Classic LucasArts games are now available, for the first time in years
For many, Lucasfilm is synonymous with Star Wars. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be, either—Star Wars is huge.
But if you were playing video games at any point during the late ’80s throughout the ’90s, chances are you have a very different association to the studio bearing George Lucas’ name. Started in 1982 by the man himself, Lucasfilm Games (later LucasArts) would become a beloved games studio that didn’t just make great Star Wars games (like the classic Star Wars: TIE Fighter), but quirky and frequently hilarious adventure games like Day of the Tentacle and the Monkey Island series. But since many of these were computer games for a niche audience, they disappeared after their initial runs—and if you still have a copy of, say, Sam & Max Hit the Road, getting it to run on a modern machine could prove quite difficult. But not anymore.
The folks at GOG.com—an online store that sells downloadable games, but specializes in older titles optimized for modern machines—have announced a landmark deal with Disney Interactive (who now owns the rights to the entire Lucasfilm Games/LucasArts catalog) “that will allow for the DRM-free release of 20+ classic titles.” While all 20+ titles have yet to be named or made available, GOG is starting with six good ones: Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition, Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition, Sam & Max Hit the Road, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
The first three of those titles, GOG notes, are available digitally for the first time ever. If you’re interested in classic computer games or one hell of a nostalgia trip, they’re all available for download now.