Gateway II: Homeworld

aka: Gateway 2: Homeworld
Moby ID: 318
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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.

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Producer
Based on Hugo and Nebula award-winning Heechee Saga by
Design and Implementation of Part I: Escape
Design and Implementation of Part II: The Artifact
Design and Implementation of Part III: Rescue
Design and Implementation of Part IV: Homeworld
Additional Design
Computer Illustration
Special Cinematic Effects and Animation
Music Composition
AdLib Transcription
System Architecture
System Programming
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Average score: 81% (based on 10 ratings)

Players

Average score: 4.0 out of 5 (based on 26 ratings with 5 reviews)

Lacking the original's atmosphere and depth.

The Good
Many engaging, puzzles, plus the chance to solve some unaddressed mysteries from the original.

The Bad
Far more linear feeling than the original, without so much depth. Emphasis on puzzles lead to less of a focus on plot this time. I actually never liked discovering the Heechees - as in most science fiction stories, I prefer the mystery to the solution. Far easier than its predecessor despite its length. Vague sense of disappointment on completion.

The Bottom Line
Gateway 2 is an adequate sequel to the original, but for me fails to live up to the expectations created by Gateway. Having saved Earth from certain destruction in the original, you now find yourself targetted by a fanatical cult, and again set sail for the stars. Well worth playing if you are a fan of adventure games or science fiction, Homeworld is entertaining, but pales compares to its original.

DOS · by Shane Cornall (6) · 2006

Puzzles preferred to plot in this sequel

The Good
Atmospheric, thought provoking sci-fi adventure. Beautifully designed, carefully constructed, and hard to fault. And, as you travel across the universe, you get to meet the alien race (the Heechee) that are introduced in the first Gateway adventure.

The Bad
However when you compare it to the original Gateway it's not as strong. (But then the original Gateway is one of the all-time great adventure games.) I think its because it's longer. This means although you get more game for your money, and more puzzles and gameplay, the plot tends to ramble in places, and the dialogue is sometimes a bit long and irrelevant.



The Bottom Line
You'll have trouble tracking down the first Gateway. I think there were more Gateway 2 published. Certainly they come up on e-bay regularly, and it's a game thats definitely worth playing.

DOS · by jossiejojo (37) · 2005

A great sequel to a great game. Now that IS rare!

The Good
Most of the things I mentioned about the prequel also feel at home here, too. The storyline is good and the 'being there' factor is a strong one.

The Bad
The same things as with the prequel apply here.. that is, the graphics and the musics are good but not great.. but as I stated before this game isn't a gfx blast.

The Bottom Line
A great, compelling sequel to a great, compelling game. And that doesn't happen too often.

DOS · by RmM (68) · 1999

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Game added by RmM.

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Game added October 22, 1999. Last modified January 19, 2024.