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Loom

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Not to be confused with Lume.

Loom
Loom cover
Developers
LucasArts
Publishers
Original LucasArts
Current Disney Interactive Studios
Engines
Original SCUMM
Digital ScummVM
Release dates
DOS May 1990
Mac OS (Classic) May 1990
Windows (ScummVM) July 8, 2009
macOS (OS X) (ScummVM) May 12, 2010
Linux (ScummVM) March 20, 2015[1]
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Controls Point and select
Genres Adventure
Art styles Pixel art
Themes Fantasy
Loom on HowLongToBeat
Loom on IGDB
Loom guide on StrategyWiki
Loom on MobyGames
Loom on Wikipedia

Key points

Can be run under ScummVM.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
DOS
Mac OS
Gamesplanet logo.svg
Icon overlay.png
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Digital versions are preconfigured with ScummVM.
Digital versions only include the VGA (CD) version, and do not include the audio drama.[2]

Demo

A demo is available of the EGA version.

Version differences

EGA version

Original version with 16-color EGA graphics released on floppy disk in May 1990. The audio drama is included as a cassette tape.

This is the game author's preferred version.[Note 1]

VGA version

Released on CD in 1992 featuring remastered VGA graphics, re-recorded digital soundtrack, and fully voiced dialog. The audio drama is included as an extra CD.

It has dialogs and cutscenes cropped and cut, removes blood from some NPCs, is missing the overture from the MT-32 and FM Towns soundtracks, and removes dynamic music.[7]

Essential improvements

Official patches

The MT-32 Upgrade is required for Roland MT-32 playback in the EGA (floppy) version (otherwise Ad-Lib is used).

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
DOS
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32340/pfx/[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

System Location
DOS
Windows %APPDATA%\LucasArts\Loom\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) ~/Documents/
Linux
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32340/pfx/[Note 2]
Save files made with the MT-32 patch are not compatible with systems that do not have the patch, and vice versa.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Windows only.
ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM documentation for details.

Video

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only, see ScummVM or DOSBox pages for more information.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
F6 toggles music in the EGA version. ScummVM can be used to control the volume.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
CD-ROM VGA release only; see ScummVM readme for how to use with ScummVM. EGA floppy release uses MIDI instead.
General MIDI audio
EGA version only, Use ScummVM and Roland patch.
The EGA version supports the Roland MT-32 for music, see Official patches.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Voices in VGA CD release only, see version differences.
French
Retail only; download for digital releases.
German
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Russian
Fan translation by «PRCA»

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA, Tandy, EGA, MCGA, VGA 256-color MCGA and VGA modes are only supported in the VGA version. The EGA version supports up to 16 colors.
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Use ScummVM (included with GOG.com and Steam rereleases). 64-bit requires a 64-bit build of ScummVM.
macOS (OS X)
Use ScummVM (included with GOG.com and Steam rereleases).[citation needed]
Linux
Use ScummVM (included with GOG.com rerelease).[citation needed]

System requirements

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 1.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 8088
System memory (RAM) 512 KB
640 KB for MT-32 music
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) CGA, EGA
The VGA version requires DOS 3.1, Intel 80286 CPU and 640 KB RAM.
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 6.0.3
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68000
System memory (RAM) 1 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 325 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 325 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Linux Mint 17, Ubuntu 14.04
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 325 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
For Linux, the installer is only available in the .deb format[8]

Notes

  1. While the 256-color FM Towns version (also compatible with ScummVM) contains the full, unabridged script as well as Redbook audio, Brian Moriarty considers the art direction to be inconsistent due to the conversion having been done by 5 different artists.
    Additionally, the FM Towns version carries over the no-blood cutscenes from the VGA version and removed an audio track compared to the EGA DOS release (but these were not cited as reasons for his preference).[3][4][5][6]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/32340/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (32340) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References