5 out of 5
You have to try this title, that's all I'm saying!
Zak McKracken is a classic and hard to finish adventure. Well, you are going to need a walkthrough to keep this game playing cursively, but no matter what, you are going to laugh out loud as well as scratch your head in delight repeatedly. What Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders brings is the weirdness of the puzzles that you would expect from a Monkey Island title, with the kind of story that combines space exploration, with time exploration, with wacky characters and a lot of humor. Like a trip back in the late 80s pop culture. Zak McKracken brings forth a healthy slice, so that you will feel as if not only Zak is in a trip through time, but you as well. That's true, the writing is exceptionally good, and you are in for the adventure that feels so modern, yet so, old timey as well. The nasty old timey part is because, well, the controls, the interface is the rather crowded one, well known from the era, which, to a later comer to adventure games, may be troublesome. But yet again, if you ever want to learn to play with such an interface, well, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders is sure worth the time investment. So get into it, as there is plenty of rewards waiting for you. After this make yourself a favour and keep downloading and playing the rest of wonderful early 90's adventure games ao that point and click style.
4 out of 5
Save my IQ
Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders is heavily inspired by many popular theories about aliens and mysterious civilizations. It was developed and published by LucasArts
(known at the time as Lucasfilm Games) and has a very similar style of gameplay like in Maniac Mansion
. The story of the game follows Zak, a writer for the National Inquisitor, Annie Larris, a freelance scientist and Melissa China and Leslie Bennet, two Yale University coed students, in their attempt to prevent the nefarious alien Caponian from slowly reducing the intelligence of everybody on Earth
. However, the copy protection B.S. is present in the game and if you don't own the original you might have problems trying to progress in the game.