#17: Maniac Mansion

Released In: 1990
Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: Jaleco

      The evil Dr. Fred has kidnapped Dave's girlfriend Sandy and plans to suck her brains out. It's up to Dave and two of his six friends to infiltrate Fred's mansion, rescue Sandy and break the evil Meteor's control on Dr. Fred. You can also take a quick time out for a cool refreshing can of Pepsi if you so desire.

Syd Lexia: The NES version of Maniac Mansion was the first version I played and it has its good points and bad points when compared to its PC counterpart. I love the fact that there's no copyright protection in the NES version and I actually prefer Dr. Fred, Nurse Edna, and Weird Ed with blue skin. And sure, Nintendo of America may have forced the programmers to make all sorts of stupid little changes to the game, but none of them really adversely effected game in any major way. Unfortunately, the game loses major points into two other areas. First, it's graphically inferior to the computer version. Second, it's a lot easier to navigate and utilize the text-based SCUMM menu with a mouse.

Valdronius: Maniac Mansion was a very unique and entertaining game. The evil Dr. Fred kidnapped Daveís girlfriend, so Dave and company decide to break into Fredís mansion to get her back. A slew of strange and bizarre characters await the group, as they navigate the huge house, solving puzzles and finding items to get them to the end. Itís a very involved game, requiring at least a couple of hours of play to beat. It also has different endings, depending on the characters you choose and the actions you take. All in all, Maniac Mansion is a wonderfully absurd game.

greeneyedzeke: This may be the funniest game Iíve ever played. And it could be the most depraved. Grand Theft Auto may let you beat the shit out of hookers, but only Maniac Mansion lets your microwave a hamster and plunge your friends into a radioactive swimming pool. The little gravestones that pop up in front of the house when theyíre dead just add a few kicks to the face.


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