There is a room in Day of the Tentacle with a computer on which you can play the entirety of Maniac Mansion. Nearly a year after playing, that’s the most positive thing I remember about Day of the Tentacle Remastered. I liked that you could play Maniac Mansion, but I didn’t like what I played.
I vaguely remember one puzzle where I had to hide a bottle of wine in the past in order to retrieve it in the future when it had become a bottle of vinegar. I don’t remember why I needed a bottle of vinegar. I do remember using a walkthrough for a lot of Day of the Tentacle‘s puzzles. The puzzles weren’t as brain-numbingly bad as in Broken Age‘s second act, but oh lordy, they had me brute-forcing my way ahead before I bookmarked a walkthrough in order to enjoy the jokes and story. But oh lordy again, I did not find Day of the Tentacle funny. It took great silly strides toward funny but fell face first into ‘wacky’, my least favourite flavour of comedy.
Perhaps for the time, the Remaster magic failed to dazzle. The crisp, HD-painted characters and backgrounds result in a smooth, flat ugliness that doesn’t do any service to the original’s pixelated art.