Maniac Mansion

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Maniac Mansion
Maniac Mansion cover
Developers
LucasArts
Engines
Original SCUMM
Re-release ScummVM
Release dates
DOS March 12, 1988
Mac OS (Classic) October 5, 1987
Windows December 18, 2017
macOS (OS X) December 18, 2017
Linux December 18, 2017
Maniac Mansion guide at StrategyWiki
Maniac Mansion at Wikipedia
Maniac Mansion
Maniac Mansion 1988
Day of the Tentacle 1993
Maniac Mansion Deluxe (unofficial) 2004
Maniac Mansion Mania (unofficial) 2005
Day of the Tentacle Remastered 2016

Key points

Can be run under ScummVM
Also playable in Day of the Tentacle and Day of the Tentacle Remastered by using the computer in Ed Edison's room
One of the first graphic adventure games to feature cutscenes, multiple protagonists and multiple endings[1]

General information

The International House of Mojo - In-depth article including developer interviews and game trivia
Hardcore Gaming 101 - Comprehensive feature on the series
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
The game had two different releases: original ("Version 1") and enhanced ("Version 2"). See: Version differences. Manual-based copy protection.
DOS
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with ScummVM.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Pre-packaged with ScummVM.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Can be played online in your browser through the Internet Archive Software Library (progress can't be saved however).

Version differences[edit]

The original 1988 release ("Version 1") runs in 16 colors.
The enhanced 1989 release ("Version 2") has moderately improved graphics and new character animations. It runs at a slightly higher resolution with more colors.[2]
For the 2004 VGA fan remake see: Maniac Mansion Deluxe.

Essential improvements[edit]

Compatibility on modern systems[edit]

In order to run the game on modern systems, you'll need to use DOSBox or ScummVM.

Higher quality music (DOSBox and ScummVM)[edit]

The music in this game was composed for the Tandy 3-voice, which produced more advanced sound than the default PC speaker (beeper) found in most computers running DOS. To emulate this in DOSBox, set tandy=true under [speaker] in the configuration file. To emulate this in ScummVM, overwrite the global audio settings and set Music Device to IBM PCjr under the audio tab in the individual game options for Maniac Mansion.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\PREFS
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVEGAME.*
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound can only be toggled.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Game is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Russian
Fan translation by PRCA and Old-Games.RU, download

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes Hercules, CGA, EGA, MCGA, VGA
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 1.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 8088
System memory (RAM) 256 KB (original)/384 KB (enhanced)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) CGA

References