GAMES:Day of the Tentacle

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Day of the Tentacle
Developer LucasArts
Publisher LucasArts
Released 1993
Status Perfect
Tested on 0.72
Tested game version Unknown
Links Compatibility List
Executable DOTT.EXE
DOS Extender
DOS4GW.EXE Unknown
Works with DOS32A N/A

Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (often simply referred to as Day of the Tentacle, or abbreviated as DoTT) is a graphical adventure game, originally released in 1993, and published by LucasArts. It is the eighth game to use the SCUMM engine. It was released simultaneously on floppy disk and CD-ROM. Day of the Tentacle was designed by Dave Grossman and Tim Schafer.

Making it work in ScummVM

The simplest and arguably best way to run Day of the Tentacle is to use ScummVM rather than DOSBox. ScummVM needs a folder with the following files copied off the disc:

  • TENTACLE.000
  • TENTACLE.001

ScummVM offers a number of enhancements that are not possible to have in DOSBox. The only disadvantage is that you cannot play Maniac Mansion on Ed's computer. You can, however, play Maniac Mansion directly through ScummVM by using the *.LFL files included in the MANIAC folder:

Making it work in DOSBox

If you have the floppy disk version of the game, you will have to "change" disks as you move through the installation. One way to solve this, is to copy all the files from all the disks into one directory, and mount this to A: within DOSBox. Then you mount you're destination directory to C:, and start the install. When the installer asks for disk 2, you copy the file from the second disk, and repeat for the third disk and so on. (Alternatively, you can edit the file if you like, as there is only a single number changing, indicating the disk number.) Example (from within DOSBox):

Z:\>mount A \tmp\dott-disk
Z:\>mount C \home\username\games\dott

From outside, when asked for second disk:

$ cp /media/floppy/ /tmp/dott-disk


  • 18 June 2008 by HB:
Tested on Fedora 9, with repository RPM: dosbox.i386 0.72-4.fc9.
Works fine with sound, music and mouse.