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Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle with Voice Download and Review

Aug 29, 2009




Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle is another great adventure game from Lucasarts. It was originally released in 1993, during the golden era of graphics adventure games. Day of the Tentacle is the sequel to Maniac Mansion, and is set on 5 years after Maniac Mansion.



The premise of Day of the Tentacle itself is interesting enough to keep us going. The three main characters, Bernard Bernoulli, Laverne and Hoagie, are called by Green Tantacle, to help Dr. Fred Edison using a time machine to prevent Purple Tentacle from taking over the world.



Purple Tentacle is the friend of Green Tentacle, who become mad after ingesting some toxic waste. The toxic waste made Purple Tentacle acquires power and intelligence, and is on its way for global domination.



Dr. Fred decided to send the team one day earlier to prevent Purple Tentacle from taking the toxic waste using his time machines. But something happen during the time travel, which send Bernard back to the current time, while Hoagie is sent to 200 years in the past and Laverne is sent to 200 years in the future.



The interesting part in the game is, we have to guide them to solve puzzle together in three different time. History play a significant role in Day of the Tentacle. What we did in the past will change things in the future. And we need to use this effect to help them solve puzzles.



In Day of the Tentacle, we can meet several several figures from colonial America, like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock and Betsy Ross. Some of the puzzles involve these characters. For example, in one sequence, Hoagie must coax Washington into chopping down a kumquat tree, a real fun one.



In conclusion, Day of the Tentacle is very very interesting adventure game. The graphics style in very unique. The backgrounds are drawn in a weird proportion, but they just look nice. The voice acting is superb, as well as the storyline. The puzzles are quite hard to solve, slightly harder than Monkey Island in my opinion.



You can download Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle here. You will need ScummVM to run the game.






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