Originally posted by TechVampyre
Anyone remember maniac mansion?
Please do it justice by using capital letters. It's Maniac Mansion, not "maniac mansion". Or do "vampyres" not use capitals (sorry, can't resist
a jab if someone has a silly nick)?
In any case, Maniac Mansion is the best game I am aware of. The sheer atmosphere is just so lovely you could hug it. The immense excitement and
curiosity when you find another door to open, and enter it, not knowing what wonders await you there.. the beauty of it's graphics, the rooms are
just orgastic to the eye in their simplistic and yet artistical formation of lores pixels, smoothed by a good, bright TV.
The crickets chirping outside, the short, but impressively atmospheric and magnificent intro, the funky title music that sent chills to my spine (I
still can't reproduce the unique sound effect that's supposed to be like a 'dj scratching' or something, but it sounds way different - right after
the 'flute' sound, taking turns with the flute).
Play this game in a darkened room, with bright, old, CRT-television with the real Commodore 64 and a joystick in autumn when the moon is full and you
may realize how magical this game is.
The graphics of this game are not only eye-pleasing, but in some, mystical way, they are also immensely soul-pleasing. I could watch the furniture and
plants of this game for hours without getting bored. And every room has a 'personality' of it's own - unique, and exciting - sometimes even
The story is as wacky as can be, and although a cliché in B-movies, completely original in games at the time. You can be in contact to outer space,
and even send a flying space car in there, you can experience a nuclear detonation, you can use microwave oven with radioactive water, talk to a
meteor, play the piano (I love the tune), use a powerful telescope, find hidden doors, experience non-obvious, but good humor and watch interesting
cut-scenes (unlike the boring, politically-correct mass-produced soulless, endless crap they have filled modern games with), and you even get to see
officials from another planet enter the mansion and take steps!
Even the sound effects are so spot-on with everything else - they are almost realistic, and yet unique enough that you recognize them being of the
fantasy world of computer games - the marvellous place that used to be great, but was since turned into pure hell by big corporations.
This game is completely violent-less, unique (though a lot of 'adventure' games were made, none of them quite reached the level of wonder this game
offers) and exciting. I have played thousands upon thousands of computer and video games in my time, and I have over 90 emulators, and almost as many
systems emulated*, and there are not that many systems that I have not used in an emulated form or real, and played games on. And yet I have never
encountered anything as wonderously atmospheric as Maniac Mansion.
Alas, not many people will 'feel' it, see it, or realize it. They just see 'blocky' 8-bit graphics, and think: "What the heck is that mess
supposed to be?" and move on.
To answer the original question - yes, I'd say I remember it. And not only 'remember' it, it's not a past memory for me, but a timeless piece of
art, like Mona Lisa.
I could start another rant here about why people categorize computer games differently than other forms of art, using insulting words like "dated"
or "aged" - when in fact, computer games can't date or age - it's people who date or age, so if a game has 'aged', in their opinion, it's
really THEY who have 'aged', and that game was probably nothing good in the first place. A good game is _ALWAYS_ a good game, it can't change in
time (games don't change like people do, they stay exactly the same over the years). A bad game that seemed good at the time, was always a bad game -
it was only YOU who didn't see it ("you" meaning whoever thinks a game has 'aged').
But I better not start such a rant, it could take a few messages with this annoying character limit abovetopsecret has.
Maniac Mansion.. in my opinion, more atmospheric, enjoyable and timeless than Mona Lisa.
*(and I have to take an exception to someone saying that 'emulation is cheating' - how exactly is emulation cheating? Cheating how? Cheating who? If
you can play the same exact game, pretty much exactly the same way that you could with a real machine, how is it CHEATING? Sure, you can cheat easier
IN a game using an emulator (but you don't have to), and of course the "it's not quite the same"-factor always rears it's ugly head and I would
agree that a real thing is always a real thing, though it depends on the system, too - but how is it CHEATING? It isn't, and it can't be, because
using a computer is not about winning - it's about experiencing. And you can't cheat in experience - either you HAVE an experience or you DON'T)