Originally released by LucasArts in 1993 as a sequel to Ron Gilbert’s ground breaking Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle is back in a remastered edition that features all new hand-drawn, high resolution artwork, with remastered audio, music and sound effects.
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Release Date: Mar 21, 2016

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July 11

Linux version now available!

We're happy to report that the Linux version of Day of the Tentacle Remastered is now available! Thanks very much to Cheese for the hard work porting the game, and also to everyone who helped with testing!

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June 1

1.04 patch notes

Day of the Tentacle Remastered has been updated today with a mixture of bug fixes and requested features!

We looked at the highest rated issues on our support site, and tried to address everything we agreed would be great to have fixed or added. We ‘re happy to report that along with numerous fixes, we were able to address requests such as adding more save slots to Maniac Mansion, and adding in the classic compressed sound effects as an alternate sound option.

Unless major issues are discovered, this will be the final update for DOTT Remastered, allowing the team to move on to work on Full Throttle Remastered! (other than the Linux version which is coming soon!)


  • Maniac Mansion - added multiple save slots and support for saving anywhere (except during cutscenes).
  • Audio - added a setting to toggle between remastered and classic sound effects

  • Accessibility - added a command line flag "--UIModeAccessibility" that turns on some extra UI controls to remove need for keyboard input in some situations.
  • Audio - fixed "FIRE!!!" voice over line not playing if subtitles are turned off.

  • Audio - fixed a classic game bug where Bernard would say one of Laverne's lines in the Lobby in a specific situation.

  • Controls - added the ability to skip dialog lines by tapping on the screen when using touch controls. This is only available for touch screen PCs.

  • Controls - added a way to trigger object highlight using touch. Hold two fingers on the screen to use. This is only available for touch screen PCs.
  • UI - added touch UI for opening the pause menu in DoTT verb bar mode and in Maniac Mansion. This only appears when using touch controls.
  • UI - fixed a bug in verb dial mode where a certain inventory object's morph animation didn't play correctly during a certain puzzle.
  • Settings - fixed a bug where the fullscreen setting wouldn't save properly for some players.

  • OSX - touch pad taps now register as clicks.

  • OSX - clarified the controls help text to indicate you may need to press Fn+F1 to toggle render modes.


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About This Game

Dr. Fred’s mutated purple tentacle is about to take over the world, and only you can stop him!

Originally released by LucasArts in 1993 as a sequel to Ron Gilbert’s ground breaking Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle is a mind-bending, time travel, cartoon puzzle adventure game in which three unlikely friends work together to prevent an evil mutated purple tentacle from taking over the world!

Now, over twenty years later, Day of the Tentacle is back in a remastered edition that features all new hand-drawn, high resolution artwork, with remastered audio, music and sound effects (which the original 90s marketing blurb described as ‘zany!’).

Players are able to switch back and forth between classic and remastered modes, and mix and match audio, graphics and user interface to their heart’s desire. We’ve also included a concept art browser, and recorded a commentary track with the game’s original creators Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman, Larry Ahern, Peter Chan, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian.

Day of the Tentacle was Tim Schafer’s first game as co-project lead, and a much beloved cult classic! This special edition has been lovingly restored and remade with the care and attention that can only come from involving the game's original creators.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, ATI Radeon 4870 HD, Intel HD 3000, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 2.2Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, AMD Radeon HD 6850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3. Some users may need to disable the Steam overlay
    Minimum:
    • OS: Lion 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4850, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, Intel HD 3000, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAMNVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, ATI Radeon 4870 HD, Intel HD 3000, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 3000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3
    Recommended:
    • OS: El Capitan 10.11
    • Processor: Intel Core i series processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, AMD Radeon HD 6850, or equivalent card with at least 1 GB VRAM
    • Storage: 3000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3. Some users may need to disable Steam overlay.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 / ATI Radeon 4870 HD / Intel HD 4000 / or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 3000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3. Intel graphics users may need newer drivers than are available for 14.04
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz / AMD Athlon 64 2.2Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / AMD Radeon HD 6850
    • Storage: 3000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3
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TigerBloodMF
23.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
Other Tim Schaffer classic with a modern update Day of the Tentacle is clever parody of B-movies filled with funny dialog, clever inside jokes and crazy characters this is a great game
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Ness
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
Tried to use fork on cat with Laverne, she said can't do that because it's not even cooked.

