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Maniac Mansion Deluxe
|1 Cup||Not serious entertainment|
|2 Cups||A reasonable game, worth a try|
|3 Cups||A good game, worth playing|
|4 Cups||A great game, well worth your time|
|5 Cups||An outstanding, must-play game!|
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|Short game||Can be completed within 30 minutes|
|Medium length game||Takes at least 30 mins to finish|
|Full length game||As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic|
|MAGS game||Monthly AGS competition entry|
|Non-adventure game||Using Adventure Game Studio for something else?!|
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About this gameMartin is a bachelor and sculptor struggling to make a living in the city. One evening he finds in his mail a strange white envelope, unmarked except for the number "1011" written in the top right corner. Inside is a photograph of a room with ropes hanging from the ceiling. He has barely registered that fact when he is struck unconscious, and later wakes to find himself in completely unfamiliar surroundings, with only a house nearby to offer any hope of help...
Won, Best Original Story 2009
Won, Best Background Art 2009
Won, Best Music 2009
Won, Best Tutorial or Documentation 2009
Nominated, Best Game Created with AGS 2009
Nominated, Best Dialogue Writing 2009
Nominated, Best Player Character 2009
AGS Panel Review
"A solid gothic adventure game in the tradition of Phantasmagoria, The Marionette weaves an interesting if not wholly unpredictable mystery around a captured sculptor, who must play by his host's rules if he is to discover the truth. The relatively straightforward puzzles contribute to a rather short adventure, though with multiple endings and cutscenes there is enough content to keep you interested."
Most of the puzzles are fairly easy, except for the final few which are quite a challenge. Graphics and music were both superb.
The puzzles were a little strange at times, and I'm not quite sure if I got the whole story. I did get stuck on the part where the ghost is coming after you and you have to set the traps, and had to look up a walkthrough, so I know there are alternative endings. I got about 3 of them, but they all seemed a bit anticlimatic.
Some of the items seemed a bit random, like the to do list, but were explained in one of the endings (sort of).
Still, this was really neat, and is one of those games that makes you wanting more. Sequel, or at least another awesome game please?
Overall, the game is an enjoyable way to spend an hour or so, even if there's little special to separate it from the pack.
The story immediately grabs you (even though some plot devices may look a bit cliché) and puzzles are fairly simple.
For these reasons the Marionette feels more like an interactive novel that an adventure. Don't play it like hardcore gamer but take your time, follow the story and look for all the endings: you will enjoy it for sure.