Who were you? Are you the person who used to dream about games? Always thinking what might be the reason for game state isn’t moving forward? Wondering all the time, “what am I missing? what mystery I have to unveil to move forward?”. Then you are that point click adventure game freak.
My experience with this sorts of game were started with The Full Throttle when i was in school. It was 1997 or 1998 maybe. It was just initial PC time when most people i know were happy with Doom or Duke Nukem 3D. At that time Computer was not so common in Bangladesh. All the games were original copy and worst of all, almost no cd burner available. You had to literally borrow these games like a paperback book. Another game I can recall of that time was Crusader: No Regret. I still remember its title: No pity. No mercy. No regret. You can checkout the Crusader video from youtube. but that’s another story.
The fun part of these sorts of game is you have to think like the character. You will get into the environment and solve the problem. By solving a puzzle or tackling a situation with pieces of information you gathered will move the main character to final goal.
With The Full Throttle, it just opened a new genre of games to me. These games gave me some taste to the RPG (Role Playing Game). So i played some great RPGs like Final Fantasy series, The Blade Runner, Monkey Island series and many more.
I think the early age of adventure genre was ruled mainly by Lucas Arts and Sierra. But where were others in focus as well. Some of the popular titles of early time were:
- Full Throttle
- The Dig
- Monkey Island series
- Indiana Jones series
- Day of the Tentacle
- Sam & Max
- The Gobliiins series
- King’s Quest series
- Leisure Suit Larry series
- Broken Sword series
OK, I have bored you enough. Now lets get to the point of posting this article. Recently I came across playing The Dig. Long story short, some villain showed me that game but never let me borrow :(. Suddenly i got it over torrent and tried to play. But most of you tried to play old dos based games already know, starting from windows xp you do not have the actual dos present in you OS anymore. Its a virtual environment for dos you see, not the real one which is required for these games to play. You will face many problems like, screen screwed up or sound card problem or controlling problem or game runs in super man speed ;-).
There there.. don’t be sad. There are much freakier people out there. Who actually think for freak like us and gave us a gift to overcome these problem. They are the knight in shining armor to save these games from the cruel hands of latest OS. Its the ScummVM. You can check their Compatibility list for your favorite game or check out the FAQ page for general info.
There is another link for your pleasure, where you will get all the latest news about your oldest games :P. The MOJO site. No, its not the cold drinks mojo or ppg (power puff girls) mojo jo jo :-). Don’t forget to visit bottom right links some game dedicated sites hosted by mixmojo. Also if you love to extract you fav game music or dialogs or BG, you will get those and some other tools from Quick n Easy Software link of mixmojo.
PS: i can’t recall now, will try to add later. But i have used another emulation tool for old dos programs. Can’t remember.. damn i m getting old, loosing memories… Wait, I do that all the time. Ooops, sorry. I m getting old …… NOT.