Sunday 19 November 2017

See how they remade Day of the Tentacle - remember that game!?

day of the tentacle
day of the tentacle

Daniel Anderson

Day of the Tentacle was one of the defining LucasArts adventure games of the 90s and you can play it again looking almost like new

If you were a gamer growing up in the 90s, LucasArts was one of the most important companies around, crafting finely tuned adventure games like the Monkey Island series, Sam n Max, Full Throttle and Grim Fangango. But for many the defining title was 1993's Day of the Tentacle.

There are a whole load of reasons for that, including the tender age of our minds back then, but it's also because the game was pretty darn brilliant. With zany visuals, off the wall humour and some very complex time travelling puzzles it was the stuff of much conversation in the years before online walkthroughs.

And it's back.

Double Fine Productions, which includes a few LucasArts team members, has restored the game to beyond its former glory. The graphics have been cleaned up while retaining the same animation style and the original voice files have been found and remastered and now sound like they're not underwater. It looks amazing and comes with a commentary track and the same crazy gameplay you might just dimly remember.

Here's a fascinating look at how the project came about at Double Fine.

Every frame of animation was redone, but with full input from the original designers and in keeping with the style. It's a pretty incredible version of what a re-release can be, and it opens up the game to a whole new audience who can discover its weirdness for themselves. Though at least they have walkthroughs these days!

Day of the Tentacle Remastered is out now on PC for €14.99.

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