If there’s one thing we know about video games, it’s that legacies don’t die. LucasArts may not be around anymore, but the company’s legacy continues to live on, with a number of Star Wars classics seeing re-release on GoG.com, as well as older favorites like Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango getting HD remakes for more current platforms.
But there are some LucasArts classics that haven’t had their time to shine again in the spotlight, though they certainly deserve the opportunity. Here are five of our older favorites that need a second chance on the market, whether as a full-blown release (like Fandango) or an indie favorite on the Steam front.
Maniac Mansion (1987)
Anyone who is anyone knows about the sheer hilarity that is Maniac Mansion. This point-and-click adventure game follows a group of playable kids, each with different personalities, as they work their way throughout a house, trying to save one of their friends from a mad scientist. What follows is an adventure with hours’ worth of puzzles, and quite a few laughs. The game is due for a return, as its last release was back on the NES, where it wasn’t quite the same without being able to microwave a hamster. (We’re human, we swear.)
Zak McCracken and the Alien Mindbenders (1988)
In the mood for a good, old fashioned adventure? Then McCracken is the man for you. You play as Zak, who writes for the National Inquisitor and works alongside a team of allies to stop the evil Caponians from giving everyone on Earth lesser intelligence. And how do they do this, you may ask? By taking over The Phone Company, of course. Filled with silliness and creativity, Zak McCracken is a game that needs a second chance.
Loom stood out from the LucasArts pack with an incredible fantasy-based storyline, complex puzzles to solve, and great use of its environment. The player uses “drafts” (essential four-note tunes) to get through the world, playing them on a distaff to get certain results through spells, like “Opening” and “Night Vision.” But the way the adventure unfolds is quite unique, thanks to the work of Brian Moriarty and company. Plus, those voiceovers are pretty cool for a game from its era. A re-release would hit the spot.
Full Throttle (1995)
Taking place in the distant future (2040, to be precise), Full Throttle packs plenty of point and click fun with Ben, the leader of a biker gang, who’s seeking the fellow members of his gang, the Polecats. But that’s not an easy task, considering his squad has been falsely accused of murder. What follows is a point-and-click adventure filled with memorable scenarios, as well as a motif that would do any biker proud. Plus, you have Lucas veteran Mark Hamill on board as Adrian Ripburger, so that works, too.
The Dig (1995)
Last but not least, there’s The Dig, in which players control Commander Boston Low and company as they attempt to pull an Armageddon and plant charges on an incoming asteroid to keep it from smashing into Earth. (Think all the fun of the plot, but without the melodrama or Aerosmith ballad.) Players will run through a series of point-and-click puzzles in this one, all in the name of saving humanity. At least it does so with style, although a few technical problems kept the game from being as great as other LucasArts offerings. Still, a remake that remedies these issues would do the trick; and we’d happily take the return of the Lunar Lander-like Asteroid Lander game as well.
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