Old school PC gaming emulator for all the console classics

ScummVM

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ScummVM

  -  120 MB  -  Open Source
  • Latest Version

    ScummVM 2.8.1 LATEST

  • Review by

    Jack Taylor

  • Operating System

    Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64

  • User Rating

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  • Author / Product

    ScummVM Team / External Link

  • Filename

    scummvm-2.8.1-win32.exe

ScummVM is a Windows emulator program which allows you to run certain classic graphical adventure and role-playing games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the games, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed! The emulator app is a complete rewrite of these games' executables and is not an emulator. “Scumm” comes from the fact that it was originally designed to run SCUMM games, like Monkey Island. “VM” stands for Virtual Machine.

ScummVM Screenshot 1

The program is released under the GPL (General Public License), so it's more than free. ScummVM source code is freely available and you can do whatever you want with it. If you make modifications to it and redistribute your work you MUST make the source available. However, the team would be pleased if you choose to send them your modifications, so they can be merged into the main tree.

It supports a huge library of adventures with over 250 games in total. It supports many classics published by legendary studios like LucasArts, Sierra On-Line, Revolution Software, Cyan, Inc. and Westwood Studios. Next to ground-breaking titles like the Monkey Island series, Broken Sword, Myst, Blade Runner and countless other games you will find some really obscure adventures and truly hidden gems to explore.

ScummVM for PC is continually improving, so check back often. Among the systems on which you can play those games are Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, PS Vita, Switch, Dreamcast, AmigaOS, Atari/FreeMiNT, RISC OS, Haiku, PSP, PS3, Maemo, GCW Zero and many more...

ScummVM Screenshot 2

Key Features
  • Cross-Platform Compatibility: It supports Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and more, ensuring accessibility across a wide range of devices.
  • Game Compatibility: It boasts compatibility with over 250 classic adventure games, including iconic titles like "Monkey Island," "Day of the Tentacle," and "Sam & Max Hit the Road."
  • Enhanced Experience: It offers several enhancements over the original games, such as higher resolutions, improved audio quality, and smoother gameplay.
  • Customization Options: Users can fine-tune their gaming experience through various settings, including graphic filters, aspect ratio adjustments, and keyboard shortcuts.
  • Mod Support: The software also facilitates the use of fan-made patches and mods, allowing players to further personalize their gaming experience.
User Interface

It sports a clean and intuitive user interface, featuring a simple layout that makes navigating through games and settings a breeze. The main window displays a list of detected games, with additional options accessible via the toolbar and menu bar.

ScummVM Screenshot 3

Installation and Setup

Installing this program is a straightforward process on most platforms. Users can download the appropriate installer from the official website or FileHorse and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. Once installed, users can add their game files to ScummVM's library and begin playing immediately.

How to Use

Using this app is as simple as selecting a game from the library and clicking "Start." The software will automatically detect and configure the game settings, ensuring a seamless experience. Users can also customize various aspects of gameplay, including graphics, audio, and controls, to suit their preferences.

ScummVM Screenshot 4

FAQ

Can I run ScummVM on my smartphone?
Yes, ScummVM is available for both Android and iOS devices, allowing you to enjoy classic adventure games on the go.

Does ScummVM support games other than LucasArts titles?
Absolutely! While the app was initially developed for SCUMM engine games, it now supports a wide range of adventure games from various developers.

Can I use my original game CDs with ScummVM?
Yes, it can detect and run games directly from their original CDs, providing a convenient way to revisit your classic game collection.

Is ScummVM for PC legal to use?
Yes, the program is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), making it entirely legal to download, distribute, and modify.

Are there any performance requirements for running ScummVM?
ScummVM is lightweight and should run smoothly on most modern hardware, requiring minimal system resources.

Alternatives

If you are looking for an excellent alternative to this product, we recommend DOSBox.

System Requirements

The system requirements for running this software are minimal, with the software being compatible with most modern computers and mobile devices. Generally, users will need a reasonably recent operating system and a modest amount of storage space to install and run the software.

