Time Gentlemen, Please! and Ben There, Dan That! Special Edition Double Pack
Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlemen, Please! are a couple of rip-roaring point-and-click adventure games . With tongue firmly in cheek, sit back, relax, and put your mind to work solving puzzles, and reading some very funny dialogue. It's like a book, only good!
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Very Positive (527 reviews) - 80% of the 527 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 22, 2009

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one of the most outrageous games I've ever played and for that alone I love it.
- PC Zone – 90%

Funnier than any game in years, and delightfully rude. Point-and-click adventuring done right for a change.
- PC Gamer – 87%

pitch perfect comedy writing…they truly understand how to exploit the genre’s strengths… an indie masterpiece.
-Wired

...excellent scripting, consistent, cartoony design and delight in overtly, overly referential absurdity…even the Telltale titles are clunky and formulaic compared to the anarchistic invention of games like this...
-Eurogamer.net — 9/10

About This Game

Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlemen, Please! are a couple of rip-roaring point-and-click adventure games . With tongue firmly in cheek, sit back, relax, and put your mind to work solving puzzles, and reading some very funny dialogue. It's like a book, only good!

From an horrific and untimely death in deep, dark Peru, via preposterous-and-suspect alien invasions, to whipping back-and-forth in time to stop Hitler and his army of robot Nazi dinosaur clones, this is one set of adventures you're unlikely to forget.

Key features:

  • Funny words that'll actually probably make you laugh out loud!
  • Graphics AND sound effects!
  • Thousands of unique responses for almost every action you can think of!
  • NAZI DINOSAURS!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Pretty much anything post-millennial, anything that runs DirectX 9.0c for particle effects.
    • Memory: Anything over 256MB should do, anything that runs DirectX 9.0c for particle effects.
    • Graphics:Any DirectDraw compatible. PixelShader 1.4/ DirectX 9.0c capable card required for particle effects.
    • DirectX®: 9.0c required for particle effects
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB
    • Sound: Any Windows-compatible soundcard
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Very Positive (527 reviews)
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Internet Explorer
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
funny af, would reccomend to anyone who likes point and clicks
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VIX | King Renly Baratheon
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Product received for free
I agree with the idea that although not radicle this is a great old school type adventure game in the mould of the 90's Monkey Island etc. It also has entertaining dialogue and its VERY good value. If you want to try an indie sleeper hit try this but if you are looking for bells n whistles computing try the bigger budget games.
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Obey the Fist!
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
While this is widely regarded as one of the best modern Adventure games (an old dead genre from the 1990s), with passable graphics and a fun quirky set of gameplay, technical laziness prevents a thumbs up.

The game runs in windowed mode whether you like it or not, there's no evident full screen option making the entire experience unpleasant - it's simply not up to the calibre expected of a modern PC game.
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galahadhk
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Hitler didn't do nothing wrong tbqh fams
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Dragon Force
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
It has an interesting storyline with a hilarious dialogue and some jokes of dark humor. I appreciate the developers of this game and their intention but the controls and gameplay are so bad. Add to this very slow character movement.

Pros: storyline, humour.
Cons: controls, gameplay.

Basically, clever dialogue, bad game.
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HeavenSloth
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Gentlemen, Please!
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[GN]JamZer
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
no ... JUST NOO!
0/10 :(
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AaToSMeD
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
I just...can't.
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Nat
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Fun and funny. Quite British. A bit rude. BTDT is shorter and simpler, TG,P! is longer and more involved, but both are thoroughly enjoyable little humorous point-and-click adventures.
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Apparently Kid
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Kind of a boring game. Funny humor, but story is uninteresting and just plain weird. Found myself skipping through most of it. Many of puzzles don't make any sense at all. Graphics are terrible. and just like many point and click games, you can gett stuck at a spot and not able to do what a walkthrough says and have no idea what tiny little step or interaction you missed at some point during the game that the dev decided you must do to proceed. Just not very good.

3/10.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Product received for free
I agree with the idea that although not radicle this is a great old school type adventure game in the mould of the 90's Monkey Island etc. It also has entertaining dialogue and its VERY good value. If you want to try an indie sleeper hit try this but if you are looking for bells n whistles computing try the bigger budget games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
It has an interesting storyline with a hilarious dialogue and some jokes of dark humor. I appreciate the developers of this game and their intention but the controls and gameplay are so bad. Add to this very slow character movement.

Pros: storyline, humour.
Cons: controls, gameplay.

Basically, clever dialogue, bad game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
89 of 109 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
This is a review of the first game of this bundle: Ben There, Dan That.

