A point-and-click adventure for children, in which one can explore a fantastical Alice-in-Wonderland inspired world. This game can best be described as Myst
, which is by the same company, except without much depth or puzzles. Although the Masterpiece Edition
was released in 1994, one year after Myst
, the game itself actually predates Myst
by quite a bit. Cyan.com claims that The Manhole
was the first
entertainment CD-ROM ever, which is quite likely true as it was released in 1988.
The Masterpiece Edition
of The Manhole
differs from the 1988 original in that it has color, improved sound, new characters, and can run on Windows (not just Macintosh). However, even with these improvements the game seems thin and plotless. Although the cover claims that the game is for "Children of All Ages", it is unlikely an adult would find this world enticing. Even children may become bored with it, as this version now features long spoken dialogue which cannot be interrupted. Since the mouse cursor does not change over hot spots, it is easy to accidentally trigger the same dialogue repeatedly.