Are you ready for the ultimate in digital nostalgia? Then get ready to solve puzzles, laugh, and be entertained with some classic LucasArts titles.
Amazon & LucasArts Release Dates and 2 Classics to Remember
If you were a teenager in the 1990s then odds are you’ve got a soft spot for LucasArts array of classic games. While point-and-click adventure games had been coming on for a while, courtesy of Sierra, the company that gave us all those brilliant Kings Quest games, it was LucasArts who really upped the ante and gave us adventure games that weren’t just challenging to figure out, but were often humorous, and both visually and audibly superior. What else would you expect once George Lucas, shaper of our childhoods, decided to put his spin on the world of PC adventure games? In its heyday LucasArts was a power house, churning out classics like Star Wars: Rebel Assault, TIE Fighter, and the one Indiana Jones adventure that should have graced the silver screen also – The Fate of Atlantis. Nostalgia is a hard thing to beat down; so many of us what to relive the joys of the past and games designers are well aware of this fact. It’s why in recent times some of the true LucasArts classics have been re-released with even better graphics and sounds to an adoring fan-base. But who’s doing the releasing you might ask? None other than Amazon through its gaming division known as Prime Gaming. First on the list is The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition which was released on the Prime Gaming platform on July 1st of this year. Next in line is Indiana Jones & the Fate of Atlantis on August 1st, and rounding off the trip into nostalgia is Sam & Max: Hit the Road on September 1st. Let’s us now take a look at the point-and-click adventure game that changed everything while also stopping to look at some serious notable mentions.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
Originally released in 1990, The Secret of Monkey Island was an instant hit with adventure gamers around the world. In the game you played Guybrush Threepwood, a young man with high hopes of becoming a feared pirate, even though he was totally unsuitable for the job. As Guybrush, you’ve got to defeat the evil undead pirate, LeChuck, and win the heart of Elaine Marley. Filled with intricate puzzles and a lot of self-deprecating humour, Monkey Island’s popularity was such that is spawned four sequels and the now considered classic special edition version. Now it’s time to return to the original with spruced graphics and sounds, and an even better user interface. The island and all it’s tough puzzles await. It won’t be easy, but it’s going to be fun.
Notable Mention 1: Full Throttle Remastered
Back in 1995 LucasArts was on a roll. They’d just released Star Wars: Rebel Assault II, a marked improvement over the first, and prior to that, they’d released Day of the Tentacle – more on that later – not to mention Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. LucasArts was firing on all cylinders and in 1995 put their video game engine, Scumm, to full use when they unveiled Full Throttle. Set in the near future, you’re in control of Ben, the biker leader of the polecats gang who gets framed for a murder he didn’t commit. Your job is to guide Ben through a series of puzzles, bike riding beat-em-ups, and the questioning some tough hombres. The remastered version of this game provides a fresh coat of paint while still retaining the original voice actors. Keep an ear out for Mark Hamill as the villainous Adrian Ripburger. Creating a new take on an old and well-liked title means that LucasArts, now under the banner of Disney since being acquired in 2012, can revisit its classics and update them for modern day audiences as well as for fans of the originals. To what extent gaming re-releases of this nature can affect Disney’s stock price is hard to predict as the remakes have been outsourced to external gaming developers. One thing’s for sure, these type of mergers can affect stock, Forex markets and will definitely have a positive impact on LucasArt as an entity. Since having acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion, Disney has recouped that investment, made a lot more money, and is sure to continue doing so.
Notable Mention 2: Day of the Tentacle Remastered
Day of the Tentacle is a truly unique point-and-click adventure game and outside of Monkey Island, is probably what LucasArts is most remembered for. Released in 1993, this game was way ahead of its time. The designers took full advantage of CD-ROM technology to release a game that was graphically novel and impressive, and equipped with full audio capabilities. Plus, it presented an intricate puzzle plot like no other. As the player, you’re tasked with controlling not one, or two, but three characters each one wildly different from the next. The plot itself revolves around the characters Bernard, Laverne and Hoagie. One a nerd, the other a deranged medical student, and last, a rockstar roadie. In the game you play all three characters who ultimately operate in various periods of time – Bernard in the present, Laverne in the future, and Hoagie in the past. The game weaves an intricate of web of play as your actions in the past, present and future are all connected. If you’re ready to bust your brain, laugh and be entertained, then Day of the Tentacle Remastered needs to be revisited right now!