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SummaryThe Disney-licensed game that teaches children about space
The GoodLike Donald Duck's Playground and Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood before it, Sierra once again teamed up with Disney to create another children's game. Mickey's Space Adventure. Of course, the main character is Mickey who teams up with Pluto in search of the seven crystals that were stolen from Oron by an inter-planetary space thief, and its segments scattered around the solar system. Without it, the citizens of Oron have no idea about their history. And not only will Mickey have to put the crystals back together again, but they must be put together in the correct order.
Unlike Troll's Tale and Winnie where you have to select the path that you will take in order to proceed further, Space Adventure is a similar to Sierra's future adventure games, except that there is no typing parser involved. Instead, you have to select a verb-noun combination from a list of options that you are given, and to make things happen like they should, select an appropriate combination of words. If you happen to select a "nonsense" combination like EAT NORTH, all the game says to you is "Huh?".
The traveling from planet to planet is all done inside your spaceship, but the planet that you need to go to next isn't quite so obvious, unless you have some knowledge about space. If you have none, then you either read some text books and look for the answer there, or find the answer in the game's manual, but seeing as I don't have the manual with me, I can't confirm this. On most planets, the crystal segments that you need to get are out in the open. Some planets, on the other hand, require you to do a little digging. Before you go ahead and set foot on a planet, you need to wear your spacesuit due to the hazardous conditions on each planet. When you are out exploring, you better hurry up and find those crystals, otherwise your air supply will get low, as you can expect in real life. You also need to change disks every time you attempt to leave the spaceship. If you decide that you need a rest and want to resume the game at a later date, you can save the game, but you can only do this in your spaceship.
Consider Space Adventure to be an educational game, rather than an adventure. On most screens, the game tells you what the picture is about, whereas on others, you are presented with some brief information on the planet, though it can't be compared with Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe Edition, with its planet summary sheet and rather detailed information database that covers everything.
The game can be played in either CGA or EGA, but the game will not be as detailed in CGA as you have to suffer having a 4-color palette. With EGA, the game is colorful and everything is colored in exactly like Disney's old cartoon show. (Most Disney's characters like Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, and others have now fazed out.) The sound comes through the PC Speaker, which might not be a problem for you if you did have a PC back in 1986. The beeps that it produces are not bad for a kid's game.
The BadThe only gripe that I had with this game is the way that you have to press a button twice after highlighting the "noun' in among the list of commands, rather than once.