ScummVM version 0.11.0 (Your Palindrome) was released recently for Mac OS X. What is ScummVM you ask? Well, simply put, it is a collection of several gaming engines all wrapped up in a tidy package that enables you to play yesterday’s classic adventure games on today’s modern systems.
Back in the days when DOS still ruled the earth, adventure Games like The Secret of Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle captured my imagination, captivated my sense of humor, and challenged my noggin. Characters in adventure games were funny, quirky, and often a little nerdy (I’m looking at you, Bernard). As a future geek myself, it was much easier for me to relate to the affable Guybrush Threepwood than it was to the grim nameless marine of Doom.
ScummVM was built as a Virtual Machine (the VM part of the name) to interpret games that ran on LucasArts’ Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion (the Scumm part) engine. As the project matured, other gaming engines have been included into the app so that it is now compatible with classic games from Sierra Entertainment, Adventure Soft, Revolution, and many other developers.
In addition to obtaining a copy of ScummVM you’ll actually need your original game CDs or floppies (yikes!) in order to play. If you haven’t clung on to your gaming past, no worries. eBay and Amazon are your best friends. You can find many vintage titles for sale on both sites. Additionally, the respective developers of Beyond a Steel Sky, Flight of the Amazon Queen, and Lure of the Temptress have re-released of these games as freeware, and the ScummVM download page conveniently hosts these game files.
If you’ve ever been hard up for a great gaming experience on your Mac (and who hasn’t been) do yourself a favor and check out ScummVM today.
ScummVM is free and Open Source. You can download it for the Mac and just about every other system under the sun, including the (ta-dah!) iPhone, from the ScummVM project page. Be sure to also check out the project’s compatibility chart for a full list of supported games.