A long time ago, in a studio far, far away; a game was made. This one featured a pixelated Indiana Jones as he romped around the world searching for artifacts, beating up Nazis, and narrowly escaping danger.

Han Solo and JawasThe game was a point & click (PnC) adventure, with a style of its own and a lasting charm—so lasting, in fact, that it still inspires game developers today. And one of these developers is Stacy Davidson, who is taking us to an unlikely corner of the galaxy with a hero every bit as famous as Indie: Han Solo.

By piecing together stories on Han Solo’s adventures before the events in the first Star Wars film (Episode IV) Davidson has woven together a story following the pistol slinging, hyperspace jumping, scruffy looking smuggler we’ve all come to love.

Being about the many adventures of Han Solo, the game is fittingly called “Han Solo Adventures,” and we had the pleasure of speaking with Davidson about the upcoming game.

[box_light]TechZwn:[/box_light]
Just broadly, it’s interesting to see someone working on a PnC game based around Han Solo. I know you mentioned some inspiration from Fate of Atlantis (which is an awesome game) and some vague info on Han Solo’s exploits. Could you talk a bit about why you decided to make this game, and how you see it once it’s finished?

[box_light]Davidson:[/box_light]
Han Solo in Tattooine cantinaThanks! I actually had the idea to create a PnC game set in the galaxy far, far away after playing Space Quest IV for the first time. I loved all the sci-fi references in both SQ4 and SQ3, and it just really made me want to see a straight up PnC game set in the SW universe.

[box_light]TechZwn:[/box_light]
Why did you choose to focus the game around Han Solo?

[box_light]Davidson:[/box_light]
I always enjoyed the old Brian Daley Han Solo novels, and he seemed like the character who had the most fun outside of the movies with plenty of adventures to be had on his own. I think Han’s probably one of the most beloved characters in modern pop culture and fantasy, yet he’s basically only been in three movies and that’s about it. Unless you want to do a lot of reading.

[box_light]TechZwn:[/box_light]
Han Solo I have a bad feeling about thisI’m wondering what your thoughts are about what happened to PnC games? They were huge for so long, then they were just about gone.

[box_light]Davidson:[/box_light]
Yeah, I really think Lucasarts and sierra basically innovated the genre right out of existence. Myst came out and started this interest in updating adventure games as a genre and challenging what they could be and, before you knew it, Sierra was making live action adventure games. Then real-time 3D became a thing and everyone started moving their adventure games in the direction of the going fads without stopping to consider if it was even appropriate. I always felt 3D served action best, and full motion video serves no one because its awful. Except in Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace. ;)

[box_light]TechZwn:[/box_light]
Han Solo before Star Wars IVI like that you kept the old school SCUMM style. I’m curious why you chose this style though? What do you think it adds to the game?

[box_light]Davidson:[/box_light]
When Fate of Atlantis was released, that solidified my idea for what a Han Solo game could be. It seemed to make sense that it would be somewhat of a counterpart to FoA, with similar artwork and interface. Of course this was all just my ridiculous “what if” game idea until recently.

[box_light]TechZwn:[/box_light]
Han Solo and Sand CrawlerJust building on the last question, it’s a great time for PnC games, particularly after what Tim Schafer did—and with some other great titles on their way (like the upcoming game from Two Guys from Andromeda). What are your thoughts about these games making a comeback?

[box_light]Davidson:[/box_light]
I’m really excited. I can’t wait for a world where Tim Schafer, Ron Gilbert, Scott Murphy, Mark Crowe, Al Lowe and Jane Jensen are all giving us new adventure games again. Its a great time for indie games.

[box_light]TechZwn:[/box_light]
Is there anything else you’d like to say?

[box_light]Davidson:[/box_light]
Yeah, check out Star Wars Uncut and the film The People vs. George Lucas. My game was featured in both and they’re definitely worth a look!

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