GOG weren’t the first joint in cyberspace slinging vintage video games, but they did get publishers digging a lot deeper into their archives (Good Old Games, they called themselves back in the day). Most publishers came to realise that hey, maybe it’s good for everyone if folks can buy our old games, but some were tangled in knots or lost in mysteries for yonks. It took almost five years for a group to free System Shock 2, and we’re still waiting for the best parts of the LucasArts catalogue.
Or we were, anyway. Here, they’re coming! Sam & Max Hit the Road, X-Wing, and TIE Fighter are now on GOG – the first time they’ve been on sale in years – as heralds of a re-release-o-rama.
GOG and Disney Interactive say “20+ classic titles” from Lucasfilm (film, Arts, whichever) will come to GOG in time, but they’ve kicked it off with only six.
X-Wing Special Edition and TIE Fighter Special Edition are £6.19 apiece, while Sam & Max Hit the Road is £3.69. They’ve been available elsewhere for a while, but you can also get The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for £6.19 (they’ll be £7.79 once launch discounts expire) and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis is £3.69.
What might these other 15 or so games be? Cross your fingers, gang, for Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, and all the Monkey Island games. We probably won’t get Grim Fandango, as Double Fine are currently remastering that for re-release. It’s a fair bet that things already on Steam and other digital stores, like the Jedi Knight games, will be coming over too.
LucasArts games have dominated GOG’s community wishlist for years and I too am jolly glad to see some of them emerge from the archives. Sam & Max is one of only four PC games I still own on physical media, and I find possessions slightly unnerving.