History VideoGame / ZakMcKrackenAndTheAlienMindbenders

17th Jan '17 2:20:13 AM TrollBrutal
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** Near the beginning, you pick up a scrap of wallpaper, which you eventually need in order to draw a map. Some time before this, you have to light a bonfire, and can, if you choose, use the wallpaper as kindling. The game doesn't try to dissuade you, and you can continue unhampered until you realise what you were supposed to hang on to the paper for... (You could also have
used the crayon on the phone bill, but you could lose that too later on in the
game)
** It's possible to slide things you need into the slot at Annie's office before you have the item that motivates her to contact you; since the door doesn't open, you can't get them back, so you're screwed.
14th Jan '17 6:29:25 PM nombretomado
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* OddballInTheSeries: Apart from the humour, this game is pretty much this to the rest of LucasArts games. It's a lot more unforgiving, since there are only a handful of ways to beat the game, and a lot more ways to die or screw up. It's much ''much'' longer and less straight-forward than its predecessor (''ManiacMansion''). No DialogueTree there too, but while you ''can'' die in Maniac Mansion (Since this was before they brought up their "No die" and "Can't screw up" policies), there are multiple ways to beat that other game. Gameplay wise, definitely. Writing-wise? ''Far from it''.

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* OddballInTheSeries: Apart from the humour, this game is pretty much this to the rest of LucasArts Creator/LucasArts games. It's a lot more unforgiving, since there are only a handful of ways to beat the game, and a lot more ways to die or screw up. It's much ''much'' longer and less straight-forward than its predecessor (''ManiacMansion''). No DialogueTree there too, but while you ''can'' die in Maniac Mansion (Since this was before they brought up their "No die" and "Can't screw up" policies), there are multiple ways to beat that other game. Gameplay wise, definitely. Writing-wise? ''Far from it''.
12th Jan '17 1:00:59 PM TrollBrutal
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* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: If Zak is caught twice picking up the flag, he gets a life sentence for crimes against the Nepalese flag.
12th Jan '17 9:00:10 AM TrollBrutal
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* {{Feelies}}: The game came with a free issue of ''The Daily Inquisitor'', the tabloid the protagonist works for. Several of the articles provide vital hints, such as how lightning can mend crystals.

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* {{Feelies}}: The game came with a free issue of ''The Daily National Inquisitor'', the tabloid the protagonist works for. Several of the articles provide vital hints, such as how lightning can mend crystals.
12th Jan '17 3:26:02 AM TrollBrutal
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* UnwinnableByDesign / UnwinnableByMistake: There were only certain courses one could take to save the world, so if a previous action made them impossible...[[TheQuisling I for one will welcome our new Caponian overlords]]. The game was released early in Creator/LucasArts history, when they were still in the process of figuring out their design philosophy. ''Zak'' is much more unforgiving than the previous ''Maniac Mansion'' where Creator/RonGilbert, designer of the gentler philosophy, played a larger role than in this game.

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* UnwinnableByDesign / UnwinnableByMistake: There were are only certain courses one could can take to save the world, so if a previous action has made them impossible...[[TheQuisling I for one will welcome our new Caponian overlords]]. The game was released early in Creator/LucasArts history, when they were still in the process of figuring out their design philosophy. ''Zak'' is much more unforgiving than the previous ''Maniac Mansion'' where Creator/RonGilbert, designer of the gentler philosophy, played a larger role than in this game.
12th Jan '17 3:25:06 AM TrollBrutal
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''Zak [=McKracken=] and the Alien Mindbenders'' is an AdventureGame by Creator/LucasArts, released in 1988. It was the second SCUMM adventure game, preceded by ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion''. Originally released for the UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}}, it was ported to the UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer, UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}, UsefulNotes/AtariST and UsefulNotes/FMTowns.

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''Zak [=McKracken=] and the Alien Mindbenders'' is an AdventureGame by Creator/LucasArts, released in 1988. It was is the second SCUMM adventure game, preceded by ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion''. Originally released for the UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}}, it was ported to the UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer, UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}, UsefulNotes/AtariST and UsefulNotes/FMTowns.



* UnwinnableByDesign / UnwinnableByMistake: There were only certain courses one could take to save the world, so if a previous action made them impossible...[[TheQuisling I for one will welcome our new Caponian overlords]]. The game was released early in Creator/LucasArts history, when they were still in the process of figuring out their design philosophy. ''Zak'' was much more unforgiving than the previous ''Maniac Mansion'' where Creator/RonGilbert, designer of the gentler philosophy, played a larger role than in this game.

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* UnwinnableByDesign / UnwinnableByMistake: There were only certain courses one could take to save the world, so if a previous action made them impossible...[[TheQuisling I for one will welcome our new Caponian overlords]]. The game was released early in Creator/LucasArts history, when they were still in the process of figuring out their design philosophy. ''Zak'' was is much more unforgiving than the previous ''Maniac Mansion'' where Creator/RonGilbert, designer of the gentler philosophy, played a larger role than in this game.
12th Jan '17 3:23:53 AM TrollBrutal
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** Zak can play the Indiana Jones riff in his kazoo. Posters of ''Maniac Mansion'' and ''Indiana Jones'' can also be seen.

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** Zak can play the Indiana Jones riff in his kazoo. Posters of ''Maniac Mansion'' and ''Indiana Jones'' ''Videogame/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade , the Adventure Game'' can also be seen.
12th Jan '17 3:21:59 AM TrollBrutal
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* GuideDangIt: The Lucas adventure with the most illogical and inescrutable puzzles, by far. A lot of actions have little to no in-story indication as to why they should be done in that particular way.


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* OddballInTheSeries: Apart from the humour, this game is pretty much this to the rest of LucasArts games. It's a lot more unforgiving, since there are only a handful of ways to beat the game, and a lot more ways to die or screw up. It's much ''much'' longer and less straight-forward than its predecessor (''ManiacMansion''). No DialogueTree there too, but while you ''can'' die in Maniac Mansion (Since this was before they brought up their "No die" and "Can't screw up" policies), there are multiple ways to beat that other game. Gameplay wise, definitely. Writing-wise? ''Far from it''.
12th Jan '17 3:04:58 AM TrollBrutal
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** Washed the bread crumbs down the drain? Spent your money and got stuck at a place where you can't win the lottery to gain more money? Accidentally killed someone by removing their helmet on Mars? Got Zak and Annie stuck in jail? Then you can't beat the game

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** Washed the bread crumbs down the drain? Spent your money and got stuck at a place where you can't win the lottery to gain more money? Accidentally killed someone by removing their helmet on Mars? Got Zak and Annie stuck in jail? Then you can't beat the gamegame.
** If the nests burn away before you draw the ankh and open the alien door to the Blue Crystal, the cave will forever remain in darkness and Zak won't be able to draw the symbol, even by using the lighter.


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** Melissa and/or Leslie can buy each one a token and travel to the Martian pyramid. The token dispenser of that side is out of order and they can't get back to the Face. The game will be brought to a dead end if they haven't finished all necessary tasks there.
12th Jan '17 2:22:39 AM TrollBrutal
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* ShoutOut: A Hare Krishna sells Zak a book on how to find enlightenment in life. The book costs a [[CrackIsCheaper whopping]] $[[Literature/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy 42]].

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A Hare Krishna sells Zak a book on how to find enlightenment in life. The book costs a [[CrackIsCheaper whopping]] $[[Literature/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy 42]].


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** Zak can play the Indiana Jones riff in his kazoo. Posters of ''Maniac Mansion'' and ''Indiana Jones'' can also be seen.
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