For the iPhone users out there industrious enough to have jailbroken their phone, the world of classic PC gaming has now opened up. Scumm (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) is a game creation engine developed and used by Lucasfilm Games (now known as LucasArts), originally used on the cult classic “Maniac Mansion.” Scumm went on to be used for such classics as “Full Throttle,” the Monkey Island series, “Sam & Max Hit the Road,” and “Loom.” Scumm was used to create many more games, but these listed are some of my all time favorite games.
Enter ScummVM, a Scumm virtual machine, which allows for the execution of not just Scumm games, but some Sierra and other adventure games as well. Scumm allows users who still have their copies of these games to enjoy them again, on a number of platforms.
On your iPhone, you will need to download ScummVM from “Cydia” or “Installer,” both of which are alternative distribution points iPhones. If you have jailbroken your phone, you will have one of these programs. Load up “Cydia” or “Installer” and search for ScummVM and install it to your iPhone.
The process of transferring the games to your iPhone can be accomplished many ways, but for the sake of ease, I recommend that you use “iPhoneBrowser,” which can be downloaded HERE. Once you have installed “iPhoneBrowser,” simply connect your iPhone to your computer to gain access to the iPhone’s files.
Now we’ll prepare the games for use on ScummVM on your iPhone. First, create a folder with the name of the game you wish to play on ScummVM, then copy all of the contents from the game’s disk(s) into the folder. The game folder then needs to be placed on your iPhone using “iPhoneBrowser.” Navigate to the /var/mobile folder on your iPhone, then create a subfolder called ScummVM. Transfer the folders you made for each game into the ScummVM directory we just created.
Once the game folders have been transferred, launch ScummVM on your iPhone. Please note that this program has a bug often requiring it to be started twice, as the first launch typically crashes. Once ScummVM has started, your games will need to be added to the game library. This is done by dragging the on-screen cross, similar to a mouse pointer, to “Add Game…,” then navigate to the ScummVM directory, highlight one of the game folders, select “Choose,” then select “OK.” Repeat this process for any additional game folders you have to fully populate your game library.
Once added, games are displayed on the main ScummVM screen. To launch any game, simply highlight it and select “Start.” In game controls can be found at the ScummVM iPhone Wiki HERE.