Long after the passing of the Second Shadow, when dragons ruled the twilight sky and the stars were bright and numerous, came the Age of the Great Guilds. Blacksmiths. Shepherds. Clerics. Each dedicated to the absolute control of secret knowledge. Another such Guild was the Weavers.
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1990

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Long after the passing of the Second Shadow, when dragons ruled the twilight sky and the stars were bright and numerous, came the Age of the Great Guilds.
Blacksmiths. Shepherds. Clerics. Each dedicated to the absolute control of secret knowledge.
Another such Guild was the Weavers. Over the centuries, their craft transcended the limits of physical cloth, until they wove the very fabric of reality itself. Now, a strange power has swept the Weavers into oblivion, leaving behind one Weaver boy to unravel the mystery. Help young Bobbin rescue his Guild...and you just might save the universe from an unspeakable catastrophe.
An Extraordinary adventure with an interface of magic…
  • Stunning, high-resolution, 3D landscapes.
  • Sophisticated score and musical effects.
  • Detailed animation and special effects.
  • Elegant point 'n' click control of characters, objects and magic spells.
  • No burdensome typing, mapping, or inventory management.
  • An easy and engaging game for beginners and veterans alike.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor: Any 2002 era PC or better
    • Memory: 32 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 2 MB - PCI Graphics Card
    • DirectX®: Required for sound
    • Hard Drive: 290 MB
    • Sound: 16-bit sound card
    • OS: Mac OS X version 10.5 (or newer)
    • Processor: Intel Processor
    • CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB free disk space
    • OS: Mac OS X version 10.5 (or newer)
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core Processor
    • CPU Speed: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB free disk space
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326 of 334 people (98%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
Loom is a great game. Unfortunately just not this version.

The version that Steam uses is a direct Windows port of the "talkie" CD released in 1992, which adds voice acting and VGA graphics, but at a cost. They removed a significant portion of the dialogue to fit the (uncompressed) voice acting on the disc, reducing the story and detail. Furthermore they censored many, many scenes. http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=802320 has a pretty thorough list of censored and missing content. There isn't even almost any background music due to the dialogue taking all the space. As a result of all these, many scenes become rushed and lack the pacing or emotion they're supposed to have.

The voice acting isn't very good either, it's average at best in my opinion. The technical implementation is also somewhat bad due to being one of the first voice-acted games ever, as many lines are cut off abruptly at the end.

If you want to experience Loom, I recommend you to find the original EGA version or the FM-Towns version, neither of which are for sale sadly. The FM-Towns version has VGA graphics if you can't stand EGA, but the original looks really good in my opinion and has the best EGA graphics that I've ever seen. The best sound option in the EGA version is AdLib/SoundBlaster by default, but there is a patch available that adds a MT-32 option (note however that you either need a real MT-32 or know how to emulate one).
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77 of 86 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
There must be something wrong with this adaptation. The dialogues are off, and it horribly feels like something is missing from the gameplay itself. There's no indication of the notes on the distaff, and the drafts are almost impossible to play. I had to give up after a while, and this is seriously aggravating because I remember this game very fondly.
I advise not to buy this version. It is horribly adapted.
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
I really hate to say I don't reccomend this game, but as some other people have said, it's unfortunately the inferior version. I have played the EGA version all the way through and I think it's a pretty good game. I wouldn't rank it high among the LucasArts classics, but definitely something worth checking out. It's got a good plot and has an interesting take on the point and click genre; the only item here is a staff that can play music to perform a draft. You learn more and more of them as you play through the game, and use each draft to help get you through a puzzle. It's a fairly short game, but a good one.

