Day of the Tentacle Remastered

Day of the Tentacle Remastered

Caden Massey

In my escapade to pass my friends Gamerscore on Xbox, I found myself scrolling through Xbox Game Pass to find some free-ish games to play.

I noticed a new game on the page called Day of the Tentacle Remastered. On a whim, I downloaded it and started playing it. I was absolutely shocked by what I found

First, some backstory. For all you old timers out there, in 1993 LucasArts published a game called Day of the Tentacle which was a point and click adventure for when computers where as big as a microwave and as heavy as bowling balls. It was evidently a sequel to another successful game called Manic Mansion.

The game is an updated version of the original point and click adventure. The plot, while quite ridiculous, is enjoyable and interactive enough to keep my pea-brain engaged.

Dr. Fred Edison has been releasing toxic waste into a nearby river. The toxic waste, for some reason, causes a purple tentacle, that Dr. Fred also created, to turn evil and make plans for world domination.

One of our protagonists named Bernard essentially decides it is time to intervene and forces his friends Hoagie and Laverne to help him. They go the Dr. Fred’s place and attempt to (hold on, this is where things get weird. Or weirder.) return to yesterday to stop Purple from consuming the toxic waste, thus stopping him from turning evil, which in turn saves the world.

Of course, that would be too easy. What actually happens is Hoagie and Laverne get sent 200 years into the past and future respectively. This results in lots of wacky antics with the founding fathers, a master race of tentacle people, and oddly enough, the IRS.

Aside from the unique plot, the game does have some very interesting mechanics that keep the players interested. You can send non-living items through the time machines to use them in different periods, and there are a few different ways to sent other items through time to produce diverse effects.

For example, you can put a wine bottle in a time capsule, which will turn it into vinegar 400 years later, that you can send back to the past to use to get back to the present. Things like this make for very deep gameplay.

The few gripes I have with the game do however greatly damage my opinion on it. The first one I had an issue with was the way the voice recording sound. They are a little too slow and choppy. I have no clue why it sounds the way it does, but goodness it is weird.

Also, the game is short. GIVEN THAT YOU HAVE A GUIDE! If you try and just figure some of this stuff out on your own, you will be running in circles. I got about a 1/4 th of the way
through the story without a guide and could not figure out that I had to put the wine the time capsule to make vinegar, because I had no idea that was how it was made.

The game is actually full of bonus content, which is absolutely amazing to see. You can play the game in the new remastered version, or the old classic version. You also have the entire Manic Mansion game free to play inside the game you are already playing. You also get concept art and directors commentary. There is so much content in this game, you could play it for a year and still find things.

If you want to play the game, good news! It is basically available on everything except for the Switch (sorry Nintendo fans). I would say it is worth a play. It has so much content to
offer, I think that it is almost a must play for point and click fans. On my flawless scale, I would give this game 6 Purple Tentacles out of 10.