Last updated on October 13th, 2023 at 04:29 pm
Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders ( or ザックマックラッケン Zakkumakkurakken in the Japanese version) is a graphical adventure game, originally released in October 1988, published by Lucasfilm Games (later known as LucasArts).
- The humour often toed the line between mundane and annoying, the plot felt overwhelmingly bland, and the characters are entirely forgettable. Despite this, the game carries over Maniac Mansion’s solid formula and runs with it, but it falls into some of the pitfalls that its predecessor managed to avoid. It expects too much clairvoyance from the player, expecting them to avoid certain traps without the necessary prior knowledge of what they’ll find at their destination. Save early, save often, children.
- The game is funny, challenging, intriguing, and addictive. The graphics are colorful and detailed, and the sound effects and music are excellent. The puzzles are well-designed and require creative thinking to solve. The game has a great sense of humor and is full of quirky characters and situations. Overall score: 9/10.
- You play as Zak McKracken, a reporter for a sleezy tabloid, and your only ambition in life is to win a Pulitzer. The game is funny, challenging, and intriguing. The puzzles are well-designed and require creative thinking to solve. The game has a great sense of humor and is full of quirky characters and situations.
- The game is completely devoid of the sharp writing, excellent puzzle design, nor characterization that made Lucasfilm/LucasArts the greatest adventure developers of all time. Despite releasing after Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken is a terrible game that just doesn’t bear a single quality that made Lucasfilm/LucasArts games so deeply adored.
- The game is very large, and no other LucasArts or Sierra adventure came even close to Zak’s titanic proportions. The game is funny, challenging, and intriguing. The puzzles are well-designed and require creative thinking to solve.
Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders is a classic adventure game that has received mixed reviews over the years. While some reviewers found the game to be funny, challenging, and intriguing, others found the humor to be annoying, the plot to be bland, and the characters to be forgettable. However, most reviewers agreed that the puzzles were well-designed and required creative thinking to solve.