Five years after the adventure in the original Maniac Mansion, the purple and green tenacles stop by a stream in back of the Edison mansion. Drinking the mutagen-polluted water makes the purple tentacle grow arms and become an evil genius bent on taking over the world.
Meanwhile, Bernard Bernoulli and his two friends, Hoagie the band roadie and Laverne, go to the Mansion to free the Tentacle. They manage to do so, but now they must help Dr. Fred Edison by going into the past and shutting off the mutagen pump yesterday.
Unfortunately, there is a little problem. Hoagie gets dumped 200 years in the past, Laverne gets shot 200 years into the future, and Bernard gets dumped right back into the present in the chronojohn.
It's up to you to solve the many problems and stop the evil purple tentacle from taking over the world, or even getting mutated in the first place.
Purple Tentacle, one of the crazy Dr. Fred's creations, drinks contaminated water from Dr. Fred's Sludge-o-matic. He mutates into an insane genius and grows arms, and now he's plotting to take over the world. In an effort to stop him, Dr. Fred sends three friends, Bernard, Hoagie and Laverne back in time to yesterday, in order for them to turn off the Sludge-o-matic and stop the sludge from spilling into the river, thus preventing the whole incident. Naturally, the cheap doctor uses a fake diamond over a real one in his time machine, which blows up sending Hoagie 200 years into the past and Laverne 200 years into the future.
Now you must bring back Hoagie and Laverne, with the help of the time machine's ability to move objects between time periods, and then stop evil Purple from taking over the world.
Day of the Tentacle is a point-and-click adventure game and a sequel to Maniac Mansion. The player controls Bernard, and later also Hoagie and Laverne, being able to switch between them at any time. By using the commands at the bottom of the screen, the character can pick up items, use them on other things, talk to people and more. Any of the three friends can also send his items across time to another friend.
The game takes place in the same building, but in three different eras, and thus affecting history takes a vital part in some puzzles. For instance, Hoagie can hide a bottle of wine in the XVIIIth century, and Laverne discovers the bottle in the XXIIIth century - but by then, the wine has already turned into vinegar.
This review will probably be a biased one since I'm personally a hardcore fan of all LucasArts adventures produced in the nineties. Day of the Tentacle is simply marvelous. The game is packed with humor, witty sarcasm, interesting characters and even-more-interesting scenery and places. It's immensely fun to play, and to solve it you'll need to let your imagination run wild.
The user interface is standard - you have some basic commands at your disposal and you'll have to work your way around by using them. The storyline is excellent and will keep you busy and entertained at all times. As for the technical part, the graphics are beautifully drawn and are certain to make you laugh every now and then. The music and sounds keep up with the rest of the game just fine. All in all, a true gem that shouldn't be missed by anyone!
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