LucasArts is one of the most famous companies in history and the forerunner of the graphic adventure genre.
LucasArts created and fostered several genres of video games previously unreleased. The company, founded in 1982, was one of the side projects of producer George Lucas known for being the father of Star Wars. On the 3rd of this month it has been 7 years since the company closed and many players are remembering the titles they grew up with.
Its greatest contribution was to shape the classic graphic adventures that would later be an inspiration to different companies. Repeatedly pointing and clicking through environments in order to find or interact with hidden objects was a revolutionary way of conceiving games. In 1987, with the arrival of the Maniac Mansion , a myth was created. Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick were inspired by B-series movies, kitsch horror movies and teen movies from the 80s.
Seeing the potential of their games, LucasArts introduced the Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion (SCUMM), a scripting / programming language that was present in all of the company’s subsequent adventure games. Its impact was such that it appeared as a wink in many games, including Monkey Island, which would become its greatest success and the best-known graphic adventure in history.
Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island were just the beginning of a journey full of fascinating titles. LucasArts was involved in the adaptation of some of the films to video games. This is the case of Indiana Jones , who managed to have up to 3 games based on his adventures and Star Wars, the quintessential George Lucas franchise. He also left other great myths like Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle or Full Throttle.
The Walt Disney Company absorbed it in 2012 through the entire Lucasfilm parent. Only a year later its closure was announced, so many titles that were in development were canceled . Despite this, players will always remember the titles they grew up with and what a company like LucasArts meant for the industry.
For now, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy came by surprise to PS4 and Switch and it is already playable and the success of Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order has been the last to close the franchise. We leave you here our review of the title that, although disassociated from LucasArts, continues to be part of the universe that gave its creator a reputation.
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