Point And Click Adventure

The Secret of Monkey Island [PC – Beta]


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! Various differences like removed puzzles, changes in the text and missing dog closeup are show in those screens.

Robert Seddon has linked us to an interesting article at Grumpy Gamer, in which Ron Gilbert has posted some reminiscences about developing the game:

My brain is filled with a lot of old adventure game puzzles, most of which never made it into a game. DeathSpank actually has a couple of puzzles ideas that we talked about for the original Monkey Island.

Originally, I wanted the Grog Machine to be a Coke Machine, baring that, I wanted it to look like a Coke machine. It originally had the “Coke Wave” on it, but said “Grog”. The Lucasfilm legal team came back and said it was too close to the real trademarked Coke Wave.

The key to the Monkey Head used to be called a Q-Tip(tm), but in my second legal lesson of the project it was changed.

Elaine Marley was just called “The Governor” until the scene in the church was written.  Dave Grossman wrote that scene and put in the gag dialog choice where Guybrush shouts “Elaine!”, which is from the movie “The Graduate”.  I liked that, so it became her name.  In the original design, Elaine was a more ruthless Governor, but she softened up and became a true love interested as the project processed.

There was supposed to be ship combat during your voyage to Monkey Island. It would have been done top-down view with you controlling the ship and firing a cannon. It was right to cut that. Never be afraid to cut.

Also, according to Kotaku, the dog will be in the Monkey Island remake that is going to be released for PC and Xbox 360 Live Arcade.

Spiffy, the dog at the Scumm Bar, showed up on the back of the original box, but had to be cut from the actual game due to space. Now he’s back, though mostly as decoration.

In november 2009, an article on the Workshop blog revealed some unused dialogues that are still hidden in the game’s code:

One thing I quickly noticed was that Ron and Tim had left a lot of notes in the code, explaining why things were the way they were, or putting a date when a certain bug was fixed. This was fascinating to see and read. The other thing I noticed is that when they made some changes, they left the original versions of the code in there, but commented out, so that it wouldn’t be used.

Thanks to Robert Seddon for the contribution!


Blizzard Cancelled Games


At DICE 2008, Blizzard had some talk about their games and in there, they showed an interesting list with a couple of “new” artworks for some of their cancelled projects. As Kotaku has wrote about:

“The team also revealed a list of the Blizzard games that have been canceled over the course of their 17 years, a list longer than you may think. If you thought Blizzard was only focused on StarCraft, Warcraft and Diablo, think again. While they may have a few lesser known titles like Blackthorne and The Lost Vikings on their resumes, they were at one point working on all of the following 

WarCraft Adventures [PC – Cancelled]


WarCraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans was a dark comical point-and-click adventure computer game under development by Blizzard Entertainment that was set in the Warcraft universe, and cancelled before its release. American company Animation Magic was out-sourced due to their experience in classical two-dimensional animation to produce the twenty-two minutes of fully-animated sequences, the game’s artwork, the coding of the engine and the implementation of the sound effects. Blizzard then provided all the designs, the world backgrounds, sound recording and ensured storyline continuity. Four or five months after Blizzard had released  

Sam & Max: Freelance Police [PC – Cancelled]

Sam & Max: Freelance Police was a graphic adventure computer game developed by LucasArts as a sequel to the 1993 title Sam & Max Hit the Road. The final game in the company’s adventure game era, Freelance Police was originally intended to be released for Windows in early 2004.

Freelance Police was first announced in August 2002, and was later fully unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo convention in 2003.The development of the project was lead by Michael Stemmle, one of the original designers for Sam & Max Hit the Road, while Steve Purcell assisted in developing the game’s plot and artistic direction.

Although the game’s development appeared to be proceeding towards completion without difficulty, LucasArts abruptly cancelled production of Freelance Police in March 2004, citing “current market place realities and underlying economic conditions” in its press release. The cancellation of the game was received very poorly by fans of the series, Steve Purcell and the video game industry’s media, many of the latter seeing this move as the culmination of the decline of the adventure game genre.

LucasArts later terminated its adventure game development, and many of the Freelance Police design team left to create Telltale Games and continue development of such adventure games. Steve Purcell moved the Sam & Max franchise to Telltale Games in 2005, where it was developed into an episodic series of games. Entitled Sam & Max: Season One, the new series debuted in October 2006. [Infos from Wikipedia]

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