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Down in the Dumps (DOS)

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Down in the Dumps is a graphical adventure game in which the player takes control of the family Blub. In each chapter the player controls a different family member. The family of minuscule aliens wanted to go on holidays to another planet, but after a crash with evil aliens, they crash-land in a dump on earth. It is up to the player to take control of the family members and collect the required parts to reconstruct their spaceship.

The game is played with the mouse in typical point & click adventure style. You can collect in an inventory and combine items with each other or use them with objects in the game world. The game makes use of prerendered backgrounds and characters. The entire game takes place on the dump and is in a comedic style.


Down in the Dumps DOS Game options and ship status screen
Down in the Dumps DOS Intro movie - Spaceships colliding
Down in the Dumps DOS First chapter - The Blub, the rat and the bad guy.
Down in the Dumps DOS Intro movie - Title

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Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 1996 91 out of 100 91
Coming Soon Magazine Mar, 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Player (Denmark) 1997 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1996 85 out of 100 85 Jul 17, 2011 16 out of 20 80
Power Play Dec, 1996 69 out of 100 69
PC Joker Jan, 1997 65 out of 100 65
High Score Feb, 1997 3 out of 5 60
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameBoomers 2003 40 out of 100 40


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The manual lists some trivia and statistics. Down in the dumps includes:
  • 150 locations
  • 45 minutes of cinematic sequences
  • 3000 gags
  • 3 hours of 3D computer animation
  • 66 CD-ROMS of RAW DATA
  • 700 sounds
  • 18 000 C language lines
  • 9 GIGABYTES of hard drive scratched
  • 12 PC motherboards burnt out
  • 7300 cups of coffee drunk
  • 5700 beers drunk
  • 6 dumps visited (Los Angeles, London, Paris, Bastia, New York, Florence)
  • 55 sleepless nights for each developer

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robotriot (9071) added Down in the Dumps (DOS) on Jan 02, 2000