We already got a bit of mileage out of Grim Fandango Remastered, and now it’s time to turn our sights to another Tim Schafer classic. Double Fine’s next nostalgic road trip through his past will be the beloved point-and-click adventure, Day of the Tentacle.
The difference here is that Day of the Tentacle is a much more traditional and probably more widely played game than Grim Fandango. It wasn’t just released at the peak of the classic adventure era, it was the peak of the classic adventures era. Tim Schafer’s animators nailed the animation to make it look more like an interactive cartoon than anything else at that point, and the addition of excellent voice acting only drives that feeling home further.
Grim Fandango’s jump into 3D came a bit too late to be noticed by everyone, and it is also a bit infamous for having some really obtuse puzzles. Day of the Tentacle isn’t quite so innocent in this regard with three different time periods to interact with, but it is a much more navigable game.
With one final comparison, Grim Fandango tells a funny story that hits players on a more emotional level with its excellent characters and writing. Day of the Tentacle is just plain funny; its three heroes having no social ability to cope with the time frames they are teleported to. Plus, the ancestral changes to NPCs and redesign of the mansion over the years are really clever.
There is no need to compare! Why not buy both?! Grim Fandango Remastered is currently on sale for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita for $5.99, and Day of the Tentacle is coming along nicely, dropping the pixel look in these first new screenshots to finally become that cartoon it always was meant to be.
There is no release date yet for Day of the Tentacle Remastered, but it should be released for the PlayStation 4, PS Vita and PC at the same time. Last we heard, 2015 was the projected window, but that window is quickly closing.