Day of the Tentacle Remastered - Steam Review

Day of the Tentacle Remastered

Quick Glance:

  • Platform: PC, OSX, PlayStation 4, PS Vita
  • Players – 1
  • Achievements – Yes
  • Steam Trading Cards - Yes
  • Controller Support - Full
  • Retail Price - $14.99

High Level Premise – Comedy-based point and click adventure with emphasis on time travel.

Graphics/Style – Cartoon / animated; Can switch between original and remastered versions.

Music/Soundtrack – Lighthearted tunes to make adventuring fun. Can switch between original and remastered versions.

Story – Bernard, Hoagie, and Laverne must travel through time to stop Purple Tentacle from taking over the world!

Replay-ability – I can't begin to think how many times I have played through this. Once you know the puzzles it's easier, but man those dialogue choices have me coming back for more.

Time Commitment – Feel free to save and quit whenever you want. Takes about 5 hours to complete the main game.

Value – $14.99 is very reasonable for the amount of content received. Original art and story boards are unlocked as you progress.  Also, the original Maniac Mansion game can be played on Weird Ed's computer. Two games in one, wow!

Favorite Element – Switching between the remastered version and the original version on the fly. Oh and also Hoagie.

The remastered graphics look incredible.

The remastered graphics look incredible.

Laverne makes the perfect Tentacle

Day of the Tentacle was released in 1993 for PCs and Mac and follows the point and click formula that was a huge success to it's predecessor Maniac Mansion. Initially designed as "Maniac Mansion 2", Day of the Tentacle (DOTT) quickly took on an identity of its own. Following the adventures of Bernard, Hoagie, and Laverne, they must travel once again to the Edison residence and this time try to stop Purple Tentacle from taking over the world. Written and Produced by geniuses Tim Schafer (Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, Psychonauts) and Dave Grossman (Secret of Monkey Island, Sam & Max Seasons 1 & 2) the game is well known for how zany the plot is as well as some creative problem solving to complete the game. This was the first LucasArts adventure game to have a "no death" policy. No matter what you do in the game, it is impossible to get stuck or perish. This was perfect for newcomers to the genre providing an easier learning curve unlike some other titles from competing companies.

Hoagie tries to figure out which item will fix Ben Franklin.

The Chron-O-John is the most luxurious method of time travel.

Day of the Tentacle Remastered is a treat for fans and those new to the series. All of the artwork and animations have been upgraded for high definition resolution as well as the music and sound effects. There also is a new interface system that can be used instead of the older verb-based system (the old one is still there too.) I have had a great time looking through the concept art and storyboards from the early 90s and can appreciate how much effort went into the original.  The jokes are still pretty hilarious, and you don't see many games with the humor of DOTT around anymore. Most importantly the game has aged very well and is still loads of fun to play. The attention to detail of the remaster is immediately recognized when you start playing the game. Doublefine has done an excellent job of bringing Day of the Tentacle into the 21st Century, and is overall an excellent remaster and should not be ignored. Now where is the next entry in the series?  Maniac Mansion 3? Return of the Tentacle? Hoagie's Adventures?

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