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ScummVM stands for Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion (VM stands for virtual machine). ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files

Emulator Rom Folder Extension BIOS Controller Config
ScummVM scummvm see below none hardcoded

Emulator: ScummVM


Accepted File Extensions: This is a tricky question as ScummVM has its own particular filesets and method of loading- but when all is said and done .sh .svm are the filetypes EmulationStation will read.

ScummVM is very different to most romsets in that there are a set of files for each game.

See the list here:

Place your folders of game files in:


List ScummVM games in EmulationStation

Place an .svm file in the ROM folder for each game which you want to appear in EmulationStation.

The .svm file contains the short name of the game. This can be used to directly launch that game without starting the ScummVM GUI first.

The list of short names is at:

The Recalbox documentation uses .scummvm files instead of .svm files.


The game Day of the Tentacle has the shortname tentacle and requires files:

  • TENTACLE.000
  • TENTACLE.001

Create a directory /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/scummvm/Day of the Tentacle and place the game files in it.

Create a launcher file with the same name as the directory: /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/scummvm/Day of the Tentacle/Day of the Tentacle.svm

This launcher file Day of the Tentacle.svm contains the shortname tentacle

You can create the launcher file like:

echo "tentacle" > "/home/pi/RetroPie/roms/scummvm/Day of the Tentacle/Day of the Tentacle.svm"

The final file layout is:

/home/pi/RetroPie/roms/scummvm/Day of the Tentacle/Day of the Tentacle.svm
/home/pi/RetroPie/roms/scummvm/Day of the Tentacle/MONSTER.SOU
/home/pi/RetroPie/roms/scummvm/Day of the Tentacle/TENTACLE.000
/home/pi/RetroPie/roms/scummvm/Day of the Tentacle/TENTACLE.001

Restarting EmulationStation will show the name Day of the Tentacle which is used to launch the game.

Quick Start

  • Quit running rom without saving : Alt + X or Alt + Q
  • After you've added files to the scummvm rom folder, open up the +LAUNCH GUI
  • then hold down shift and click "Mass Add..."
  • Navigate to the scummvm folder and select it to add all of your files
  • quit out of the GUI
  • Press F4 to get out of emulationstation
  • Type emulationstation to re-launch emulationstation
  • navigate to scummvm and your games will be there on the list and you'll have no need for a GUI



You can open the options in the scummvm launcher and change the graphics mode to opengl and it will make the menu and your games clear and crisp! There are also other rendering modes as well that can be changed.

Video Tutorial:

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