Maniac Mansion (NES) James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / June 30th, 2014


  • Rick

    June 30, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Niiiice ๐Ÿ™‚

    • BrandeX

      July 1, 2014 at 1:16 am

      As humorous as the “Muff Diver” comment is, the original name was “Thrill Kill”, and censored to “Tuna Diver”.

      • BrandeX

        July 1, 2014 at 1:18 am

        Commentary here, why they couldn’t use Muff Diver, nor Kill Thrill, as well as other changes.

      • QuesoCFH

        December 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

        Thanks for that link! Very interesting stuff

  • Rick

    June 30, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Really? First?! Lol.

    • punkbikerdude

      June 30, 2014 at 11:05 pm


      • mason saltalamachea

        June 30, 2014 at 11:47 pm

        you are not funny

  • Hardin Loreto

    June 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

    the version i had (PAL) they removed the hamster in the microwave thing

    • ssokolow

      November 3, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Yeah. It was something that slipped past the censors when they were neutering the naughty jokes. (citation)

  • Bamahut

    June 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

    That was hilarious at the end with the blown up hamster. Poor thing, this game is so stupid it’s funny!

  • buffetboy

    June 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Reminds me of Day of the Tentacle. Obviously that is a way newer game but still. Nice review guys, keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mrbigreddog

      June 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Day of the Tentacle IS Maniac Mansion Part 2!

      • buffetboy

        July 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

        Wow! Never knew that Day Of The Tentacle is Maniac Manson part 2 but now I know why Maniac Mansion looked so familiar! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • July 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      You can actually play the original Maniac Mansion while playing Day of the Tentacle if you use Weird Ed’s computer in DotT.

  • June 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

    This was actually a PC game that was also on Commodore 64 and then got ported to about everything else. I think the PC version has the best graphics, the other versions are watered down (sadly) (except the music). The successor, Day of the Tentacle, has a game within the game where you can play Maniac Mansion.

    • CaptainViggo

      July 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      I believe the Amiga version is exactly the same as the best of the DOS versions, and maybe with better intro music.

    • Vernon Schaal

      July 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      comodor 64 version was the first version every made it was created in 1987, they ported to other computer platforms in 1988, then to the nes in 1990.

  • nostalgiavhs

    June 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Haha James with another American Movie reference. Loved the bit with the exploding hamster.

  • Kitaek Lim

    June 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Nice vid

  • June 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    You should really play the sequel Day of the Tentacle [or Indiana Jones, or Sam & Max] if you don’t “get” this genre. The Lucasarts adventure games are amazing, but Maniac Mansion is an early entry in the series and not as user friendly.

    • July 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Or any of the Monkey Island games. Those would be good choices as well.

      • September 4, 2014 at 8:26 am

        Alternatively, Zork: The Grand Inquisitor. It’s like Zork Nemesis except the puzzles aren’t anywhere near as dependent on pen & paper.

      • September 4, 2014 at 8:27 am

        It also has probably the most fun story/characters I’ve seen in a game.

  • June 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

    By the way, they decided for the sequel Day of the Tentacle that the “canon” version of the game starred Dave, Bernard and Razor. This playthrough with Dave, Bernard and Syd is pretty close …

  • frostare

    June 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

    YES! THANK YOU FOR PLAYING THIS GEM! Oh sadly I never owned it, I rented it and I, too, faced many obstacles, like the english language for starters. But everytime I discovered something it was really neat, from “reading” the doorbell to stealing and giving back the hamster to Ed if you didn’t want to wait for the package, to even blowing up the mansion… all without a strategy guide or the internet. I still didn’t clear it (I always picked Wendy and anyone and I heard the way you did it varied from characters) but the atmosphere and the things you could do always kept me going. Fuck that creep, Nurse Edna!

  • sanchokobe

    June 30, 2014 at 10:44 am

    One of the first PC games I owned (along with Tongue of the Fatman, with CGA graphics and no mouse.

    Since you had Bernard you still could’ve won. With Bernard you have him fix the radio in Dr. Fred’s bedroom, then call the Meteor Police to come arrest the Meteor.

    And with Syd, you record him playing the piano. Then give the tape to Green Tentacle, who will drop his own demo tape in response to how great Syd’s music is. then send GT’s tape to the Three Guys Who Publish Anything to get GT a recording contract. He’ll then help you beat Purple Tentacle at the end.

    You totally coulda won even after blowing the garage up, but this video would be like three hours long then.

