in the past few days, i have been revisiting one of those wonderful games that was responsible for much of my high school procrastination. of course, a whole bunch of years ago, games developed by lucasarts is all the rave. awesome awesome awesome storylines. characters that you love and hate simultaneously – who actually have creative cynicism. twists. puzzles. time travel. that’s right kids, “day of the tentacle”, lovingly known as “dott” among fans, reigned supreme once upon a time.
the game plays on ms-dos. i know what you’re thinking. who plays dos games anymore eh? how cool can dos games get anyway? well this one is plenty cool. so cool, that for years and years, purple tentacle and green tentacle costumes sold out during halloweens.
you control three characters in this game. they must work together. the only problem is that the three are trapped in different eras. bernard – a super ultra geek nerd – is in the present with dr fred who’s responsible for the mess everyone is in. hoagie – an overweight rocker wannabe – is trapped 200 years in the past with ben franklin and george washington. and leverne – a disturbed pre med student – is trapped in the future where the world has been completely taken over by purple tentacles and humans have been reduced to household pets.
in case you’ve not figured it out yet, the mission is to stop purple tentacle from taking over the world. purple tentacle and green tentacle are actually dr fred’s pets. purple tentacle drank some toxic wastes by mistake and mutated and turned evil, you see.
what i love most about this game is how simple the keys and commands are, but on, it takes you forever and forever to figure out how to solve the puzzles. it is a real brain game. forget about your sense of probability. as long as it is remotely logical, no matter hom improbable, it is likely the right answer.
the game don’t take much space. my copy came in a zip file and opens easily even on a notebook. that’s one of the beauties of old lucasarts ms-dos games. little packages, but ugh, the hours and hours of procrastination incurred! :))