Maniac Mansion (NES)

Isn’t the NES great? Well, aside from mine which keeps resetting, anyway. Thank the baby Jesus for my NeoFami, eh? Anyway.

This is another point-and-click adventure that I never completed “back in the day”. I thought I’d see how I fared with Man Brains. Interesting Trivia about Maniac Mansion: I first played the game in Germany, on my German exchange partner’s C64. He had it on disk, and it took fourtyeightyteen weeks to load. The best bit, was it was all in German, and I kept forgetting the difference between “Gehen” and “Geben”. Amazingly, it probably taught me more German than the rest of the trip.

So I picked Bernard the Nerd (I recalled that you need to fix stuff at some point, and he’d be the man for the job) and Syd the Musician (for no good reason). And I’ve progressed loads. However, I’m now stuck at two points.

Firstly, I can’t get into Ed’s room. I didn’t grab his package in time (I clicked the stamps on it by accident) to I don’t think I can coax him out of his room any more. Also, I can’t get the plant to grow. I suspect I need the chemicals, but I fed them to the green tentacle earlier. Oh, and I’m not sure how to get the arcade machines working either. I’ve fixed the wires in the room next to the plant, I think, but there’s still no power. Tch.

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