Point And Click Adventure

Leisure Suit Larry 8 [PC – Cancelled]

Leisure Suit Larry 8, tentatively subtitled Lust in Space (as well as “Explores Uranus” in some references), was a computer game part of the Leisure Suit Larry series, which was in early development in 1998. Only some very early test stuff was being done while Al Lowe waited for the project to be approved, but in the end funding was cut and the project cancelled.  Shortly afterwards, Sierra’s adventure games department was disbanded and Al Lowe left Sierra on February 22, 1999. Like the canned Space Quest sequel, Larry 8 was to be in full 3D, but no more than a few test renders now survive.

The full title of the game, as well as its teaser, was referenced in Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail! triggered with an easter egg after completing the game. [Infos from Wikipedia]

Thanks to Celine and Frank Cifaldi for the contribution!

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Shadow of Atlantis [Sega CD / 32X – Cancelled]

Shadow of Atlantis (also known as Nautilus) is a point and click adventure game that was originally in development for the Sega CD and after many delays, it was ported to the 32X, but in the end it was never released. The project was based on characters and situations from Jules Verne’s classic novels, 20000 Leagues under the Sea and Mysterious Island. Shadow of Atlantis was designed and produced by Eric Quakenbush, a game designer that worked with Sega on many other games, as the cancelled Virtua Hamster. There were even some plans to port Shadow of the Atlantis to the Saturn, but as we can read at Sega16, “Sega eventually scrapped the concept altoghter sometime in 1997”.

Also, in ActionPackedVideo‘s Youtube Channel we can see some more videos from the project. As we can read in one of the descriptions:

This was the result of a skunk-works project that I put together with the Sega Multimedia Lab staff that were idle after we shipped Jurassic Park Sega-CD game. The demo got the game a green light and I was promoted to the producer group but it never shipped. Eventually the salary for all those idle workers was billed to my project so you are looking at about $70,000 worth of demo!

Eric Quakenbush designed and produced this CD adventure game which featured live action sequences as well as many intriguing puzzles.

Unfortunately Sega discontinued the Sega CD platform before production could be completed.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution and to Mekanaizer for the video!

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The Curse of Monkey Island [Beta – PC]

In the website of ATMachine we can read an interesting series of articles about the old Lucas Arts adventures and between them, we can even find a wonderful page with informations and screens for the beta version of The Curse of Monkey Island! A scan from al old magazine shows a prototype version of the game, with placeholder sprites and a page from the official strategy guide has the storyboard of a removed cutscene.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution!

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Day of the Tentacle [PC – Beta]

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In the website of ATMachine we can read an interesting series of articles about the old Lucas Arts adventures and between them, we can even find a wonderfull page with informations and screens for the beta version of Day of the Tentacle! In those images we can see different animations and unused items. Also, as we can read on Wikipedia, the game was originally intended to resemble Maniac Mansion more closely, with the player allowed to choose from among six characters who would have included a male poet named Chester, a female hippie named Moonglow described as “a New Age girl with sandals”, and Razor from the original game. This idea was dropped in preproduction to simplify the project. The art created for the character of Chester was eventually adapted for the characters of the sculptor twins in the final game.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution!

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Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge [PC – Beta]

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In the website of ATMachine we can read an interesting series of articles about the old Lucas Arts adventures and between them, we can even find a wonderfull page with informations and screens for the beta version of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge! Various differences like an early Guybrush sprite, changes in the backgrounds, are show in those screens.

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