Space Quest 3 (PC)

If I told you that the galaxy needed to be saved from a nefarious villain, and I needed your help to pick the best fit to save it – who would you choose? A famous national hero? A world renowned hacker? How about a janitor? Yes, a janitor… a broom jockey, sanitation engineer extraordinaire. That’s who you play in the Space Quest series.

In the third installment of this classic point & click adventure we join Roger Wilco right after his stolen escape pod was picked up in a garbage scow. Seems like a perfect place for a janitor, plenty of work to keep him busy, right? Well there are places to go, people to rescue, so our hero needs to get some proper transportation (a defunct escape pod won’t do) and find an exit. It doesn’t take long to find the right ship and after a bit of repair work you strap in.


 Like the rebirth of a Phoenix, you fire up the engines to start your rise from the ashes… errr, garbage. Engaging the Aluminum Mallard’s front lasers, Roger effectively blasts a gaping hole in the side of the scow which forces your ship into the vacuum of space. But wait, you forgot to arm the forward shields! Your ship destroyed, poor Roger is sucked into the vacuum of space and dies. Fortunately Sierra makes the game over screens almost as enjoyable as the story itself!


After you’ve successfully released yourself from the maw of your prison, now captain of your own ship. The adventures never stop until the end. Plenty of interesting locations grab your interest and keep you sucked in for hours. Even after all these years I still find myself chuckling at the humor of a stereotypical redneck alien on the planet of Phleebut. 


There’s the Monolith burger where you can fill your gullet with any number of greasy space foods, before jumping on to play Astro Chicken – a game within the game, that’s much like Lunar Lander, with trampolines. Fiery Ortega (maybe these days it would’ve been called habanero?) with its ever changing landscape affording you the opportunity to pole vault over flowing molten lava, or potentially see another game over screen. 


The controls allow you to use a mouse to control Rogers steps, but this game is from the early days of mouse use so you’ll find yourself micromanaging his movements. I find it’s best enjoyed using the keyboard, most often. 

The graphics, while dated by today’s standards, were praised at the time of it’s release. Don’t expect 3D rendered CGI cutscenes, but I think you’ll enjoy the beauty this 16-bit gem holds. 

Overall it’s an amazing point and click adventure, one of the greatest developed by the famed Two Guys from Andromeda, and will forever hold a place in my top favorite games. 

 

Bigfoot
Bigfoot has been playing video games for as long as he can remember, he was weaned straight from the bottle on to a Commodore 64 and hasn't looked back since. He enjoys sampling beer and hanging out with his family. A couple of his all-time favorite games are Earthbound (SNES) and Fallout 2 (PC).

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