Zak McKracken is a tabloid reporter (and not a very good one at that). Based upon a psychedelic dream, Zak one day realizes that something is wrong. Space Aliens are dumbifying the general ... See full summary »

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Zak McKracken is a tabloid reporter (and not a very good one at that). Based upon a psychedelic dream, Zak one day realizes that something is wrong. Space Aliens are dumbifying the general public through the telephone system. Zak must stop this, but he can't do it alone. After finding a magic crystal (or some sort of crystal), Zak manages to get the help of Anthropologist, Annie, and her friends, Melissa and Leslie. Between the four characters (all of which you control), you can destroy the dumbifying devices and save the earth. Written by Anonymous

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If you liked "Maniac Mansion"...
18 January 2003 | by (Reus, Spain) – See all my reviews

...This is a must. This game was never released in Spain so I wasn't able to play it until very recently with both the original 1987 version and the recent FmTowns 256 colors version (not flawless, though...).

Well, "Zak McKracken..." is not as great as, yes, "Maniac Mansion" and later LucasArts adventures like the "Monkey Island" series, but it contains the same semi-surreal humor, a nice music (the main theme can be heard in "Maniac Mansion", by the way) and well, let's say that its plot is far from being your average one...

Zak McKracken, profession reporter, has a strange dream containing aliens and a beautiful woman. When he's assigned to a work regarding the appearance of a two-headed squirrel in Washington he notices that something is wrong with the world. He finds a mysterious crystal, the woman from his dream (named Annie) and, well, news say that people are becoming idiots because of their phones... And so on...

The game is not perfect, its gameplay system is sometimes annoying (something that happened too in "Maniac Mansion", whose system is identical) and its difficulty is a little hard, but if you love LucasArts games you MUST play (and finish) "Zak McKracken...".

If only for the in-jokes...


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