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ScummVM Game Engine Coming to webOS

by Jonathan I Ezor#IM Tue, 05 Jan 2010 4:13 pm EST

Fresh on the triumph of getting Doom and Quake working and playable, the webOS Internals team is working on getting an entire existing game environment running on the Pre: ScummVM.

For those that aren’t familiar with it, ScummVM is a multi-platform virtual machine for games developed using LucasArts’ SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion), and includes classic Lucasfilm games like Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, Sam & Max Hit the Road as well as games from Activision, Adventuresoft, SierraAGI (Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards!) Humongous Entertainment (the Freddi Fish series) and many more. (The complete current ScummVM compatibility list is here.)

More details - and a video - after the break!

 

According to Rod Whitby’s tweets and the above video, ScummVM has been successfully ported to webOS, although keymaps await some additional development resources.

Even once ScummVM is fully packaged and ready for the Pre, though, users will still need to obtain games. There are a few games like Beneath a Steel Sky and Flight of the Amazon Queen that are freeware and legally available for download from the ScummVM project page; for others, users will have to find original software discs in their attics and basements, buy them on eBay or perhaps use more creative methods of obtaining the necessary game files.

You can track the progress of the ScummVM project at webOS Internals’ wiki page, its official forum here, or just by listening for the sound of happy gamers reliving the nostalgic fun of their old favorite games while standing in line at the pharmacy or waiting in the doctor’s office.

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