A year back we launched an article dealing with getting older LucasArts games to work with newer operating systems such as Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X and Linux. This is an updated version of that article, which take into accounts the recent upgrades made to the software that was designed to make playing those older games a lot easier - ScummVM.
So what is ScummVM? To keep it non-technical - it's basically a program that lets you run older SCUMM based games on different operating systems. What exactly is SCUMM? SCUMM is the scripting language used to develop all those classic LucasArts adventure games, from Maniac Mansion all the way through Curse of Monkey Island. And an operating system? Windows, Mac OS X and Linux are three typical operating systems. What makes ScummVM so cool is that it will let you run those classic adventures on other operating systems than Windows (although there obviously is a Windows version also, to cure all those XP pains). Are you a Mac user who has never had the chance to play Curse of Monkey Island? Now you can actually buy the PC version of the game and run it on your OS X machine through ScummVM. While not all of the games run flawlessly at the time of writing, compatability is getting a lot better. The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge are both 95% compatible, and can be played through without any problems. Curse of Monkey Island is up to 80% at the time of writing, and we expect compatability to get a lot better soon. The game is fully playable with just a few bugs though. ScummVM does come with a bare bones front-end now, though you'd be better off downloading one of the custom built, OS-specific ones. For Windows, the best option is:
LEC Quick & Easy (LQE)
LQE has multiple functions, and the part we'll look at first is the ScummVM front-end. (In fact, there's also a cut-down version of LQE called ScummVM Quick & Easy which only includes the ScummVM part of the application - use whichever version you'd like.) Typing in a long line of obscure text to get a game working can be a drag, and that's where LQE comes in. With an intuitive Windows interface, it lets you easily configure each game and run them with a click of a button. This should work on any Windows based system. Install ScummVM, install LQE in the same folder, start the app and you're ready to roll. For full guides, check out the Secret of Monkey Island guide here and the LeChuck's Revenge guide here.