Maniac Mansion (1987 Video Game)
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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.
Maniac Mansion was produced by Lucas Arts for Nintendo. The game was such a great idea and so much fun to play. The story goes like this...
20 years ago today a meteor crashed into the backyard of the Edison family. There's Dr. Fred, his wife Nurse Edna, their son Wierd Ed, Dead Cousin Ted, purple and green tentacle, and of course, the meteor. The meteor is an life form which has hypnotized Dr. Fred into carrying out an evil plot against humanity. For some reason, it all starts with a young blonde cheerleader named Sandy.
Dave is the hero of the game and the valliant (yet sometimes dimwitted)boyfriend of Sandy. Of six friends with various skills, you select two to accompany Dave. Jeff is the light-hearted surfer with no real skills; Sid and Razor are musicians; Bernard is the super nerd who's good with mechanics; Wendy is the aspiring journalist; and Michael is the photographer. So, the simple goal is to get Dave and his two friends through the mansion to rescue Sandy. But it is no simple task, and likewise no simple story, as the plot becomes more intricate based on some of your decisions of how to go about the game. And they usually make pretty funny finales.
Not only were the graphics fantastic (for it's day, afterall it was only 1988), but each character got his own soundtrack which can be heard on the CD player they carried around. Even the villians had cool music.
Now, if you loved Maniac Mansion, I highly recommend the sequel, Day of the Tentacle, which was produced (I think) soley for PC. In that game, you play Bernard and two new friends. And you're involved with the Edisons again, except this time, in a time travelling adventure. Though I will always like the first one best, it is also one of the greatest games ever made.