A swimming pool cools a nuclear reactor in the basement. Dismembered tentacles mope in the attic listening to punk music. And a murderous purple meteor sucks out the brains of a bikini-clad babe for no real reason.

To some longtime computer gamers, this will all seem familiar. It's part of the fan-created computer game Maniac Mansion Deluxe, a remake of the 1987 LucasArts Maniac Mansion.

The original groundbreaking computer game changed the future of plot-based games. Its point-and-click interface killed the text parser game designers preferred until then. That engine also allowed a German schoolboy named Sascha Borisow with limited understanding of English to enjoy an American adventure game.

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