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Maniac Mansion
Developer(s) Lucasfilm Games
Realtime Associates (NES Version)
Publisher(s) Lucasfilm Games
Designer(s) Ron Gilbert (programming, design, concept, story)
Gary Winnick (art, design, concept, story)
Engine SCUMM
Release date(s) 1987
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player
Platform(s) IBM PC, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga and NES
Media Floppy
2-megabit NES cartridge
System requirements PC: Intel 8086
Input Joystick, Keyboard, Mouse

Maniac Mansion is a graphical adventure game originally released in 1987 by Lucasfilm Games (now known as LucasArts). Maniac Mansion has become known among video game players and programmers for its highly-acclaimed gameplay and its introduction of new ideas into gaming, including multiple possible endings, multiple user-selectable characters with significantly different abilities, and critical clues contained in numerous cut scenes. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (506x650, 79 KB) Summary This is the front cover art of Maniac Mansion, an adventure game developed and published by LucasArts. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... LucasArts is an American video game developer and publisher. ... Realtime Associates is a video game developer and publisher. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... LucasArts is an American video game developer and publisher. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... Ron Gilbert is an American computer game designer, programmer, and producer, best known for his work on several classic LucasArts adventure games, including Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey Island games. ... A game engine is the core software component of a computer or video game or other interactive application with real-time graphics. ... SCUMM stands for Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion and is a scripting language developed at LucasArts (known at the time as Lucasfilm Games) to ease development of the graphical adventure game Maniac Mansion. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay. ... Adventure is a genre of video games typified by exploration, puzzle-solving, interaction with game characters, and a focus on narrative rather than reflex-based challenges. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... IBM PC (IBM 5150) with keyboard and green screen monochrome monitor (IBM 5151), running MS-DOS 5. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. ... Amiga is the name of a range of home/personal computers using the Motorola 68000 processor family, whose development started in 1982. ... “NES” redirects here. ... A floppy disk is a data storage device that is composed of a disk of thin, flexible (floppy) magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic shell. ... The Megabit is a unit of information storage, abbreviated Mbit or sometimes Mb. ... “NES” redirects here. ... In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ... Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC, SEHK: 4335), founded in 1968 as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is an American multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ... The 8086 is a 16-bit microprocessor chip designed by Intel in 1978, which gave rise to the x86 architecture. ... Adventure is a genre of video games typified by exploration, puzzle-solving, interaction with game characters, and a focus on narrative rather than reflex-based challenges. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Official LucasArts logo LucasArts Entertainment Company (sometimes shortened to LEC), is a video game developer and publisher. ... LucasArts is an American video game developer and publisher. ... A video game player is a person who plays video games or sometimes computer games. ... Gameplay includes all player experiences during the interaction with game systems, especially formal games. ... A cut scene or cutscene (sometimes also referred to as a cinematic) is a sequence in a video game over which the player has no control. ...

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Plot summary

At the start of the game, the hero, Dave Miller, finds that his girlfriend, Sandy Pantz, has been abducted by Dr. Fred Edison, and sets out to save her, with two of his friends. The player could select the friends from a group of six, and the game would play somewhat differently depending on which friends were selected. The game was a parody of the horror B-movie genre, featuring a secret lab, leftover tentacles, and an evil mastermind. 1922s Nosferatu Films from the horror genre are designed to elicit fright, fear, terror, disgust or horror from viewers. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Caucasian, male, aging, crooked teeth, messy hair, lab coat, spectacles/goggles, dramatic posing, beaker with strange colored liquid — one popular stereotype of a mad scientist. ...


Maniac Mansion was notable for its multiple possible endings, depending on which characters the player used (and which ones survived) and what those characters did. For instance, you can send the adversary off into space, or have him arrested by the Meteor Police, or make him famous by having his autobiography published, or feed him to the mutant plant. Unusual for Lucas games, it is quite possible to get the player characters killed (though largely only from severe mistakes on the player's part) and the loss of all characters also loses the game.


The game was somewhat notorious for featuring famous 'red herrings', such as a chainsaw for which there was no fuel, despite many wishful rumours to the contrary. In one of the in-jokes that are a hallmark of the LucasArts adventure games, the second SCUMM game, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, contains some fuel "for chainsaws only", but no chainsaw. Plus, in the second "enhanced" PC version of the Maniac Mansion game, the heroes can read a poster of the Zak McKracken game in the arcade room, upon which they will comment, "Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders. What a great game!! I never did figure out what to do with the can of gas on Mars." In literature, a red herring is a plot device intended to distract the reader from a more important event in the plot, usually a twist ending. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... SCUMM stands for Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion and is a scripting language developed at LucasArts (known at the time as Lucasfilm Games) to ease development of the graphical adventure game Maniac Mansion. ... A screenshot of Zak McKracken, Enhanced EGA PC version. ...


Another red herring is the staircase in the library (with a sign, 'staircase out of order') that appears to be a puzzle, but in fact there is no way to fix it or cross it.


