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Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen

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Commodore 64
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3.1
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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.

Screenshots

Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen PC Booter A mountain hideout... (CGA with RGB monitor)
Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen Commodore 64 Alien version of Siskel and Ebert.
Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen PC Booter Lane opening screen 2 (CGA with RGB monitor)
Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen PC Booter Lambert has been captured by the Blubbermen. (CGA with composite monitor)

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User Reviews

A good idea wwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy ahead of its time PC Booter WizardX (116)

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) PC Booter Sep, 1988 8 out of 12 67

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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.)
Contributed to by Trypticon (7389), Quapil (4742) and Tony Van (2691)