Good Game: Ben There, Dan That! (PC)

A Good Game a day for the rest of time perhaps?

Today it’s Ben There, Dan That! a 2008/2011 point-and-click adventure game developed and published by Size Five Games for Microsoft Windows (PC). As with the sequel Time Gentlemen, Please! the game was created using the Adventure Game Studio engine.

The game features a darkly humorous, at points surrealistic setting. Of note is the consistent referencing of other classic adventure games: posters from Sam & Max and Full Throttle were seen in the first episode, the characters often quote dialog from e.g. Monkey Island or Day of the Tentacle, Ben refers to Dan as “the Glottis to my Manny!”, and the first episode features a zombie child called Gilbert. The game also satirizes the “adventure game logic” (i.e. carrying around a variety of useless items in hopes of combining them to be useful), with Ben and Dan often breaking the fourth wall and directly referring to not needing certain items in their inventory.

Watch the video I made below showing about the first 25 minutes of the game.


Ben There, Dan That! Gameplay.

Developer: Size Five Games.
Publisher: Size Five Games.
Platform: Microsoft Windows.
Release : 2008/2011 (WW)
Genre: Point-and-click adventure.