Review: Day of the Tentacle

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LucasArts’ Day of the Tentacle is an example of a sequel done right. Day of the Tentacle is a direct sequel of the 1987 adventure game, Maniac Mansion, and still has all the older game’s charm with a twist in the concept.

The game takes place five years after Maniac Mansion with returning character, Bernard Bernoulli, as the main protagonist. He and two new playable characters must go to Dr. Fred’s Mansion once again to stop an evil purple tentacle monster from taking over the world.

While the game has the same concept of ‘exploring the mansion and solving clues’ like the original had, one key difference is the new aspect of time travel. Each of the three characters are separated in the past, present, and future of the mansion, and depending on what actions each character does, it can help solve a puzzle the other characters are facing. The change of timelines in the game makes the setting feel less redundant for players to explore.

Day of the Tentacle is a fun sequel with enough references to satisfy Maniac Mansion fans and contains enough originality to be a stand-alone game. For adventurers craving a wacky game that travels through time, Day of the Tentacle is recommended for you.