Surprising for all fans of retro PC gaming – the classic quest Maniac Mansion appeared as a stand-alone game in Steam. Point-and-click title of LucasArts, debuted in the 1987, but was never before available in Steam or as a standalone downloadable version.

In fact, the only way to play it on a modern PC was as part of Day of the Tentacle Remastered, which came out last year.

Earlier this year, Rick Lane explored the history of Maniac’s central and ground-breaking mechanic and how it changed the landscape of videogames. Here’s an extract from that:

“It’s a remarkable bit of systemic sleight-of-hand. Maniac Mansion is more honest with the player about the limits of their freedom, while also making those limits feel more expansive than what has gone before. In a way this is a hallmark of the broader LucasArts adventure game template. The silly red herrings, the replacing of vanilla “I can’t do that” command rejections with varied, witty responses, are all examples of taking the limits of adventure games in the late eighties and framing them as an integral part of the experience, making these small 2D worlds feel fuller and freer than they ultimately are.”

So, if you want a solid dose of PC nostalgia, Ron Gilbert’s classic is sold for just $4 from now through December 25 in Steam. Maniac Mansion remains a pretty good game though with a retro vision, and if you want something similar but more fancy, check out the Thimbleweed Park.

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