Full Throttle

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Full Throttle
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Full Throttle cover art featuring Ben

Developer(s) LucasArts
Publisher(s) LucasArts
Release date(s) May, 1995
Genre Adventure
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: Teen (T)
Platform(s) PC, Mac

Full Throttle is a graphical adventure game, originally developed in-house and released in May, 1995 by LucasArts. It was the tenth game to use the SCUMM adventure game engine.

The story focuses on Ben, the leader of a biker gang called the Polecats. He is approached by a businessman. When he declines, he is knocked out and thrown in the dumpster. The story then follows him as he finds out why. Along the way, he discovers that the biggest motorcycle-making company in America has been bought out by the businessman, and is about to switch over to making minivans.

The game was admired for its polished look and involving storyline. However, many gamers complained that it was too short.

Full Throttle running in ScummVM
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Full Throttle running in ScummVM

The game was released only on CD-ROM, featuring a full voiceover soundtrack. The project was led by Day of the Tentacle creator Tim Schafer, who was also its writer and designer, and featured the vocal talents of Roy Conrad (as Ben) and Mark Hamill (as Ripburger)-- known to be a consistent contributor to LucasArts' games. It was also one of the only LucasArts games to use externally recorded music, courtesy of the Gone Jackals. Certain tracks from their (at the time) current album, Bone to Pick, were featured in the game.

In 2003, development on a sequel, Full Throttle II: Hell on Wheels, began; a video teaser was released and an interactive demo was shown at E3 that year, but shortly afterwards the game was cancelled.

Voice cast

Full Throttle employed plenty of skilled voice acting professionals, such as Kath Soucie, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, Hamilton Camp and Mark Hamill. Full Throttle was the first computer game to employ mostly SAG-registered professional voice actors instead of relying entirely on in-house talent, and also featured a few pieces of copyrighted music.

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