Full Throttle is a computer adventure game created by Tim Schafer. The game features voice actors Roy Conrad and Mark Hamill (of Star Wars fame). It was developed in-house and released by LucasArts on April 30, 1995. It is the tenth game to use the SCUMM adventure game engine.
Players view Ben, the protagonist, in third-person. Using the mouse, players click the left button to move him and hold it over certain objects to view their interactive options; a graphic menu rendered as a flaming skull displays a fist ("use", "grab" or "hit"), eyes ("examine"), tongue ("speak" or "taste") and boot ("kick"). After the menu appears, the player then selects one of these icons for the desired interaction. The inventory of collected tools or weapons is invoked by right-clicking anywhere on the screen. It also contains portions where the player is required to drive, combating enemy bikers with punches and kicks, and later chains, planks, and other crude weapons.
Dialogue plays a large part in the game, during which story elements and information necessary to advance are presented. Several choices of dialogue are presented in certain situations, allowing players to choose the path of conversation and ultimately advance the scene by selecting the right choice of words (something common in several LucasArts adventure games of the era).
The game, somewhat in contrast to other SCUMM engine games, may present situations where the player can die. During some sequences, it is possible to make a wrong choice of action, or react too slow, resulting in killing the main character. Such events are followed with Ben's voiceover ("Let me try that again" or "Damn"), after which the sequence starts over to allow the player to retry. There are no "lives" nor "game over" messages in Full Throttle and players may retry as often as necessary to advance.
* The Polecats are a relatively normal, outlawed biker gang led by Ben. They spend most of the game off-screen in prison.
* The Rottwheelers are considered to be dumb, ugly brutes, reflected in their choice of heavy, powerful vehicles.
* The Vultures are a reclusive gang that favour extremely fast, agile machines.
* The Cavefish are an underground biker cult known for psychotic behaviour, eccentric dress and strange technology.
Platform(s) DOS, Mac OS, Windows
Release date(s) April 30, 1995
Genre(s) Graphic adventure
Rating(s) ELSPA: 11+
System requirements 486DX/33 MHz processor
8 MB RAM
1 MB hard disk space
256 colour VGA
Input methods Keyboard and mouse