Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Joe's Take: Day of the Tentacle Remastered Review!

| My review of Day of the Tentacle Remastered edition. | Available Here | 22/03/16 |

This game is a remastered version of the classic 1993 graphic adventure game developed and published by LucasArts. Redone by Double Fine. And let me tell you, it's got some of the funniest one liners I have heard in a long time. From hard puzzles to epic brainteasers, this game is definitely a good'n but its story lacks the 'power' I was expecting. Let’s get into it in further detail... 

The Plot
Five years after the events of Maniac Mansion, Purple Tentacle, drinks toxic sludge from a river behind Dr. Fred's laboratory. The sludge causes him to grow a pair of flipper-like arms, and a need for world power. Dr. Fred plans to resolve the issue by killing Purple Tentacle and brother Green Tentacle, but Green Tentacle recruits friend Bernard to help. Bernard travels to the Edison family motel frees the tentacles. Purple Tentacle escapes.
Due to the power diamond being an imitation diamond, Laverne is sent 200 years in the future, where humanity has been enslaved and Purple Tentacle rules the world. Hoagie is dropped 200 years in the past, where the United States Constitution is being written. DO they save the day? i'll leave you to find out!
The Good
This game has plenty of good things going for it. One of which is the fantastically infuriating puzzles. Now I have reviewed puzzle games before, but this is one of the best. With the point and click form; I was surprised by how logical it was, and it really fit the game well. I also loved the dialogue it fit with the different puzzles well and made the game much more interesting. Weather fighting mad doctor Fred or chasing after the giant purple tentacle. Other strengths include its diverse humour (have I said that already?) and the feeling of pride you seem to get when all the pieces fall into place. 

The not so Good
You don't really need to pick up a re-mastered version. If you have a copy of the original it's fine and should still work well. It's not a major issue, but other than wider availability not much is gained. But were really picking at straws here, other than the story that isn't everyone’s cup of tea, there is not much wrong to be fair. The only problem that some people may find annoying is the leaps of logic in certain puzzles but you do get used to it. 

The Verdict
Overall this game is very enjoyable, it's a nice homage to the original and the puzzles are quite fun. The comedy is really good also it's just some of the story that lets it down for me.
 I recommend this game for any die-hard puzzle fan or someone just looking to have some fun. 

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