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Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen (PC Booter)

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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 Zabor's ship. (CGA with RGB monitor)
Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen PC Booter The Mighty Mastondon, Lane's space ship. (CGA with composite monitor)
Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen PC Booter intro (CGA with RGB monitor)
Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen PC Booter Title screen (CGA with composite monitor)

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User Reviews

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

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) 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.)
Tony Van (2691) added Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen (PC Booter) on Jun 18, 2000
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