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Adventure Game News for 28 Dec 04

ScummVM 0.7 released

A new version of ScummVM is out, and the feature list is pretty impressive (again):

  • Added preliminary support for 26 Humongous Entertainment titles
  • Added support for FLAC (lossless) encoded audio files
  • Added native support for Macintosh versions of some SCUMM games [...]
  • Added smooth horizontal scrolling for The Dig, Full Throttle and COMI (matching the original engine)
  • Added support for compressed speech and music in Broken Sword 1 and 2


AGON press release

The talented ladies and gentlemen over at Private Moon Studios have sent along this press release for your information:

Private Moon Studios, the development team of the AGON adventure game series, is informing the press of the following important events:

  • AGON NetBoard2 – Fanorona is ready for downloading
  • AGON is now available for purchase on CD-ROM in Hungary
  • First pictures from the "virtual Toledo" (AGON Ep4 – The Lost Sword of Toledo)

Netboard2-Fanorona software, in connection with the latest AGON episode released in November (Ep3 – Pirates of Madagascar), can be downloaded from the official website of AGON ( With the help of NetBoard2, it is now possible to play the exiting board game of Fanorona from the Madagascar scene with your friends on the Internet.

NetBoard is a game software, available for use independently of AGON games, which makes it possible to play several board games familiar with the adventure series on-line. There remains the option of playing against the computer, but "hot seat" mode is also available that makes it possible to compete with others sitting in front of the same computer or distant gamers who connect to the Private Moon Studios server. With the help of NetBoard, gamers can also find new friends, AGON and netboard fans can talk in the chat-room and conversation does not necessarily have to stop whilst playing. Furthermore, NetBoard makes it possible to organize championships, create hall of fames, keep scores and register challenges for private competitors protected by passwords. NetBoard is free of charge for those who have already purchased the AGON episode for the same version number but can also be bought independently at 4,90 USD.

The first three episodes of AGON are also available on CD-ROM in Hungary under the subtitle "The Mysterious Codex" published by Private Moon Records and distributed by SeVeN M. The impressively packaged game contains all the three episodes unchanged (London, Lapland, Madagascar) but at the same time it includes Professor Hunt’s correspondence between his journeys. This is available in English, Hungarian, German and French. (In the first screenshot the letters and the animated map of the route can be seen on his wife Dorothy’s table. The AGON CD-ROM is available for purchase in every large game store in Hungary and can also be ordered on-line with delivery only in Hungary for the time being. The game will be introduced to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia by SeVeN M at the beginning of 2005.

Private Moon Studios is excited working on the fourth episode of AGON, entitled "The Lost Sword of Toledo". This episode takes place in a city in the middle of Spain, where Professor Hunt undertakes a complicated inquiry about a stolen work of art and becomes involved in a family drama. A secret occult company and a mysterious music box also appear in the game. We are pleased to introduce three pictures from the fourth episode that represent the room of the aged painter, Salvador Diez Palencia and a part of the courtyard of his home. You can see pictures here: (They are not yet in their final form). The fourth episode of AGON is expected to be released in the spring of 2005.

On the Developers

Private Moon Studios is a small but professional multimedia development studio in Hungary, who are realizing with AGON their long cherished dream. This team of seven consisting mainly of devoted adventure gamers decided to tell a fourteen-episode saga in an interactive way, in which the story is woven around board games of a mystic origin and a mysterious codex. Private Moon, which has gained a rather good reputation in Hungary in the past ten years published the first episode of AGON in September 2003, the initial steps of which we could take as Professor Samuel Hunt among the walls of the British Museum in London a hundred years ago.

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