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Maniac Mansion (DOS)

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Written by  :  Don Lee (8)
Written on  :  Sep 11, 2000
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

Ahhh, those were the days...

The Good

Aside from the unusual combination of characters that was akin to the classic bad B-film (from the musicians to the journalist to the techie to the surfer dude who did, well... no, I'm not going to spoil it :), it was also the first game that introduced me to the Lucasarts world and hooked me in straight. The graphics, where everyone had big heads, and the people talked like it was out of a B-film (smileys all around). I enjoyed the clear-cut humor it gave me (not to mention the strange opening music and the many times I got to watch the mansion blow up in a five mile radius) and the odd combinations of things you could do. Even the fact that some of the ways you could die were incredible (toxic steam! AUUUUGH!) If you like a game that is based on movies that you have to stay up till five in the morning to watch, then by all means you'll enjoy this game at least for watching.

The Bad

Okay, I understand that back then mice were one of those rare devices, but mouse support would have been soooooo sweet, especially when avoiding all of those crazy Edison kinfolk. Aside from that, it had a high difficulty gradient; maybe it would be best if you watched this game rather than played it if you aren't accustomed to these sort of games.

One comment - DYING?? In a LUCASARTS game?????

The Bottom Line

Rough, but rewarding in the end. Always go for Bernard, baby!.