|The bar, like the town, looks like it's seen better days|
Civilization at last! Or at least a fair approximation of it. To my left, some sort of second-hand spaceship salesman. To my right, a rather dismal looking bar. Straight ahead, a shop selling droids of various uses. Behind me, nothing but sand and rocks for miles (and nasty creatures that would eat me whole). While the relative safety of this quaint little desert outpost is nice, I still have a mission to accomplish. Millions of Xenonians are depending on me!
| These guys are a lot better than ZZ Top |
(and I only saw them because I had to go back and take this screenshot)
But first I think a drink is in order, so down the stairs to the "Rocket Bar" it is. To call this place a dive bar is to give dive bars a bad name, but the beer is only 2 buckazoids so I sit and get a drink and have a look around. At the stage, a couple of bearded fellows and a drummer do their best to give the place some atmosphere. Towards the back there's a strange blue fellow playing a slot machine, and at the bar there's a collection of some of the strangest aliens you're likely to see outside of a sci-fi convention.
|Behind the bar, Roger hangs out with the former gamblers|
Turns out the blue guy was all out of luck, and it seems that gambling can lead to an early death. The cleaning robot helpfully dumped his ashes outside, and since I didn't have enough money for beer (or anything else for that matter), I went outside too. Outside the bar, I noticed the keys were still in my skimmer! I quickly made sure to take them, otherwise surely it would have been stolen and I would certainly have been stuck. I took a wander around the bar, and noticed a pile of debris. My keen adventurers senses tingled, and I rifled through the dirt and ashes, finding myself 11 buckazoids richer! Of course there was only one thing for it, more beer!
|This droid has a little bit of an attitude|
Back at the bar, and a couple of beers later, I overheard one of my fellow patrons talking about his last journey. He'd managed to stumble across the Sarien ship, and saw them incinerate a small moon before he managed to get away. Obviously they had figured out how to use the Star Generator, so my time was really limited! No more time for boozing, I'd better figure out a way to get off this planet and save the day.
|Droids-B-Us, your marvelous malfunctioning or malcontent machine mart!|
Knowing that gambling is a fool's game, I stepped up to the slot machine and took a look. It seems you could win big by betting up to 3 buckazoids at a time, with a maximum return of 60 bucks! Of course failure would only lead to a short and no doubt painful death. Time to tip the odds into my favour, with the sly use of this magnetic gizmo. After attaching it to the right place on the machine, all I got was payouts! Although after gaining a little over 300 bucks the machine started to overheat and nearly exploded in my face. I sheepishly took my magnet back and left before anyone could notice.
|Unfortunately he couldn't sell me this droid|
With my wallet stuffed with somewhat fraudulently obtained buckazoids, I needed something to spend them on. As I was pondering whether to head to the droid shop or the spaceship salesman, the dude who tried to buy my skimmer turned up again. This time he had an improved offer, 30 buckazoids and a nifty jetpack. That sounded like it would come in handy, and 30 bucks for a skimmer I couldn't take with me wasn't too shabby either. I took the deal and he even threw in a couple of vouchers for local businesses (although the bar tab one was of little use to me now!).
|Ditching the skimmer for 30 bucks and a sweet jetpack!|
I decided to find myself a spaceship first, and wandered through to speak to Tiny. His ships were really a collection of mostly useless crap, but one did catch my eye. A bit pricy at over 200 buckazoids, but it looked like it would actually get me off this planet. Turns out I needed a droid to pilot it, which was probably for the best since I had yet to apply for a space-pilots license. Onwards to Droids-b-us!
|My nearly-new space ship and droid, ready for take-off|
I guess a lot of people in this sector buy droids, because this place seemed well stocked. Sure, some of the robots were a little out of sorts (and some a little homicidal), but with my voucher I could afford a decent navigation robot all of my own. All that was left was to load him onto the ship, and make my way out of here.
