A disembodied tentacle is accidentally exposed to nuclear waste, giving it human abilities and an ambition to take over the world.


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Credited cast:
Denny Delk ...
Hoagie / Purple / Green / Doctor Tentacle / George Washington (voice)
Laverne / Irish Maid (voice)
Doctor Fred Edison / Doctor Red Edison / Zed Edison / Dwayne / John Hancock / Man in Ski Mask (voice)
Ginny Westcott ...
Ed Edison / Zd Edison / Ben Franklin / Cigar Salesman / Thomas Jefferson (voice) (as David Traylor)
Peggy Roberts-Hope ...
Edna Edison / Zedna Edison (voice)
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Doctor Fred Edison is an eccentric scientist who lives with his bizarre family in his centuries old home, somewhere in New England. One day, his pets, genetically engineered tentacles by the names of Green and Purple, come across waste being dumped into a creek. While Green stays away from it, Purple takes a taste of some of it and is mutated, giving him limbs as well as superhuman intelligence. Driven mad by the sudden power rush, Purple sets off to conquer the planet and replace the human race with tentacles. However, Fred captures them, and thinking Green may have been exposed as well, regretfully decides he must euthanize them. Fearing for his life Green sneaks out a telegram to his old friend, nerdish college student Bernard Bernouli. Bernard, bent on rescuing Green, sneaks himself, his med student girlfriend Laverne, and roomate, Hoagie, off campus and drives to the mansion, where Purple and Green are both set free and Purple escapes to go on a rampage. Deciding the only way to ... Written by K. Lynnith

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Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Tag des Tentakel  »

Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


During the intro movie, Hoagie says he needs the hamster for the band, so they can bite its head off. This is a reference to the infamous Black Sabbath concert where Ozzy Osbourne bit off the head of a pigeon. See more »


Hoagie finds dry spaghetti in the Colonial-era mansion kitchen. Italian cuisine did not make it to the United States until the 19th century. Therefore, it's highly unlikely someone would have pasta in their kitchen around this time. See more »


Laverne: This is all your fault Bernard.
Dr. Fred: Behold, children! The Chron-O-John!
Hoagie: Doc, can't you just send Bernard?
Dr. Fred: No, you must all go to increase the odds that one of you will make it there alive.
Bernard: Has any people even been hurt in this thing?
Dr. Fred: Of course not! This is the first time, I never tried it on people.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the Lucasarts logo is seen. Then a golden tentacle hops over, scares off the golden man and takes his place. See more »


References Maniac Mansion (1990) See more »

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Classic 'point & click" adventure.
4 March 2006 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

They don't make them like this anymore. Day Of The Tentacle was a wonderfully deranged story of young teenagers warping back and fourth in time to stop the evil tentacle from claiming world domination. With all the heart and soul of a great kids movie, this really was a treat of a game. Playing three different characters in three different times makes the game more dimensional than later work such as Full Throttle (1995) and wonderful puzzles provide a great challenge. In 2006 it might not be as mind blowing as playing Half-Life 2 but it's well worth a go, especially as it still retains it's charm and ingenuity. Not as great as Monkey Island, but still great.

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