Monday, June 23, 2008

Janitor phone home

Title: Space Quest IV,5: Roger Wilco And The Voyage Home
AgentBauer (Peter Engel)
Release date: 15 June 2008
Playtime: 90 minutes
Size: 65.2Mb

Another adventure with the famous janitor in the main part. To fill the gap in the story between the original part IV (Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers, 1991) and part V (Roger Wilco in The Next Mutation, 1993) Peter Engel wrote another story.

The graphics are familiar, partially ripped from various SQ games so there's not much credit to give to that other than that the additional graphics, backgrounds and characters are made in a way they blend in very well. You hardly can tell what is ripped and what's not if you don't know the original.

There is an exception though of some graphics that didn't fit in the game, resolution wise. Then I refer to the character insets you see during the admission to the academy. The pictures are too 'real', not pixely enough like the other graphics. But that's the only negative thing I could come up with.

The music, sound effects, the story, the animations. It's a fan made sequel, and a fan it must have been if you look at the work he must have had to rip the graphics, characters and backgrounds. Almost as much as drawing it yourself. And of course a lot of scripting.

It's a believable story with lots of humor and of course the clumsiness of Roger, that allways makes him the accidental hero. And a lot of good puzzles. Puzzles that need some thinking and revisits to places you've already explored. Some of the items you need are well hidden and makes the search for them even more challenging. But by reading the hints and comments given in the game the pieces will fall in place and Roger can go home. Or not? Because in part 5 he wasn't home. He was starting his training as a cadett. To know how he got there, you need to play the game. A must for Space Quest fans. And all other adventurers.

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