  • J. Hinson

    June 30, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Right there with ya, Bootsy. I never expected to see Maniac Mansion on this site at all, but it was always one of my favorites.

  • Marky Johnson 9/30/82

    June 30, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I love the atari beat at the begining of the video. I remember i barrowed this game and James said I had trouble trying to figure out what to do, but now seing played like 20 years later I might try to find it at slackers or go online and it out again. James and Mike give me a reason to like Mondays.

  • Joker83

    June 30, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I’m a huge fan of the sequel to this game, Day of the Tentacle! Hilarious awesome game –
    Great video guys! Bootsy is awesome as well.

  • Squall85

    June 30, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I’m glad the Commodore 64 and Amiga were more widely known and loved than the consoles because I got to know a lot of adventure games. I really like the genre, I wish I could do adventure games for a living.I’m glad the Commodore 64 and Amiga were more widely known and loved than the consoles because I got to know a lot of adventure games. I really like the genre, I wish I could do adventure games for a living. By the way, the theme for the characters is stupid, I tried the NES version of this game last week and it was annoying. The best is the C64, then the Amiga version.

  • stoney_1

    June 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    It’s summer time fellas, what with the hoodies lol I love this show! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • June 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    nobody mentioned the fact that the kid in the game looks EXACTLY like the AVGN?

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    June 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I rented this a few times as a kid. Funny game, but I’m with James; point-and-clicks drive me nuts. There was no easy internet walkthrough access back then, so they were basically “call the $.99/min. hotline or fuck you” games.

  • June 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Cocaine,porn,that new soda, serge? sounds fun.

  • Weldin Dunn

    June 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Cool. What’s with the color of some of these people’s skin though? Purple? What are they, the Navi from Avatar?

    • ssokolow

      November 3, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      The Edisons (Dr. Fred, Weird Ed, etc.) originally had flesh-tone skin in the earlier versions but it was changed for later versions like the NES port and the high-res re-release for PC.

      I have yet to find an explanation for it.

  • AllMightyMasterBaiter

    June 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Finally back in the nerds basement. its not the same when their filming at mikes place

  • June 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Fun game it was a rental long time ago , i couldn’t figured out how to get past the get inside part thats when i found a emulator of this game 4 years ago

  • jasonjrf

    June 30, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Nice I fucking played this game back in the early 1990s me and my friends played it always picked bernard and michael. Put the meteor in the edsel and blast off or mail in the photos or call the space police. Loved making friends with Wierd Ed too stealing his hamster and then giving it back.

  • jasonjrf

    June 30, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    If you notice the loose brick and light switches and a lot of other stuff are always at eye level with your charr so a good way to find stuff like the brick is search at eye level

  • jasonjrf

    June 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I dont think you can explode the hamster or get past the tentacle with bernard I think hes afraid of all that stuff if i remember

  • Niche

    June 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Does anyone not remember this game was based on a TV show?

    • DS

      July 1, 2014 at 10:29 am

      The game came before the TV show. The TV show was based on the game.

  • sean bowen

    June 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I always wanted you to review some of the classic Point-N-Click games James! Im very upset you didnt like them though!! lol you really should check out the PC versions like Day of the Tentacle which is the sequal to Maniac Mansion its much easier to play and a lot more fun, also Sam N Max Hit the Road or anything on ScummVM basically PLEASE check them out even if you dont do a video review they are amazing games and even hold up after 20+ years

  • Midori

    June 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    The NES version of this game is SO inferior compared to the PC original.

  • June 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    The Music sounds like a Clown slappying his cotton kandy snow cone cock all over a Key Board that Trent Reznor fucked on stage circa 1994

  • thunderkiss

    June 30, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I didnยดt find this episode very interesting and not funny at all.

  • Nintendomaniac

    June 30, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    You guys should play one of the NES Kemco point & click games for James & Mike Mondays, like Shadowgate, Deja vu, or Uninvited. I think Uninvited would be right up James’ alley – a haunted mansion, zombies, monsters, ghosts…he should check it out.

  • pyoobez

    June 30, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I loved this game as a kid. My friend had it and knew all the ways to beat it practically, so everytime I’d visit we’d play it usually multiple times. There’s a few different ways to beat the game and different endings as well and a ton of easter eggs for a game of this time from useless stuff like a lot of the food to the chainsaw and a boarded up window.

  • Don Skiver

    June 30, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Loved Maniac Mansion as a kid! It scared the shit out of me because I was always afraid of getting caught by Weird Ed and Nurse Edna, but it was still pretty funny and cool.

