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Space Quest 6: Roger Wilco in the Spinal Frontier

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Windows 3.x
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3.8
DOS
72
3.9
Windows
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3.8
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Description

Roger Wilco, the brave interstellar janitor who has already saved the universe from many great dangers, is now in a very embarrassing position. His commanders show no respect for his courageous actions in the previous game. Instead, he is being accused of all kinds of violations against the galactic law, is deprived of all the honors he got in the previous game, and as a token of mercy, is allowed to return to his old job - cleaning closets... But those unfortunate events are just the beginning of much bigger troubles Roger will get into. Once again, the future of galaxy depends on him!

Space Quest 6 is the first game in the series to be released exclusively on a CD ROM. The game continues the humorous tradition of the series and is especially inclined towards parody of popular sci-fi movies. It features SVGA graphics and voice-overs for conversations and text descriptions. The interface is slightly different from icon-based system used by Sierra in many other adventure games: the player chooses verbs from a menu that appears at the bottom of the screen, similarly to earlier LucasArts titles. Unlike all previous Space Quest installments, the game allows the player to retry immediately in case Roger dies, without the need to restore a previously saved game.

Screenshots

Space Quest 6: Roger Wilco in the Spinal Frontier DOS Found nothing of interest in the cellar.
Space Quest 6: Roger Wilco in the Spinal Frontier DOS Outside in the blackness of space... And remember - "In space, no one can hear you clean!"
Space Quest 6: Roger Wilco in the Spinal Frontier Windows 3.x Copy protection
Space Quest 6: Roger Wilco in the Spinal Frontier Windows 3.x What is this, "Leisure Suit Larry"?

Alternate Titles

  • "מסע בחלל 6" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "SQ6" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Farewell, brave janitor! DOS אולג 小奥 (168743)
Hysterically funny, but not too much fun to play. Windows 3.x WizardX (116)
You're in deep plasma this time, Roger Wilco! DOS *Katakis* (37801)
Great spoof; ok game. Windows 3.x Zovni (9360)
Unfortuantly the last of a line of great games. Windows 3.x William Shawn McDonie (1152)
Well, I like it... DOS Mark Abrams (4)

The Press Says

Power Play DOS Sep, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Nov 30, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Pelit DOS Jul, 1995 88 out of 100 88
PC Gamer DOS Sep, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Quandary DOS Aug 13, 1995 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1996 65 out of 100 65
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Oct, 1995 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows 3.x Oct, 1995 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Just Adventure DOS Jan 01, 2000 C 50
Adventure Gamers DOS May 27, 2011 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Demo

The demo for the game was not taken from the game itself but was a small independent game of its own.

Development

This game was originally written and designed by Josh Mandel, but he left Sierra for management reasons and original Space Quest creator Scott Murphy took over and put on the finishing touches. This partially explains the inconsistent nature of some of the puzzles, since Josh and Scott didn't get as much communication done as they should have and certain details in the game were overlooked in the transition.

References

  • When attending Santiago's funeral on the Holocabana check out the graveyard keeper... It's the same one from Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.
  • After forcing Magnum (the bully guard to the Shuttle Bay) his medication, he morphs through various states until he's finally knocked out: among them the dancing frog from Looney Tunes' One Froggy Evening and an Elton John-esque abomination giving a impression of Mark Seibert's cheesy Girl in the Tower, the title song of King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (CD-ROM version).

    Title

    The game was almost called Where in Corpsman Santiago is Roger Wilco? until Broderbund threatened to sue.

    Vulgar Nerve Pinch

    Can't work out what Roger is saying when he does the "Vulgar Nerve Pinch"? If you've set the game to display text, the dialogue provides no help; all it says is "O, mumble ... mumble ... mumble".. So here is what Roger is actually saying is:

    "Ohh, boy I got you with my fingers and your Kurt Russell now you can't get awai gotcha now that you gotta ... Hard to believe this is a real job (inaudible sound) Oh, my (inaudible sound). So, how come you're not going tonight I got you with your mumbo-jumbo and your (inaudible sound) Whew, boy, I oughta ... If I only could I would, jeez. If you ... Why don't you step outside, pal? I got you with ... this and the ... Mmm, I think I broke a fingernail here."

    Awards

    • PC Player (Germany)
      • Issue 01/1996 - Most Illogical Puzzles in 1995
    • Power Play
      • Issue 02/1996 – Best Adventure in 1995
    Information also contributed by *Katakis*, Alan Chan, FnordPerfect, Istari and Zovni

    Related Web Sites

    • Hints for SQ6 (These questions and answers will help you solve the game without spoiling it.)
    • SpaceQuest.Net - Space Quest 6 (Extremely comprehensive site about Space Quest 6: 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.)
    • SpaceQuest.Net - Space Quest 7 (A comprehensive story of the events from 1997 to 1999 leading to the cancellation of the next Space Quest, as well as rumors of a new Space Quest starting in 2002.)
    • Unofficial Space Quest 7 (Could be just a dream, but at the very least, a good one.)
    Contributed to by Andy Roark (253), Terok Nor (18404) and *Katakis* (37801)