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Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (Commodore 64)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.1
Overall MobyScore (23 votes) 3.9

The Press Says

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In fact, right from the bizarre beginning to the eccentric ending, Zak is compelling, enthralling and utterly hilarious – simply the best action/adventure combo I've seen.
Power Play
Das neue Spitzen-Adventure von Lucasfilm-Games liegt jetzt auch für den C 64 vor. Viel hat sich nicht geändert gegenüber der MS-DOS-PC-Version, die wir in Happy Computer 9/88 getestet haben. Die Grafik wirkt auf dem C 64 allerdings noch eine Spur schöner, weil die Farben besser aufeinander abgestimmt sind.
Pour qui apprécie le genre aventure, Zak McKracken est un incontournable. Il possède ce parfum d’intelligence et d’originalité, cette générosité ludique et scénaristique, capable de rendre un jeu indémodable, malgré le fossé technologique creusé par deux décennies de progrès.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Zak McKraken is definitely worth keeping an eye out for. The only thing that mars it is the large amount of disk access, but maybe that can't be helped. Shame it's disk only - all you cassette owners are going to miss out.
I'd have to say that this is probably one of the top 5 adventure games I've ever played, with the only ones on the list that top it also being LucasArts games. It's really a shame that nobody writes these games as well as they used to. I mean, every once in a while you get occasional flashes of wittiness, like the, "'re a video game" sequence from Max Payne, but for the most part, nobody's really put together a really solid, witty, intelligent adventure game that wasn't named LucasArts in a long, long time.
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Der Sound besteht nur aus kurzen Jingles, und die Grafik scrollt bloß bei der Amigaversion, vom Zeichnerischen her kann sie sich aber nach wie vor auf allen Sytemen sehen lassen. Was die gelungene Menüsteuerung betrifft, so findet sie nicht umsonst im Hause Lucas auch heute nocit fast unverändert Verwendung. Insgesamt kann man also sagen, daß Zak MeKracken in den letzten Jahren erstaunlich wenig an Charme eingebüßt hat.
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The Games Machine (UK)
The flash of light created in your mind upon reaching an inspired solution to a particular problem can be dimmed by the slow pace at which Zak and his chums carry out your orders. However, the pictures, animation and messages along the way are sufficiently amusing to render the trek non too arduous.
Der Sound beschränkt sich auf wenige Effekte. Die Grafik ist recht ordentlich. „Zak McKracken“ ist zu empfehlen, da es Wochen Spielspaß garantiert.
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Superlative presentation on-screen, with the game-detail of an ICOM adventure combined with the animation of an arcade game. All versions equally impressive, with the usual exception of IBM CGA.
Commodore User
If you can put up with American humour and the lo-res graphics then who knows, you might find yourself having a lot of fun with the game.