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Day Of The Tentacle: Special Edition Is In The Works

6 December 2014 3:40 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Besides confirming a release date for Grim Fandango Remastered at today’s PlayStation Experience keynote, Tim Schafer also revealed that his indie company Double Fine has another LucasArts classic being prepared for re-release, in the form of Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition. Though a release date has not been finalized, plans to bring the revamped game to PlayStation 4, Ps Vita, PC, Mac, and Linux have been confirmed.

Originally released for home computers in 1993, Day of the Tentacle served as a sequel to Maniac Mansion, another early LucasArts game, and chronicled the time-traveling adventures of Bernard, Hoagie, and Laverne, a trio of unlikely heroes out to save the day from a sentient tentacle with his eye on global domination. In a clever mechanic, players could switch between the three characters and their respective time periods to meet colorful characters, collect items, and solve puzzles.

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- John Fleury

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‘Thimbleweed Park’: LucasArts crew reunites for new game

26 November 2014 3:02 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Thimbledweed Park

Ron Gilbert & Gary Winnick

PC, Mac, iOS, Android

If you grew up in the 80s or 90s and played video games, you are likely familiar with LucasArts titles. The LucasArts team created classics like Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, The Dig and Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire. The company eventually went out of business and took a hiatus from game making. The game makers have now reunited to make a new game called Thimbleweed Park.

LucasArts shut down in April of 2013 after its video games weren’t living up to the standards previously set by the company’s blockbuster titles. Yet it wasn’t only the quality of the games that caused the company’s fall. Deals failed at the last minute, projects were canceled and developers had conflicting visions of what direction the developer should take. The situation made it nearly impossible for developers to steadily »

- Brandon Engel

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‘Randal’s Monday’ Review (PC)

13 November 2014 8:14 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

If there is one thing that geeks like it’s a reference to their favourite game, television show or film.  Randal’s Monday is a new Point & Click adventure game that is full of them, everywhere you look you will see an Easter egg trying to get your attention.  Taking an old fashioned style to the adventure game it isn’t exactly one that fits the Telltale Games model of being overly emotional about everything, this is one that looks for laughs and when Jeff Anderson and Jason Mewes are in it, fans of Clerks start to take notice.

Jeff Anderson voices the part of Randal Hicks, a man very much like his Clerks character and Mewes is of course, Jay.  Silent Bob does make an appearance too but is not voiced by Kevin Smith (and yes, Bob does provide his sage like advice).

Back to the game though, Randal »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘Randal’s Monday’ Review (PC)

13 November 2014 8:14 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

If there is one thing that geeks like it’s a reference to their favourite game, television show or film.  Randal’s Monday is a new Point & Click adventure game that is full of them, everywhere you look you will see an Easter egg trying to get your attention.  Taking an old fashioned style to the adventure game it isn’t exactly one that fits the Telltale Games model of being overly emotional about everything, this is one that looks for laughs and when Jeff Anderson and Jason Mewes are in it, fans of Clerks start to take notice.

Jeff Anderson voices the part of Randal Hicks, a man very much like his Clerks character and Mewes is of course, Jay.  Silent Bob does make an appearance too but is not voiced by Kevin Smith (and yes, Bob does provide his sage like advice).

Back to the game though, Randal »

- Paul Metcalf

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Star Wars: X-Wing, Sam & Max Hit The Road, And Other Classic LucasArts Titles Are Coming To Gog.com

27 October 2014 10:27 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For the past few days, digital distributor Gog.com has been teasing the fact that a new publisher will be bringing their titles to the service. While the countdown isn’t set to end until tomorrow morning, users on the site have discovered that the dearly departed LucasArts is indeed that publisher.

In a post on the Gog forums, a user discovered threads that revealed certain specific titles from LucasArts that will be showing up on the service. While the threads confirming the leak have since been taken down, the cat is officially out of the bag in regards to the news. A separate thread additionally revealed that Gog.com partnered with Disney in order to make this happen, and that “about 30 classic titles” from the developer will be available. While we don’t know all of the titles coming at the moment, we do know that these six will »

- Eric Hall

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Legendary Inks Deal To Create TV Series Based On Classic PC Title, Myst

7 October 2014 9:19 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Throughout the 80s and 90s, the video game industry witnessed a boon in point-and-click adventures games. Be it Maniac Mansion or LucasArts’ Monkey Island series, the genre was absolutely in vogue during that particular period in time. And of those iconic IPs in question is PC title Myst, which is set to return in the form of a TV show and an accompanying video game tie-in.

Rand and Robyn Miller — the creative minds behind the popular adventure series — sealed the deal with Legendary Entertainment, with plans to extend the Myst brand through an autonomous tablet experience along with the aforementioned video game release.

At this stage, it’s unclear whether Legendary will opt to distribute Myst through the more traditional method and broadcast it through TV or, in the vein of House of Cards, release it onto a digital platform like Netflix or Hulu.

Cyan Worlds, the studio belonging to »

- Michael Briers

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Anna: Extended Edition (Xbox 360) Review

29 September 2014 8:45 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s something of a given these days that gamers around their mid-twenties claim that adventure games were the ones that got them hooked on the hobby back in the day. Titles like Sam & Max Hit the Road, Day of the Tentacle and Maniac Mansion are responsible for shaping the futures of more than a few of us (myself included), but the adventure game hasn’t aged well with evolving technology. One of the more recent stabs at the genre, Anna: Extended Edition, has also been one of the more divisive titles, receiving praise and criticism in equal measure.

