What Is ScummVM?What Is ScummVM?
ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure 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!
ScummVM supports many adventure games, including LucasArts SCUMM games (such as Monkey Island 1-3, Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max, ...), many of Sierra's AGI and SCI games (such as King's Quest 1-6, Space Quest 1-5, ...), Discworld 1 and 2, Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2, Beneath A Steel Sky, Lure of the Temptress, Broken Sword 1 and 2, Flight of the Amazon Queen, Gobliiins 1-3, The Legend of Kyrandia 1-3, many of Humongous Entertainment's children's SCUMM games (including Freddi Fish and Putt Putt games) and many more.
You can find a full list with details on which games are supported and how well on the compatibility page. ScummVM is continually improving, so check back often. Among the systems on which you can play those games are Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Dreamcast, PocketPC, PalmOS, AmigaOS, BeOS, OS/2, PSP, PS2, SymbianOS and many more...
You may support the project by expressing your excitement in the form of a donation via PayPal although we value code contributions considerably more.
Latest DevelopmentsLatest Developments
Explore a broken-down luxury cruise liner, try to convince the Deskbot to give you an upgrade, and eventually track down and fix the ship's governing computer, Titania. Or you're never going to get home. We're pleased to announce the testing period for the late '90s game Starship Titanic. At this time, only the English version is ready for testing. So break out your copy, and grab the latest daily build of ScummVM. You'll also need an extra required titanic.dat file, which should be put in the same folder you copy your game files to.
Before you start your test run, please be aware there is one specific kind of Indeo encoded AVI video we haven't yet figured out how to decode transparency information for. In a few areas, such as the SGT Stateroom and Titania's closeup, amongst others, you'll see objects with jagged black areas around them. Please just ignore the problem for now. But all other graphics or gameplay issues should be reported on our Issue Tracker.
Last year, we added support for three of Sierra's Hi-Res Adventure games: Mystery House (#1), Mission: Asteroid (#0) and Wizard and the Princess (#2). We're proud to announce that three more Apple II games are now playable in ScummVM and ready for testing: Ulysses and the Golden Fleece (#4), Time Zone (#5) and The Dark Crystal (#6).
For Ulysses and the Golden Fleece, we currently support the Load 'N' Go budget release. For Time Zone and The Dark Crystal we support the disk images that can be found on some of the Sierra collection CDs. The Datafiles wiki page has been updated with the required filenames for the disk images.
If you own one of those classics, grab the latest daily build and try it out! If you encounter an issue, please post a bug report following our testing guidelines. And while you're at it, please take some screenshots!
You may be wondering what happened to Hi-Res Adventure #3: Cranston Manor. Unfortunately, we still have not been able to locate a copy of this game after looking for it for over a year. If you own it, we'd love to hear from you!
Today Google announced the accepted projects for this year's Summer of Code. We are pleased to say that ScummVM will be mentoring two wizard students who will have one mission: casting the Super Sludge Nova spell. Effects include adding support for two new engines, and the cooldown period is 12 weeks:
- Joseph-Eugene Winzer (a.k.a. Joefish) will be working on adding support for the Mission Supernova game.
- Simei Yin will work on porting the Sludge engine to ScummVM.
We extend a warm welcome to our students for what we hope will be a productive and interesting summer! You can follow their progress throughout the summer on the ScummVM Blogs.
Explore a haunted museum, hunt a serial killer, mop the floor, descend into madness, find your true love, find your “true love”, travel to lands below, solve the Voodoo Murders, rediscover a lost opera—or do it all! The first batch of 32-bit DOS/Windows Sierra adventures are now ready to be tested in the latest daily build of ScummVM:
- Gabriel Knight
- Gabriel Knight 2
- King's Quest VII
- King's Questions
- Leisure Suit Larry 6 (hi-res)
- Police Quest 4
- Space Quest 6
- Torin's Passage
(If you have been itching to play some of the earlier SCI games, please take this time to run through them again too, as changes to the engine may also affect some 16-bit SCI games!)
Update: we were unable to reserve the plumbervm.org domain and thus, with a heavy heart, we decided to abandon our rebranding effort and go back to our old name. Long live ScummVM!
The issue of the name of ScummVM has been raised many times since we started to
add engines for non-SCUMM games. Until now we decided to keep the original name.
However, the addition today of an engine for Plumbers Don't Wear Ties changes
everything. Due to its fame and reputation for being one of the best video game ever,
it naturaly becomes the flagship of what we stand for. Thus we have finally decided
to change our name. We are now PlumberVM!
We used the name ScummVM for over 15 years, and this is with sadness that we say
goodbye to it. It is a well known name and we do not underestimate the effort it will
take to get the same recognition for our new name. Thus we are calling on your help
to spread the news. In the short term this will inevitably lead to some disruption and
confusion. But in the long term we are convinced that this is the right decision. With
your support we will conquer the world! Starting from the sewers. With the change of name we have also decided to expand even more the scope of our
project. Last year we decided to accept engines for RPG games in addition to adventure
games. Now we are also accepting any games that feature a plumber. Work has already
started on the little known Super Mario Bros., and we have big plans for the
future. We will have a big announcement soon, so stay tuned. On a final note, it will take time for us to update all the places where our name
appears. We have started today with our main website and you will notice in the next
few days the change spreading to our social media accounts, wiki, forum and the pages
not yet updated on our web site. We are also working on releasing PlumberVM 2.0 with
the addition of two new supported games: Plumbers Don't Wear Ties and Full Pipe.
This will happen as soon as the last few bugs in our engines for Plumbers Don't Wear Ties
and Full Pipe have been squashed. Hopefully we won't find mutant turtles during testing.
Squashing those is a real pain!