Day of the Tentacle is back and it’s… just as good as you remembered it!


Posted April 4, 2016

Late last month Day of the Tentacle was re-released to a modern audience with updated HD graphics and a modern-gamer-friendly interface. Results? Fantastic! Who would have known dead Cousin Ed would play such an important role over the course of 400 years?

If you’re anywhere between the ages of 30-50 and have been in to (or are in to) computer games and you haven’t heard of Day of the Tentacle, what rock have you been hiding under? Often referred to as the best adventure game of all time, this point-and-click had it all. Humour. Story. Character. Great puzzles. Fantastic voice acting. And at the time, excellent graphics.

Employing a unique time-travel storyline which allowed you to play multiple characters who impacted each other’s environments with their actions, Day of the Tentacle set the bar by which all future adventure games were set against. Who would have known dead Cousin Ed would play such an important role over the course of 400 years?

A need for a remaster

Remembering this game, you visualize the graphics as a seamless cartoony adventure. Funny how your mind plays tricks on you. On further inspection the graphics, as with all games in the 90’s, were very pixelated. Hard for new gamers to get in to, and hard for us old gamers to enjoy without some sort of emulator. But thankfully, some time ago, somebody had the great idea to start remastering these games for modern resolutions and gameplay. It began with The Secret of Monkey Island, continued with LeChuk’s Revenge, Leisure Suit Larry, and most recently Grim Fandango (which I still haven’t played).

Day of the Tentacle: Remastered

A side-by-side, or rather top-over-bottom comparison of original versus the remastered.

As you you knew already, or should know by getting this far in to the article, late last month Day of the Tentacle was re-released to a modern audience with updated high-definition graphics and a modern-gamer-friendly interface. What were the results? In short – fantastic!

Once Fangango was remastered, we should have known it was only a matter of time until Day of the Tentacle got the same treatment… because they were made by the same guy Tim Schafer. As you can see with the image above, the remastered graphics stay very true to the original artwork. In fact, the updated graphics are so good that they game appears almost exactly how you romantically remembered it. The new controls are intuitive, and you can even play this thing on your PS4.

Replaying the game was a delight. I played it through a dozen times as a kid, so there were no surprises for me. It still took me four hours. The voice acting is so good, and the storyline so engaging, that I wanted to squeeze as much of the humour out as I could and take conversations in every which direction and try any object on any object.

Day of the Tentacle: Remastered

Grunge rock-fan Hoagie stuck in the colonial ages is an adventure game gimmick for the ages.

Go play it

If you haven’t played this game before, give it a whirl. It’s fun and hilarious. Buy it on Steam, it’s worth the $15 bucks.

Unrelated, but kind of related, what’s up with this possibly legit (but certainly unauthorized) german sequel… Return of the Tentacle?

Obviously this whole remastered thing has to be economical. So might I suggest somebody remaster Star Trek: 25th Anniversary and Star Trek: Judgement Rites? How cool would it be to control Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the gang with their voices and some type of modern graphics… those games were great!

What’s your favourite adventure game you want remastered?

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