Back in the day, LucasArts was more successful with its genius graphic adventures than it was with even Star Wars. Thanks to the likes of Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion, and Sam & Max, the company carved itself a nice little corner of gaming history that is universally remembered as a highlight for many young gamers.
Only once did the SCUMM engine, the graphic engine used to power these games, cross-over into movie licenses when it tackled Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade and the far superior Indiana Jones & The Fate of Atlantis. Thanks to these two games, the fact that SCUMM never got a hold of Star Wars feels that much more empty. However, mock-ups of films done through SCUMM over the years show that Star Wars wouldn’t be the only great film series to benefit from this style of game.
Pixel artist Paul Conway recently drew up one of these dreamy “What if” pictures, showing what a game based on John Carpenter’s The Thing would look like if it had been made in the style of classic graphic adventures.
— Paul Conway (@DoomCube) May 30, 2017
Oh… yeah, shame this never happened.