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Intergalactic - Space Quest

On 08/04/2019 at 10:34 AM by Matt Snee

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I've talked before about how I used to play Sierra Quest games like Police Quest, King's Quest, etc. But my entry to the genre was with Space Quest, a tongue-in-cheek game that used sci-fi tropes for laughs. 

This of course was before the rise of the mouse, so to interact with the game, you typed phrases in, like "Press Button," or "Give rock." This was true for action scenes too, where you'd have to type things like, "Fire Gun," as quick as you could. You moved about using the arrow keys, which were on every keyboard. 

The thing about Space Quest though, is my dad was into it too. He almost never played video games, but this one he did play, and we would agonize together about how to solve puzzles. This was way before the internet, and the only way to really get answers was to call 1-900 help lines. What we did was when we got totally stuck, we'd go hang out in the computer department of Radioshack and ask the employees about it. Sometimes they would know, but mostly they'd be like, "What?"

Those were the days. I'll never forget my experiences playing as Roger Wilco, space janitor. 



Cary Woodham

08/04/2019 at 11:00 AM

I wasn't into the Sierra point and click adventures, but I was into the LucasFilm Games ones for a while.  These include games like Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (my favorite), and Sam & Max Hit the Road.

Since the Internet wasn't around yet, I got my clues in three ways.  1. Back then, games came with all sorts of cool material, some would even give you hints.  In the Zak McKracken game, you were a writer for a fake news tabloid, so the game came with a mock tabloid newspaper where the articles had clues written in them to give you hints.  2. I also subscribed to a LucasFilm Games newsletter that I would get every couple of months or so.  It was a print newsletter I got in the mail, and sometimes it would give hints on games.  That newsletter is also where I discovered Sam & Max comics.  3.  You could order print strategy guides from LucasFilm Games, and I think I did that with a couple of them.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

08/05/2019 at 10:13 AM

Someday I'm gonna play those LucasArts games like Monkey Island and Indiana Jones. I've wanted to for a long time. 


08/04/2019 at 09:34 PM

I never got into point-and-click adventures but they seem cool. No wait, I remember playing Shadowgate. I'm not sure how I figured it all out. Without the internet what are you going to do? Go find someone who's played it before I guess. 

That's funny, you and your dad at Radioshack asking for game hints. I got a recommendation from a dad and his kid at a EB Games once. It was for Wargames: Defcon 1 for PS1. I think they played it together since it had co-op. Mark and I played it and had a blast with it. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

08/05/2019 at 10:14 AM

Actually, one time we got a great recommendation at Kaybee toys. It was my little brother's birthday and my mom and I went down there and asked for a good gane for him. The salesman recommended the first Resident Evil game, which I hadn't heard of. And the rest is history. Laughing


08/05/2019 at 01:52 AM

The only Sierra adventure game I ever played was, oddly, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards. I played it in secret, LOL, since I was 16 years old and my mom wouldn't have approved of it. My dad probably would have approved of it as long as I didn't tell my mom.

As far as adventure games in general go, the games I got into were the Tex Murphy series, which was kind of a mashup of pulp noir detective novels by Dashiel Hammett (Sam Spade) or Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe) with the works of Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall), being set in a post-nuclear 2040s San Francisco. I also played a rather messed up British point-and-click called Dreamweb where your character was ostensibly out to save the world by assassinating seven figures trying to destroy human dreams and bring about nuclear war. The included documentation, however, made it look like your character had descended into madness and was in fact a serial killer. I also dabbled a bit in The 7th Guest and Myst, but around that time, Final Fantasy VI got me back into RPGs, so console RPGs ended up being my preferred adventuring fix.

My dad, up until the 1990s, considered video games to be a complete waste of time and money and grudgingly tolerated me playing them. My mom liked some of the old-school games and still likes match-three style games. But when my dad retired, he and my mom got into The 7th Guest and Myst, and then my dad and I played both played Doom.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

08/05/2019 at 10:15 AM

I think I borrowed Martian Memorandum from a friend but never really got into it. Those games were more adult... I remember a scene with a woman in lingerie. 

Yeah, it was nice back in those days to bond with a dad with video games. Too bad it didn't last. 

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