Gateway II: Homeworld (DOS)

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Description

A huge, strangely shaped object was spotted just outside the orbit of Pluto. Scientists dub this object "The Artifact", assuming it to be a spaceship possibly connected to the mysterious alien race, the Heechee, who have disappeared without a trace, leaving only ships with cryptic destinations behind. Meanwhile, a terrorist sect is planning to use The Artifact to lure in the Assassins, an alien community bent on destroying other species. Eventually, a sole explorer reaches the enigmatic ship, only to discover traces of former Gateway prospectors . This leads him to believe that something might be malfunctioning at the very core of the Heechee civilization.

Gateway II: Homeworld is a sequel to Gateway. It is the last adventure game by Legend Entertainment to use text-based input, after Companions of Xanth introduced a purely graphical engine. Its interface is identical to that of Eric the Unready: while most commands can be either typed in or selected from a list combining verbs and available objects, conversations with characters are handled by choosing pre-set topics and displayed on separate screens. The game also features some animated cutscenes.

Screenshots

Gateway II: Homeworld DOS Exploring the surface of the Heechee planet
Gateway II: Homeworld DOS You contemplate suicide while terrorists are closing on you...
Gateway II: Homeworld DOS Exploring the monotonous icy planet. You try to laugh, but end up crying
Gateway II: Homeworld DOS Somehow, the game's attempts at humor feel noticeably more artificial than in its predecessor...

Alternate Titles

  • "Gateway 2: Homeworld" -- In-game title

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User Reviews

Puzzles preferred to plot in this sequel jossiejojo (41) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Lacking the original's atmosphere and depth. Shane Cornall (7) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
This game proves it is possible to repeat succsess, even in the gaming world! Stargazer (99) unrated
A wonderful successor to Gateway 1. rananite (3) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
A great sequel to a great game. Now that IS rare! RmM (64) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1993 11 out of 12 92
SPAG Mar 24, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Pelit Jul, 1993 88 out of 100 88
PC Joker Sep, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Aug 28, 1998 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Nov, 1993 79 out of 100 79
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1993 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1993 60 out of 100 60

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  • Fan Page (information about Gateway 2 - covers, credits, walkthroughs and a transcription of the handbook that was included with the game)
RmM (64) added Gateway II: Homeworld (DOS) on Oct 22, 1999