How To Install and Run ScummVM on the iPhone (or iPod Touch)

This. Is. Absolutely. Amazing.

One of the reasons why I love the iPhone is because of its gorgeous screen and touch interface. And here’s another reason why you should get an iPhone – ScummVM!

ScummVM allows you to play old-school LucasArts and Sierra adventures games, like Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island, Sam and Max, Simon the Sorceror, etc. These are the games that I grew up with, and it’s fantastic seeing them in their full glory on the iPhone. Just check out this video of Day of the Tentacle running full-screen on the iPhone/iPod Touch:

Most games run perfectly! Special keys like the F1-F12 keys, ESC key and right-click are simulated, and you can follow this list here:

  • left click – Single tap
  • Right click – Hold one finger on screen where you want to click, single tap another
  • ESC – Hold one finger on screen, double tap another
  • F5 (menu) – Hold one finger on screen, swipe another down from top to bottom
  • F 0-9 keys – Press the keyboard button directly under the appropriate number
  • Pause – Keyboard spacebar
  • Toggle – Click+Drag mode    Hold one finger on screen, swipe another up from bottom to top. In this mode, a mouse click is sent immediately when you touch the screen, drags to wherever you slide your finger, and releases where you lift your finger. Useful for Monkey Island 3: The Curse of Monkey Island and Full Throttle.
  • Suspend – Press the button on the iPhone. This doesn’t quit your game and merely leaves your game running in the background so that you can make phone calls etc.
  • Quit- Press and hold the button for 5-6 seconds.

This has definitely brought tears to my eyes, and if you are looking to install ScummVM on your iPhone/iPod Touch, here are the instructions (from ScummVM Wiki)

  • Open on a jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Tap the "Sources" button in the bottom-right corner.
  • Tap the "Edit" button in the top-right corner.
  • Tap the "Add" button in the top-left corner.
  • Enter into the text area and tap "OK".
  • Installer will refresh your sources. It may close. If so, reopen it.
  • ScummVM is now available for install in the Games section.

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Alvin Poh lives in Singapore, and is interested in marketing, techy stuff, and likes to just figure out how the two can work with each other. He can also be found on Google+.

1 comments On How To Install and Run ScummVM on the iPhone (or iPod Touch)

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