If we take a survey right now of all those who lived through the graphic adventure boom in the mid-80s and early 90s about which one is their favorite, many will say that Maniac Mansion no doubt, because it is the original, practically the first one that Lucasfilm Games launched as such with its SCUMM system (ignoring The Labyrinth) and the one that has possibly featured the most memes and versions in its almost 40 years of life.
A very vampiric version
The fact is that many of those fans, and many others who have been joining from different generations to that fever for Maniac Mansion unaware that there is a version out there available that puts a twist on the original script. Instead of a mansion full of strange characters with a mad scientist, the enemies are now vampires, a line of cursed men and women who are going to make it clear to us that the last thing they want is for us to come in and change their plans.
The Castle is the name with which this adaptation of Maniac Mansion is it availabe to buy right now on platforms like Steam, where you have it at a practically demolition price for 0.99 euros, an 80% discount on the 4.99 that it has been costing on a regular basis. Oh, and you have it translated into Spanish.
The history of this The Castle it is very simple: “Evil has taken over a small town. But a group of brave adventurers has decided to organize an expedition to put an end to the dreaded vampire. Recruit a group of adventurers to access the castle and fulfill your mission. But be prepared because the castle hides many surprises.
Even Ron Gilbert recommends it
The truth is that many fans of graphic adventures had not located this The Castle on the radar of your preferences, despite having been on sale for three years (since August 2019). What is curious is that it was one of the thinking minds behind the 1987 original the one who lent a hand to its dissemination. And if not, take a look at Ron Gilbert’s tweet that he published a few hours ago.
Ron Gilbert 🙈🙉🙊🏝
September 13, 2022 • 09:06
You have to remember that Ron Gilbert was at the time the director of Maniac Mansion and from there he did not stop with LucasArts working on all the iconic graphic adventures of those years: Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Secret of Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, Maniac Mansion Day of the Tentacle and until today, where we will have the third installment (canonical according to its main creator) of the pirate saga, Return to Monkey Island.
Precisely, this latest release will be available from September 19 for both PC and Nintendo Switch, in what has become one of the most important moments of 2022 for millions of players around the world. Anyway, while Return to Monkey Island arrives, how about you take a few games to this Ishar Games review about a Maniac Mansion with vampires?
And you, what is your favorite graphic adventure of all time?