I've always been hopelessly obsessed with all things Maniac Mansion
since being a kid, and when you weigh in the nostalgic factor, it doesn't taste a lie to call it my favorite game of all time. It would appear that I am not the only person the franchise has had this effect on, as the fan scene surrounding the game has always been pretty remarkable. You're probably familiar with Maniac Mansion Deluxe
, the 256 color remake from 2004. Lesser known projects include the likes of an ongoing series of micro spinoff games powered by AGS, a project dubbed Maniac Mansion Mania
. A million years ago I even remember an inventive fan creating a playable, fully 3D environment of just the exterior of the mansion.
The latest example of impressively excessive fan devotion to the father of SCUMM is this
, a new remake of the game observed in one of our forum threads
. What makes this remake of the classic original Maniac Mansion
worthwhile when an acclaimed one already exists?
That's right: it's being re-imagined in the style of Day of the Tentacle
. You can see some sprites and animation tests here
, as well as an open call for help. It's unclear how far along the effort is at the moment, the status being that "the backgrounds are almost done." Still, whether or not this remake will end up being completed, or end up being like 99% of all fan projects, the work
seen so far is pretty impressive.