10/10 Would cook cat first!
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The ☯ Zombie
9.9 hrs
Posted: August 22
Absolutely one of the best classic adventure games ever. The remaster is very well done.
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Cazaclaw
52.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
Buy this game!
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lucky.stella
8.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
Great game!
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pengy_1997
15.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
If you like adventure games with tricky puzzles and funny dialogue then this is the right game for you.
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Bovive
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 21
Just as much fun as the original. I remember playing the original when it first came out and it has always held a place as one of the best games I have ever played. It was rather easy to breeze through most of the game because I remembered the majority of it. The ability to switch between the old graphics and the new is really cool. The transition in which they do so is seamless. I feel they honored the game with the updated graphics.
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Vilmir
10.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
So nice to get back into this adventure. Scenario is still fun, enigmas are still challenging, if you don't remember them.
The remake looks OK, but an additional could have been made in the visual effects.
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mrx78u
9.6 hrs
Posted: August 19
Flashback to my childhood. love it.
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pavy
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 18
Best adventure game ever in my life
Even got more better with Remastered ver.
can't wait for Full throttle remastered!!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Never got a chance to play the original but picked this up in the last summer sale and at first I wasn't fond of it but it grew on me as I love point and click adventures, I just love the humour, The art was very well done and the music was top notch. If you're a fan of Adventure games then I'd reccomend you give this a shot.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
"Day of the Tentacle Remastered" is a very nice updating of a fine point & click adventure game. It's a good game with some decent humor. The only issue I had with it is that it didn't give me the last Achievement I needed for a 100% Achievement rate (even though I did it correctly): Music Appreciation Award. I had to do a fast run-through (about an hour and a half) to finally get it. But, other than that, everthing was great. It took me a bit over 9 hours for my first run-through. So, I'd say to wait for it to be priced at $9.99 or less to buy it. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Tried to use fork on cat with Laverne, she said can't do that because it's not even cooked.

10/10 Would cook cat first!
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140 of 145 people (97%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
This game was the first game I;ve ever played in my life.

I used to go to my best friend house back in the day, we were just kids, and so, he had 3 games, Fury 3, Barbie modeling (his sister game) and DOTT.

Back then we didn't know any English at all, still that didnt stop us to play this masterpiece.

The feeling of solving a puzzle was something I cannot erase from my memories. I actually remember pretty well when we solved the left hand statue puzzle, we were happy as ♥♥♥♥.

I remember how badly we wanted to get Laverne out of the three, sadly we never ended the game due to being so difficult and the lack of language.

In 2010, I solved the game by myself with the ScummVM Version, I felt so good beating the game without any guide or similar, took me a week, but it was totally worth it.

And now 2016, the Remastered version was released.'

Insta buy for me.

10/10, One of the best games of the gold era of adventure games, when devs got inpired and let their imagination flow into their creations. (nowadays its all copy of the copy of the copy aka: Cod)

A must have in your steam collection.
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145 of 160 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
I played monkey island
I played grim fandango
I played full throttle
I played dig
I loved them for what they were, humourous, intuitive and the very first reasons I saw videogames as art
I never played this however, not at the time, but my god is it everything I hoped it would be.
Part of a long line of classic point and click adventure games.
This is one I can finally say I have played
And I absolutely love it.
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203 of 247 people (82%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Video Version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQOxJEqkLBA

Review code was provided by the developer.

Before I get into the full review, I need you to understand that Day of the Tentacle is a game from my childhood. My parents would sit at the computer with my brothers and I all huddled around a CRT monitor yelling at mom to try different combinations of items or click on certain things, in an excited way, not a mean way. The nostalgia is huge here for me, just like it was for Monkey Island. However, this also means that because the game is important to me, I’m holding Double Fine to a high standard.

Day of the Tentacle from a story perspective is ridiculous. Dr. Fred Edison appears first in the game Maniac Mansion, along with some of his family and tentacles that he had created which were in that game, devoid of any personality. DoTT, being a sequel to Maniac Mansion revolves around Purple and Green tentacle. Purple drinks some toxic sludge from the back of Edison’s house and becomes evil, even growing these cute little T’rex arms and he then goes on to take over the world.

This is the pure essence of a point and click adventure game. You pick up items deemed pick-up-able by the devs and rub them together with other objects in hopes of combining logic and dumb luck to stumble on what the devs were thinking at the time. For those who have never played a game like Day of the Tentacle, these types of games are based on inventory management and progression through the story comes down to using the right item in the right circumstance. And to keep with the design consistency we’ve seen since the Monkey Island and Grim Fandango remasters, you can hotswap back and forth between the original and remastered versions by pressing F1.

You play as three characters in the same world area but separated by time. Bernard, the stereotypical pocket protector geek in the present, Hoagie the rotund metal head 200 years in the past and Laverne the utterly bonkers girl 200 years in the future. And the entire game revolves around Dr. Fred Edisons mansion, how it looked during those various time periods and how actions in each era cause changes in the other times. For example, Fred has two identical twin ancestors who are only distinguishable because one is right handed and the other left. By swapping out a right handed hammer for a left handed hammer, see? I told you it was ridiculous, you can make a statue that is in the present day mansion swap right and left arm positions, a rather important change.

And one of the beautiful pieces of the design is that unlike many other point and clicks, Day of the Tentacle offers a significant portion of the game that is non-linear. Controlling three characters in three separate eras allows for a fair bit of player discretion and while the ultimate actions are all the same, for the most part you will often have somewhere else you can go solve a puzzle if your current task is proving difficult.

The puzzles in the game is identical to the original. What is new is a complete rebuild of all of the graphical assets. Double Fine did a very good job of sticking to the essence of what made the art style so effective and fun in this game. It remains stylized but updated to match current day computer expectations as far as a cartoon look for a video game. The characters are goofy looking, intentionally so and very little in the world involves right angles, and just looks enjoyably wacky as a result.