Ben There, Dan That! is an adventure game in the purest tradition of the genre. If you’ve played LucasArts adventures in the 90’s, you are in familiar territory (and also, lucky). Same if you played 90’s Sierra titles (except you weren’t so lucky). Indeed, you’ll find again every emblematic ingredient: look/use/talk/walk commands, inventory management, branching dialogs, humour…

The story begins with our two heroes, Ben and Dan (who happen to be digital incarnations of the game designers) coming home from a jungle expedition, just in time for watching Magnum P.I. on the TV. Unfortunately, the aerial is broken and you must help our heroes fix it. It very soon happens that Ben and Dan get abducted by aliens in the process. They (and you) must therefore navigate through alternative dimensions if you want to go back home.


There are three areas in which Ben There, Dan That! shine. The first is its humour. It is plentiful and very funny. It touches on many topics and doesn’t avoid controversy (positive discrimination of handicapped workers gets laughed at, for instance). It’s neither politically correct nor polite. Ben and Dan are not above “♥♥♥♥♥” and “♥♥♥♥♥♥” jokes. So it may not be to everyone’s taste. Most of the humour, however, consists of meta-jokes, aimed at adventure game mechanisms themselves. Those are equally funny, although by the end of the game, that theme will have overstayed its welcome. It also means you probably won’t enjoy the game that much if you’re not an adventure game veteran.

The second remarkable feature is the puzzles themselves. Despite the completely bonkers story, the puzzles remain logical and avoid frustration for the player, without feeling childish like the recent horde of “casual” adventure games. I didn’t need a walkthrough in order to beat this adventure and I never stayed stuck for long. Despite the relative easiness, my intelligence never felt insulted. It was therefore the perfect balance for me.

Polish is the last award-deserving area. In other adventure games, when you are bumping against a particularly devious (or illogical) puzzle, it is common to start trying everything, using every inventory item on every element in the room. Here, because the puzzles are not very difficult, it is rarely necessary to do so. But I encourage you to adopt that behaviour nonetheless. Because almost all combinations, stupid or smart, have been thought of by the developers and there is almost always a funny line of dialog to reward any desperate action. It’s really remarkable, as other games too often punish you with something bland, along the lines of “I can’t do that” whenever you try something original/stupid.

There are weaker aspects to the game though. The story is unimpressive. And despite their individual qualities, the environments (or “rooms”) lack coherence. The game universe feels disjointed and the “parallel dimensions” premise doesn't really excuse that.

I'm not a big fan of the technical aspects either. The art style is primitive and something of an acquired taste. The backgrounds are made to look goofy but mostly they are bordering on the ugly. I got used to it in the end, but it means I didn't get a very good first impression. The animations are very basic, and frankly idiotic. I know some will defend them, but to me it looked stupid without looking funny. The best that can be said about the music is that it is unobtrusive. It must also be said that there is no voice acting, but that can hardly be held against the game.

If you can live with the graphics, and if you've played enough adventure games to appreciate the meta-humour, then by all means, I recommend you purchase the game. It's funny and it's designed with care and attention to details. It's enough to pleasantly fill the better part of a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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46 of 68 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
If you like British humour, you're going to love this. The writing is clever and it's one of those rare things - a FUN point and click game. It's not something only Telltale can do, I know, I'm just as surprised as you, dear reader!

Anyway, it's a couple of currecies, and totally worth the tiny price. I enjoyed it so much that I even went to their site and gave them MORE money because honestly, I feel like they're selling it way cheaper than it's worth.
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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
If you don't like point and click adventures, you won't like this. If this is among your first point and click adventures, you won't understand or appreciate this game. Play a few others first. At the very least, play the Monkey Island series first.

These two games contain two types of humor: absurd, potty humor and jokes that poke fun at point and click game design and the thought process of players. Some of my favorite moments in the game happen when Ben and Dan bicker about picking up random objects or trying to combine two very different inventory items. Ben and Dan frequently break character to talk about the merits and downfalls of the genre. They are aware that they are living in an adventure game world. I view these games as commentary on point and clicks first and a ridiculous tale about time travel, aliens, and Hitler second. The art style feels intentional rather than amateur. One of my favorite aspects of adventure games is the wide variety of art styles, so the graphics here don't bother me at all.

That said, I think that the first game (Ben There, Dan That) is slightly stronger because its jokes don't stoop to the same level of disgustingness as its sequel. Some of the sequel's jokes nearly cross the line and seem to exist for the shock value. I appreciate the humor more when it's better integrated with the point and click meta commentary. There are also a few puzzles which, while funny, aren't very intuitive. Especially in the sequel, you'll be asking yourself "What's my overall goal again...?"

