I come into this review from a slightly unusual position. I’m a massive fan of old school point-and-click adventures and I absolutely loved Maniac Mansion and the Monkey Island games (well the first two anyway), yet up until this point I’d never played the much-revered Day of the Tentacle. Oh I wanted to, but LucasArts never bothered with an Amiga conversion, and by the time I had my first PC it had long slipped my mind. Fast forward 23 years and I’m finally getting to play it, in shiny new remastered form. And I must say that I’m suitably impressed.
For those who, like me, never played the original or know little about it, DotT is Dave Grossman and Tim Schafer’s loose sequel to Ron Gilbert’s seminal Maniac Mansion, the 1987 point-and-click adventure that spawned the genre (which you can actually play in its entirety from a computer terminal within DotT). Set five years after the first game, mad scientist Dr. Fred Edison has once again been up to no good. The toxic sludge he’s been pumping into the river behind the mansion has transformed his bizarre creation, Purple Tentacle, into an evil genius intent on taking over the world – mwahahahahahaha!