In another reference, the entire game is contained within its sequel, Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle, on a computer in the bedroom of one of the characters. Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (DoTT) is a graphical adventure game, originally released in 1993, and published by LucasArts. ...


Maniac Mansion was the first game to feature Chuck the Plant (found in the library); Chuck is found in two other LucasArts adventure games, and several games by other publishers. Chuck the plant as a cactus in Day of the Tentacle Chuck the Plant is a mascot of sorts in several of LucasArts adventure games. ... LucasArts is an American video game developer and publisher. ...


Other characters

Character select screen
Character select screen

Unlike most adventure games, Maniac Mansion had several possible playable characters. The player controls Dave, the main protagonist, and two other characters, chosen from six additional characters, each of whom has their own distinct skills and quirks: Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

  • Syd, a New Wave musician. He is specialized in musical abilities.
  • Michael F. Stoppe is a photographer for the school newspaper.
  • Wendy Wells is an aspiring novelist with talent for writing and editing documents. [1]
  • Bernard Bernoulli, a nerd suffering from overwhelming cowardice (he runs away from Green Tentacle until another character makes friends with it). He has the most skills of any character in the game, as he can disassemble the radio in the den, fix the HAM radio, and fix the telephone in the library. His presence in the game, although optional like the rest of the kids, is significant (and perhaps canonical) since he reappears in Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle as the main playable character.
  • Razor is a female punk rocker, talented on many musical instruments. She was based on Gary Winnick's girlfriend. [2] Her band, Razor and the Scummettes, is referenced in Zak McKracken.
  • Jeff Woodie is a surfer. He is the least talented character of the group after Dave, as his only ability is to repair the telephone, which Bernard can also do.

In addition to the playable characters, Doctor Fred and Sandy, a number of other colorful characters (metaphorically and literally) populate the mansion in the Maniac Mansion games. New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. ... This is a list of notable photographers in the art, documentary and fashion traditions. ... A student newspaper is a newspaper run by university or high or middle school students that covers local and in particular school/university news. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Bernard Bernoulli is a fictional character in the Maniac Mansion series of adventure games. ... Look up nerd in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (DoTT) is a graphical adventure game, originally released in 1993, and published by LucasArts. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders is a graphical adventure game, originally released in 1988, published by LucasArts (known at the time as Lucasfilm Games). ... See World Wide Web for surfing the web; see also Wind surfing Surfing at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. ...

  • Nurse Edna, a gruesome, lusty nurse into S&M, is Doctor Fred's wife. When one of the male characters is captured by her, she locks them in the dungeon while lamenting, "How silly of me. I should have tied you to my bed!" Female characters are given the ominous, "You're lucky you're not a boy, or you'd be in BIG trouble right now!"
  • Weird Ed, Fred and Edna's macropalegic son, is a survivalist paramilitary maniac with a hair-trigger temper and an obsession with his pet hamster. In one notorious sequence, the player can actually steal the hamster, microwave it, and then give its remains to Ed--prompting Ed to kill the offending character. (In the NES version of the game, a glitch allows the character that Ed has killed to come back as a "ghost"-- the character's sprite does not appear, but can still be moved around the screen. It is possible to complete the game with this "ghost" character. However, in some later versions, particularly the NES PAL release, it is not possible to microwave the hamster).
  • Dead Cousin Ted, Edna's cousin, is a mummified corpse with his own private gym, nudie magazine collection, and a sarcophagus equipped with a television set.
  • Green Tentacle and Purple Tentacle, a pair of ambulatory talking, brightly colored tentacles. Green is an aspiring rock-and-roll musician and manic depressive, who doesn't really want to follow Doctor Fred's orders and Purple is Doctor Fred's easily-impressed henchman.
  • Purple Meteor is an evil, intelligent meteor from outer space who is ultimately revealed to have coerced Doctor Fred into a life of villainy via mind control; the exact means of dealing with the meteor remain up to the player; amongst his several fates are banishment to outer space, death, life imprisonment by an alien police, and an appearance on late-night television with a David Letterman parody.

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Versions and ports

Screenshot from the Enhanced Commodore 64 version
Screenshot from the Enhanced Commodore 64 version

The game was originally released for the Commodore 64 and was the first game to use the SCUMM engine, allowing relatively quick ports to other platforms. The project leader was Ron Gilbert, and the game was designed by Gilbert and Gary Winnick. The game was scripted by Ron Gilbert and David Fox. Versions for the Apple II, Amiga, and Atari ST computers were also released. A screenshot of Maniac Mansion on the Commodore 64, software by Lucasfilm Games 1987, screenshot made myself. ... A screenshot of Maniac Mansion on the Commodore 64, software by Lucasfilm Games 1987, screenshot made myself. ... The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. ... SCUMM stands for Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion and is a scripting language developed at LucasArts (known at the time as Lucasfilm Games) to ease development of the graphical adventure game Maniac Mansion. ... In computer science, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed (e. ... Ron Gilbert is an American computer game designer, programmer, and producer, best known for his work on several classic LucasArts adventure games, including Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey Island games. ... Ron Gilbert is an American computer game designer, programmer, and producer, best known for his work on several classic LucasArts adventure games, including Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey Island games. ... David Fox is a multimedia producer, best known for his early work on LucasArts games, most notably Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga is a family of personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation. ... The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ...

