Classic LucasArt Games Reborn On Modern PCs

Anyone who was playing computer games in the 1990s probably had at least one experience with LucasArt titles. Being the offshoot of Lucasfilm, LucasArt was the publisher behind a ton of Star Wars games and other iconic adventure titles that have since generated a cult following. But unless you’ve still got a functioning 486 computer lying around and old copies of the games, it’s been nearly impossible to replay the nostalgic gems – at least until now.

GOG.com has announced a deal with Disney Interactive, which now owns Lucasfilm and its subsidiaries, to port the games over to modern operating systems and sell them online. The initial release includes Star Wars flight simulators and a role-playing game, plus a few point-and-click adventure games.

So far, six titles have been released: Star Wars: X-Wing, Star Wars: TIE Fighter, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Sam & Max Hit the Road, and The Secret of Monkey Island, all of which fall into the cult classic category. And more are coming. The deal gives GOG the ability to rerelease “20-plus” LucasArt games (c’mon Full Throttle!).

Younger geeks may gawk at the now-archaic visual presentation of these games, many of which use simple 2D pixels. But they would be wise to spend the $5 or $10 to get one of these titles that harken back to a time when games needed a smart, engaging story to even have a chance at success. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare isn’t out for a few more days, so this weekend’s the perfect time to do it.

 

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