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What Makes You Tick? (Windows)

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Description

When Dr. Coppelius disappears for one year, the university sends a young man Nathan to his last known residence to find out what happened to him. Inspired by The Sandman ("Der Sandmann"), a story written in 1817 by E. T. A. Hoffmann, What Makes You Tick? is a short freeware point-and-click adventure game developed using the LASSIE engine.

The game shares a fair amount of similarities with The Curse of Monkey Island. Not only was the Lassie engine itself developed to mimic the game's interface, but the art and even the cursor strongly resemble the game. The game is entirely controlled by the mouse, with the inventory at the bottom of the screen. By clicking interactive items while holding the left mouse button down, a pop-up appears where players can choose to examine, pick up/use, or talk to items or characters.

Screenshots

What Makes You Tick? Windows In front of Dr. Coppelius' house. Notice that the cursor to leave the area is identical to the one in The Curse of Monkey Island.
What Makes You Tick? Windows On a cliff
What Makes You Tick? Windows The first game scene, with the actions menu shown.
What Makes You Tick? Windows Nathan is doing some fishing.

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The Freehare 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Hrej! Feb 14, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Freegame.cz Jan 13, 2008 87 out of 100 87
Abandonia Reloaded Jun 14, 2008 4 out of 5 80

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Trivia

The scene in the game where backpacker Greg hands Nathan a can of Dr. Pepper is inspired by a real event. In 2004 Greg MacWilliam, creator of the Lassie engine, visited the designer of this game, Matthias Kempke, in Germany while he was doing a backpack tour through Europe. He brought along a can of Dr. Pepper for him, and there is even a picture of the meeting, with both holding a can. The picture can be viewed in the interview in the related links section.

Related Web Sites

  • What Makes You Tick? (Official game website where the game can be downloaded, free of charge.)
  • What Makes You Tick? (Product page on the Lassie Adventure Studio website)
  • What's Made Matt Tick? (An interview with developer Matthias Kempke about his game, on the Lassie Adventure Studio website (5th May 2007))
Sciere (233800) added What Makes You Tick? (Windows) on Jul 09, 2007
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (233800) and Iggi (4315)