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This game was made by Lucasarts and came out in 1990. Its a one player adventure game for the Nes console. Dr Fred a retired physcian turned mad scientist, and his family Nurse Edna and their teenage son Weird Ed live in a mansion. They are aliens from another planet. They live on earth and a meteor lands outside their house. So for the next twenty years Dr Fred has been trying to rule the world. As the meteor made him mad. His wife is helpng him but his son is not so willing. Dr Fred has captured a local girl and wants to start world domination by doing experiments on her. Its up to you to stop him and get her back. You play Dave Sandy`s boyfreind. You are allowed to take two of your mates into the mansion. Theres Bernard a geek, Razor she is musical, Syd another rock star, Wendy a novelist, Jeff a beach bum and Michael a photographer. Its best to pick Bernard and Wendy!! This is a point and click game. Like an early version of broken sword. Once inside theres so many rooms to go to. In each room almost everything can be looked at, picked up, touched etc. One bit i like is when you phone Nurse Edna!! Apart from the family theres a few little aliens inside. They wont kill you and will usually help you if you feed them or give them something they want. Even Weird Ed helps you if you help him. But dont cross him. This is a game where you cant be killed. Unless you fall into the swimming pool ofcourse. If you do get caught you get sent to the dungeon but this is easily escapeable. Another good thing is that there are six different endings to this game. When this game came out i remember it was one of the dearest being £55. Still a game worth playing today. The graphics for this game are excellent. The music is excellent with different tunes in the game. You can even put cassettes into cassette players whilst playing. Gameplay is excellent with so many endings you will play it for ages
Surely you remember this? The original graphic adventure from Lucasfilm Games (later to be renamed LucasArts of course) The story begins with a group of three teenagers standing outside the Mansion of Dr. Fred and his wife Edna. You can choose which three characters you want to feature in the game from a selection after the introduction. Be warned though as they each have their own strengths and special abilities, and only the correct combination of characters will allow you to complete the game. Something of a weakness I suppose, but it becomes pretty obvious early on which of the characters you need to pick (Bernard, who went on to become a star player in Day Of The Tentacle is a good start!) Despite being eventually followed by a graphically superior big-budget sequel (Day of the Tentacle) and even a TV show spin-off in the United States (true story!), the original Maniac Mansion is still a classic, even today. Available on all 16-bit machines at the time (PC, Amiga and Atari ST - also Nintendo I think), this game really did set the standards for future adventures. The humour is wacky and spot-on throughout and although you CAN die in this game (something which LucasArts scrapped for the likes of the Monkey Island games), it never fails to entertain. The graphics and sound are of course extremely basic by today's standards, but the game is still attractive and fun to look at (although the speed of the scrolling can be painful at times!) Generally speaking, the difficulty of the puzzles is even throughout the game, with a mixture of logic and time-limited challenges. It should keep you busy for at least a few weeks. Overall then, if you still have an Amiga, or better still have a top-notch PC with an ST / Amiga or old PC emulator installed, track down Maniac Mansion, sit back and enjoy this classic comedy adventure!