The original Day of the Tentacle was released in 1993 by LucasArts as a sequel to Ron Gilbert’s Maniac Mansion. The new Day of the Tentacle Remastered, just released in March 2016, boasts a graphics overhaul to suit today’s high-resolution screens.
The game is available in the GeForce NOW store for the special, one-week promotional price of $13.49, which is 10% off the regular retail price of $14.99. Purchase includes unlimited streaming rights on SHIELD along with a digital download code for GOG.com that you can use to install a local copy.
Day of the Tentacle Remastered was published by Double Fine Productions, the game development studio helmed by former LucasArts producer Tim Schafer. While at LucasArts, Schafer co-led the production of the original game and worked on other classic titles (Full Throttle, Grim Fandango) while at LucasArts. (Double Fine’s Brutal Legend is also available to stream on SHIELD.)
With the pedigree for hilarity firmly established, Day of the Tentacle Remastered is a quirky, point-and-click adventure game in which you try to stop an evil Purple Tentacle - a sentient, disembodied tentacle - from taking over the world. Yes, you read that right and if you’re at all familiar with the games mentioned above you really aren’t surprised now, are you?
Seems that after the events of Maniac Mansion, said Purple Tentacle drank a bit of toxic sludge from the river behind Dr. Fred’s laboratory, which caused him to grow a pair of flipper-like appendages, as well as develop vastly increased intelligence and a thirst for world domination.
You direct a trio of do-gooders - Bernard Bernoulli and his friends Hoagie and Laverne - in a quest to save the world from the tentacled monstrosity. This will involve exploring the colorful hand-drawn environments for clues and vital items, interacting with some of the most unique characters you’ll find in any game and solving lots of puzzles.
In addition to the fresh graphics, Day of the Tentacle Remastered’s audio has also been overhauled, along with the music and sound effects. So your ears will enjoy the experience as much as your eyes.
If you want to experience the original Day of the Tentacle game in all its retro glory, you can switch between the included Classic and Remastered game modes at will. Plus, Double Fine has included a conceptual art browser and a recorded commentary track by the game’s original creators (Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman, Larry Ahern, Peter Chan, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian).
Fans of the original Maniac Mansion series will no doubt enjoy this point-and-click trip down memory lane. And the visual and audio upgrades ensure the belly-laugh-inducing content holds up for newcomers.
To play, navigate to the GeForce NOW menu within SHIELD Hub on your SHIELD Android TV, portable or tablet. You’ll find Day of the Tentacle Remastered in the Buy & Play Instantly category.
GeForce NOW is the world’s first cloud-gaming service capable of streaming PC games at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Members enjoy access to a library of 60-plus games they can play on-demand, plus the option to purchase new games and play them instantly. Membership is free for the first three months, then just $7.99 per month.
The GeForce NOW Developers Program makes it simple for developers to publish their games on NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW game-streaming service and reach a new generation of gamers.
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