Top 10: Lucas Arts Graphic Adventures that Need the Remaster Treatment

Grim Fandango (Header)

During this year’s E3, Double Fine Productions announced they are working on a remastered version of one of the greatest graphic adventure games of all time: Grim Fandango. Over the past few years, graphics adventure have resurfaced and become much more popular, especially with the release of Sam & Max episodes, Broken Age and the remastered version of the Monkey Island games, but the announcement of an improved Grim Fandango is equally important. After all, Grim Fandango is usually regarded as the best graphic adventure ever made. Nevertheless, there are other games from the Lucas Arts era that will benefit from this treatment, so these are the games I’d like to see remastered.


10. Loom

Loom

Loom is one of the few Lucas Arts titles that you can purchase legally, since it’s available on Steam. Unlike most Lucas Arts games, Loom is set in a fantasy world with a complex story, experimental elements and some of the most unconventional aspects you can find in a point-and-click adventure game. The game was praised for not following the genre’s conventions, for adapting to different playstyles and for its simplicity.


9. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

As its name suggests, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade expands the story of the film. But while fans of the series will be more interested in the story, one of the most important contributions that this game made were related to its technical aspect. Additionally, the game included an IQ system which allowed players to complete the game in different ways, a more primitive dialogue system and a terrific story.


8. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

Indiana Jones - Fate of Atlantis

Another game set in the Indiana Jones universe and one of the best Lucas Arts games ever made. The game gained critical acclaim for its new story, replay value, colorful sprite-based graphics, ridiculous sense of humor and masterful storytelling. It’s worth mentioning that this is one of the first games to receive a “talkie” CD version, soon after the release of the floppy disc version.


7. Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

Zak McKracken was the second game to use SCUMM engine, so the game definitely looked and felt like Maniac Mansion. Although critically acclaimed, some criticized the game’s limited locations, large sizes of mazes and copy protection codes. Still, some people are so passionate about Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders that later Lucas Arts projects included references to the game and fans have worked on sequels that maintain the original feel of the game.


6. Escape from Monkey Island

Escape from Monkey Island

Escape from Monkey Island uses GrimE, the same graphics engine that was used to create Grim Fandango. Although the game can be played entirely with a keyboard, using a controller is also possible which is why many people stated that this is the first non-point-and-click adventure in the series. There are many innovative aspects in this game and one of the most popular is the insult sword fighting sequences where players receive an insult and then try to react accordingly.


5. The Curse of Monkey Island

The Curse of Monkey Island

This is the first game in the Monkey Island series to include voice acting and a cartoonish graphical style. Usually considered one of the most entertaining games from Lucas Arts, the game received critical acclaim for its visual style, music, spoken dialogue, plot twists and characters.


4. Full Throttle

Full Throttle

It’s easy to see why Full Throttle was an instant classic back in the day, but it’s also easy to see why people are really passionate about the game. In the game, players assume the role of Ben, leader of a motorcycle gang who lives in a dystopian city. Full Throttle was only released in CD-ROM and featured voice acting professionals, such as Mark Hamill, Roy Conrad and Hamilton Camp. Although the game was shorter than most Lucas Arts games, Full Throttle was praised for its unique setting, improved visuals and terrific voice acting.


3. Maniac Mansion

Maniac Mansion

An enhanced remake from Manic Mansion would be terrific, after all, this is the oldest from the list. Originally released in 1987, Maniac Mansion was a truly revolutionary graphic adventure, since it had a unique point-and-click interface, hilarious story inspired by B-movie horror films, cinematic storyline and the game featured several endings. Few games have impacted graphic adventures the way in which Maniac Mansion did back in the genre’s heyday.


2. Sam & Max: Hit the Road

Sam and Max - Hit the Road (Fair)

Sam & Max (an anthropomorphic dog and rabbit) are members of the freelance police who accept the case of a missing bigfoot and embark on a journey across North America. This is without a doubt, one of the best Lucas Arts games, since it had an adult sense of humor, terrific voice acting, references to Americana, a cartoonish visual aspect that has aged remarkably well and new gameplay elements.


1. Day of the Tentacle

Day of the Tentacle (DOS)

Day of the Tentacle is the followup to Maniac Mansion. In the game, Bernard Bernoulli and his friends Hoagie and Leverne travel to different points in time in order to stop the evil Purple Tentacle from taking over the world. The cartoon-style graphics, voice acting, comedic elements, complex, imaginative plot and clean interface make Day of the Tentacle one of the best games of all time and my personal favorite.

  • scavenger

    “Escape from Monkey Island (…) There are many innovative aspects in this games and one of the most popular is the insult sword fighting sequences where players receive an insult and then try to react accordingly.”

    This is complete nonsense.
    There is nothing innovative about the insult sword fighting which was introduced in the first game of the series.

    • Hey scavenger! What I probably meant by that is that the innovative “insult sword-fighting” feature from the original Monkey Island made a return to Escape from Monkey Island. Sorry about the weird phrasing, but it’s been a while since I played those titles. Thanks for the comment.

  • Pondo

    Escape from Monkey Island sucked ass, The DIG was a million times better and should be in this list.

    • I can assure you that The Dig definitely came up while writing this list. I guess, ultimately, the decision came to personal preference (though I definitely did some research to see how other people felt about some of the games.) Maybe I should play both games all over again and see which one stands out the most.