Day Of The Tentacle Screenshot Gallery

By John Walker on March 29th, 2010 at 10:14 am.

This may seem a bit strange, posting a gallery of images from a seventeen year old game. But as I replayed Day of the Tentacle last week, every scene made me take a screenshot out of the pure pleasure of looking at it. And you know what else? Those scenes are already in the shape of an RPS image. It’s meant to be. It’s divined from above. And so here, two decades late, is a gallery of DOTT images. It’s like looking through a photo album of a favourite holiday. For me at least. And I suspect for quite a few others too.

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56 Comments »

  1. Spacewalk says:

    This is like a Wot I Think without words.

  2. Risingson says:

    What I love about the hotel/motel picture is that they SMELL.

  3. Freudian Trip says:

    Amazing how I recognise every scene from this game considering I played it aged 10. Good game although I got stuck on the very last puzzle of the game only for my friend to explain it to me 3 months later. Same happened to Sam & Max. Although that wasn’t the last puzzle, just that to get round the other side of the lake took a very precise click.

  4. Assaf says:

    fantastic graphics. i dig them so much. i don’t think there is another game with such beautiful wacky graphics. if only there was more of this.

  5. Alex McLarty says:

    I love the magic of old Lucas Arts.

  6. P7uen says:

    That exact angry purple tentacle shot has graced my desktop more than any other picture over the years (and as my monitor has grown, I only loved the increasingly pixellated chap more and more).

    Superb stuff.

  7. Kester says:

    The DotT art style is lovely. The deranged angles everywhere perfectly add to the surreal feel of the game, which in turn is responsible for making you chuckle instead of making you angry when encoutering some of the odd cartoon logic in the puzzles. Everything in the game just fits.

    I’ll be interested to see what they do if there’s a DotT 3D remake in the vein of Monkey Island. The fact that some of the shapes can’t actually exist in 3D might cause problems.

  8. sudogamer says:

    This game really is a classic, I remember it was the reason why anyone should upgrade their creaky 486 with a 2x CD-Rom drive. This game had / has such personality, and the graphics still stand up in their own way.
    It doesn’t really need a Monkey Island style ‘remake’, scummVM+ up-scaling does a reasonable enough job of playing at modern resolutions.. but I wouldn’t say no to one!

    Fate Of Atlantis, however. . would be great. Not sure it was popular enough to warrant it though. .?

    • Ed says:

      I really enjoyed Fate of Atlantis. I’d imagine as it’s based on a film franchise it’d be more work to do a remake.

  9. DavidK says:

    Lovely gallery. It’s as if DOTT was designed to look great from any angle.

  10. diebroken says:

    Sic transit gloria PC…

  11. Tei says:

    Humm… for some reason, I feel the urge to conquer the world.

  12. Collic says:

    Fantastic game. Thank you for posting this.

  13. Brumisator says:

    Damn, That game was so great.

    The only probably with old games like that is the low low low resolution we used to have in those olden days, which makes them hard to transfer to present super mega ultra VGA widescreen technology of 2010.

    Well, that’s my view of the matter…

  14. Richard Clayton says:

    Some of those screenshots really captured the superb animation. Priceless.

    Excellent. It’s “International Day of the Tentacle Day”.

    It might also be the day that “I know that I must go… back to the Mansion…”

  15. Craymen Edge says:

    This gallery makes me very happy.

    I similar when I was playing DOTT again last year, I have that same shot of Hoagie surfing through time as my desktop wallpaper.

  16. Tei says:

    Re: recursion
    Re: Re: recursion
    Re: Re: Re: recursion

    I think some future Lucasart game (lets call it BOB) sould include a PC *in the game* where you where able to play DOTT in it. And BOB sould be put inside a future^2 game too. And so on.

  17. the wiseass says:

    This article was pure awesome. Let’s hope there will be a special edition remake thingie, come on Lucasarts!

  18. Ginger Yellow says:

    Spoilers!

    I finally finished DOTT last night (on my mobile phone – yay ScummVM) after reading John’s piece. Remarkably, despite starting it five times on four different machines, I’d never got past the halfway point before.

  19. Shadrach says:

    I remember there was a story some years ago about a guy who painted the angry tentacle on his living room wall. I was very jealous. Might get a big print and frame it though, its a classic image of our generation :)

  20. Brulleks says:

    Ah, good times, good times.

    I only wish it was possible to wipe my mind so I could play it through again for the first time.

  21. jsutcliffe says:

    DOTT is the best adventure.

  22. Arnulf says:

    Ah yes!

  23. perfectheat says:

    Weird that I too replayed this game last week. It’s an absolute gem!

