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Play all of your favorite games on this highly effective game engine for PC, developed by Scumm

Pros

  • Barebones UI
  • Highly portable to multiple consoles
  • Impressive collection of games
  • Games boot up quickly
  • Responsive controls
  • Graphical quality and original elements of games are preserved

Cons

  • Some technical knowledge required if any initial set up is needed

ScummVM is a free video game emulator for PC, developed by ScummVM. Play all of your favorite graphical point-and-click adventure games on your PC in outstanding quality, including Monkey Island and Indiana Jones. The program is available to download in its full version from the link provided. Please note that no full version of any game is included with the program: these must be provided by the user.

No Ordinary Emulator

If you have been a fan of games for a while you will have noticed the existence of the ever-so convenient emulators, usually fan-made, which have been circulating around the internet. These replicate popular game engines and allow you to play all of your favorite games from the convenience of a single location and without lengthy editing processes. In recent times, emulators have come to support most consoles (except the current generation). In that sense, they are highly versatile. What makes ScummVM unique is that it was designed for LucasArts adventure games that use the SCUMM system. Because it does not attempt to emulate the hardware and only the scripting languages the game used to run, games supported by ScummVM can be played on multiple platforms. 

Overview and Features

ScummVM remains today as one of the most portable emulators out there. The games it supports can be ported to PC, Mac, home consoles including PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii and many others. Current generation consoles are still not supported. It also supports mobile devices including iPhones, Androids and Windows phones. Our website also has a full review of the Android version. The program truly is versatile. This is evidenced by its large game collection, originating from many different game companies including Coktel Vision, Sierra On-Line, LucasArts and many others, totally over 100 games

The program truly is versatile. This is evidenced by its large game collection, originating from many different game companies including Coktel Vision, Sierra On-Line, LucasArts and many others, totally over 100 games.

As a PC emulator, there is a bit of crossover and set up to be done before you can get started with other devices. First of all, it should be stated that there are no games available on the emulator when you download it. These files must be supplied from elsewhere. Although there are no recommended download options within the program's database, there are plenty of options available online. The emulator is limited in the types of games it can play, but there is definitely a big selection within the adventure genre. The download page itself recommends a quick start guide for new users, designed to help you configure PC-specific options for the emulator. Scumm's main website also has a good selection of free downloads, supported by several game companies. 

The main menu of the emulator has a fairly barebones display, with two rows of buttons for loading games, adding games, editing games, starting up games and so on. Despite its simplistic interface, the games run extremely well and based on testing they were highly responsive to keyboard and mouse inputs. As a PC gamer you will be familiar with sophisticated controls, but given the program's portable status, controls have to remain fairly straight forward. The emulator adds no additional controls to games, meaning you can experience them in their original quality.

With ScummVM, it's very easy to set up games to play on your emulator. Selecting one from the lists provided on their website will not require any subsequent work with directories or other messy options. If you are intending to make any modifications to your gaming experience and you have not dealt with this sort of thing before, it's recommended that you ask someone for assistance. Otherwise, it's a very convenient way to enjoy your old games.

The Verdict

ScummVM has been a tried and trusted emulator for many years because of its simple design and its large collection. The emulator is compatible with many other consoles and is highly portable. Although there is not usually any initial set up for games, if you find it is necessary both the online help section and forums should answer any questions. There's a bit of a learning curve at first, though the simple interface speeds up things once you start uploading games. The controls are tailored to the device and can be edited as necessary, a nice feature. If you're looking for a reliable emulator to play your old games on, give this one a download and see what you think.

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Type Shareware

Version 1.7.0

Size 6.9 MB

Other versions

1.7.0 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3

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