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Description

The 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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Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen Commodore 64 Alien version of Siskel and Ebert.
Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen Commodore 64 Lane suddenly realized that he should have spend the extra $19.95 to get the laser proof hoodie on his hero suit.
Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen Commodore 64 Title screen part 1
Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen Commodore 64 Good thing Lane has been brushing up on his piloting skills lately.

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Trivia

Protagonist

Author Steve Meretzky also wrote Leather Goddesses of Phobos, which included a 3-D comic in which Lane Mastodon made his first appearance.

Success

Infocomics were a huge failure on the market for a number of reasons:
  1. not truly a game (more like an interactive movie)
  2. low CGA graphic appeal in a time when EGA was king
  3. the low pricing did not inspire quality confidence in the consumer's mind.
Information also contributed by Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe

Related Web Sites

  • The Commodore Zone (All about Lane Mastodon - introduction, images, related links and comments area.)
Quapil (4721) added Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen (Commodore 64) on Apr 23, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Trypticon (10736) and Tony Van (2665)