    Interesting note, the only 2 kids who will blow up the hamster are Razer and Syd (they’re both in punk bands) everyone else will protest and not do it. Even funnier, in the sequel, “Day of the Tentacle”, there’s direct references to to the hamster getting blown up in the previous game (Weird Ed had to get all kinds of therapy from it). So blown up hamster is canon!!

  • June 30, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Maniac Mansion is the first true SURVIVAL HORROR video game. There is no game that deserves a reboot more than Maniac Mansion.

  • Xen11

    June 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    It kills me that James never played Maniac Mansion properly. It’s probably the best game for the NES. The thrill of exploring that house and all the weird happenings was a paramount experience in gaming. You gotta take the time by yourself and just get immersed in it. But I guess its the ADHD generation and they can’t handle the patience to point and click. It becomes second nature and moves pretty fast once you take the time.

    I remember running several times from the residents of that house. The pure intensity and suspense of using one of your guys as bait to lure someone out of their room and getting another friend up there to search for things before they come back. It was intense. You try all kinds of things and explore to your heart’s desire. There’s a mysterious family with secrets and drama that you find out about. It was so fucking fantastic.

    I’ve never beaten the game. I always get stuck in the dungeon or nuke the entire house by inputting the wrong code in that machine in the attic.

    So much fun strategizing between the three friends and each one having their own adventure of exploring the house and either succeeding, rotting in a dungeon, getting murdered, or blowing up the whole fucking affair.

    Bootsie is definitely lovable after this and beating BTTF III.

    I remember letting a good friend of mine borrow this and Friday The 13th a few years ago. He played Friday the 13th but was turned off by the point and click nature of this game. I was disappointed because everyone who appreciates a good horror film or anything in that genre is really missing out. Both of those games are like slasher/horror films where you have different kids that you strategize with and explore while trying not to get killed off one by one.

    • Len Patrick

      July 2, 2014 at 10:06 am

      I didn’t even know that this game was available for the NES…
      It’s cool that Bootsie and people in the comments think this is the best NES game, even though it’s not really the kind of game the NES is meant for!

      It shows how awesome the game is and how great the best point-and-click adventure games were that people thought they were the best games even on systems that weren’t really designed to play them!

  • Pablo1989

    June 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Ahh ive rymeber i ignored warning about dont pressing button under pool.

    Results? ๐Ÿ˜› Mansion goes meltdown

  • Aaron1375

    June 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Yessss, Maniac Mansion! Noooo! It isn’t an AVGN episode. Still funny, I enjoyed this game, but I never got close to winning it.

  • June 30, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    There was a TV show too. It ran for three improbable seasons.

  • FJMcCloud

    July 1, 2014 at 1:18 am


    #1. The game gives you all the hints in the world how to start. It tells you both in-game and in-instructions to look for a key under the doormat.

    #2. You ended the video too soon! Did you know you can keep playing as an invisible ghost after Weird Ed kills you? You lost all your items, though. So before you give Weird Ed the exploded hamster you should give everything to another kid if you want to keep playing.

    #3. The Japanese Famicom version of Maniac Mansion is TOTALLY different and TOTALLY inferior.

    #4. Although subject to a huge amount of censorship (e.g. the nude statue in the hallway is gone. Look at your Nintendo Power #16 closely.), the NES Maniac Mansion, IMHO, is the best port of them all. Superior graphics, sound, and play control. Using the SELECT button to cycle through the common “GET”, “USE”, “OPEN” commands makes this game a BREEZE to play!

    #5. There’s at least one hidden (unnamed) object in the game, which, as far as I know, cannot be opened.

    #6. No, the arcade games do not include real mini games. But listen for familiar sound bites. Indiana Jones. Super Mario Bros.

    #7. I really did meet Ron Gilbert live, at the forum! (Whoa, there’s an inside joke. Read Green Tentacle’s poster!)

    This was at the 2012 Video Games Live concert in Los Angeles, during E3.

    FYI, his favorite port is the original Commodore 64 version, because it’s his first one. I’ll respectfully disagree there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    #8. READ CD-PLAYER to get the names of their songs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • gluserty

    July 1, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I was always curious about the game (from reading that Nintendo Power that James was reading from). Inspired choice of game, though I doubt I’d have the patience to play the it today (too much over clicking for me), but I still enjoyed the video.

  • Tross

    July 1, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Wow. Games from the past were really creative, huh? We’ve seen that creativity return with indie games, mind you. That game looks interesting. Is it available to download on anything?