PROS
  • Wide compatibility with classic adventure games
  • Enhanced gaming experience with modern features
  • Simple and intuitive user interface
  • Cross-platform support for various devices
  • Customization options to tailor the gaming experience
CONS
  • Limited support for non-adventure games
  • Occasional compatibility issues with certain titles
  • May require some configuration for optimal performance
Conclusion

All in all, it stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of classic adventure games, offering fans a convenient and feature-rich platform to relive their favorite titles. With its extensive game compatibility, user-friendly interface, and commitment to preserving gaming history, it remains an indispensable tool for retro gaming enthusiasts everywhere.

Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or new to the genre, ScummVM invites you to embark on a nostalgic journey through gaming's golden age.

Also Available: Download ScummVM for Mac

  • ScummVM 2.8.1 Screenshots

    The images below have been resized. Click on them to view the screenshots in full size.

What's new in this version:

General:
- Fixed GLSL version parsing on some OpenGL ES2 platforms
- Don't try to use shaders on old OpenGL implementations

AGI:
- Fixed Space Quest 1 version 1.0X freezing in the skimmer
- Fixed Mixed-Up Mother Goose message boxes during nursery rhymes
- Fixed Mixed-Up Mother Goose graphics in Amiga version
- Fixed Gold Rush clock time at Fast and Fastest speeds
- Fixed Atari ST version of Manhunter 1 not starting
- Fixed Tandy CoCo3 version of Leisure Suit Larry 1 not starting
- Fixed Tandy CoCo3 unofficial ports not starting
- Fixed Amiga menus in Space Quest 1, Manhunter 1, and Manhunter 2
- Fixed Graham facing away from the king in King's Quest 1
- Fixed Alexander getting stuck on the stairs in King's Quest 3
- Fixed Larry being able to shoplift in Leisure Suit Larry 1
- Fixed ducks not jumping at the start of Donald Duck's Playground
- Fixed instant death in fan game "Phil's Quest: The Search for Tolbaga"
- Fixed buttons freezing in fan game "DG: The AGIMouse Adventure"
- Fixed unrecognized words in fan game "V - The Graphical Adventure"
- Added detection for Macintosh version of Mixed-Up Mother Goose

AGS:
- Updated detection tables
- Simplified character import from Sierra games for QfG2 AGDI
- Fixed graphical glitch affecting Unavowed and Heroine's Quest
- Fixed partial outlines for some letters in Kathy Rain
- Fixed crash in Alum
- Added stub to prevent crash at the beginning of Falcon City

Broken Sword 2:
- Fixed crash when quitting the game while it was paused

MM:
- Enabled engine, allowing MM1 and Xeen to be compiled
- Added MT32/LAPC-1 support for Xeen engine
- Fixed Xeen regression which caused some sound effects to stop abruptly

mTropolis:
- Fixed crash in Muppet Treasure Island on some platforms
- Fixed jewel puzzle in Muppet Treasure Island not being randomized

NANCY:
- Fixed the telephone hints in Secrets Can Kill
- Fixed the crashing and drawing issues on ARM machines when playing Message in a Haunted Mansion's maze minigame
- Fixed the 'M' keyboard key not working in Message in a Haunted Mansion
- Allowed general keymaps to be shown in the engine Keymaps menu
- Virtual keyboard now correctly triggers on/off wherever text input is needed

SCUMM:
- Fix screen corruption (and sometimes even crashes) in Mac Loom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, most noticeably when using menu shortcut keys
- Fix enabling/disabling of Open and Save in Mac Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

TWINE:
- Fix ladder climbing regression
- Fix scenery zoom issue
- Fix animation glitches after using the holomap

Ultima:
- Fix Ultima VIII hidden minimap blocking keyring use
- Fix Ultima VIII page breaks in books
- Fix Ultima VIII text centering for plaques
- Fix Ultima VIII crash on dragging items to screen edge
- Fix Ultima VIII unexpected jumping on left click
- Fix Ultima VIII camera during cutscenes for Shrine of the Ancient Ones
- Fix Ultima VIII invalid placement of items within containers
- Fix Ultima VIII never-ending lava sounds

V-Cruise:
- Fixed crash in Reah: Face the Unknown and Schizm: Mysterious Journey when music is muted

Android port:
- Fixed crash in built-in help with German language

Atari port:
- Fixed crash when exiting ScummVM
- Fixed BBVS (and possibly others) gameplay by using more precise math model

macOS port:
- Fixed a problem where some Mac games would not load resources correctly
- Updated application icon to conform with modern standards

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