Ron Gilbert wishes he owned the rights to Money Island and Maniac Mansion, two of the games he co-created while at LucasArts.
Adventure games veteran Ron Gilbert has revealed that he would love to see an updated version of his ancient C64 point and click classic Maniac Mansion hit the shelves.
As the game credited with inventing the point and click adventure, it's only fair that we bow down to Ron Gilbert and company for creating one of the most important, innovative, and well-written videogames of the late 1980s.
The first game to utilise the revolutionary SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) game engine, this comic adventure freed gamers from the tethers of inputting text-based commands and all the teeth-grinding guessing-game frustration that went with it. Instead, Maniac Mansion allowed players to input commands from a limited list of options, making the whole process infinitely more elegant and intuitive.
But as good an idea as it undoubtedly was, it came alive thanks to sharp writing, brilliant dialogue and the most vivid cast of characters anyone had ever seen in a mere videogame up to late 1987.