Written by  :  David Ledgard (65)
Written on  :  Feb 09, 2005
Platform  :  DOS
Rating  :  4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
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The best IF game I every played, and the only one I solved by myself.

The Good

Floyd the child like Robot! The science: magnetic cards (that can get wiped!), circuit boards, flashing lights.... The Story: You start as a lowly Ensign 7th Class scrubbing spaceship decks for your evil overseer Blather. An alien Ambassador makes you life more difficult by leaving slime all over the desk. There is an accident and you have to scramble to the escape pod before the ship explodes. The pod takes you (hopefully in one piece) to a strange deserted alien planet. You get to wonder through dorms, canteens, rec rooms, admin corridors and the engineering unit where you find Floyd your robot Pal. Find magnetic swipe cards to operate lifts and a tram that takes you to Lawanda complex were you must battle disease, radiation and mutants. Fix all the systems and save the 'inhabitants' from hibernation earning you a big fat promotion. The Goodies: All Infocom games came with a manual, transcript of sample game (see my site for a working version of this and 3D Maps) and various objects. You get a Stellar Patrol ID Card, Postcards of an alien world and a diary.

The Bad

Parser problems. Extending the ladder across the rift and killing the bacteria with the laser were real problems to phrase.

The Bottom Line

Great game. Spent hours playing it.