    • FJMcCloud

      July 1, 2014 at 2:15 am

      Besides ScummVM? It’s not that hard to just buy the real carts and a real console either, you know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      That was the best era (IMNSHO) of the text game genre. Before this, it was all text and no graphics. The games were ALL in your head. After this, it went all-graphics and never really recovered. (Nothing in your head.) This era offered the best balance of graphics and text to fire your imagination. Kinda like finding a good ’70s or ’80s comic book (they actually had as much “book” as “comic” compared to today’s sucky photoshop fests).

      Maniac Mansion and Shadowgate go together like peanut butter and jelly. (And Deja Vu. And Deja Vu 2 on GBC. And The Uninvited, though I thought it a bit weak.)

      But do yourself a favor — do NOT use any walkthroughs for the Infinite Ventures/Kemco Seika games (Shadowgate, Deja Vu, etc.) as they WILL spoil it. These can be frustrating games, with a certain amount of rote memorization. But trust me, the frustration turns to fun and fond memories later. The games get to your head well. Let them beat you senseless into submission first. Like reading a good book, you always go back and play it again even if you know how it ends.

      • stephen mccord

        July 1, 2014 at 4:37 am

        You ser get an imaginary thumbs up that doesn’t exist on this site. Shadowgate was my all time favorite NES game, and i still revisit it for my annual old school maze games. Shadowgate, Shadowrun(PC, SNES, GENS, NO FPS REBOOT), Wizardry 1,2,3,5(restart from scratch every year) Maniac Mansion(NES),Out of this world, Abes odyssey, flashback, shining in the darkness,Myst(PC), all of these without online help, and on original consoles. Emulators take away that immersion and having friends make fun of your mistakes.

    • July 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      If you can get your hands on the sequel, Day of the Tentacle, the full game of Maniac Mansion is also playable by using Weird Ed’s computer in Day of the Tentacle.

    • ssokolow

      November 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      There’s a fan-made remake if you want something free with the simplified controls of Maniac Mansion 2: Day of the Tentacle and the graphical improvements that Zak McCracken got when they ported it to the FM-TOWNS Marty.

  • July 1, 2014 at 2:46 am

    I miss adventure games like this, they’re the real and only good ones. Now there’s Telltale pretending they’re doing adventure games, but it’s just a compilation of time limit choices and QTEs. This is some good gameplay and the humor is golden.

    • July 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Did you not play Telltale’s Sam & Max games? Or the Strong Bad games? Or the Tales of Monkey Island games? Or the Wallace & Gromit games (which I sadly just learned are apparently no longer available, at least not digitally)? While I do also enjoy the newer games like The Walking Dead and such, the games I mentioned above are actually true point-and-click adventures in the same style as the old LucasArts games.

  • stephen mccord

    July 1, 2014 at 4:21 am

    You missed the opportunity to show off the invisible character after getting killed by Ed for giving him his dead hampster.

    You can die microwaving radio active water, drowing a kid in the pool, as well.

    I hope bootsy you what happened when you press the big red button under the pool, or start messing with the security door keypad. This one death scene would have been priceless if nothing else but to see james reaction. It is one of the best in the game.

  • FinallyGAF

    July 1, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Wow, I can’t believe it, that James and Mike never played these Lucasfilmgames. Okay, they are Nintendo guys, so at the time they played Zelda, me and my friends tried to solve the mystery of Maniac Mansion, went to Mars (and Seatle) with Zak McCracken, followed Indiana Jones on his best movie-licensed game on his last Crusade and solved the secret of Monkey Island. Guys:

  • July 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    My favorite NES-Game of all times! Love it!
    As far as I remember, you couldnยดt kill the hamster in the microwave, if you had the German version. Damn killjoys.
    Anyway, the game has the best music of all the NES games by far! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • ssokolow

      November 3, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Yeah. It slipped past the censors for the U.S. release while they were busy butchering a lot of other, racy jokes.

  • July 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Ugh.. why would they play the terrible NES version? I mean at least go with Amiga if you don’t want to do a Windows game.

  • July 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    The nes version is the worst edition of this game due to censorship. It could have easily been the best:

    • FJMcCloud

      July 2, 2014 at 12:45 am

      No, I think I’d argue the Famicom port is the worst. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Censorship aside, I think the NES port is the most refined of them all. Seriously.
      Consider how many commands there used to be in the other ports. Did we really need a “FIX” command?
      The NES game consolidates several commands nicely, and the most-often-usd commands can be cycled through quickly with the select button to save time. VERY convenient.