    And since I’m already writing: Can anyone tell me where I can send in questions to the RPS Podcast? I don’t twitter by the way. But maybe that’s the only way?

    Cheers and thanks for a brilliant read!

  24. Bart says:

    “Wow, this must be this Woodstock place my parents told me about.”

    Priceless.

  25. Latterman says:

    Remember sitting next to my dad while he played through it years ago.
    Luckly, i don’t really remember anything so I’ll finally give it a go (after playing through Full Throttle and realizing i have no idea what to do in the DIG)

  26. jsutcliffe says:

    Also, DOTT had the best art style. Grim Fandango’s style was nice when it was full of Mexican folk art, though that was disappointingly infrequent, and its deco architecture was swell.

    Purple Tentacle is also one of the best gaming villains, and inspired my wife to make this for me: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsutcliffe/4280703228/in/set-72157600704335374/

    • LionsPhil says:

      Very likely, especially within the adventure genre (and thus discounting SHODAN). I think Adrian Ripburger is a good challenger—if only because of Mark Hamill—but Purple was more successful in his plans.

  27. Pew says:

    Ahhh, the memories! Honestly: do not want an HD remake. It still looks great as is.

    However, I would be all for a Lost-style DOTT remake with Hurley/Faraday/Claire as characters. It would also sell buckets of gold bullion! Make it happen LucasArts, right after that TIE Fighter: Imperial Remnant game you have to release.

  28. Gassalasca says:

    “I feel like I could take on the world” is to this day my favourite line in PC games.

  29. John Walker says:

    It’s a shame that I can’t get over the apostrophe in “DO’S” in Red Edison’s basement. Grrrrrrrrrrr.

  30. JimmyJames says:

    Thanks for posting this! A lot of good memories just came rushing back. I love this game.

  31. Kruddman says:

    Somewhat related : http://www.kruddman.com/ft
    I went ahead and did a similar thing with Full Throttle many years ago. I’ve left the lame captions to remind me how much I’ve grown since then.

  32. Craymen Edge says:

    I’ve had that same image of Hoagie surfing time vortex as my desktop wallpaper since I replayed DOTT last year.

    I still love the artwork of this game, it has aged surprisingly well considering the low resolution-ness.

  33. JonFitt says:

    Good times.

  34. Miko says:

    I wish adventure games still looked that good. I’m enjoying Tales of Monkey Island, but I can’t help thinking it’d be an awful lot more attractive in 2D.

  35. Frye says:

    It was a sweet run: Indiana Jones, Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max, Monkey Island, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango plus the ones i forgot.

    Makes you wonder what happened; surely they made a lot of money.

    • Premium User Badge VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      @Frye: Respectable amounts, but less as time went on, and the costs were going up. The death knell was the Star Wars game licence reverting to LucasArts, and the stupidly large masses of money they made from the endless Star Wars games.

  36. MeestaNob! says:

    Oh I would love LucasArts long time if they did a HD remake of this and changed NOTHING.

  37. Premium User Badge Hodge says:

    I remember the first time I saw DOTT, I was actually a bit annoyed by the cartoony graphics. I preferred the creepier, more realistic look of the original Maniac Mansion.

    Looking at those shots now I don’t know what I was thinking.

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  41. Ryan says:

    Day of the Tentacle is by far a masterpiece. Each piece of the game brings back so many great memories. The artwork is inspiring, the characters so brilliant! I played this game with my best friend all summer trying to solve puzzles long into the night. Great times, great memories. Thank you LucasArts!

    Bring on the remake!!! Do it like Monkey Island 2 SE!

  42. EA says:

    I feel like crying, I am all choked up seeing these screen shots. This game represents more to me then Zelda or Mario ever did. I just hope they release it in HD. It would be a smash hit.

  43. Taap says:

    this game was so awsome, a friend has downloaded it for it’s mobile, and all the old games like the Dig, Monkey Island, Full Throttle, Indiana Jones: Fate of Atlantis, Sam and Max Hit the road.
    But Day of the Tentacle is one of the best games ever, these images bring back so much memories, especially when u use that computer in one room a few times so you can play Maniac Mansion (the old games on the NES 8 bit).
    These games had a great story line, much better then the games nowadays, but that’s just my opinion.
    Great photo album :D

  44. RProxyOnly says:

    OK, NECRO, but it was advertised at the bottom of the screen, so…

    If ever there was a game in desperate need of Hi-defing to get rid of the jaggies and generally sprouce it up a bit, it’s this one. I’d love to see this in all its smooth glory.. but ONLY if its NOT achieved through flash-ifying it.

    EDIT.. well this one, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango.. those would be happy days.