From their Amnesia Fortnight game jams, to their successful crowdfunding campaigns, and especially their ‘warts and all’ behind-the-scenes documentaries, Double Fine are progressively establishing themselves as one of the more interesting studios to follow in the modern gaming landscape.
Lately, studio head Tim Schafer has been reacquiring the rights to many of his classic LucasArts point-and-click adventure games in order for Double Fine to remaster and re-release them. Schafer’s critically acclaimed adventure games from his days at LucasArts have held the endearing title of ‘cult classics’ for quite some time now. Partially because those games were kept alive (*available, to be more precise) by a die-hard online fanbase long after they went out of print.
However, thanks to the efforts of Double Fine, we won’t have to resort to piracy (like savages) in order to play many of Tim’s classic titles. Grim Fandango Remastered was released last year, and Full Throttle Remastered will be out sometime next year. And today is the day that Day of the Tentacle Remastered, is released!
Check out the trailer here:
And thanks to 2 Player Productions close relationship with Double Fine, a video has been uploaded to Double Fine’s youtube page detailing the remastering of Day of the Tentacle.
The Steam description for the game is as follows:
Dr. Fred’s mutated purple tentacle is about to take over the world, and only you can stop him!
Originally released by LucasArts in 1993 as a sequel to Ron Gilbert’s ground breaking Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle is a mind-bending, time travel, cartoon puzzle adventure game in which three unlikely friends work together to prevent an evil mutated purple tentacle from taking over the world!
Now, over twenty years later, Day of the Tentacle is back in a remastered edition that features all new hand-drawn,
high resolution artwork, with remastered audio, music and sound effects (which the original 90s marketing blurb described as ‘zany!’).
Players are able to switch back and forth between classic and remastered modes, and mix and match audio, graphics and user interface to their heart’s desire. We’ve also included a concept art browser, and recorded a commentary track with the game’s original creators Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman, Larry Ahern, Peter Chan, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian.
Day of the Tentacle was Tim Schafer’s first game as co-project lead, and a much beloved cult classic! This special edition has been lovingly restored and remade with the care and attention that can only come from involving the game’s original creators.
If you’d like to know more about the design process behind Day of the Tentacle, you can watch the video embedded below of Tim Schafer playing Day of the Tentacle from 2012, where he provides a developer commentary. There are also similar developer commentaries with Tim available for Grim Fandango and Full Throttle, recorded during the same time period.
Note: The videos all say ‘Part 1’, even though there are no second parts.
Double Fine’s youtube channel periodically uploads developer commentary videos for classic games (Such as Doom, Crash Bandicoot and Beyond Good & Evil) with their respective developers. You can check out the first series of developer commentaries here, and the second series here.
And if that still isn’t enough for you, you can watch 2 Player Productions 12-hour-documentary(!) on the making of Broken Age right here.
Basically, what I’m saying is – if you have any interest in game development whatsoever, you stand to learn an inordinate amount of information from these videos.
Double Fine are currently working on Full Throttle Remastered, and a crowdfunded sequel to Psychonauts.
Day of the Tentacle Remastered is available on Steam and the PlayStation Network for $14.99. Check out our retro review of the game here.
Follow me on Twitter: @fireinthelyons