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Play retro video video games on Linux with this open supply venture

Playing journey video games has all the time been a giant a part of my expertise with computer systems. From the earliest text-based journey video games to 2D pixel artwork, full-motion video, and 3D video games, the journey sport style has offered me with numerous fond recollections.

Sometimes I wish to revisit these outdated video games, however many had been launched earlier than Linux was even a factor, so how do I’m going about replaying these video games? I take advantage of ScummVM, which is actually one among my favourite open supply tasks.

What is ScummVM

ScummVM is a program designed to play outdated journey video games on fashionable . Originally designed to run video games developed utilizing LucasArt’s Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion (SCUMM), ScummVM now helps many alternative sport engines. It can play virtually the entire traditional Sierra On-Line and LucasArts journey video games in addition to a wide array of journey video games from different publishers. ScummVM doesn’t assist each journey sport (but), however it may be used to play lots of of them. ScummVM is offered for a number of platforms, together with Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and several other sport consoles.

Why use ScummVM

There are loads of methods to play outdated video games on fashionable , however they are usually extra difficult than utilizing ScummVM. DOSBox can be utilized to play DOS video games, but it surely requires tweaking to get the settings proper in order that the sport performs on the proper pace. Windows video games might be performed utilizing WINE, however that requires each the sport and the sport’s installer to be suitable with WINE.

Even if a sport runs beneath WINE, some video games nonetheless don’t work nicely on fashionable as a result of the is simply too quick. One instance of it is a puzzle in King’s Quest VII that includes taking a lit firecracker someplace. On fashionable , the firecracker explodes approach too rapidly, which makes it unimaginable to get to the precise location with out the character dying a number of instances.

ScummVM eliminates lots of the issues current in different strategies for taking part in retro journey video games. If ScummVM helps a sport, it’s simple to configure and play. In most instances, copying the sport information from the unique sport discs to a listing and including that listing in ScummVM is all that’s wanted to play the sport. For video games that got here on a number of discs, it may be essential to rename some information to keep away from file identify conflicts. The directions for what knowledge information are wanted and any renaming directions are documented on the ScummVM Wiki web page for each supported game.

One of the great issues about ScummVM is how every new launch provides assist for extra video games. ScummVM added assist for a dozen interactive fiction interpreters, which suggests ScummVM can now play lots of of text-based journey video games. The improvement department of ScummVM, which ought to grow to be model quickly, integrates ResidualVM‘s assist for 3D journey video games, so now ScummVM can be utilized to play Grim Fandango, Myst III: Exile, and The Longest Journey. The improvement department additionally lately added assist for video games created utilizing Adventure Game Studio, which provides lots of, presumably hundreds, of video games to ScummVM’s repertoire.

How to put in ScummVM

If you wish to set up ScummVM out of your Linux distribution’s repositories, the method may be very easy. You simply must run one command. However, your distribution would possibly supply an older launch of ScummVM that doesn’t assist as many video games as the newest launch, so do maintain that in thoughts.

Install ScummVM on Debian/Ubuntu:

sudo apt set up scummvm

Install ScummVM on Fedora:

sudo dnf set up scummvm

Install ScummVM utilizing Flatpak or Snap

ScummVM can be obtainable as a Flatpak and as a Snap. If you employ a type of choices, you should use one of many following instructions to put in the related model, which ought to all the time be the newest launch of ScummVM:

flatpak set up flathub org.scummvm.ScummVM


snap set up scummvm

Compile the event department of ScummVM

If you wish to strive the newest and best options within the not-yet-stable improvement department of ScummVM, you are able to do so by compiling ScummVM from the supply code. Do observe that the event department is continually altering, so issues may not all the time work accurately. If you might be nonetheless all for attempting out the event department, comply with the directions beneath.

To begin, you will want the required improvement instruments and libraries to your distribution, that are listed on the Compiling ScummVM/GCC page on the ScummVM Wiki.

Once you’ve got the stipulations put in, run the next instructions:

git clone

cd scummvm



sudo make set up

Add video games to ScummVM

Adding video games to ScummVM is the very last thing it is advisable do earlier than enjoying. If you shouldn’t have any supported journey video games in your assortment, you may obtain 11 great video games from the ScummVM Games page. You may also buy lots of the video games supported by ScummVM from If you buy a sport from and must extract the sport information from the GOG obtain, you should use the innoextract utility.

Most video games must be in their very own listing (the one exceptions to this are video games that include a single knowledge file), so it’s best to start by making a listing to retailer your ScummVM video games. You can do that utilizing the command line or a graphical file supervisor. Where you retailer your video games doesn’t matter (besides within the case of the ScummVM Flatpak, which is a sandbox and requires the video games to be saved within the ~/Documents listing). After creating this listing, place the information information for every sport in their very own subdirectories.

Once the information are copied to the place you need them, run ScummVM and add the sport to the gathering by clicking Add Game…, deciding on the suitable listing within the file-picker dialog field that opens, and clicking Choose. If ScummVM correctly detects the sport, it’s going to open its settings choices. You can choose superior configuration choices from the assorted tabs if you need (which may also be modified later through the use of the Edit Game… button), or you may simply click on OK so as to add the sport with the default choices. If the sport is just not detected, examine the Supported Games pages on the ScummVM Wiki for particulars about particular directions that may be wanted for a specific sport’s knowledge information.

The solely factor left to do now’s choose the sport in ScummVM’s checklist of video games, click on on Start, and revel in replaying an outdated favourite or experiencing a traditional journey sport for the primary time.

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