DescriptionAfter travelling back and forth through time in the previous game, Roger Wilco is back in the Starfleet Acadamy, serving as both a cadet and a janitor. Cheating his way through the Starfleet Aptitude Test, Roger is finally given the rank of captain, his own ship (a garbage scow) and a mission: to explore strange new worlds (which no man in his right mind would explore), to seek out new life and new civilizations (which grew out of the massive amounts of trash Roger will collect on his way), to boldly go where no man has gone before. Step by step Roger will have to unveil a galaxy-wide biohazardous material dumping scheme, solve the mystery of the disappearance of a fellow Starfleet captain and his ship, and confront an agent of an old nemesis.
Space Quest V: The Next Mutation is an adventure game in the Space Quest series. Like its brethren, it is characterized by humorous writing and situations, as well as plenty of opportunities for the hero to die horribly. The game is entirely mouse-controlled: the player interacts with the world by clicking on locations, people and objects on the screen, cycling between various actions (walking, looking, touching or taking, talking, etc.), by clicking the right mouse button or using the icon bar. The latter also contains icons that allow the player to access Roger's inventory, quit the game or change the settings.
Commands for smelling and tasting have been removed, but a special icon for giving orders has been added. It can be used on any object or character in the game, but its actual purpose is to issue specific commands to the crew members: Roger's garbage scow, the Eureka, has a crew over which he presides. The game is plot-driven and contains cutscenes done in a comic book-like style. Plot development is linear, but each planet the protagonist visits usually consists of several screens and contains its own objectives and puzzles. There are also hazardous situations that may occur on the spaceship itself and must be dealt with.
- "SQ5" -- Common abbreviated / informal title
- "Space Quest 5: La Siguiente Mutación" -- Spanish title
- "Space Quest 5: La Mutation Suivante" -- French title
- "Space Quest 5: Die nächste Mutation" -- German title
Part of the Following Groups
|Janitorial romance||Cor 13 (173892)|
|Without a doubt, the best Space Quest||Benjamin Vigeant (8)||unrated|
|Why wasn't this game released on CD-ROM?||*Katakis* (37879)||unrated|
|Had its moments, but the series starts its decline with this game.||Dave Schenet (130)||unrated|
|The weakest Space Quest tries to be an all-out Trek spoof.||WizardX (116)||unrated|
|too short and too few puzzles.. finished it in probably two hours||bertrandom (3)||unrated|
|PC Games (Germany)||Apr, 1993||90 out of 100||90|
|GameTrip.net||Jan 19, 2007||9 out of 10||90|
|PC Joker||Feb, 1993||86 out of 100||86|
|Tilt||Mar, 1993||17 out of 20||85|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Apr, 1993||10 out of 12||83|
|Adventure Gamers||Sep 03, 2010||80|
|PC Player (Germany)||Apr, 1993||77 out of 100||77|
|Power Play||Apr, 1993||77 out of 100||77|
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TriviaWorf from Star Trek is sitting in the academy's classroom. However, he has been renamed "Woof" and is described as the academy's ambu-jitsu champion.
Elvis appears in the right half of the academy rotunda.
Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi are fighting their famous lightsabre battle in the academy hallway.
In the academy's landing bay, there's a skull fighter from SQ3.
The guards in the rotunda are playing games on their consoles. Specifically, they're playing "Asteroids" and "Missile Command".
In the Eureka's shuttle lab, there's a display above the teleporter. The computer is playing an old (REAL old) game called Pong on it.
The moon visible through the academy's rotunda windows is described as "one of the nine moons of Nova", in reference to the Dynamix game Nova 9.
The coordinates to Klorox are 90210 - the same as in that ridicilous TV show.
The Tasmanian devil is in one of the cages at Genetix (then again, it might be the Labion Terror Beast from SQ2).
The Astro Chicken from Space Quest 3 has a quick appearance in the Eureka's pod bay. There's a row of lockers to the far left. Open the leftmost one and watch!
The PacMan makes a quick appearance in the Goliath's ventilation system. On level 8, find the intersection where you can go in all four directions. Go left. Roger will come back, followed by the PacMan.
Both Flash Gordon and Albert Einstein are mentioned on the academy's grade machine. They both fail, too.
The Millenium Falcon is disguised as the bridge simulator (check it out when Roger walks away from the sim). Captain Quirk has a Dynamix coffee cup. It's visible when the Eureka intercepts the strange transmission.
Related Web Sites
- Haelstorm's Space Quest Page (Welcome, all you Space Quest fans out there.)
- Hints for SQ5 (These hints will help you solve the game without spoiling it for you.)
- Planet Rog (Welcome to the other side of the Space Quest universe!)
- Sierra Planet (Contains interesting facts plus a walkthrough and complete game map)
- SpaceQuest.Net - Space Quest 5 (Extremely comprehensive site about Space Quest 5: Basic game information, hints, documentation, downloads and behind the scenes stuff, for example a downloadable PDF manual, scans of the official hint book, easter eggs, fun facts, cancelled stuff etc. etc. etc.)
- The Space Quest Universe 2 (The Space Quest Universe 2)