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Day of the Tentacle Remastered

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Wacky adventure has cartoonish violence, annoying puzzles.

Game Mac , Windows 2016
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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Zany Cartoon puzzle Game that draws you in

Day of the Tentacle follows three outcasts into three eras, each 200 years apart, each providing unique and interwoven challenges. With a fun plot and approach that wouldn't be uncommon for the Loony Toons this 90s game has aged well with the current generation getting as sucked into the puzzles and plot as the last. Each logical challenge makes so much sense once you cracked it and can leave yourself (as well as the little ones) scratching your heads as you explore and find the pieces that put it all together and foil the evil tentacles plans.

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Easy to play/use
age 12+

A fantastic game to play together as a family.

My husband bought me this game for Christmas and we ended up playing it together, as a family. (We have one son, who is five years old.) It was brilliant! The game is hilarious and fiendishly difficult. It took us days to complete it. We'd often have to turn it off and get on with our lives while puzzling away at it in our heads. It was a great experience to play it together and I would HIGHLY recommend it to other families. It's a bit of a masterpiece.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This re-release of the 1993 adventure game spruces up the formerly pixelated graphics and adds a commentary track by the original developers, including co-designers Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer. Aside from that, it remains highly faithful to the original game, a strategy that dates it in ways non-nostalgic gamers might not appreciate. Classic adventure game fans will love it for its intricate puzzle design and wacky humor. They'll also get a kick out of using three heroes in three time periods, because it multiplies the gags and triples possibilities for item use. For anyone not a hard-core adventure enthusiast, though, the latter can dilute the fun. More options means more time swapping items among characters and more nonsensical puzzle solutions. (Sweater-wearing hamster. Enough said.)

Magnifying this is the Remaster's adherence to the original's clunky controls. Modern adventures would streamline the interface by allowing for fast travel and context-sensitive interactions, but developer Double Fine chooses to preserve a dinosaur-like, travel-heavy interface cluttered with redundant icons. They also retain the original voice cast, which, heard without the benefit of '90s nostalgia, is almost universally annoying. Finally, unlike others of Gilbert and Schafer's games, the jokes are feeling their age. Aside from the occasional clever reference to Star Wars, the jokes are about as good as an old Police Academy movie. They just don't hold up. The truth is, Day of the Tentacle Remastered's entertainment value is ultimately determined by your affection for the games of the '90s.

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