Some of my favorite games on the market today are adventure games. Pretty much anything Telltale Games creates such as The Walking Dead or Tales From the Borderlands or even Dontnod who created Life is Strange I have enjoyed. I never got to play some of the original adventure games back in the early 90’s like King’s Quest or the Lucas Arts games. Thankfully Double Fine Productions has been bringing some of those classics to modern day consoles. They started with Grim Fandango Remastered in 2015 and now have just released Day of the Tentacle Remastered. I never got to play this game back in the day so I was curious why everyone talked so highly of it.
Immediately upon starting the game I discovered that you can switch between the new updated look of the game and the original look it had back in 1993 simply by pushing the touchpad on the Dualshock 4. Even though I never played the original I can say that Double Fine has done a great job updating the game. It isn’t just the visuals that got an updated look but the game interface itself also got a makeover making for a much nicer look overall. While playing through the game I was constantly clicking that touchpad to switch back and forth just so I could see how different things in the game looked back in 1993. The visuals in Day of the Tentacle Remastered are so much more gorgeous now and so much more crisp and colorful.
The gameplay itself has also been vastly improved in my opinion. Since the game lets you play with the old controls when you switch to the classic look it gave me an idea of how it originally played. Now in the remastered version whenever you interact with an object a wheel of sorts pops up and you select what you want to do with that object from the wheel. It makes for a much easier time interacting with everything and makes it feel like a more modern adventure game that you would play today.
Day of the Tentacle Remastered tells a story about a evil purple tentacle who wants to take over the world. In order to stop it Dr. Fred sends three friends through time to the previous day to shut down a machine. Unfortunately, things go wrong and the friends are split up with one trapped 200 years in the past, one 200 years in the future, and the last in the present day. The writing is really well done and the voice acting is great as well. The game had me laughing over and over again with the jokes and references. It isn’t often I run into a game that is genuinely funny so it made me love this game that much more. You’ll be moving through areas in the game, picking up items, talking to people, and trying to figure out when and where to use the various items you pick up. You can also send items through time between characters and you’ll need to solve certain puzzles in the game.
The game took me around 4 to 5 hours to finish which isn’t bad for a game like this. It kept my interest throughout the adventure and I really liked the different time periods in the game and the characters you meet there. Double Fine Productions also included some pretty cool extras in the game as well. The game has a ton of trophies so chances are even after you beat it once you’ll be going back if you want to earn them all. The game also has over 100 pieces of concept art showing the teams vision for the original game. Not only that but Day of the Tentacle also includes a full director’s commentary that you can enable and play though the game with. This is an awesome addition that helps shed light on things in the game as well as providing even more humor than what the game itself has. Check this feature out for sure.
The only thing I think the game should’ve maybe had was some kind of hint system for those players who may get stuck. Some of the puzzles are really tricky to figure out and yes while the internet is always a viable resource a in game hint system would have been better for those people. Day of the Tentacle Remastered is a game I am proud to have gotten to play and experience. The game stands tall next to the great adventure games of today thanks to the improvements made to the game. If you enjoy adventure games, great puzzles, or lough out loud humor play Day of the Tentacle Remastered.
+ Awesome updated cartoony art style that can be swapped with the original look with a button
+ Very funny
+ Great soundtrack and voice acting
+ Well thought out item based puzzles
+ Lots of extras like Commentary and the original Maniac Mansion
– No in game hint system
*All screenshots were taken in game using the Share button on the Dualshock 4*