...Lucasfilm Games released the game "Maniac Mansion" that became a milestone in in the history of adventure games. It introduced a new revolutionary gameplay (Point'n Click) to the genre as well as the possibility of multiple user-selectable characters and multiple possible endings (depending from the abilities and decisions of the characters you choose in the beginning of the game) and a certain kind of humour that dominated the genre for some years. "Maniac Mansion" (the first game that was written with the SCUMM engine) was a huge success for Lucasfilm Games and it was followed by some of the best adventures of all times (like "Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders", "The Secret of Monkey Island", "Sam & Max" or "Day of the Tentacle").
The Story: Sandy, girlfriend of the games' hero Dave has been kidnapped by evil scientist Dr. Fred Edison. So Dave has to gather two friends around him and go to the old mansion to rescue her. The game was a hommage/parody to the old B-movies and pulp stories, so expect evil purple meteors, tentacle creatures, evil professors, secret labs, nymphomanic wives and everything else yo know from trash movies...
"Maniac Mansion Deluxe" is a 1:1 remake of the original "Maniac Mansion" except for the graphics (but these have the classic LucasArts style as well) and the fact that thy made the game run under Windows. So if you never played "Maniac Mansion" or want to experience this great game again this is your chance.
Game comes along with translations to German, Spanish and French.
Curly's World of Freeware has donated a copy of this software and related data to the Classic PC Games catalog. Please visit their website for more information and discussion on this game.
May 14, 2022 Subject:
Almost the best "modern" way to play this classic
Nothing to say about Maniac Mansion, a truly classic, and Maniac Mansion Deluxe, the best way to play today this classic, not only because the upgraded graphics from the originals, also because they get rid the "What is" verb present in all the original computer versions (only NES one doesn't have it).
However, only to be noted, this is the Maniac Mansion Deluxe 1.0, and there is at least a 1.4 version which have more languages, have other fixes and it worked in fullscreen in Windows 10 without issues, when this 1.0 doesn't.
As archive related is good to have it here, but should be noted as 1.0, and maybe soon could upload the 1.4 version the "better" version to use (and maybe find the others versions, but i never seen one of them!).
May 22, 2021 Subject:
How to play it.
The game will try to run in either 320 or 400px, so you'll want to run the winsetup file first. Change it to Windowed mode so you screen supports it. Then to quit, just click the X as you would a standard window.
On mine, there is no music sadly, and I need Windows Magnifier to enlarge it to a realistic size. I am used to the NES version, so while this is an 'enhanced' fan remake, it's still missing a lot of quality.
October 30, 2020 Subject:
Altered hard drive icons
After I installed the game, the drive C icon has changed to the game icon and other partitions had different icons as well and they stayed even after uninstalling the game. I had to go to the registry and clean everything manually.
The game itself you can't quit unless you log off windows.