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LucasArts to Update Adventure Classics? ...! 15 Dec, 2002, 04:59 / 22 comments

First off, a word of warning to all: If you own an Epson inkjet printer, and your town is experiencing a ton of short storm-caused blackouts... turn off the printer. The power will inevitably switch on and off at 4 in the morning and your Epson will go through its 15 minute (noisy as Hell) warmup cycle.

But whatever. If you're going to be woken up at 4 AM, you'd hope to at least be greeted with some juicy Lucas dirt!

And now... the real news... or, as the case may be, a rumor that is, more likely than not, entirely true. Hot off the presses at Adventure Gamers is the scoop that LucasArts is in the process of making the "The Entertainment Pack," a collection of SCUMM (and GRIME) classics including Windows 95/98/Me/2K/XP compatible versions of Sam & Max Hit The Road, Full Throttle, The Dig, and Grim Fandango.

Whoa.

Yes, a pretty exciting rumor, especially for those who are scared to death of ScummVM. Really, though, the best guess going around is that The Entertainment Pack was mainly made to serve as a sequel primer, to bring new gamers up to date on the classics before they go out and buy Full Throttle 2, Sam & Max 2, et cetera.

Wacky things are afoot for sure. Goodnight!

Update: Adventure Gamers points out that the pack has shown up somewhere outside of rumors. Well, there it is. Wonder if it's UK/Europe only?

Comments

  • Bobo Donkey? on 16 Dec, 2002, 06:11…
    Well Thats great for two (maybe three) reasons.

    First of all. I have played nearly all the LucasArts adventure titles. Full Throttle, The Dig and Escape from Monkey Island are the only ones I havent played. I would need a whole new computer before any chance of playing the DEMO of EMI. Unfortunatley this adventure pack does not solve that problem. But having Full Throttle and The Dig will keep me occupied until such time.

    Secondly. My Grim Fandango CDs are scratched and there are problems in CD2 so a replacement is great too.

    Thirdly. Erm well.. er... why not check out this comment just to see how crazy I can get.

    }:?)
  • wampa_one on 16 Dec, 2002, 02:22…
    I brought the 'Entertainment Pack' yeasterday! In the UK! Although I already own Sam&Max and Grim, I had to get it for The Dig & Full Throttle. All work on XP! I was very impressed
  • neilka on 16 Dec, 2002, 13:38…
    Where did you find it?
  • wampa_one on 16 Dec, 2002, 15:56…
    I found it at a shop called 'Game', i think their a big chain of stores so it should be pretty easy to fing in the UK
  • Venom on 15 Dec, 2002, 18:14…
    How bout releasing Zak McKracken, Along with Maniac Mansion, Loom, Secret of Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2, Day of the Tentacle and Fate of the Atlantis. It be awesome to have all these games released again on cd.
  • Kingzjester on 15 Dec, 2002, 21:52…
    ...on one CD.

    A funny prospect. Maybe revamping the music to a MP3-ish thingy and remastering the sound would go a long way... and add more CDs.

  • Monkey on 15 Dec, 2002, 17:33…
    Reminds me of that DOTT and Sam 'n Max UK only collection they released a few years ago....

    (as seen here on Ebay)
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=11047&item=1944929429&rd=1
  • Jake on 15 Dec, 2002, 13:12…
    I see a lot of people here saying "pfft this doesn't do anything for me, wake me up when they port something else." Hello? This obviously isn't aimed at any of you, but you could at least open your eyes to the fact that if this is actually true, and some compilation pack is unleashed onto the general PC gaming public, we might get a couple new faces around here for the first time in like 3 years :)
  • NeuroticJuicer on 15 Dec, 2002, 16:29…
    I for one was but a wee baby when a lot of you were enjoying your adventure games from LucasArts, and so the only one I actually own on this list is GF; I'm pleased about this!
  • LucasTones on 15 Dec, 2002, 12:10…
    Doesn't Grim Fandango work on all versions of windows anyway?
  • RaptorII on 15 Dec, 2002, 11:19…
    Meh. I'll care when they update games (Okay, Sam And Max doesn't run perfectly with just VDMS I'll give them that) that don't already run just fine with a little working around stupid things, like not using the launcher and 3D acceleration, and using VDMS, which although the framerate in The Dig movies goes to hell, everything still works fine, for me at least.

    Really it seems like the games that SCUMMVM doesn't quite run, run just fine with only VDMS, or if you are in 9x (which includes the evil ME) just fine to begin with.

    I'll start caring when they include more games that they no longer sell at all (other than The Dig).

    Hell if that means making like a $60 LucasArts Anthology (like the Activision Anthology for PS2, hint-hint) then I am all for it. Give'em all! WOOO!

    (Also make updated highres MI2 from the source art, Plzthnx.)

    [Edit] Also, I did not mean for the Anthology to be made for consoles. No, that would be angermaking. Just uh... to clear that one up.
  • QueZTone on 15 Dec, 2002, 06:37…
    sam and max and full throttle are being sequeled so that works with the theory of bringing new gamers up to date before releasing the sequels. Hmm kinda makes you wonder about Grim and The Dig...optional sequal plans for that too? Or they're just in the pack cause they're so damn good.
  • The_last_great_adventurer on 15 Dec, 2002, 12:35…
    The DIg is Win 95 compatable anyway so it runnes fine in all the new Windows envirments same with Grim. Sounds to me they just wanted to rerelease the easyest games they could get ready to go on Win95+ systems. they're only doing work on making S&M and Throttle compatable(Throttle works flawlessly on my ME system already though)
  • khalek on 15 Dec, 2002, 16:54…
    correction.. the retail dig cd is dos only , but the archives version of the dig has dig95.exe as well but most people seem to have the retail version... suffice to say this all doesn't matter when you use scummvm to play :)
  • JBRAA on 15 Dec, 2002, 08:50…
    MMmm.. The Dig 2. hehe yay
  • PTDC on 15 Dec, 2002, 06:06…
    This is too good to be true there must be some catch. Like it's only a rumour. Or something.
  • bgbennyboy on 15 Dec, 2002, 05:12…
    Hooray! No need for quick and easy or scummvm now, hooray! erm yes....eep.
  • Endy on 15 Dec, 2002, 10:41…
    Hrmfh, hooray my foot :)

    Over a year of work wasted without any recognition from LucasArts except a C&D letter and recently being ignored by LucasLegal - no doubt stalling because of this announcement. And now they want to COMPETE with us, do they? We'll see about THAT!

    Or am I just paranoid? No. Never!
    EEK SNIPERS! *ducks*
  • chuzwuzza on 15 Dec, 2002, 07:32…
    No need for scummvm? How will this pack help me play samnmax in linux?
  • Scummbuddy on 15 Dec, 2002, 11:19…
    or on a PDA?
  • ZeroXcape on 15 Dec, 2002, 08:37…
    exactly...

    ScummVM is here to stay for me ;)
  • bgbennyboy on 15 Dec, 2002, 08:33…
    Shhh, you know what I meant. Besides you could always use wine:p