Posted: December 25
Anybody who gamed in the 90's will remember LucasArts' SCUMM engine which was a scripting lanuage and engine built originally for Maniac Mansion and spawned a range of highly successful "click adventure" games which never required any talent or hand-eye co-ordination to complete but the games always tested memory muscle and made you think about what you're doing and how to proceed. These games gave away very little of how you can proceed without prior consideration.
It's the tale of want-to-be pirate Guybrush Threepwood travels to Melee Island to seek his fortunes and become a pirate by completing the Three Trials. Unfortunately his timing is terrible and the pirates of the area are hiding out in the Scumm Bar to hide from the famed specter pirate Le Chuck. Guybrush proceeds to complete the Three Trials before the towns Governor is abducted and taken to a desolate location nobody wants to go to in fear of their lives. Guybrush assembles a team and travels to discover the Secret of Monkey Island and defeat Le Chuck.
Monkey Island has spawned a culture in video games, with many people contributing to the game's world and adding elements and stories. While many of these stories are officially unofficial, the user base has been growing for a very long time now.
LucasArts click adventures reminisce of my childhood. The Day of the Tentacle for example I have fond memories playing with my father in all black and white, colour, and with voices. Another game which is much longer has been re-released for Steam is Monkey Island. I remember fondly of receiving the original Monkey Island from my grandfather. Even though I never played this game with my grandfather, and he wasn't a gamer himself, I still remember the moment I received this game in its oversized box.
Like DOTT, MI is a LucasArts click adventure built using SCUMM. It's a fun and exciting classic which has been remastered with modern graphics which you can switch to classic mode to play using the original game. The ability to switch to classic mode is an exceptional feature which not only makes the game easier to play but it plays exactly like the original.
I highly recommend this game in classic mode, for those of us who have any appreciation for how games used to be, and for those of us who have watched games evolve to where they've come to. If you fall into this category, you'll truly love this game.