This review of Day of the Tentacle Remastered contains minor spoilers for how to complete certain puzzles within the narrative as part of the critical analysis.
If there is one thing that the nineties will, or at least should, be remembered for, it is the wealth of great point-and-click adventure games that entertained millions of gamers worldwide. One of the most widely celebrated was Day of the Tentacle, a story that about time travel, exaggerated stereotypes and anthropomorphic multi-coloured tentacles that have plans for world domination. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the game, Double Fine have remastered it for PC, PS4 and PS Vita. While the humour and characters are just as funny as they have always been, there are several issues which tone down the laughs on occasion.
After being summoned by Dr. Fred to his mansion, three young adults called Bernard, Hoagie and Laverne accidentally free the evil Purple Tentacle, who is determined to exact revenge after he was defeated some time before. Dr. Fred decides to send the three back to the day before using his toilet-shaped time machines, but this goes terribly wrong and sends Hoagie and Laverne into the distant past and future respectively. Although you originally take control of Bernard, it is at this point you are given the opportunity to alternate control between all three characters, which is a feature that the original Day of the Tentacle introduced to the point-and-click environment. What makes this mechanic work so well is that each character responds in a way that suits their personality. For example, Hoagie is very laid back in nature, so he will not exert himself when it is not entirely necessary, Laverne is very open minded to the weirdest of ideas such as microwaving a frozen hamster to bring it back to life, and resident geek Bernard takes a logical approach to nearly everything.