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Maniac Mansion Quietly Appears On Steam

Groundbreaking puzzler arrives for desktops.
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Iconic puzzle adventure game Maniac Mansion has silently found its way onto Steam from its original publisher LucasArts.

Many of the LucasArts games have received remastered versions of the last few years, including The Secret Of Monkey Island, Day Of The Tentacle, and Grim Fandango. This version has landed on Steam in its original form, no graphical enhancements or anything else. Puzzlers looking for childhood nostalgia can dive head-first with abandon.

In an interesting hidden twist, Maniac Mansion is available to play in its entirety inside the remastered version of Day Of The Tentacle. This version of the classic puzzler has just been spun out from the other.

First released in 1987, Maniac Mansion was the first from LucasArts that set off the puzzle adventure genre that came the game studio came to define. Following its success, the puzzler’s creative team of Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick would go on to help make other titles like The Secret Of Monkey Island, The Secret Of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, and Day Of The Tentacle through the studio.

Gilbert and Winnick would go on, many years following the closure of LucasArts, to continue in their efforts in the puzzle adventure genre and create Thimbleweed Park. That effort would be born on Kickstarter and go on to amass $626,250 from 15,623 backers for its development. Neither of the two developers had a hand in this latest release of Maniac Mansion.

Maniac Mansion is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux,normally retailing for $5.99, but it’s currently enjoying 33 percent price break, knocking it down to $4.01.

About Bran McMillin

Bran McMillin is the founder and senior editor for the puzzle news site Puzzle Pile. From 2007 - 2010, he served as editor for the magazine Panopticon: Puzzles & Games. He is the inventor of the Itachi and Hairetsu puzzle forms and has created hundreds of puzzles. Disclosure: Bran is a member of the National Puzzlers' League.

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