Unfortunately, LucasArts decided to include the CD version of this game instead of the EGA or FM-Towns version. While it has updated 256-color VGA graphics and voice acting, all of the dialogue and music had to be stored as CD audio. The voice acting is sloppily done at times and the music doesn't play very often, killing a lot of immersion. They also cut down the dialogue considerably, leading to some rather confusing moments in the plot. It's really a shame; I'd love to reccomend this game, but I just can't. There is a site that offers the FM-Towns version though, if you have bought this version. Since that's generally considered the best version (it has all the positives of both PC editions and none of the negatives of either), I'd say go on ahead and buy it and follow their method to obtain it.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
Loom is unique. There is no game quite like it in the history of video games. As a professional singer and music teacher of many instruments, I still love the challenge of musical pattern recognition and recall of this wonderfully interesting game. I just saw the manual too and gosh, what a lovely throwback to the past when games really were works of art one could keep in the packaging and manuals that came with it. The music geek in me loves how one is supposed to use pencil to dictate the melodies one encounters in the game. It may be slow going for many of us (myself included) who are now so used to faster paced narratives in video games and other media; however, there is such a charm to it as well as some rather fiendish puzzles that had me cheating via online hint guides which incidentally one would have to pay and arm and a leg for with Lucas Arts hintlines, or so I hear. I give Loom 5 stars out of 5 for absolutely everything though I wish I could make bloody Bobbin Threadbare move far quicker- He is a tad snail like in his gait. Regardless, do play this gem while you have to chance. It is one of the best in the genre of adventure games and one of LucasArts finest offerings in this Musician's humble opinion :) Enjoy, Loom everyone. I am on my 4th playthrough and here's to many more :)
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2015
This game brings back childhood memories because of its memorable music, gameplay and puzzles. The game progression is very linear, so chance is that you will play it only once, but it is definitely worth it.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
Pick this one up, turn it on and ignore it while you emulate the proper EGA version.

Slightly better graphics and a poor voice-over track does not make up for the sheer amount of content that has been censored or cut from the original EGA version of this game.

That said, I'm so very glad that I finally played this. It was complete delight to get from beginning to end and I am absolutely floored that nothing else became of this game. It is a true LucasArts gem.
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
This game is 1 of the best games I have played. it contains puzzles, jokes, epicpixel graphics xD if u are looking something good to play with less violence and with epic story. U just found it! try out other lucas arts games too
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
While not perfect this game surely represent one of the many steps the great LucasFilm (then LucasArts) took in its way to glory.

The game per se is a short, straightforward and thus much enjoayble, point and click adventure with one of the most efficient and minimalistic User Interface. Your Distaff (a musical stick) and a square for closeups of interactive items.

By any modern standard is a little thing, there are better indie products for (probably) less cash, but for one thing.

This game has a soul that begs to be found.
It asks to be played, remembered and passed on the next generation.

Maybe it's a combination of music, colours, and the memories of when I played it at the sweet age of eight.
If you decide to play it- take your time with it: get a pen and a paper, a hot beverage and just glide through it- much like a swan would do on the surface of a crystal-like calm lake.

It's all it asks. And it doesn't take up that much time. It may really leave you something unexpected.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Loom * 6/10

As part of a Lucasarts bundle I had this adventure for a long time. When I was a child I read in those paper things called videogames magazines about many graphic adventures nd one of those was Loom. In these days I had a chance to play something so I decided to start Loom... And Finish it. The playtime over there is correct. But let's talk about it later...
Loom is a graphic adventure directed by Brian Moriarty that sees You as Bobbin, a recluse and almost despised wizard apprentice. Bobbin is summoned by the elders of the village and for some odd reason they're all transformed into swans along with all the villagers, then they fly away. Now bobbin is the last of his village and can pick up his staff to go and search all the lost swans. VERY abridged version.
The very innovative interface of the game requires the use of the aforementioned "distaff" which can play all seven notes ( you start with three, and unlock one by one the other ones as you proceed with the game). You can combine the notes into quartets to perform determined actions... Or better, spells (you're a wizard apprentice after all). How do you know the combinations? Along the game you'll see things happen which will emit notes. Simply repeat those notes to perform that action. Very creative indeed.
Unfortunately the game is very short, even though the story was so promising, and some puzzles were quite interesting. And the worst thing is that the ending is kind of cut, or suspended. The story never really reach a conclusion, and if it does it's a really dark one (no spoilers, please).
There are dialogues, but they're just a little more of the essential. Still I really appreciated the voice acting of the characters.

  • INTERFACE. This note interface was a very innovative system, it was a different and creative way to move into this adventure, it fitted perfectly in the game's story and setting and seems odd to me that no more games of the same kind were made.
  • STORY. I have to say that considering the lenght of the game there's a nice and interesting story behind all the game, And with a nice revelation at the end...
  • STORY. ...Too bad that the story is abruptly interrupted at the end. Without spoilers, The end is a complete suspension of the story, obviously leaving every situation as it is. There were plans for sequels which never saw light, there were fan sequels project which never saw light except for Forge, with one chapter out already, but I have no idead about the project actual situation.
  • DURATION. And this is the other bad side of the game. It took me 98 minutes to complete the game... Speechless... O.o
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
What a strange little game. Of all the point-and-click adventure games I've endeavoured, this one is by far the shortest. Although a bit convoluted at times, the plot is an interesting little adventure with seemingly huge obstacles that can be bypassed with a unique game mechanic: a musical stick. The graphics and environments are lovely, and very importantly, the voice acting is fitting. I also finally feel like I'm on the inside of the LucasArts secret club. Finally, all those obscure Monkey Island references to this game make sense!

