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Zak McKracken goes looking for hot coffee free game released

I have to admit that I prefer classic adventure games over current ones for the most part. I grew up with LucasArts adventures such as Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, the Indiana Jones series, and Zak McKracken, and never really got used to the majority of newer adventure games that came out after the golden days of LucasArts ended.

While I still enjoyed some newer titles, e.g. the Gabriel Knight series, yes even the second part with its awful acting and the buggy third part, or the Broken Sword series of adventure games (which was named Baphomets Fluch in German which translates to Baphomet's Curse), I did not enjoy the majority of newer games.

Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders was the game that LucasArts released after Maniac Mansion (it is available on Gog in case you missed it). A fan game called Zak McKracken - Between Time and Space was released years ago, and this week, another fan game called Zak McKracken goes looking for hot coffee was released. The game is available in English and German at the time of writing.

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The new game should be considered a sequel to the original Zak McKraken game and a prequel to the fan made game Between Space and Time. You may download the game from the official project website; it has a size of about 970 Megabytes and needs to be extracted after the download completes. All it takes then is to double-click on the game executable to run the game.

The game launches in a window and you are taken to the start screen right away. From there, you may start a new game or continue an existing game.  If you run the game on a high resolution display you may notice that it opens in a tiny window. The resolution is set to auto by default but you may change that in the .ini file that you find the game folder. I tried changing the resolution there but the setting did not have any effect on the game window.

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Game controls are quite different from traditional LucasArts games as the classic toolbar with actions is not displayed in the interface. You may interact with elements with clicks instead only. A long-click displays an action menu with options, e.g. open, use, or push/pull, but you may also try double-clicks (pick up stuff, open doors, basic interactions) or right-clicks (look at items or open/close) to interact with elements in the game.

You may hit the Space-key at any time to display all elements on the screen that the character can interact with. Last but not least, hitting Esc or F5 opens the load/save menu. The game takes you to classic and new locations of the original game and first fan made game.

If you enjoyed the original game or the fan made sequel, it is likely that you will also enjoy the new Zak McKracken game. It lacks a bit of the charm of the original game in my opinion and some graphics look a bit weird (though must look fine), but if you like classic adventure games, you may want to give this a try; it is free after all. Considering that this is the work of a single developer, it is quite good for that.

Now you: do you play any free computer games?

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  1. jern said on December 26, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    Infocom’s Zork series – all text, no graphics – remain the best computer games I ever played. I spent days playing them on an Atari 800. They’re still available.

    1. John Fenderson said on December 26, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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      @jern:

      I agree.

      I was lucky enough to be gifted with a box set that contains all of the Infocom adventures many years ago. Since z-machine interpreters exist for pretty much every platform, I’ve been using the data files from the box to continue to play the games moving forward. I’ve been playing Ballyhoo on my smartphone for a while now!

    2. stefann said on December 27, 2019 at 4:38 am
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      @jern

      I agree to ! I run it on Cloanto’s C64 Forever, where i have a total of 23 000 + C64 games.

  2. Paul(us) said on December 26, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    Only chess nowadays.
    Nice free chess game on the web: https://stockfishchess.org/ or https://2700chess.com/play-computer

    I use to like around 1983 the good old Loderunner (The free web version http://loderunnerwebgame.com/game/ )
    There is also a free install version of Loderunner 2.0 ( https://en.freedownloadmanager.org/Windows-PC/Lode-Runner.html )

    1. chesscanoe said on December 26, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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      2020 Resolution – Getting Stockfish 10 to work with ICC Blitzin.

  3. John Fenderson said on December 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    “do you play any free computer games?”

    Yes, I do! Although I since I also play games from GoG, I no longer remember which were free and which I’ve purchased through them.

  4. Anonymous said on December 26, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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    Guess I would be too stupid to play it since I can’t even figure out how to download it. I don’t see a way to do so on its page at all.

    1. JohnWold said on December 26, 2019 at 11:52 pm
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      There is a download button in the page, and next to it the file name and size
      (Zak McKracken – Hot Coffee.7z 961 MB)

  5. Anonymous said on December 27, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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    See also The New Adventures of Zak McKracken, a 2003 free fan game:

    https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/40/

    (torrent download only, the only file needed in the torrent is the 7 Mb file agsarchives.com/games/2003/Zak2.zip , don’t download the full 54 Gb torrent)

  6. salgamaphobia said on December 29, 2019 at 5:19 am
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    do you play any free computer games?

    Yes, pirated games. If I like them a lot, then I buy them.

    I have enjoyed the Halo and Fallout series the most, but just those games that can be played offline.

    The next games I’m looking forward to is the reboot of Destroy All Humans!, and Cyberpunk 2077.

    I don’t care for low budget games as Zak McKracken. I would rather read a book or play with my pussy cat.

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