Two years after its initial release on PC and over a year after the extended rerelease, Anna: Extended Edition makes its way to the Xbox 360, marking its first console appearance. However, nothing has changed, making this a purchase that only the uninitiated should look into. Even then, the convoluted nature of »

- Christian Law

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20 Best Gaming Cutscenes Ever

30 July 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Square Enix

Video game cutscenes can exist to serve a number of purposes. Beyond just being a convenient way of progressing the story, particularly impressive cutscenes can serve as a reward for player progress or even just to immerse them further into the atmosphere of the game.

While cutscenes have traditionally been pre-rendered, animated or live action, advances in graphics technology means that many modern video game cutscenes are rendered entirely in-game. Typically, a cutscene completely removes control from the player, although a select few grant a certain amount of interactivity. In particular, the God of War series became known for its use of cinematic cutscenes.

Pac-Man is the game most commonly cited as containing the first ever cutscene, in the form of its intermissions featuring the ghosts chasing Pac-Man and vice-versa. The term itself was originally coined by Ron Gilbert in reference to the cutscenes in his adventure game Maniac Mansion. »

- Tom Butler

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8-Bit Terror: Nintendo's Horror Games that Inspired a Thriving Subgenre

26 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

As a nostalgic child trapped in a man’s body, I confess my addiction to all things horror as a youngster and still, as an adult, today. By age 8 I craved the emotionless face of Michael Myers, the idea of what could potentially be at the end of his sharp kitchen knife tugging at my imagination.

I hung on Freddy Krueger’s every punchline, shook in anticipation of Jason Voorhees’ latest inventive means of murder. I loved it all... every bit of that sadistic shit that turned me into the unstable hound I am today.

But parents aren’t typically keen on allowing their young children to sit back and absorb gratuitous violence, excessive foul language and liberal fashion requirements. If a flick is too bloody, graphic, perverse, or politically incorrect, the youth are generally banned from any form of association. That’s what we do as parents in the »

- Matt Molgaard

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The 8 Best Video Game Intros of the 90s

18 March 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The 90s were a great time for the video game industry.  It saw the introduction of 3D graphics, and the rise of one of gaming’s biggest giant’s.  As the technology grew, developers were able to infuse story into their games like they had never been able to before.  Games had always had intros before, but now they could reach a more cinematic quality and be bigger than ever.  Since we’re discussing some of the best cutscenes in gaming this month, I thought I’d revisit the best gaming intros from the 90s.  

Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified video game-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Gamerlinx banner. Gamerlinx, like our Movielinx counterpart, is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with the world of gaming. This month in Movielinx we're exploring the best performances, and »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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8 Greatest Adventure Games We All Still Love

2 February 2014 11:20 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

LucasArts

Tim Schafer’s has just released the first part of his brand new adventure game Broken Age, and it marks his first return to the genre in over ten years. Over the years Schafer has, along with Ron Gilbert and LucasArts, produced some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed adventure games to have ever released.

Although the genre has seen something of a decline recently there are still some absolute gems from the past that are still hugely popular. You have examples such as The Secret of Monkey Island, Broken Sword and Maniac Mansion. All of these still have massive followings amongst fans, proving the genre still has plenty to offer.

This list will count down some of the less obvious adventure games that everyone still loves. These will include brilliant games that still have cult-followings, years after they released. We’ve tried not to include entries like the »

- Nathan P. Gibson

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See 'The Big Lebowski' as an Old-School Video Game You'll Desperately Wish Was Real (Video)

24 January 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Anyone old enough to play "Maniac Mansion" on the original Nintendo console will get a kick out of this -- the demented geniuses over at 8 Bit Cinema (via Live for Films) have created an immersive, totally hilarious video game version of The Coens' cult classic "The Big Lebowski." And it is awesome.

What makes the old school video game rendering of "The Big Lebowski" so successful is that everything about it is so authentic -- the awkward, sort-of top down perspective that so many of those games chose, the subtle sound effects of the sprites walking around, and the cavernously empty stages. It's all perfect. In an eerie way that will take you back to your childhood home's shag-carpeted rumpus room (yes, shag survived until the eighties in some houses).

Of course, the other reason why this video is so much fun is that you get to watch classic sequences »

- Drew Taylor

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Broken Age: Act 1 Launches On Steam On January 28, Two New Trailers Released

15 January 2014 11:33 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While those who have contributed to Broken Age‘s Kickstarter have already received their copies of the title, the rest of the gaming public only has a little longer to wait. Tim Schafer’s latest opus will be released on January 28th for Windows, Mac and Linux. iOs, Android and Ouya versions of the game will be coming at a later date.

Centering around two children, Vella and Shay, Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure title about breaking tradition and leading your own life. If that sounds a little vague, then don’t worry, Double Fine has released two new trailers that detail what each character is going through.

Although this release is officially listed as Broken Age: Act 1, purchasing the title will grant gamers access to the second act for free.

“For various logistical reasons, and because we believe Act 1 is a polished and satisfying piece of content in its own right, »

- Eric Hall

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