We’ve done lots of adventure-related coverage for the past few months, including reviews on Downfall and the Blackwell series. This time around, I would like to bring to your attention some older commercial adventure games that you can access for no price tag at all!
Firstly. Yahtzee’s Chzo Mythos special edition versions are still free. Also available, for no dineros, on the ScummVM website, are Beneath a Steel Sky, Flight of the Amazon Queen, Lure of the Temptress and Drascula: The Vampire Strikes Back. There is some variation from game to game, but most do have downloads available for different language distributions and talkie/floppy versions accordingly.
Two of the aforementioned games are also available free on GOG.com. Titles up for grabs there, for zilch, currently include the Revolution Software titles Beneath a Steel Sky and Lure of the Temptress. While these two are nothing new, mainly for having been so readily available for ScummVM for quite some time now - a third, lesser-known title not available elsewhere is Teen Agent. Teen Agent was originally a 1995 shareware title released by Metropolis Software House, for the Amiga and PC DOS.
If you don’t yet have a GOG account, there is one definite upside to downloading the games from there: Each game is packaged with mucho gusto! The aforementioned come with revised installers, and with BASS you can also access a set of avatar pictures, its original tie-in comic book and manual and lastly a set of wallpapers. For LOTT, you get to read its original manual – as badly scanned as the GOG.com version is, it’s still something that I would recommend you take a look at if you were to play the game for the first time.
Finally, in addition to the aforementioned, I’m personally waiting for one specific game to be soon added to this list, namely, Pendulo Studios’ Igor: Objective Uikokahonia. In fact, the game has been publicly announced as freeware during the 2007 Adventure Developers Online Conference, but little has followed the announcement. The Adventure-EU domain has now been squatted, sadly, but the announcement remains accessible at archive.org.
I will keep you guys posted!