.  A remake of Kings Quest III is scheduled for release sometime in February.

The games are all free to download and runs perfectly on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. There is also a Mac version available. So there’s no excuse to not try these games if you haven’t played Kings Quest before and are aching for an adventure game and a challenge.

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