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I started to listen to the Syndicate episode of the podcast a few minutes ago. For all German speaking DOS GAME CLUB members (hello rnlf), here are some scans of reviews from German (PC, home computer console gaming) magazines.
There are quite a lot and despite the language barrier, at least they give you an overview of the average ratings in this country.
@LunarLoony: Thumbs up for the “crunch” question, I would have asked that too!
Besides that I’d like to know whether he is still in contact with old Lucasfilm Games colleagues and (obviously) if he is still following the current game- and especially adventure scene.
Also: How exactly was he involved in the development of “Thimbleweed Park” and can you imagine it like a nerd version of “Space Cowboys” in which a crew of veterans is called (by Tim Schafer) to compete with the young guns and to save the world from evil things (bad games)?
Sheeesh, you’re right! Found this in the Wikipedia entry:
“Day of the Tentacle features a four-minute long animated opening credit sequence, the first LucasArts game to have such.
(…) They assigned Kyle Balda, an intern at CalArts, to create the animated sequence, with Chan helping to create minimalist backgrounds to aid in the animation.”
I remember playing this game for the first time – 15 years old (bought it from my pocket money), in my father’s office room.
During the intro, they rush to the tentacle villa in this pickup truck in the middle of the night, breaking through a barn. In the next scene, a huge cow is sitting in the back of the truck, scared to death until the inevitable crash. The cow then accompanies Laverne, Hoagie and Bernard on foot for a while before it stops and makes an annoyed look directly at the camera.
This one cracked me up back then and it’s still hilarous! THAT COW!!
I have to add that the DOS intro was and is so damn good, “real” cartoons couldn’t be any better!
“also, you can play it with a controller (WHY?)”
It’s part of the Game Pass service on PC and Xbox One since October 2020, therefore it makes sense to have the controller option.
I’ve played DotT a looooong time ago on my PC (still have the disks in the basement) and now I’ve replayed and finished it a few weeks ago, thanks to the Game Pass library. It’s still a great game and in my opinion the new graphics fit almost perfectly with the cartoon / partly slapstick character of the tentacle madness.
The only thing I have to complain about is this FXXKING achievement, for which it’s not allowed to skip any of the cutscenes (except the Maniac Mansion part). I obviously ignored that FOR ONE TIME at the beginning… And so I’ll play it again over the weekend 🙂