THE MANHOLE
A Fantasy Exploration for Children of All Ages
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The Manhole is a trademark of Cyan(c)1989 ACTIVISION
used under license from Activision All rights reserved
(c)1990 SUN ELCTRONICS
Release : 1991-3-22 (•6500)
CDRom≤ SSCD0001
Digital comic / Adventure game
The Manhole is a graphic adventure for children and was initially described as new worlds for children to explore. The action takes place in a strange world really similar to Alice in Wonderland where things have no scale, no time, like travelling a dream. And curiously there is also a rabbit on the front cover... This version is by defaut in Japanese but an option can switch it to english. There is not text to enter, you juck click on the screen and events happen.
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The Manhole was the first CDRom game released by Cyan (formed by brothers Rand Miller and Robyn Miller) in 1987. Other games like Cormic Osmo and Spelunx followed and received numerous awards. They are also the people who later created the famous Myst series. This maybe explain why the Manhole was released for the PC Engine in 1990, I read Cyan started work on Myst because of fundings from Sunsoft japan so I am just guessing here...


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Manhole is hard to describe. But if you ever play it, you have to keep in mind it was designed for young children and I think it fills its purpose. I do not think Manhole is a bad game, it is just old and for a young public but its twisted world is still appealling, reminding Alice in Wonderland ... shame that it feels so cheap, especially the voice over. And why it is not full screen is beyond me, maybe this was the size of the original game and they didn't want to change them...




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