There are plenty of retro game options for the Raspberry Pi, but they are almost entirely about arcade action. But one key genre of classic games is often overlooked: point-and-click adventure. Here’s how you can install mouse-controlled adventure games on your Raspberry Pi with ScummVM.

What is ScummVM Adventure Games?

These days, point-and-click games have supplanted third-person and first-person RPGs and MMORPGs. But a long time ago adventure adventures were one of the most popular types of games. These (and others) were powered by the Scumm game engine. Gamers of the 1990s were blessed with Indiana Jones games, Zork adventures, even Terry Pratchett’s Discworld games.

Flight of the Amazon Queen in ScummVM

Some of the most popular titles from the retro gaming era are available to play with ScummVM. This includes:

  • Under a steel sky
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Indiana Jones and the fate of Atlantis
  • The Mystery of Monkey Island
  • Flight of the Amazon Queen
  • … and much more

The ScummVM wiki contains a complete collection of over 200 supported games. This is definitely enough to keep you busy!

Please note, however, that most of these games cannot be played. You should only play the games you already own or play free games. Below we will look at what is available for legal play.

If you’re ready to get back to mouse-controlled adventure gaming on your Raspberry Pi, you’ll need to install software called ScummVM.

What is ScumVM?

Script Creation Utility for the Maniac Mansion Virtual Machine (ScummVM) software, which contains custom coded remakes of various game engines. Released under the GNU General Public License, it is open source and free.

ScummVM allows you to play many adventure games by creating a virtual machine environment. However, in most cases, you must own the original copy of the game.

Games played in ScummVM can be saved and restored at any time. This often makes games (and playthroughs) much easier than on the original platform.

What version of Raspberry Pi should I use?

ScummVM will run on the Raspberry Pi (as well as other Linux platforms, Windows, macOS, mobile phones, and more). But with so many versions of the Pi to choose from, which is the better option?

Well, you should avoid early Pis as well as Pi Zeros. Use Raspberry Pi 2, 3 and 4 instead. We tested ScummVM on Raspberry Pi 4 for this article.

Also, you need to have your Pi connected directly to a TV with a keyboard and mouse attached. While you can install the software remotely if you wish, running ScummVM games requires direct use of the Raspberry Pi.

Set up your Raspberry Pi

Before installing ScummVM, it is worth making some changes to your Raspberry Pi settings. There is a possibility of mouse lag with emulated titles that you want to avoid.

In terminal enter:

sudo raspi-config 

Use the arrow keys to select » Advanced options»> «GL Driver», and then highlight G2 GL (Fake KMS) OpenGL desktop driver with fake KMS .

(Older versions of Raspbian will have the option GL (Full KMS) for desktop OpenGL driver with full KMS . Use it if available.)

Select OK then again OK to confirm and then Finish . Select Yes, when prompted to restart your Raspberry Pi.

Install ScummVM on your Raspberry Pi

You can easily install ScummVM on your Raspberry Pi from the command line. Start as always by updating packages and checking for updates. Open terminal and type:

 sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade 

Next, install ScummVM:

 sudo apt install -y scummvm 

Once installed, it makes sense to create a directory for your ScummVM games. Change to the Home directory, then use mkdir to create a new folder:

 cd ~ mkdir scummvm-games 

Meanwhile, for extended game support, you should install a couple of additional packages. The fluidsynth and timidity packages enhance the sound of the ScummVM games you play, where they are supported.

 sudo apt install fluidsynth && timidity 

Improving audio quality on ScummVM

Now you can start downloading games to your Raspberry Pi to play with ScummVM.

Looking for a ScummVM game to play

As noted above, only free games can be played legally. If you have original copies of other games, that’s fine too.

Flight of the Amazon Queen in ScummVM

A collection of freeware can be found at www.scummvm.org/games. To use one of these, go to the page in your Pi’s browser and download the game you want to play. It’s a smart option to download the CD version where possible. This will provide a more complete experience, with cutscenes, sound effects, and other extras.

Don’t forget to save the file to the directory you created earlier.

You can also install ScummVM games from the Raspberry Pi terminal. These are the games that have been included in the Raspbian repositories:

  • Under a steel sky
  • Flight of the Amazon Queen
  • Seductress Lure
  • Drascula: The Vampire Strikes Back

To install these headers, simply use the apt install command:

 sudo apt install beneath-a-steel-sky 
 sudo apt install flight-of-the-amazon-queen 
 sudo apt install lure-of-the-temptress 
 sudo apt install drascula 

Install these games one at a time, waiting for completion with each installation. Four free point-and-click adventures ready to run on your Raspberry Pi!

Point and Click Adventure Game on Raspberry Pi

Once your favorite game is installed, it’s time to play. Remember that your Raspberry Pi must be connected to a display with a connected mouse and keyboard.

Open ScummVM ( Menu > Games > ScummVM ) to take a look.

Run ScummVM on Raspbian

This is a simple tool with an interface that will help you easily customize your gaming experience. Thus, it is worth taking the time to look through the menu » Options» where you will find the configuration tools charts, settings control, sound, volume and much more.

Set audio options in ScummVM

To start playing games, find the titles you have downloaded in the list. If they are not listed, use » Add Game», to find the right game on your Pi.

Just click Start, to start it!

While playing these controls will often be different. In general, however, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:

You can also use Alt+S to take a screenshot as we did the in-game images for this guide. Scenes can be skipped by clicking Esc key on keyboard.

Install ScummVM Games on Raspberry Pi Today

There are so many ways to play classic games these days that ScummVM titles are often overlooked in favor of classic consoles. Among the many games (not all of which are adventure games) in ScummVM you will find games from big-name developers.

LucasArts, Sierra/Disney, Activision and Psygnosis are all released games using the Scumm engine. This is a rarely mined archive of retro games worth checking out today.

Want more games on your Pi? Here’s how to play almost any video game on your Raspberry Pi

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