I'd rate both games 4/5. I enjoyed them because I enjoy point and clicks. And when I play other adventure games in the future, I have no doubt that Ben and Dan will be in my mind cracking jokes about the silly inventory items I try to combine out of desperation.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
Awesome little adventure game! Very creative and with intresting twists!
Expect British humor here and there.
It's a MUST have for it's price! Especially if you are old school adventure-quest player!
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27 of 39 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
Ben and Dan are a pair of seasoned point-and-click adventurers who also happen to be your average British smartasses – though their jokes tend to be noticeably dumber (in a good way) and dirtier (again, in a good way). While trying to fix their TV in time for a relaxing episode of Magnum, P.I. they set off a chain of events which leads to the universe-hopping and time-jumping plots of Ben There, Dan That! and its sequel, Time Gentlemen, Please! The places and times they visit get sillier and sillier, but who really needs a deep plot when you've got good jokes?

Heavily influenced by classic point-and-click adventure games, both of the Ben and Dan games take their sense of humor and game feel from those old titles. Every line is a bad joke, an embarrassing pun, or an eye-rolling bit of meta-humor, and it's all a blast to read. The writing hits that perfect tone of "smart in the dumbest way" and keeps the energy high with line after line of funny, stupid goodness. It's hard not to be impressed with the writers when the necessary evil of attempted item combinations yields lines that are just as funny as the main dialogue. There must be thousands of lines across both of these games, and I can't think of even one that I didn't enjoy. The art style works into this, too, with a rough look that is nevertheless very charming, colorful, and quite cohesive across every level.

Of course, while old adventure games were remembered for their writing and aesthetics, their gameplay isn't remembered quite so fondly. Unfortunately, Ben and Dan sometimes dive headfirst into those nasty pitfalls. For every few puzzles that goes along smoothly and logically, there will be a puzzle that will absolutely stump you, leading to far too much time mucking about in an overflowing inventory or with the finicky interface. The later puzzles of both games tend to throw logic out the window and require solutions that, while amusing once you know about them, are basically impossible to find without a walkthrough. Still, despite taking the bad with the good of the classic adventure genre, I'd say that the good is easily good enough to outweigh some awkwardness in design. Worthy new entries into a near-forgotten genre.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2015
Among the most funny, light-hearted and nerdy old-school adventure games out there, very much worth the full price (and they're in bundles often enough anyways) so don't hesitate to grab them! They're chock-full of dark humor, geeky references, unrealistic sci-fi and absurd moments.

...and nazi dinosaurs!

BTDT! comes first, then TGP! :)
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23 of 35 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
Time Gentlemen, Please! and Ben There, Dan That! are two separate games in that follow our heroes Dan and Ben as they attempt to simply watch a marathon of their favorite TV show Magnum P.I. While rigging up a makeshift television antenna, our heroes transported to an alien ship, to different eras and to different dimensions. As they try to solve their way back to their own home and return to a much needed television break. (Alice in Wonderland type traveling)

Gameplay is like standard point and clicks. You interact with objects, sometimes bring them along or use them on other objects or NPCs. There are puzzles but not too difficult to solve which jokes and riddles. Some may be a bit tough, but in hindsight it's "why didn't i see that or get that joke". The story is easy to follow and easy to pick up.

These games are filled with humor and quick quips about the events around them. Dan Marshall and Ben Ward do a marvelous job integrating humor into their game. The game may not be for everyone but for people who like jokes and like point and click adventures, this game is worth buying and worth your time trying. It's light on your wallet and can give you a few laugh in the few hours you play through this game.

Only issue may be if you don't really get the humor that can be off-putting. Some humor may be seen more mature. But simply you will recognize in time, it is a lot Dan and Ben taking shots at the environment, npcs, and each other.

Definite must play. Especially at the price.

Also, there is a rumored third game coming soon. - You can follow Dan Marshall @danthat - and see what he has in store for the future adventures of Dan and Ben.

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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
Short version of this review: If you like, or have ever liked, point and click adventures, buy this game. You will not be disappointed.

Both Ben there Dan that! and Time Gentlemen, Please! are charming, witty point and click games like they used to be back in the day when that sort of thing was popular. The humour (though more adult) will likely have you not only laughing out loud (genuinely) as it lovingly takes the p**s out of itself and the games it's inspired by. The puzzles are just off the wall enough to be interesting but not massively frustrating. Although the graphics aren't 'great' (well, not fancy, anyway) they fit the games perfectly. I really have not played a game as funny and enjoyable as this in quite a long time.

My only quibble about them would be that they're too short - but that's only because I wanted more. Even at full price, there's plenty of value for money here for the playtime.

In summary, buy this. BUY IT. Why are you still reading this? BUY THIS GAME. Unless you despise point and clicks, (why?!!) in which case, probably don't bother.
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