      Not to mention the NES port’s great audio. And certainly superior graphics compared to the original Commodore 64 version (IMNSHO).

  • July 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    If I recall from Gametrailers’ Pop-Fiction series, Nintendo wasn’t even aware that the “Hamster in the Microwave” scene was even in the game until the first 250,000 copies were sold. Hence why the trick wasn’t mention in Nintendo Power. They also requested it removed after catching it, hence why the PAL version doesn’t have the trick.

  • relapse808

    July 1, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    FYI the second one Day of the Tentacle for PC is in my opinion way better and a absolute classic game everyone must play.

  • July 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Another great clip! I played this game too a few years ago…

  • Len Patrick

    July 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I’m really, really surprised James and Mike haven’t played more of these games, the point-and-click adventure games are some of the FUNNIEST and smartest and most enjoyable games you will ever play.

    Maniac Mansion is actually quite a difficult one to start off on, but you guys should definitely check out:
    Grim Fandango
    Monkey Island 1 and 2
    Space Quest series
    Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2
    Sam and Max Hit the Road

    Also The Dig is fantastic and was going to be a Spielberg movie, it’s got such a great alien atmosphere throughout it.

    Man, there are so many incredible point-and-click adventure games, it’s probably my favorite genre, I can’t believe you guys weren’t up on these games!!!

  • July 1, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I bet someone’s already mentioned this, but I’ll go ahead and mention it anyways. In Castlevania 2 you can actually beat the game without knowing to kneel at the cliff with the red gem. The pit in the graveyard that’s supposed to stop you can be jumped over, and that’s how I did it when I was a kid. It took a ton of tries though; it’s probably a glitch, and I don’t know what causes it to work, but eventually you will make the jump.

  • July 2, 2014 at 3:39 am

    It would be awesome if they did Zak Mckracken and the Alien Mindbenders! Same style game and same hilarious game play. If you liked MM, gotta check that one out!

  • Matalik

    July 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I FREAKIN LOVE THIS GAME!!!! There are more than one completely different ways to beat this game and all the characters have different abilities that change how and where the game goes! you should totally give this a legit shot!. ALSO if you push SELECT it cycles through the options of PUSH, GET, USE and so on, instead of having to go to the menu and waste time. Amazing game James!

  • Nicholas Barnhardt

    July 2, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Glad to see you guys finally make a video about one of my favorite NES games of all time! Obviously it was too radical of a game for an AVGN episode.

  • July 2, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    This is was a wonderfully pleasant surprise to see Maniac Mansion! Though I wish it would have been a bit longer. Same goes for most of the James & Mike Mondays videos, don’t be afraid to ride that content out.

  • July 3, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Hey Mike.

    Been a fan of yours for a long time and a avid gamer for over 20 years. I am about the same age as you and James and grew up loving games. I am on YouTube and really struggle to get noticed. My firend and I also make Let’s Plays and got the idea from you. Love the editong style and this is a tribute of sort to you guys without actually saying it. This is the 5th episode but wefinally got our formula and style. Please take a look if you have the time:

  • greedo

    July 3, 2014 at 12:29 am

    This is a hilarious vid! I love watching you guys play games together. It’s clear that you guys have a lot of fun making these vids. And I’m right with James: Point and click games are not my idea of a good time. I like thinking about things, but I don’t like puzzles in video games. They slow down the action. The time spent solving puzzles could be better spent downing baddies.

    • ssokolow

      November 3, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      It’s both a matter of taste and a matter of era.

      Back when Maniac Mansion was released, it was normal for a point-and-click game to have sort of a play-by-email sort of pace where you often had to sleep on a puzzle before the solution would come to you.

  • Vernon Schaal

    July 4, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    OMG this is my favorite NES game of all time!!

  • Vernon Schaal

    July 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    if you watch the intro at the beginning of the game, one of the kids ask well how do we get inside? Dave says we can try looking for a key under the door mat.

  • Vernon Schaal

    July 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    My friend had this game growing up in the early 90s, and we would spend hours trying to figure out things. But we found the loose brick.

  • Vernon Schaal

    July 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    since you blew up the garage the only way to beat the game is by feeding it to the plant up stairs, the one next to the type writer.

  • July 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    oh man, I loved this game growing up. good pick!

  • skwij

    July 5, 2014 at 4:47 am

    I never knew much about this game either, so this was new to me and fun to watch. Thanks for playing, Bootsy!

