A downloadable game for Windows
Red Tentacle allows you to play the NES version of Maniac Mansion on your computer, using the mouse.
The NES port was a great version of the game, but let's be honest, it was pretty tedious to move the cursor around the screen using the D-pad, back and forth to the verbs, inventory items, and things in the environment.
"OK, so just play the PC version!" Well sure, but the PC version is not quite the same and doesn't have any music; I like the version made for the grey box. "Alright, well just load it into an emulator!" Great! OK... click.. click.. hmm, the mouse doesn't work.. because the NES didn't have a mouse! You still need to use the arrow keys or a gamepad to push the cursor around.. painfully... slowly...
Red Tentacle is the solution! It's the best way to play the console version of Maniac Mansion. Red Tentacle gives you an actual point-n-click interface, and even provides verb & inventory keyboard shortcuts that will have you tearing through the mansion in record time. Got locked in the basement? Switch to another kid like a boss with a single keypress. Made a mistake? Load up an autosave, or a manual save from one of six save slots.
You must own a copy of the original game to use Red Tentacle. Just dust off your old cartridge, make a personal backup on your computer in the form of an NES ROM, load it up in Red Tentacle, and get that girl back! See the Red Tentacle website for information on how to make a personal backup of your Maniac Mansion NES cartridge.
Here is one device that you can use to make a legal backup copy of your Maniac Mansion cartridge:
This video shows how to use the device to create an NES ROM personal backup file:
Red Tentacle is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Nintendo, LucasArts, the owners of Maniac Mansion, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates. Additionally, the owners of Red Tentacle will not be liable for any illegal uses of this software.
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $1.99 USD. You will get access to the following files: