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 "weird Edsel's" license plate reads THX 1138, the title of an early George Lucas film. See more »


Dr. Fred Edison: How can I ever repay you?
Dave Miller: Cash would be nice!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Written by Edgar Winter
Performed by The Edgar Winter Band
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A lesson of life. An unique gaming experience. Learn and have fun.
15 October 2006 | by (Noctropolis) – See all my reviews

A must play for past, present, and future generations!

I can't praise enough "Maniac Mansion". To be honest, this is one of the most important video games and experiences overall in my entire life. I'm from Mèxico and Spanish is my first language, but since I'm four years old I study English and I have a close relationship with American culture for many reasons.

When I was 6 or 7 years old I had a huge NES titles collection until I bought "Maniac Mansion", a graphic adventure game that changed my life. It helped me a lot as an alternate technique to learn English and not to mention that it gave me hours of entertainment and fun. Now, at 23, I remember with nostalgic this title and to be honest, I still play it when possible. I also remember having a crush on Sandy and wanting to be friends with Dave and Syd. When you get that much into the characters, it means that the game really got into you.

This is probably the second best graphic adventure title, besides "The Secret Of Monkey Island". MM is a title for children but it can surely be enjoyed by adults. The plot and atmosphere of the game is sinister but fun at the same time. The black humor used in the most important situations is priceless. You won't get bored. There's something special about MM that makes it an unique gaming experience. I really dig into the characters and their sub-plots, plus their own personal characteristics that may change the course of the game.

The list of actions to perform is also wide and makes you think twice before making a decision. Thus said, the gameplay is just perfect. You get really involved with the characters, even with the villains. It's like you are indeed roaming in the house searching for your friends.

Oh MM is not only a fun experience but it's also scary. I remember being nervous when Nurse Edna or Cousin Ed would run after me, or when I hid in their bedrooms when they went out for some reasons. Also, the dungeon scenario was nerve tensing. From the first moment with the key under the doormat, to the shocking ending, you can't help but feel many emotions. This is an emotional graphic adventure experience based not only on abilities, but on senses.

Overall, "Maniac Mansion" is a unique gaming experience. I can't praise this game more for personal reasons but also I'm objective and this is a must play video game. Among the best video games in history, MM is a title for all ages and I'm sure that it will be considered as a gem by future generations. You can't get better than this game, believe me. Hunt it down, pay the double of it's price, I don't know but please get it. You won't regret.

I am sure that my children will play this video game ,I promise for the sake of MM.

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