  • nammm3

    July 6, 2014 at 2:49 am

    That was a great video you guys! Lol, Bootsy is the man ๐Ÿ˜€ I watched some videos of ‘Maniac Mansion’ before and they bore me to death but this one was done very impressively!

  • Rennie Page

    July 7, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Absolutely loved this game as a child. Props to bootsy or however you’ll spell it

  • xandermorph

    July 9, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I had this game on practically every system my family had… C64, Amiga, MS-DOS.. I still have my NES cart – I actually have the early release version of the game that includes the hamster in the microwave bit (that was removed in later re-releases)

    One joke that, to my knowledge, NEVER got noticed by any of the censors, perhaps by virtue of its obscurity, is the “Tentacle Mating Call” death – you take that record that plays the high-pitched shrieking sound and make a tape recording of it on the blank tape, then take it up to Green Tentacle’s room and play it on his stereo. He will turn toward you and yell
    “THE TENTACLE MATING CAAAAALLLLLL!!!!” and rush toward you – the scene then cuts to the front yard with a new tombstone – yes, that’s right – you can make Green Tentacle literally HENTAI RAPE your character to death!! HAH! I love this game lol ^_^

    I remember finding this bit TOTALLY by accident at like 12 years old (and having played through the game numerous times over the years) when I’d forgotten to overwrite the cassette tape… after you use that sound to get the dungeon key from the living room, if you plan to get GT to help you in the Laboratory later on by getting him a record deal, you need to overwrite the “Tentacle Mating Call” with Syd or Razor’s music sample. When I saw what happened I nearly passed out laughing ๐Ÿ˜›

    Yes, there is indeed an NES game that actually contains TENTACLE RAPE as a way of dying!

  • xandermorph

    July 9, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I’m actually kind of amazed at how relatively unknown that mode of death is even now. I’ve even seen a couple of FAQs that don’t appear to have it listed.

  • GameDudeMat

    July 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Wow the Nerd was in Nintendo Power!! Look at 2:58

  • July 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I used to watch Maniac Mansion on YTV all the time. Didnt know there was a game

    • xandermorph

      July 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Oh yeah, there WAS a Maniac Mansion show huh! I still have never seen an actual episode, but I remember finding some weird, obscure fansite for the show back in the 90’s with transcripts of like 9 or 10 episodes. I remember it having relatively little in common with the original game outside of the setting… it had the Purple Meteor, I think, but neither of the Tentacles, and some kid named “Ike” or something… oh and there was a human-fly mutant! Like an uncle or something?
      Are my memories serving me right?

  • Ballzdeep

    August 8, 2014 at 1:36 am

    This video is def in my top 3, Hilarious!

  • Red Hood

    December 21, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Lucasfilm! They made some weird, but good games.

    If you ever play ‘Zak McKraken And The Alien Mindbenders’, it’s the same format.
    There’s a part where you can “accidentally” throw your goldfish into the garbage disposal/compactor (I saw it once on Youtube….made me sad)

    I think there’s a chainsaw somewhere in Maniac Mansion that has no gas in it.
    In Zak McKraken, there’s a gas tank on Mars (really) and if you try to use it, the character says “it’s for another game”. I read somewhere that it’s a joke referring to Maniac Mansion

    • ssokolow

      November 3, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      …and if anyone wants to play Zak McCracken, it’s been re-released DRM-free on for $6 US and you get both the higher-res V2 version of the EGA release that everyone probably knows and the VGA-quality port with CD-audio ambient sound made for the Japan-only FM-TOWNS Marty.

  • wardrich

    January 28, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Wasn’t there also a secret panel somewhere upstairs behind some wallpaper that you could open? Seems to me there was a PIN pad that you could use to blow up the whole house.

  • Ruby Kelly

    March 5, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Actually, because you brought Bernard and as long as you got the tools, you can still win without the car. Use the tools and the spare tube from the radio in the library(?) you can fix the radio in Ed’s Room(?), then use the number on the poster to call the meteor Police. If you’ve opened the two doors leading to the lab, you can call the meteor police, they come and arrest the Meteor and drop a badge. Use the badge to get past the purple tentacle and beat the game. it’s been a long time since I played it.

    • Don Skiver

      March 31, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Yup. I always use Bernard in my playthroughs of Maniac Mansion. He’s so useful. And according to Day of the Tentacle, he was canonically part of the team that rescued Sandy. Although, you can beat the game with any set of kids, it’s just a bit easier with Bernard.

  • meinerHeld

    June 27, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Oh God that music when you’re outside or on the title screen is so awesome! I can’t stand the hipness!

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