DescriptionThe year is 2029 and the evil Blubbermen have invaded earth. Only heroic Lane Mastodon can stop them, in a setting resembling science-fiction of the 1950's.
Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen is, along with Gamma Force in Pit of a Thousand Screams and the two ZorkQuest games, a part of the so-called InfoComics. The gameplay follows the same system as in the other games: the player reads text and views comic book panels (presented with CGA graphics in a vector format, including automatic zooming, panning, and rotating), occasionally being prompted to make a decision, thus leading the story into a different direction.
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ProtagonistAuthor Steve Meretzky also wrote Leather Goddesses of Phobos, which included a 3-D comic in which Lane Mastodon made his first appearance.
SuccessInfocomics were a huge failure on the market for a number of reasons:
- not truly a game (more like an interactive movie)
- low CGA graphic appeal in a time when EGA was king
- the low pricing did not inspire quality confidence in the consumer's mind.
Related Web Sites
- The Commodore Zone (All about Lane Mastodon - introduction, images, related links and comments area.)
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