|It seems I've stolen this guys spaceship|
I got the robot to travel on to the coordinates that the guy at the bar had seen the Sariens, and sure enough they were still there. I could feel my heart beating fast now, but I knew Xenon's hope lay in my hands. I slipped the jetpack on and headed out to the Sarien ship. Gliding over the hull, I found an airlock and got myself inside, just as my jetpack was overheating. I guess you can never trust random jetpacks from total strangers.
|Entering the second set of copy protection to travel to the right sector|
Inside the airlock was a scanner, which looked rather like a big bug zapper. I couldn't open the door so I decided to hide in the corner and sure enough a droid came through to deal with my combusting jetpack. Using this distraction, I quickly got myself through the door and into the ship proper. Now all I need to do is find the Star Generator, and save the day!
|The Sarien ship!|
Interesting Death of the Day (TM)
Not so many great deaths here at Ulence Flats, but there's still plenty of ways for Roger to lose his life. Choosing the wrong droid at Droids-B-Us is a quick way to end your game, as is picking a worse-for-wear flying saucer from Tiny's spaceship sales. However, the best death has to be from the gambling machine with the worst odds in the galaxy. This murderous slot machine managed to kill me on my very first attempt to play it without using the cheating magnetic widget.
|Please gamble responsibly!|
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I love how they added the timepod from Space Quest IV arriving just at the time you leave the planet...gives you some feeling of completion...ReplyDelete
And I quite remember a few painful dead ends concerning the guy that's here to buy the landspeeder. Accept his first offer and you'll never get the jetpack. Leave the keys on and you'll never see the landspeeder again. Refuse his second offer and he'll never come back... the good old Sierra sadistic dead ends...
Have to agree on those two dead ends, I actually got caught out by the keys one but thankfully I make plenty of saves!Delete
I have to say, I hate this section. They missed a fantastic opportunity to have this area still be in EGA for some reason. That would have kept the joke from SQ4 intact and provided an opportunity for humor that this place was so in the sticks that they could not even afford a full set of colors.ReplyDelete
And the pod is appearing in the wrong place. Just details wrong that really makes me feel they could have done better.
My interpretation (as with all these Sierra remakes) is that all of this happens in an alternate universe. This explains away lot of discrepancies (like,who is this robot impersonating Marvin from Hitchhiker's, since he sure wasn't in the original).Delete
My favourite death in this part is where you punch the wrong code to the droid and your ship ends up near an original Romulan warbird:ReplyDelete
Also, the one where Roger has one too many pints is quite good:Delete
The warbird one was nearly my pick. I didn't think about drinking too much!Delete
How did Roger drink his beer through the glass helmet surrounding his head? That seems out and out difficult. :)ReplyDelete
I personally think very highly of them making the slot game a puzzle instead of a reloading simulator. Particularly given slots are literally a zero skill game (at least blackjack in LSL/poker in PQ can be gamed to a degree) this is a very notable change.
Simple, he takes his helmet off (which does provoke the question, why he is carrying it around, if he can breath the Keronian atmosphere).Delete
I do want to congratulate you on this title. I really wanted to do a "Hitchhiker's Guide" title as one of the SQ4 ones, especially since time travel was so important to the second book, but I just couldn't manage it.ReplyDelete
Coming up with good titles is hard! I wanted to make jokey ones (or at least sci-fi references) for all of them, but it hasn't quite worked out that way.Delete
A reminder to all that the competition from SQ4 is still running, so if anyone would like to point out some science fiction references that you can see from either Space Quest 4 or Space Quest 1 (VGA), then you could win a prize! (the prize being a sci-fi themed game from Steam or GOG.com of the value of ~$5 - $10 or equivalent.)ReplyDelete
I've been forgetting this. You have a screenshot there of Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet.Delete
The Dalek reference might be too obvious to mention, but there are probably some people in the world who've never heard of Doctor Who.Delete
I'm really enjoying the first person style- It really helps differentiate this from Space Quest IV.ReplyDelete