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  »

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$600,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The entire opening credits scene was created by Kyle Balda during his internship at LucasArts. It was his first job working on a video game, and although it was quite a responsibility, the team was unanimously impressed by his efforts. 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 »


[Bernard, Laverne and Hoagie have been fused together]
Dr. Fred: Well, kiddies, it's been more fun than a jump-suit full of weasels. Now kindly get your freekish hide out of my home!
Bernard: Please, Dr. Fred! You've got to get us out of this mess! We look terrible! And we can't buy clothes of the rack!
Laverne: I'm getting sort of used to it. Maybe we could go on the talkshow circuit.
Bernard: [Long pause] Help us, Dr. Edison. You're our only hope!
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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 »


Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Thought Maniac Mansion was the greatest?
7 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Oh man, I'm not sure which is the best--Maniac Mansion or it's sequel, Day of the Tentacle. They're both fantastic games, although one might be considered better only for graphics value simply because it was released five years later.

Of the six characters from Maniac Mansion, Bernard is the only one who returns (in super nerd format) in the sequel, along with two new friends, Hoagie and Laverne. And, while Dr. Fred was your nemesis in the first game, he returns to help the kids out in their new adventure.

The story begins with Purple Tentacle drinking from a toxic lake behind the old mansion (now an inn), turning him into a power-lusting mutant tentacle with expectations of taking over the world. Bernard learns of this when the Green Tentacle writes to him asking for help. So, Bernard and his friends go to the mansion to figure out what they can do to stop the madness of Purple Tentacle. Only things got out of hand, and now they have to travel through time in Dr. Fred's never-been-tested time traveling porter potties. Once again trouble occurs as Bernard is the only one to return to the present, while Hoagie is transplanted 200 years in the past and Laverne 200 years in the future. Your job is to navigate each friend around the mansion in their respective time periods to collect things that will fix the time contraptions and not only get Bernard's friends back to the present, but also to stop Purple Tentacle.

The game has much funnier qualities than Maniac Mansion because the plot is so outrageous and the characters are so stupid (just take a look at Nurse Edna). You even get to see the Edisons of the past (Red Edison, self proclaimed genius, and his sons) as well as the founding fathers. And, you get to see what a world dominated by Purple Tentacles would be like for us earth bound humans. It's not pretty, but it is funny all the way. This is a game that is sure to deliver good times, even if you've never played the first.

And yes, it is very much like a Saturday Morning Cartoon.

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