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ScummVM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion Virtual Machine, named after LucasArts' SCUMM Game Engine) is a freeware and open source program—not an emulator!note —that allows users to run classic Adventure Games and Western RPGs in modern systems. It was originally started by Ludvig Strigeus and Vincent Hamm, with the first ever version releasing in 2001 for Windows and Linux.

In 2009, thanks to the project's stability, version 1.0.0 was officially released, which included a change in logo. In 2017, ScummVM 2.0 was released, marking the first release that supported Full Motion Video-based games.

A sister project, ResidualVM, was launched in 2003. As ScummVM only supported simpler 2D games at the time, ResidualVM was meant to support more-demanding 3D games. However, its development stalled due to a lack of developers, reaching only version 0.3.1 and only supporting four games. Over time, systems became more powerful and the need for two different apps was reduced, so in 2020-2021 ResidualVM was merged into ScummVM so that developers could pool their resources, advancing the latter program to version 2.5.0 (due to its suport of 2.5D games).

Due to its open source status, over 850 people contributed to the project, with a number of game companies and developers donating their source code. In turn, many supported games have been re-released on and Steam using ScummVM.

ScummVM can be downloaded from its official website. It's currently supported for Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, AmigaOS, Android, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita and Sega Dreamcast.

Excerpted games supported by ScummVM: