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Episode 049 – Maniac Mansion (1987, 1990)

Episode 049 – Maniac Mansion (1987, 1990)

Episode 049 – Maniac Mansion (1987, 1990)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are pointing and clicking our way through a creepy house as we try to save our girlfriend with plastic fruit, exploding hamsters and a Weird Edsel! From 1987 and 1990, we’re playing Maniac Mansion by Lucasfilm Games (the predecessor to LucasArts) for the PC and NES.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is tentacle and Edison family theme from Maniac Mansion. You can find a full soundtrack on YouTube here. And also, for today’s show, we’re joined by special guest DJ!
  • 44:45 – Emails! What’s our favorite Tetris piece? Who would write our theme songs? What about games based on TV game shows? Altavista???
  • 1:11:30 – A snifferoo from next week’s show, which is another LucasArts game! Huzzah!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Maniac Mansion has held its value well, as a cult classic. Loose carts of the NES version go for about $19, with the price swelling to $80 for the box and manual, to $222 for “new” copies. The PC version starts at around $30, although it’s also available in digital-only formats for much cheaper.

– Also, as mentioned on the show, the sequel, Day of the Tentacle, has been re-released. It’s going for about $15 on the PS4 and PC. The game does have a really neat Easter egg though – The original Maniac Mansion is playable in full on a computer in the game.

– Also also as mentioned on the show, the Japanese Maniac Mansion looks like a weird tech demo for the NES. Check it out here. And, the TV show is viewable here.

– Wanna read one of the oldest things on the internet, kind of? Wired has an article from Douglas Crockford, who worked on Maniac Mansion for LucasArts. It’s the longform article DJ was talking about, and you can find it here. It’s a really interesting read on what they had to take out of the game.

Episode 037 – Shadowrun (1993)

Episode 037 – Shadowrun (1993)

Episode 037 – Shadowrun (1993)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we’re back to our regular episodes! We’re shootin’ at trolls, mages and everything but werewolves in a weird noir game. From Beam Software and released in 1993, we’re playing Shadowrun for the Super Nintendo.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the main theme from Shadowrun.
  • 51:00 – The emails! Video game sidekicks and other fun things.
  • 1:08:45 – A snifferoo from next week’s show. Don’t you dare close your eyes! It’s a whole new world.

SHOW NOTES

– If you like Dale’s contributions on the pod, be sure to check out his blog, Dale’s Video Backlog Blog! It also has the great address of daleisgreat.blogspot.com. (Steve heartily supports this, since his own, currently dormant blog is Stephen on Stuff.)

– There are actually three versions of Shadowrun, although the Super Nintendo one tends to get the most buzz. A Genesis version from 1994 is also well-reviewed, although more obscure, and there is a little played, Japanese-only version for the Sega CD. We mostly focused on the SNES game, but do mention the Genesis one in passing. All three are based on the Shadowrun tabletop RPG series, although they’re each different games and feature different stories.

– According to Price Charting, Shadowrun for the Super Nintendo costs about $47 for the loose cart, up to $310 for the cart, box and manual in pristine condition. This is probably because it’s well-regarded. The Genesis version is a bit cheaper, at $27 for just the cart, up to $175 for a ‘perfect’ copy. The new Shadowrun for PC only costs around $5 to $10. There is another version for the 360 that’s about $3 to $10.

– In the future, we absolutely will be covering Maniac Mansion.

Episode 015 – Little Samson (1992)

Episode 015 - Little Samson (1992)

Episode 015 – Little Samson (1992)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we’re defeating evil wizards as a dragon, a golem and a mouse in one of the most valuable NES games out there. From 1992 and near the end of the NES lifespan, we’re playing Little Samson, with special guest DJ!

You can manually download this week’s wonderful podcast here, or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually subscribe, use this link in the device / podcast player of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – The intro, which is the end boss theme for Little Samson.
  • 38:15 – Emails. Cul-de-sacs and wrestling video game talk.
  • 52:00 – Snifferoo.

SHOW NOTES

– During the show, DJ mentions a video that gets into the history of Little Samson. It’s by a neat YouTube creator, the Gaming Historian, and it can be viewed here.

– Want to collect every NES game? Titles like Little Samson make it tough. John Blanco at Jinja Bobot has a good list of the toughest finds, which includes Little Samson, Panic Restaurant, and the Nintendo World Championship carts.

– The video game value site that Steve mentions, Price Charting, can be found here. It’s a pretty nifty resource for buying and selling games. As publicity on Little Samson’s rareness has increased, so has its value, from the $90 range in 2008 to around $150 in 2011, $500 in 2013 and $700 to $800 in 2015. If you want the manual and box, you can add a surcharge ranging from 15 percent to 50 percent. To see Little Samson’s entry on the site, click here.

– For a gameplay video on Little Samson, click here. The best speed run of the game is in about 10 minutes.