Posts Tagged ‘Day of the Tentacle’

Have You Played… Day Of The Tentacle?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I find it truly hard to imagine anyone hasn’t. But then I also find it truly hard to imagine anyone was born after 1980. So there’s a decent chance that you might not have played Day Of The Tentacle.

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First Day Of The Tentacle Remastered Screenshots Appear – Compare And Contrast

Polygon has just posted the first screenshots of Double Fine’s remake of Day Of The Tentacle, a project announced almost a year ago, and now apparently playable at Indiecade. The shots show the remastering is clearly going to be very faithful to the original game – fears of attempts at 3D or similar can be put aside – although give no indication at this point if the verb interface is to be maintained. Indiecade visitors will be able to tell us soon.

However, to my eye, something doesn’t look quite right.

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The 25 Best Adventure Games Ever Made

You know that there are adventure games, and you know that some of those adventure games are better than others. But do you know which one is best, and which one is twenty-fifth best? Well, at last you can find out, with our definitive, unimpeachable breakdown of adventure gaming’s best moments.

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Triple Fine: Day Of The Tentacle Special Edition Announced

Double Fine have announced that their Remastered re-release of fine point ‘n’ clicker Grim Fandango will launch on January 27th, then completely overshadowed that with a casual mention that they’re also working on a ‘Special Edition’ of Day of the Tentacle. Crumbs! Whatever ‘Special Edition’ means, the classic LucasArts adventure game will have one next year. Day of the Tentacle was a fine game, but one I got stuck on in my idiotic youth and never finished; here’s my chance. What’s so special about this version is a mystery for now, as it’s announced and little more, but a mystery we can jab and guess at.

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Connecting The DoTTs: Schafer Plays Day Of The Tentacle

Dave The Tentacle.

What are your personal memories of Day of the Tentacle? Mine is that for years before playing it, I thought it was called “Dave the Tentacle” because I’d only ever heard it mentioned in conversation with Scottish accents. Tim Schafer’s memories of the game are considerably more interesting. Not only does he know the name of the LucasArts adventure game, but over the course of this forty-minute video he talks about the inspirations behind the characters, the process of brainstorming the story, production details of particularly fine animations… It’s almost as if he worked on it.

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Interview: Tim Schafer On Adventures

Preparing to defend himself against the avalanche of money.

In the second part of our interview with Double Fine‘s Tim Schafer (the first part is here), we get to talking about the nature of the adventure game, and reflect on some of Schafer’s defining classics from the 90s, Day Of The Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango, to consider what lessons they offer for today, the reasons for avoiding 3D altogether, and I almost trick him into making a sequel to Day Of The Tentacle.

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Day Of The Tentacle Screenshot Gallery

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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Eurogamer Retro: Day Of The Tentacle

OMG spoilers.

Day of the Tentacle is one of those exceptional games. A game that occupies a place in my memory as a defining game, and one that remains every bit as brilliant when played seventeen years later. In order to celebrate this, and discuss just why it’s so brilliant, I replayed it and wrote about it for Eurogamer, which you can read here. It contains this:

“I think if you surveyed people for their favourite LucasArts adventure, the chances are Grim Fandango would come top. For me it’s always been Day of the Tentacle. Not because it’s a deeper story, richer idea, more brilliant world, because it’s definitely none of those things compared to Grim. But because it’s a pure comedy. And that’s one of the rarest gems in the world of gaming.”

Maniac Fashion: Day Of The Tentacle Shoes

So pretty!

Maya Plisetskaya, whose Monkey Island shoes we were so enamoured with last month, emails us to let us know her next footwear-framed masterpiece is unveiled. Day of the Tentacle All Stars! Day of the Tentacle is obviously the best of all the LucasArts adventures, and anyone who would disagree is clearly a dangerous lunatic, making these the ultimate Converse of all time. Maya has optimistically put them for sale on eBay for €250 (and not the rather more optimistic €250,000 I first misread the European money-punctuating comma to denote). If I had oodles of money I’d be buying them immediately – they’re my size! Someone else should, because they’re utterly lovely. More fun than a jumpsuit full of weasels.