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[[Image:Loom - DOS - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
 
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'''''Loom''''', known in Japan as '''''ルーム [Rumu]''''', is an adventure game by produced by [[Brian Moriarty]] and developed and published by [[Lucasfilm Games]], originally released in 1990 for [[Amiga]], [[Atari ST]], and [[MS-DOS]], and later ported to several other platforms. Although the game uses the [[SCUMM]] engine, it doesn't use the typical verb-object control scheme.
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'''''Loom''''', known in Japan as '''''ルーム [Rumu]''''', is an adventure game by produced by [[Brian Moriarty]] and developed and published by [[Lucasfilm Games]], originally released in 1990 for [[Amiga]], [[Atari ST]], and [[MS-DOS]], and later ported to several other platforms. Although the game uses the [[SCUMM]] engine, it doesn't use the typical verb-object control scheme. The game also came with an audio drama which gave backstory to the world.
  
 
A middle school friend of mine had the LucasArts Adventure box set and showed me a short part of this game. I was impressed enough to ask to borrow it, and, after a few days, I had beaten it. Later, I got a copy of the MCGA CD version and beat that one as well. I really loved the game and thought it told a very clever and creative story. I was, as expected, a bit miffed at the ending.
 
A middle school friend of mine had the LucasArts Adventure box set and showed me a short part of this game. I was impressed enough to ask to borrow it, and, after a few days, I had beaten it. Later, I got a copy of the MCGA CD version and beat that one as well. I really loved the game and thought it told a very clever and creative story. I was, as expected, a bit miffed at the ending.
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* The SCUMM engine is well-made and solid, even after being altered to handle this game.
 
* The SCUMM engine is well-made and solid, even after being altered to handle this game.
 
* The Book of Patterns is a nice addition and adds depth to the game world.
 
* The Book of Patterns is a nice addition and adds depth to the game world.
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* The audio drama included with the game was a great addition to the story.
  
 
===Bad===
 
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===Documentation===
 
===Documentation===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Loom - Manuals.pdf|The game manual and book of patterns for the Amiga, Atari ST, and DOS version.
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Loom - DOS - USA - Back.jpg|The well decorated back of the DOS box.
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Loom - USA - Manual.pdf|The game manual for the Amiga, Atari ST, and DOS versions.
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Loom - USA - Book of Patterns.pdf|The Book of Patterns manual for the Amiga, Atari ST, and DOS versions.
 
Loom - Hint Book.pdf|The game's hint book.
 
Loom - Hint Book.pdf|The game's hint book.
 
Loom - Hint Book Revealed.pdf|The game's hint book, with answers revealed.
 
Loom - Hint Book Revealed.pdf|The game's hint book, with answers revealed.
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Loom - USA - Cassette - Front.jpg|The audio cassette cover.
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Loom - USA - Cassette - Back.jpg|The audio cassette back.
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Loom - USA - Cassette.jpg|The audio cassette.
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Loom - USA - Audio Drama.jpg|The audio drama.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  

Revision as of 10:05, 16 May 2018

North American box art.

Loom, known in Japan as ルーム [Rumu], is an adventure game by produced by Brian Moriarty and developed and published by Lucasfilm Games, originally released in 1990 for Amiga, Atari ST, and MS-DOS, and later ported to several other platforms. Although the game uses the SCUMM engine, it doesn't use the typical verb-object control scheme. The game also came with an audio drama which gave backstory to the world.

A middle school friend of mine had the LucasArts Adventure box set and showed me a short part of this game. I was impressed enough to ask to borrow it, and, after a few days, I had beaten it. Later, I got a copy of the MCGA CD version and beat that one as well. I really loved the game and thought it told a very clever and creative story. I was, as expected, a bit miffed at the ending.

Status

I do not own this game, but have beaten the DOS EGA and MCGA versions on easy mode.

Review

  • Overall: 6/10
  • Best Version: CD talkie version.

Good

  • The game's story is really creative and original. Having different guilds, each who see the world in a unique manner, was a fantastic idea.
  • Even in the EGA version, the graphics are amazingly well drawn.
  • Despite just being arrangements of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, the music is wonderful and extremely fitting to the atmosphere of the game.
  • The SCUMM engine is well-made and solid, even after being altered to handle this game.
  • The Book of Patterns is a nice addition and adds depth to the game world.
  • The audio drama included with the game was a great addition to the story.

Bad

  • The game is both too easy and too short. More effort should have been put into complicating it and extending its length.
  • The box art is pretty lame. I remember seeing it in stores and having no desire to buy the game because it looked like a cat's cradle simulator.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Maps

Screenshots

Download

This is the LucasFilm Games Passport to Adventure game sampler. It contains an MS-DOS demo version of Loom, The Secret of Monkey Island, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure.

Links