Maniac Mansion is a 1987 graphic adventure video game developed and published by Lucasfilm Games. It was initially released for the Commodore 64 and Apple II, and was Lucasfilm’s first self-published product. The game’s success solidified Lucasfilm as a serious rival to adventure game studios such as Sierra On-Line. In 1990, Maniac Mansion was adapted into a three-season television series of the same name, written by Eugene Levy and starring Joe Flaherty.
About Maniac Mansion in brief
Maniac Mansion is a 1987 graphic adventure video game developed and published by Lucasfilm Games. It follows teenage protagonist Dave Miller as he attempts to rescue his girlfriend Sandy Pantz from a mad scientist. The player uses a point-and-click interface to guide Dave and two of his six playable friends through the scientist’s mansion while solving puzzles and avoiding dangers. Gameplay is non-linear, and the game must be completed in different ways based on the player’s choice of characters. The game’s success solidified Lucasfilm as a serious rival to adventure game studios such as Sierra On-Line. In 1990, Maniac Mansion was adapted into a three-season television series of the same name, written by Eugene Levy and starring Joe Flaherty. A sequel to the game, Day of the Tentacle, was released in 1993. It has five possible endings, based on which characters are chosen, which survive, and what the characters accomplish. It influenced numerous graphic adventure titles, and it became a standard feature in the genre. It was initially released for the Commodore 64 and Apple II, and was Lucasfilm’s first self-published product. It features cutscenes, a word coined by Ron Gilbert, that interrupt gameplay to advance the story and inform the player about offscreen events. With the exception of the green tentacle, the mansion’s inhabitants are hostile, and will throw the player characters into the dungeon—or, in some situations, kill them—if they see them.
When a character dies, the player must choose a replacement from the unselected characters; and the game ends if all characters are killed. The game may be completed with any combination of characters; but, since many puzzles are solvable only by certain characters, different paths must be taken based upon the group’s composition. It takes place in the mansion of the fictional Edison family: Dr. Fred, a mad. scientist; Nurse Edna, his wife; and their son Weird Ed. The intro sequence shows that a sentient meteor crashed near the mansion twenty years earlier; it brainwashed the Edisons and directed Dr. Fred to obtain human brains for use in experiments. It begins as Dave Miller prepares to enter the mansion to Rescue his girlfriend, Sandy pantz, who had been kidnapped by Dr. Fred. A port for the Nintendo Entertainment System had to be reworked heavily, in response to complaints by Nintendo of America that the game was inappropriate for children. After its release, Maniak Mansion was ported to several platforms, including the PC, the Mac, the Atari, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, the PC-88 and the Mac OS, as well as the PC and Mac OS X. It is one of the few graphic adventure games to have been released on the PC. In the UK, the game is still available on the Mac and the PC versions of the Mac. The PC version of the game has been released in the UK on the Xbox, the PS3 and the PS4.