Monday, August 10, 2009

ROMiniscing: Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (PC)

Click title, read, and realize why games have the potential to be the best form of media.

Day of the Tentacle is made of so much awesome that I managed to write a post that diverged a bit from my "robotic fanspeak" tendencies.

For those of you unfamiliar with emulation or torrenting, here's a brief step-by-step to get you playing DotT:
  1. Buy the game or pirate the torrent (you'll need a free BitTorrent client and a torrent site like The Pirate Bay that you can search)
  2. Pop in the CD or mount the image (you'll need a CD emulator like the free Daemon Tools Lite)
  3. If your system is old enough to run the game as-is, enjoy! If your computer is even remotely modern, download ScummVM (also free)
  4. (Optional) Copy the Dott directory to your computer so that you don't need to remount everytime you want to play
  5. Run ScummVM. Choose Add Game... and point it to the directory (either on the CD\image or your hard drive, depending on step 4). For settings, just choose whatever sounds good. You can always come back and tinker with it by clicking DotT from the list and choosing "Edit Game". If you're running it from the CD or an image, make sure you give it a directory for your Save path (where the saved games go)
  6. Have fun playing (F5 brings up the menu when you're in-game, Esc lets you skip cutscenes)
Sounds like a lot of work for one game, but it's really not. Besides, ScummVM can handle a huge library of Graphic adventure classics, so you're doing yourself a favor.

If you have any questions about getting this running, I'll leave the comments section open. I'm not going to link you a torrent, so don't waste your time nagging. Also, if you post a link to illegal content, I'm obligated to delete it.

Also, check out the other two posts from today here on NIP, Edc (don't want them to get too buried).