Friday, March 18, 2005

LucasArts, where is thou soul?

Can you call them sell-outs? (Is that even a derisive term?)

For the longest time, fans of LucasArt's adventure games have lamented the lack of new titles in their adventure game line-up. All they seem to be doing is spitting out Star Wars Jedi Knight clones by the bushel. While some of those titles may bear merit, it's quite dissappointing to see them ignore the adventure game market which brought them their early acclaim, IMNSHO.

Lovable gems such as Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle, Secret of Monkey Island 1, 2, 3 & 4; Full Throttle, Sam & Max Hit the Road, Indiana Jones 1 & 2, Grim Fandango, Loom, and more.

In more recent years, they were working on releasing sequels to both Full Throttle and Sam & Max, and even released trailers, but unfortunately both projects were axed. Needless to say, Scummbar and Mojo residents were quite unhappy to the point of despondency. "What the Hell is Wrong With LucasArts?" reads a feature editorial.

Fortunately, you can still play these games (some of them were DOS only) with the help of ScummVM, which works on practically every platform known to mankind. I replay these classics from time to time on my Apple Powerbook, my Sony Ericsson P800 cellphone, and my MS Windows XP box at work (don't tell my boss!)

1 comment:

daluma said...

I hear you...I remember back in the day when they would have about 1 good game for every crappy one. now its about 1 in every 10 games will be mildly interesting. nowhere near the innovation they used to have