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The spirit of LucasArts lives on with 3 Minutes to Midnight

April 01, 2019 1 min read

The point-and-click adventure genre has slowly been coming back into prominence over the last console generation. Starting with revivals of old LucasArts games from Telltale, the legendary Secret of Monkey Island got an HD port in 2009 and gamers were able to relive the glory days on modern platforms. With the success of that re-release, it was only a matter of time before more games in the same vein came to life.

There have certainly been ups and downs with these newer titles (Broken Age was a massive disappointment), but no one has quite nailed the LucasArts vibe of the '90s (Thimbleweed Park being an exception). When I got an email about checking out 3 Minutes to Midnight, I initially didn't know what the hell I was in for. The name sounds like a play on an Iron Maiden song and I thought this was going to be some weird, heavy metal inspired shooter.

Turns out it's a point-and-click game in the style of LucasArts classics. Think a combination of Monkey Island with the aesthetic of The Brady Bunch and you're kind of close. Taking place in the 1940s, 3 Minutes to Midnighttasks players with uncovering a mystery in New Mexico after a freak explosion wipes everyone’s memories. Solving that mystery will require you to talk to citizens, combine odd items together, and click on literally everything in sight.

The spirit of LucasArts lives on with 3 Minutes to Midnight screenshot