Maniac Mansion (1987)

Video Game  -  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  -  1987 (USA)
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20 years ago today, a meteor crashed into the Edison's front yard. Dr. Fred Edison is now controlled by this meteor and has a sudden ambition to take over the teenager at a time... See full summary »



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20 years ago today, a meteor crashed into the Edison's front yard. Dr. Fred Edison is now controlled by this meteor and has a sudden ambition to take over the teenager at a time! Dr. Fred kidnaps Sandy, a college teenager. Her boyfriend Dave Miller and his friends plan to break into the mansion and save her. Written by Jason Harang <>

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His ambition was to take over the world, one teenager at a time!

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The character of Razor was based on singer/songwriter Tori Amos, who at the time was an unknown, a friend of one of the graphic designers. Amos was the front woman of a hair metal band called "Y Kant Tori Read"; Razor's hair and outfit are identical to the one Amos is wearing on the cover of the "'Y Kant Tori Read' album. Additionally, one potential plot line in the game has Razor inexplicably playing classical music on a grand piano, Amos' instrument of choice. See more »


Weird Ed Edison: Mommy, I'm worried! He hasn't eaten in 5 years.
Nurse Edna: Yeah, SO?
Weird Ed Edison: And he's been bringing those bodies, and he carries those bodies to the basement at night.
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Referenced in Zak McKracken Between Time and Space (2008) See more »


Written by Edgar Winter
Performed by The Edgar Winter Band
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GREAT game that started point N click!
3 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once upon a time, there were computer games. In these game you had to type every action tha you wanted your character to do. Well, in 1987 Ron Gilbert comes along and creates SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) and changes all that. He started point and click games, and Maniac Mansion was the first. It was zany and humorous. It's about a meteor that crashed into the Edison's front yard. Then, Dr. Fred Edison went insane and kidnapped Dave's boyfriend. Your job is to take Dave (And two other characters of your choice), and go inside the mansion and save Sandy. It still cracks me up today and brought about Gilbert's other classics (i.e. The Secret of Monkey Island).

Bottom line, this game is great. It was the first of its kind and changed video games forever.

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