Definitely give it a play. It's a quick little adventure with a famous classical piece as the backdrop. You really can't go wrong, and you'll be singing Swan Lake tunes for the rest of the day.
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48.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
The game is a work of art and brings back happy memories of my childhood. Just as fun playing now as it was back in the 90's. A+

Please make more games like this.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: October 12
This was dissapointing. I think it's a great game but I couldn't get past the first section. Followed walkthroughs to the letter, nothing.... tried video walkthroughs, I was spinning tunes, no worries, but it just wasn't happening, such a shame, not sure if my version was buggy.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: October 5
The game itself is great.
Interesting story and gameplay, likable characters, great art style.
The problem is the steam version.
The voice recording cuts off too quickly and it's gets frustrating, as it happened pretty much every time.

I personlly bought the game for nostalgic reasons.
I played the game as a young child with my brother. We couldn't speck Englich then and couldn't finish the game.

Like I said before, the game itself is beautiful.
The use of music is amazing, which makes the sound cuts even worse.
I would still recommend the game but the faults should be taken into account before purchasing.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: September 30
I remember this game very fondly, while playing it as an adult it was relatively straight forward and easy it is the experince that matters, great story and the game mechaninc around the staff and notes is just beautiful and creative.

Easy going puzzle solving musical adventure of mystery,

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Ar Ciel
2.5 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 19
This game, beyond all others, was what made me think of the possibilities of storytelling in a video game. It was the first game that got me interested in Lucasarts and computer games in general. I still occasionally hum the theme song in my head.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 7
The game is wonderful, I played it when I was a child, but i'm having trouble with the cutscenes. The audio is quicker then the animation. I'm playing in OS Yosemite. It's impossible to stand! If I knew, I wouldn't have bought it.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
Let it be clear the appreciation is not towards the game itself, but this version.

25 years ago, I played the original version of this game, on my parents' EGA PC.

And now, I am disappointed by this version, which is built on the defective FM-town port.
For starters, the opening scene with Bobbin should only have ONE red element : the last leave on the tree.

The dialog is much shorter, dumbed down, compared to the original DOS version.

what is worse is that draft weaving is so laggy it breaks immersion. when I type "eced", the basic Opening draft, Bobbin chants the "d" four seconds later.

All in all, a poor port.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: July 28
It's nice and all, but it's way too short and easy to figure out. Only buy if on sale.
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3.1 hrs
Posted: July 9
Classic! I loved the game as a child, and love it now. It was great for the time, running on Windows 95. I'd love to see a graphically updated version. The voice acting remains on point, though. Remeber to write down all the notes and what they do!
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0.5 hrs
Posted: July 4
I see a lot of people saying that this version is not a good one.
Well, I've never played this game before so have no previous experience with the game to compare this to another version. But after 30 minutes its kind of boring and I have no idea what im supposed to do.
I click on a tree with a hole in it and an owl hoots. I click another tree. Theres another owl in it. It hoots also.
A third tree also contains an owl. this hoots as well. the fourth tree does not have an owl in it but after moving further I find the fourth owl which flys in to the hole of the fourth tree. I click the fourth tree now and all the owls hoot one after the other in a different tone. clicking a different tree changes the order in which the owls hoot. Now im sure there must be some sort of order in which I need them to hoot I guess but is this really how the game starts?
I move on to a different area by the see and see four seagulls. I click one and all four sound one after the other. Again same as the owls. Now I'm kind of bored :S

This game seems a bit of a bore to me. Theres not enough story set up for me to want to solve these boring puzzles.
I found some clothes that seem to indicate I need to dye them. I've knocked over the dye, but can I put the clothes in the dye? nope :( Maybe I need to understand the game controls better as its an older game.

Maybe its just the version. Maybe its the game in general. Seems too outdated for me to carry on with this.
I'll try again another day but after my first attempt to play this, I've been left confused, bored and a little tired with nothing to grip me in to the story.

It's a shame because I've read good things about this game, and is from what I've heard a bit of a classic adventure game, which I do enjoy.

Based on what I've played and from other people about this version I would avoid buying this.
Or grab it on sale.

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