|Sierra! So many great adventures (I took this picture at 23:05)|
The game opens with our intrepid hero Roger Wilco finding himself on a garbage scow. After drifting in space in an escape pod, I guess it's the best he could hope for. (How did he end up in an escape pod drifting through space? Well, that's all told in Space Quest 2 and isn't really important except for a single inventory item - a glowing green gemstone).
|Look at that dithering, making the most of 16 colours.|
Searching around the huge garbage ship doesn't take as long as you'd think, and I quickly found myself all the equipment I needed and a shiny(ish) space ship to boot! People just throwing away perfectly good warp motivators too. I'm not the only one looking for salvage though, and I got in a fight with an oversized rodent over some wires.
|My new(ish) space ship!|
I had the last laugh, I took back my wires, a small power generator and even his ladder (Ouch!). A few nifty repairs here and there, and I blasted my way into space. Once there, I realised I wasn't even sure where I should go. The nearest place was a Monolith Burger, but I wasn't hungry. Ortega looked far too hot and boring, so instead I opted for the pink planet, Phleebhut.
|Phleebhut, the pinkest planet in the galaxy.|
Hot on my tail is definately-not-Arnold-as-the-terminator, or the terminator for short. I forgot to mention earlier in my casual mention of Space Quest 2, that Roger committed mail fraud. Why did I sign the form with my real name? I guess I must be an idiot. In debt for a rather mighty 400,000 buckazoids, my only recourse is to run, hide, cry, beg and perhaps with a lot of luck fluke a victory of some sort.
Phleebhut is an awful place, full of things to kill you, but it does have a gift shop - a "World of Wonders" no less! It's full of crap, but I can sell my glowing gem (obviously I don't need it, right?) for a whopping 450 buckazoids (after haggling a little). Newly rich, but not enough to pay my debts, I decide to spend a bunch of money on various useless tat, like an Orat-on-a-stick, an Astro Chicken hat and a pair of thermal underwear.
|Invisible as well? I have no chance.|
Outside, I'm greeted by the friendly representative of the Gippazoid Novelty Company, an android that bears a striking resemblance to a popular 80s action hero. I'm so dazed by this likeness that I barely notice as he grabs my shirt and lifts me two feet off the floor. Thankfully, it turns out I am beneath his contempt because instead of killing me he graciously gives me ten seconds to run away and make things a little more interesting.
|This is a hateful game.|
|Decode the secret message!|
Turns out they're on the moon of Ortega, which I'd never heard of because it doesn't exist... OR DOES IT? (spoiler: It totally does). I disrupt the carefully managed cloaking system by dropping some explosives into it, before beating a hasty retreat. Subtlety has never been Roger Wilco's strong suit.
|That's no moon! Oh wait no it is.|
Once the cloaking field is down, it's a short trip to ScumSoft's headquarters. The invisibility belt comes in handy to sneak in, and I find a welcome home in a janitor's closet. They even have overalls in my size! After a little janitorial work in the cubicle maze, I managed to pinch the boss's keycard and a photocopy of his picture. Now I can get past the only locked door in this place.
|Glad I don't work somewhere like this.|
|The horror, the horror...|
|$59.99?? in 1989?? I surely hope not!|
One of the two guys tried to fix it, and sent us into a black hole - and to Earth! Meeting Ken Williams (co-founder of Sierra On-Line) was great, and he was keen to offer the Two Guys a job making the Space Quest games. Roger, on the other hand, was again left to wander the galaxy, alone. A sad end to a heroic story, but more adventures lie in store for Roger Wilco.
I still love the game, it's got plenty of funny moments and great locations to visit and puzzles to solve. I know it so well, it's hard to be objective, especially given the series is one of my favourites. I heartily recommend it, especially since you can get the full series (six games) for about £10 these days.
|708 out of 738, not bad. (screenshot taken at 00:10)|
Coming up soon is a new adventure from the Two Guys from Andromeda, who have re-formed and financed "SpaceVenture" on Kickstarter. Here's hoping it lives up to their previous games!