101 DALMATIANS: ESCAPE FROM DEVIL MANOR


From the twisted minds of those who gave us Sanitarium, Veil of Darkness and Menzoberranzan comes this sweet little Disney game. DreamForge Intertainment had an illustrious career of almost made its all through the 90s. While their RPGs based on the Dungeons & Dragons rule set did well, their adventure gaming output were arguably some of the greatest of their time. Sanitarium still sits among my favourite games of all time.

Out of their strong line up, there's one game that stands out like a cat in a doghouse - 101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor. Released in 1997, this game was commissioned to coincide with the live-action movie starring Glenn Close, but the designs are more akin to the original 1961 movie or the animated television series which aired later that same year.

The plot takes place half-way through the classic story when the Dalmatian puppies have been kidnapped and kept at Cruella DeVil's run-down mansion.  Two pups named Patches and Wizzer escape their confines determined to get outta there. What follows is an incredibly short adventure that may be aimed at 6-year-olds, but there's also a lot to like for us grown ups too.

First and foremost is the graphics. Each location is stunningly realised with detailed pre-rendered backdrops and a quality of animation that befits a Disney game. I would even go and say that it outshines any of the Animated Storybooks from the same period. The downside is that it's perhaps a bit too dark making some interactions hard to see. The backdrops are all from the height of the puppies, which makes tables, beds and suits of armour daunting behemoths to behold. In a bizarre choice of marketing spiel, the developers chose to call this artistic choice "puppyvision", but I guess the kids like it.

There are apparently multiple ways to escape the mansion, allowing for some replayability, but most will probably be satisfied with their first playthrough. It certainly left me wanting more, but I'd rather have a meatier game than multiple endings. I very much doubt I'd revisit it to find all of the different possibilities. Nevertheless, this is sure to while away about an hour or so quite nicely. More so if your six.


To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses DOSBox to bring the game to modern systems. Tested on Windows 10.

File Size: 299 Mb.  Install Size: 422 Mb.  Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ

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101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor is © Disney Interactive
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me

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11 comments:

  1. I'm blown away at how easily this installed and plays!

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    1. Thanks Robin, that's my mission statement for this site (though a couple are sadly not as successful as this one for all users :( ).

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  2. Hello! There seems to be an error while installing. It gets stuck at 81% and says that Data2.z is corrupt or unreadable :C

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    1. Hello, you'll need to have both files downloaded and in the same folder for it to install properly. Data2.z is contained within the second .001 file. If it still fails, try downloading it again.

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  3. wont open due to invalid data? how do i fix this?

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    1. Are you trying to install it or run it? There are two files you need to download, Install-DEDM.exe and Install-DEDM.001. Both need to be placed in the same folder before running.

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  4. This won't work at all it's just taking me in an endless stupid loop and won't install anything.

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    1. Hello. I'm going to need a bit more information. Does the custom installer run when you launch Install-DEDM? Are both files in the same folder before you begin to install? Did they download properly?

      I've just done a test install and all appears to be fine. Try looking at the FAQ to see if any info there helps.

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    2. It won't download at all. I finally got them into the same zip folder, but it won't download. I have tried hitting everyone. There are 7 different download buttons. 2, don't work at all. One spins the page over and over again and does nothing, and the rest take me to different sites.

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    3. Read the instructions on the FAQ. 4Shared is a little too busy IMO so it's best to turn on ad blocker (my recent installers use the better Mega.nz).

      I recommend downloading the two files separately, not as a zip file. Click on the icon for each file, the click the download. It will be next to the 'share' and 'add to account' buttons. Then click on 'Free Download' underneath the 20second counter. It will begin to download once the timer reaches 0.

      http://collectionchamber.blogspot.co.uk/p/faq.html

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