Written by  :  Andrew Fisher (617)
Written on  :  Oct 20, 2018
Platform  :  DOS
Rating  :  4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
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Summary

Top ranking, text-only, text adventure

The Good

There is some good drama in this relatively short game, especially the friendship with Floyd the Robot. There's some good problem solving, the difficulty level I'd say is just about right, it's certainly easier than some of the Zork games. I particularly liked the laser battle with the microbe inside the computer and discovering the way to beat it. It's interesting piecing together the fate of the people of the planet you crash land on at the start, how you and your crewmates on the space patrol ship got caught up in it and that you, a low ranking crew member, play a big part in saving the planet.

The Bad

Well being short isn't necessarily bad, but it seems unfinished i.e there are rooms you can't access and important looking items that you don't need. There is also a trap that I found particularly cruel, you need many magnetic access cards to get to new areas in the game, but you may find, when you come to use them, they've been ruined somehow, making it impossible to progress and win the game. Of course you could easily have saved your game since unknowingly ruining your cards and have no prior saved games to fall back on, finding that you have to restart.

The Bottom Line

I think it's one of the best adventure games, including graphical text adventures and point & click adventures. The problem solving isn't as demanding as some of the Zork problem solving and when you've completed it, it's still something you can have a fairly quick, satisfying game of.