They have also rebuilt the user interface. The original Day of the Tentacle used a bottom section of the screen to contain your inventory, the action words you would use to interact with the world and also the character swap buttons. You can use that original style UI as they did redo the visuals if you want, or you can use the new UI that was added which puts your inventory into a hover to open button in the bottom left of the screen. This new UI also lets you right click on items and choose actions from a dial. It is just as effective but frees up significant screen space that was previously unused for game art.

In addition to the graphical side, unless I miss my mark, the audio has been remastered. The voices and some of the sound effects are the same, but the quality scaled up from the original recordings. New music has been added in place of the original audio as well, with rerecorded versions of songs and a number of other sound assets.
Beyond the remastered art and music, they’ve also includes some nice bonus material in the form of concept art that unlocks as you play and developer commentary which can be turned on and listened to while playing. Both of these are nice little features for the nostalgia buffs and also perhaps for budding game developers who enjoy seeing behind the curtain of the finished product.

As far as game options, there is little to speak of. You can select fullscreen, change music, voice and sound effects independently. You can also select the original or remastered art and music if you wish inside the options as well as swapping between the bar or dial UI. They included a controls screen that has all of your non-rebindable key controls. It does support controllers which while awkward, isn’t ultimately a problem because very little in the game is time sensitive requiring fast reactions. There is one section with Ben Franklin that could cause controller players some trouble, but by the time you get to that bit, you should be pretty comfortable with the controller interface.

What is my conclusion? All in all, much like the new Monkey Island versions, Day of the Tentacle Remastered is an extremely faithful rebuild of a classic point and click adventure game. There is nothing here that made me question any design choices that they went with. It looks great, is still a blast to play through and for those of us who have played it before, hits all of the right nostalgia buttons. If you enjoy point and clicks, this needs to be in your game library. If you’re not sure, it is an excellent example of one of the most popular genres of games in the early 90s and is a great experience in that regard as well. Though, if you’re young enough to have never used a VHS tape in your life, you may want to google what SP and EP related to VCRs mean. It will save you some pain.
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91 of 100 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
As good as it was years ago, and then some!

Keep in mind that this game contains a fair bit of 90s pop culture so newer audiences may not pick up on everything.

If you've never played a point-n-click before this is a great starting point, as well as one of the best point-n-click adventures of all time.

Pros:
Maniac Mansion!
Optional Remastered Soundtrack
Commentary
Great improved visuals
Plays well with a controller
On-the-fly graphics change settings like Monkey Island 1 and 2


Cons:
Some of the original sound effects are no longer present and have been replaced
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108 of 126 people (86%) found this review helpful
120 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
If you want to save the world, you've got to push a few old ladies down the stairs.
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104 of 123 people (85%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Perfect.

No meddling with the original art! It's the same but in a higher resolution. Music is the same as well but using samples in a higher bitrate.

Be sure to wash your hands after playing.

Would recomend 10/10
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64 of 71 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
If you think I missed something in my review feel free to tell me

Day of the Tentacle Remastered

Day of the Tentacle Remastered is an adventure game that was originally released June 25, 1993 and now it has come back in a beautiful way. I will add a TL;DR at the end.

Gameplay

In Day of the Tentacle you manage three different characters alongside three different timelines. Your actions will affect the future and you will be using items across the centuries to slowly advance through the game, and stop a maniacal purple tentacle who is going to take over the world and enslave humanity.

The game has you go back and forth between different locations and slowly advance through the plot. Day of the Tentacle has plenty of humour to keep your attention, and contains a rather long playthrough for someone who has not had the opportunity to play the original.

Within the game there is a developer commentary to allows people to actually hear the developers comment upon the game as you play through it (although it does cut off the natural game so I did not use it).

Graphics/Sounds

Something to love about this version of Day of the Tentacle is that you have the ability to switch between the classic music and graphics or the remastered version. The remastered version has done a great job of polishing the graphics. The animations of characters doing certain objectives and the music make the game seem nostalgic and cartoonish making you appreciate how a game, even though it originally was released so long ago, is better than most adventure games we have today.

Pros/Cons

Pros

+ Long playthrough with enjoyable dialogue
+ Option for remastered or classic version
+ Interesting plot and objectives
+ Three different and unique characters and three different periods of time
+ Colorful characters
+ Humorous

Cons

- Text delay within cutscenes in certain areas (Text cannot catch up to voice)
- Slight graphical glitch (Only seen once though)

Final Thoughts

I am not part of the nostalgic group who played this game when it was first released however I can easily say that this game is a true achievement as an adventure game. Day of the Tentacle holds quite a long playthrough for one clueless such as myself and I love the comedy, all the different characters, the villains, the dialogue, it's simply a good adventure game, and sadly we do not see vey much of those these days.

TL;DR

If you played this game in 1993 I would urge getting the remastered version if you have not already. If you never played the game, and like adventure games with comedy, try the game out. You will not regret it. There are even star wars jokes within it, there is no other way to say it than this is a beautiful game that has been remastered to shine again.


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