Screenshot from the Enhanced PC version
Screenshot from the Enhanced PC version

Maniac Mansion was ported to the PC with EGA graphics in 1988 (though it was also compatible with CGA graphics). Image File history File links Maniac_Manison_Screenshot. ... Image File history File links Maniac_Manison_Screenshot. ... The Altair 8800 was among the first microcomputers to be affordable by an individual, although it initially lacked peripherals and memory. ... The Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) is the IBM PC computer display standard specification located between CGA and VGA in terms of graphics performance (that is, colour and space resolution). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... The Color Graphics Adapter (CGA), introduced in 1981, was IBMs first color graphics card, and the first color computer display standard for the IBM PC. The standard IBM CGA graphics card was equipped with 16 kilobytes of video memory. ...


In 1988, Maniac Mansion was ported by Jaleco to the Famicom in Japan. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Jaleco (TYO: 7954 ) was founded as Japan Leisure Corporation on October 3rd 1974. ... The Nintendo Entertainment System (U.S., Europe, and Australia) NES redirects here. ...


In 1989, an enhanced version of Maniac Mansion with higher resolution EGA graphics for the PC was released. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1990, a NES version was published in North America and Europe, but in a heavily censored form in order to comply with Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe's policy. For example, the line "brains sucked out" was changed to "brains removed", the graphic showing Michelangelo's 'Dawn' sculpture was removed (due to nudity), and other such changes were made. However, NoA initially overlooked the infamous ability to microwave the hamster to death. Many thousand copies of Maniac Mansion had shipped before NoA noticed and demanded its removal. However, as there was no second printing of the game, all North American cartridges include the "hamster" and the "microwave". The PAL NES cartridges of Maniac Mansion have the hamster-microwaving ability removed. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Nes is: A municipality in the county of Akershus in Norway, see Nes, Akershus. ... Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer. ...


In the early '90s, programmer Douglas Crockford, the man in charge of porting the game to the Nintendo, wrote an essay entitled The Expurgation of Maniac Mansion, which detailed his struggles with Nintendo of America during the process of converting the game. Throughout the early 1990s, the essay turned up in photocopy form and on numerous electronic mailing lists, eventually becoming widely available on several websites. In the essay, Crockford details the arguably absurdist policy NoA held in the early 1990s regarding its videogames; essentially, the policy held that all videogames had to be completely family oriented, and could not contain anything that anyone could find offensive in any way (such as religious references, foul language, violence, or sexuality). Douglas Crockford is a developer who currently works for Yahoo!. He is known for his work in video game design, including the porting of Maniac Mansion. ... In computer science, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed (e. ... An electronic mailing list, a type of Internet forum, is a special usage of e-mail that allows for widespread distribution of information to many Internet users. ... Absurdism is a philosophy, usually translated into different art forms, that holds that any attempt to understand the universe will fail. ...


Jaleco had released an uncensored version of the game for the Famicom in Japan two years earlier; this version, however, featured vastly inferior graphics, with simplified non-scrolling backgrounds (many of the rooms, which featured elaborate details such as photographs and wallpaper patterns in Western versions of the game, were here presented as solid-colored screens devoid of anything except objects necessary to complete the game) and characters redrawn in a more cartoony, super deformed style (apparently an attempt to make the game more palatable to Japanese audiences; many of the characters ended up looking like blocks with faces). Due to the nature of the Famicom market in Japan, Jaleco was a game cartridge manufacturer, and Nintendo's censorship was never needed. However, this version used excessively long passwords which were 104 characters long to save progress. The Nintendo Entertainment System (U.S., Europe, and Australia) NES redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Chibi be merged into this article or section. ...


There was a sitcom of the same name, very loosely based on the game, which aired from 1990 to 1993 on YTV in Canada and The Family Channel in the United States. YTV is a Canadian cable television specialty channel aimed at youth, available nationwide through cable and satellite television. ... ABC Family is an American cable television network currently owned by Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company. ...


In 2004 fans released a remake called Maniac Mansion Deluxe, which would run under Windows, features heavily enhanced graphics, music throughout the whole game and fixes some bugs and inconsistencies found in the original release of the game.


See also

Maniac Mansion was a Canadian television series based on the Video Game of the same name. ...

References

  1. ^ Sheri Graner-Ray. Gender Inclusive Game Design: Expanding the Market. p. 24, Charles River Media. Sep 1, 2003. ISBN 1-58450-239-8.
  2. ^ http://www.edge-online.co.uk/archives/2005/07/the_making_ofma.php

External links


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