ScummVM is a game engine designed to run old fashioned adventure games from LucasArts and other companies. Think Secret of Monkey Island, Sam and Max, and Maniac Mansion, among other games. There are ScummVM builds for all sorts of operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Windows CE, Maemo, Symbian, jailbroken iPhones, PSP the Nintendo DS, and other handheld platforms.
But there’s still no official build for Google Android. Work has been underway for over a year though, and if you’re willing to put up with a few potential bugs and lack of any official support, it turns out there are unofficial builds of ScummVM for Android that work reasonably well.
Anddev.at.ua has a few different versions available. The standard version uses a touchscreen, trackball, and camera button, with the trackball press functioning as a left click and the camera button working as a right-click. There are also versions that use the search key as a right click in case your phone doesn’t have a camera button.
I took one of the early builds for a spin on my Google Nexus One, and while I had a hard time figuring out how to enter text when needed at one point, or how to skip past animation scenes, overall the controls seem to work reasonably well. On the down side, once installed the app takes up a whopping 26MB of storage space, which is an awful lot if you have a device like the Nexus One which doesn’t have all that much internal storage.
There are a handful of free games available for ScummVM, including Beneath a Steeel Sky and Flight of the Amazon Queen. If you want to play classic games like the Monkey Island franchise though, you’ll need to either have the original disks or resort to shadier methods.
You can find a few more screenshots after the break.