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GOG have revived another classic, this time we have Maniac Mansion, the 1987 adventure from Lucasfilm Games. A true retro game this one, from the minds of Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, names you might recognise due to other games like The Secret of Monkey Island and more recently Thimbleweed Park.

GOG sent over a copy and I can confirm on Ubuntu 17.10 it worked without issues—great! It's always nice to keep older games alive, which is a service I certainly appreciate from GOG. Having a nice tidy installer and then being able to play without messing around with any configuration right on Linux is wonderful. They actually include both the original and Enhanced versions!

Today GOG also put up a bunch of Monkey Island titles, but sadly they don't have Linux builds.

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Liam Dawe 22 Mar, 2018
Quoting: PatolaBut Maniac Mansion was already playable in Linux inside Maniac Mansion 2 (Day of Tentacle Remastered). The complete game is accessible on the Arcade in the doctor's house.
Now you don't have to own another game to have it, simples.
Eike 22 Mar, 2018
Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: PatolaBut Maniac Mansion was already playable in Linux inside Maniac Mansion 2 (Day of Tentacle Remastered). The complete game is accessible on the Arcade in the doctor's house.
Now you don't have to own another game to have it, simples.

Blasphemy!

You have to own Day Of The Tentacle in any event!
Asu 22 Mar, 2018
I've played it on C64. omg the memories...
KuJo 22 Mar, 2018
Quoting: AsuI've played it on C64. omg the memories...
Same here!
Mnoleg 22 Mar, 2018
I spent hundreds of hours with the NES version of this game. I still remember the epic day when I discovered the bug to "resurrect" the characters as invisible ghosts. Yes, I mean the old days, before Internet spoiled the videogames.
Eike 22 Mar, 2018
Quoting: GuestP.S. How many old farts are we here ? :)

I actually wonder if Linux is more of an old farts' thing.

Could we have this in a special survey question?
wvstolzing 22 Mar, 2018
Quoting: GuestI still play it on a breadbin C64 from time to time. With the same old joystick. Some of these old floppies still work. While the interface of these game is dated, if you are the public for that kind of humour, these games are still relevant and will stay so for a long time.

:)

P.S. How many old farts are we here ? :)

I wish I had kept my C64 & 1541-II

Old fart likewise. As to gaining more traction among the young ones, I think schools might be our best bet; that makes it all the more important to drive M$ out of schools (or whoever's peddling useless tablets to schools nowadays). That's because unless a kid is lucky enough to have family or friends to introduce him/her to Linux (and better yet, Linux + the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, the BBC Micro, all of that fun stuff) then that kid is very unlikely to find out (or do anything) about it.
1xok 22 Mar, 2018
Quoting: Guest
Quoting: AsuI've played it on C64. omg the memories...

Quoting: KuJo
Quoting: AsuI've played it on C64. omg the memories...
Same here!

I still play it on a breadbin C64 from time to time. With the same old joystick. Some of these old floppies still work. While the interface of these game is dated, if you are the public for that kind of humour, these games are still relevant and will stay so for a long time.

:)

P.S. How many old farts are we here ? :)

I can only play the C64 version. This is the only true version. ;)

It runs perfectly in vice (command x64) after installing dos1541 and one or two other roms from https://ist.uwaterloo.ca/~schepers/roms.html.

Nearly all C64 games can be found here: http://www.c64games.de/

It feels like you're finally in paradise. :)

I recommend vice to any old C64 veteran. Vice is so damn good.


Last edited by 1xok on 22 March 2018 at 11:42 pm UTC
F.Ultra 23 Mar, 2018
Quoting: Patola
Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: PatolaBut Maniac Mansion was already playable in Linux inside Maniac Mansion 2 (Day of Tentacle Remastered). The complete game is accessible on the Arcade in the doctor's house.
Now you don't have to own another game to have it, simples.
Ok, then just a word of caution: Maniac Mansion is a good game, but it has lots of "points of no return", that is, you can screw up the sequence and get into a game state where you can't get to the end. Only after that game (or was it Zak McKraken?) LucasArts started making adventure games without points of no return (or deaths, for that matter).

It must have been after Zak because there where points of no return in that game, one very annoying one where you could feed some necessary item to the two-headed squirrel early in the game only to find out hours later that it was needed.


Last edited by F.Ultra on 23 March 2018 at 11:03 pm UTC
oldrocker99 24 Mar, 2018
It might just be wonderful if M.U.L.E. was rereleased; what a gem of a game.
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