Leaping Lab rats! The Remaster we’ve all been waiting for!
This generation seems to be the time for upgrades and remakes, which is all fine and good, but finally, I get the one I really want. I’ve been waiting for Day of the Tentacle for a very long time.
I remember playing this game as a child on our first family computer; I’ve actually still got the original CD-ROM.
I really am a huge fan of the original game and upon learning of the impending re-master months ago, had high hopes that this would do it justice. I thought it was brilliantly funny back then, well constructed and hoped it would still hold up today. A small niggling fear in the back of my head – what if DOTT doesn’t actually hold up today and it doesn’t turn out to be as great as I thought it was 20 odd years ago.
Luckily, I’m happy to say that isn’t the reality.
Now in case you had a very deprived gaming childhood or just missed it entirely, DOTT is about a mutated tentacle that turns evil after consuming toxic sludge and decides to take over the world.
DOTT is a classic ‘point and click’ puzzle adventure game, filled with funny dialogue, weird and wonderful characters you meet along the way.
You play as three very different and unlikely friends who have to stop him from taking over the world, the only problem being they’re all stuck in different times, thanks to mad scientist Dr. Fred Edison’s botched time travel machine.
Our three protagonists are – Hoagie the rock roadie. He is 200 years in the past, Laverne the oddball is 200 years in the future and geeky Bernard is stuck in the present. Their only form of contact – three toilets converted into Chron-O-Johns and the help of a mad scientist.
Double fine really have given DOTT the care and attention it deserves in this update. The lines are smoother, the colours are vibrant and they haven’t changed the art style and have kept true to the origins of the game. They have also re-mastered the audio.
The puzzles still hold up today, they’re funny, clever, well constructed and don’t feel shoehorned in. Some are also head-scratchingly difficult. Having played this game many years ago some of the answers evaded me. You will find a time when you feel like you’re aimlessly hopping between all 3 kids and just repeating yourself but, there’s no greater feeling, after all the pointing n’ clicking for half an hour when you get the “Eureka” moment and it all comes together nicely.
The dialogue still works today as well as it did in 1993, it’s witty, funny and sometimes just a bit dark. There are also some great one-liners, especially when trying to use certain objects with other objects in the puzzle solving. With some pretty comical achievements popping up along the way. I watched all of the cut scenes and used most of the dialogue choices and at times there were proper laugh moments out of me.
Playing across all three playable characters is simple and easy enough, you play as much with whomever, but there are moments when certain actions affect certain times, this works really well across all three characters. The inventory system is super simple and does a good job swapping between each kid and playing across the different time periods.
With DOTT given the enhanced and updated treatment, you can switch back to the original style so you can see the difference. Personally, I didn’t remember the game being that pixelated, but hitting the button will show there’s a huge difference in graphics, 20+ years obviously goes a long way and it really shows the effort and care Double Fine put into making this re-master look as good as it does. The only bad point I noticed was some of the dialogue didn’t match up to the speaking animation, a bit like poor dubbing. It’s not enough to ruin it, but it is noticeable – I suspect this is down to the voices and sounds being improved to a higher bit-rate.
DOTT been completely redrawn in high definition 2D graphics and it really does look marvellous, you can also mix and match audio, graphics and UI to whichever you prefer.
Throughout the adventure, you will also collect concept art and you can turn on the developer commentary which really adds to the heritage of the game.
To summarise, DOTT is still great today. It’s a great point and click game with genuine laugh out loud moments, clever and well-made puzzles. The remake looks gorgeous and the writing is still as fantastic now as it was back then. Whether or not you played the original, this is a classic point and click adventure game that will keep you entertained and challenged while laughing and smiling throughout.
Amazing work re-mastering looks gorgeous.
Still holds up as a classic point and click
Laugh out loud funny.
Vocal Animation can be a bit off.
If you’ve not played before, some of the puzzles can be very challenging