HAHA SUCKERS DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING DID YOU i dunno maybe some of you did
Actually someone suggested that I do something short and quick to get back into the groove of screencapping stuff before tackling a longer project like Mother 3 (which will probably be the one after this, going off that poll a while back), and Space Quest fits that bill! This'll probably only take two or three entries, no problem. It HAS been a long time since I've put one of these together, haha.
Let's see, a bit of background I guess. Space Quest 2 of course follows the plot of the first one, so you might want to read up on that one or something, idk. There was a VGA remake of SQ1, but not for 2, which means AUTHENTIC EGA GRAPHICS FOR EVERYONE
YOU WANT TO SEE SOME PIXELS, WE GOT PIXELS BABY so perhaps it's of interest to those who boggle at the simplistic graphics of older games, idk. This'll probably be one of the oldest games I do a screencap adventure for, depending.
Anyway, SQ2 has been fan-updated but meh, I haven't looked into that. So this is the original version. NO FANCINESS. SQ2 is generally considered to be one of the weaker installments in the series and I can see why, it's very short as mentioned and the sarcastic tone of it isn't quite as well established. It's dry and cynical, but it's not as funny as some of the later ones. BUT HEY, EVERY SERIES NEEDS SOME TIME TO FIND ITS FOOTING, RIGHT?
Alex really likes this one though so hey, who knows.
Despite its awkwardness, SQ2 actually sets up a bunch of stuff that ends up coming back in the later installments, weirdly. SO COME BACK WITH ME TO 1988
TO PARSER INTERFACES AND SIXTEEN COLORS AND FRUSTRATING PUZZLES actually the frustrating puzzles never really went away
There is no music to this game, actually, since it came out before fancy-shmancy soundcards. It's all done with the PC speaker. When your computer beeps while booting up or while you're holding down a key too long, that's the PC speaker. It sounds something like this. There are only a few themes in the game in general, really - the main theme, that you can hear in that vid, and Vohaul's theme mostly. The rest are attempts at sound effects. ALL THE BETTER TO RAISE TENSION
who was this again
Wait that's only... five people. DANG
YUP SURE DID
Roger routinely saves the most ungrateful people. SUCH IS A SPACE JANITOR'S LOT
cigarillo box cleared to land
I have no idea why this screen is so huge. EVERYTHING ELSE IS TINY, WHAT'S THE DEAL??
Also they later dropped this mechanic, I think it was also present in the original SQ1 but eh whatevs. I WILL KEEP HIS NAME THE SAME FOR NOW
There are no ears in Earnon.
Or dancing with a broom, who knows
Startles like a jumpy cat
IT IS FREE NOW TO REALIZE ITS COSMIC DESTINY
That's right these are all the options you get AND YOU'LL LIKE THEM
Also if you weren't playing this via DOSbox, fastest would have you rocket across the screen at the speed of light if i remember right WOOOO TIMER PROBLEMS
Did I mention that Roger will keep walking when the screen shifts? Just keep it in mind. No reason.
There's the parser down there, haha. I did a parser game before with the remake of KQ1, but that one was one of the kinder ones where the game would pause while you typed in your commands. SQ2 will have none of that baloney and demands you type in your commands real-time or die. OR DIE.
LEARN TYPING SKILLS QUICKLY WITH OLD SIERRA GAMES!
parser games are fun because commands can be surprisingly versatile and yet at the same time can be frustratingly opaque
IT'S AN INTERESTING COMBINATION
Also you need to check your watch or I think the game won't progress. BETTER HAVE PAID ATTENTION TO THAT FLAVOR TEXT, EH
There we go, got a light flashing here.
GIANT SCREEN SPIRALING OUT AT YOU, DIRECTLY INTO YOUR CORNEAS
i actually didn't check to see if this changed over the course of the game, sorry
the curmudgeon button, of course
THERE'S A LOT OF SPACE DUST OUT HERE OKAY
I forget if this is synced to the actual time or not. I SHOULD HAVE CHECKED IT IN OTHER PLACES
BETTER GO GET MY BROOM FIRST
There's a set of stock death messages that tend to play after you die, this being one. Later installments would get much more creative with them, haha.
I didn't bother saving but pssh all I did was look at a watch before I died BIG WOOP
Looks like I've been busy, haha. Eh, can probably save over some of these no problem.
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN WALK ON THE WALLS HERE? WOULD YOU HAVE GUESSED THAT? because for a while as a kid I couldn't figure it out, haha. THIS FIRST SCREEN WAS SUCH A PUZZLER TO ME UNTIL I RAN INTO A WALL BY ACCIDENT AND ROGER STUCK TO IT
upside down, bouncin on the ceiling
wanna check out my smooth moonwalk
so much space dust
Sounds about right.
Roger's pupils slowly moving in opposite directions
I DON'T KNOW WHAT WEIRD WORD YOU USED FOR THAT THING IN THE CEILING
FINE BE THAT WAY
I vaguely recall thinking that thing would kill me a while back. AH, YOUTH.
To be fair with these kind of games that's not a wild guess.
Better get right into these.
and then the MONSTER LEAPS OUT
that's so arbitrary
In a way I like how simple these messages are, haha.
A TRUE ACHIEVEMENT CONSIDERING WHO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
take a reeeeal good look
GIANT SCREENS EVERYWHERE WHO CAN STOP THEM
i seriously don't know why these are enormous
DID YOU NOTICE I HAVE ITEMS I DIDN'T PICK UP AND JUST STARTED WITH AND WERE NEVER MENTIONED?
BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT
I think this is the same translator from the first game actually, haha.
EASTER EGG! Haha.
How did someone find this originally? I just heard about it, I think.
Anyway let's get to work! Psssh like you could fire a GALACTIC HERO
HEY BUDDY WHAT YOU DOIN
Roger struts his way on down
LET'S SEE WHAT'S INSIDE
now the campaign can really get started
COULD BE, WHO KNOWS
And you are...?
The fish will have to wait for later, I suppose
Ooooh yeahhh the thing I blew up, that's right. Wasn't your name Slash?
NEEDLESSLY IMPEDING ME IN TRULY GREAT WORK
JUST BECAUSE THEY HAD A PRAYING MANTIS SHIP
hello, i want to tell you about this amazing life insurance
have you heard, it will change your life
LIVER, LIV-ER GET IT IT WAS A JOKE OW
Ain't that always the way with megalomaniacs. Also the surface of where
I was really fond of the instant unconsciousness shot in my younger days. COULD THIS BE WHY? WHO CAN SAY
These guards look familiar.
yuk yuk yuk
overflowing with joy perhaps
There is a persistent and annoying high pitched beep here. IMAGINE IT IN YOUR HEAD FOR THE FULL EFFECT.
THE FIRST THING TO DO WHEN YOU SEE A BODY IN A VIDEO GAME
that's normal right, to immediately search dead bodies
i mean what else would you do
keycards, dime a dozen
NO WAY THIS WON'T BE IMPORTANT
Oh SQ2. :(
When Alex and Peter and Bryce would get bored, they'd load up parser games like this and just put in any command they could think of to see what would happen. AS A RESULT THEY FOUND THIS SERIES OF MESSAGES
THERE'S ONLY ONE PLACE TO GO FROM HERE
LANGUAGE I KNOW but this is the only word that'll trigger the next message. but aaaaghhh aaaaaaaaaaaaghhh typing it aaaagh aaagh stupid parser interface too old for copy pasting aaagh
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT
I've never seen this mentioned anywhere else off the top of my head. The condom one is pretty well known but not this one so much. PROBABLY NOT HARD TO GUESS WHY
BUT HERE YOU GO
OBSCURE SQ2 MESSAGE JUST FOR YOU THANKS TO PETER AND BRYCE
anyway the beeping in here is getting annoying LET'S GO OUT
big neon trees, everything seems to be in order
shot an arrow in the air
Oh you guys.
So everytime you come out here the guard swoops in and shoots you before you can get to cover (almost positive before you can get to cover anyway). IT'S LIKE HE KNOWS YOU'RE THERE OR SOMETHING
BUT HOW CAN YOU GET RID OF HIM, YOU HAVE NO WEAPONS
TIME TO THINK LATERALLY
Notice that I actually had to look IN the craft to see the button.
and it was a distress signal or something that called the other guards! So now you can wander around mostly unhassled. MAKES PERFECT SENSE
Off to the left there are some blue soccer balls
sure why not, that makes sense
NO MY CLEVER PLAN
it's possible that if you wait long enough you can get back up again but I'm impatient and didn't stay to find out. RESTORE
Oho, playing it dangerous eh
I CAN CUT IT JUST AS CLOSE AS YOU
There we go. WHY WOULD I NEED A KNOCKOUT GAS SPORE? WHY NOT?
UGH THIS SCREEN
Adventure game logic dictates that if there's an obstacle between me and an object I need to get that object. I DON'T CARE IF IT SEEMS COMPLETELY WORTHLESS, IT WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR SOME REASON
So obviously I must get those berries for some reason or another. HOW TO GO ABOUT IT?
There we go, this'll work for sure.
This is one of my favorite death messages in this. I JUST LOVE HOW FRANK IT IS.
This does please me.
As you probably guessed, you gotta navigate the root maze. As I showed you before, there aren't a lot of options for speed here, so it's best to slow yourself down to a pretty good clip if you aren't fast on the keys. Roger's turn radius and orientation also takes a bit to get used to while you're walking around SO BE PREPARED FOR THIS TO TAKE A WHILE
Fiddly little mazes and motor skill segments like these were pretty common in early Sierra games (cough king's quest 3 and 4). GOTTA SLOW THE PLAYER DOWN SOMEHOW
This may look like there's a lot of space to maneuver here but you'd be surprised.
ARGH this one juncture is so annoying to get by
I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN APPRECIATE HOW FIDDLY THIS AREA IS
compare the last two caps and see if you can tell how far I moved
There we go
I WASN'T EVEN TOUCHING IT
SMELLY BERRIES? OBVIOUSLY INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
you want some
MAN EFF THIS CORNER
got this adventuring thing pretty much figured out
what but you said there was a twang to the east I MUST INVESTIGATE
IF I CAN'T SEE ROGER NO ONE CAN
Ha ha, sucker.
Fine, I'll go around the top then.
but let's do that later. MAILBOX!!
wow i'm alive
i did not see that coming
a sign eh
alright one of the things Sierra games are notorious for are their dead ends. THEY LOVE DEAD ENDS. And while SQ2 might not be as sadistic as some I could name (LSL3 comes to mind) it's got its share of dead ends. LET'S SEE SOME OF THEM!
So let's say you didn't look in your inventory up to this point, maybe because you didn't realize that was an option since you didn't look in the menus above because hey, why would you? NO IDEA YOU HAVE A FORM TO MAIL, SO THEREFORE, WHY MAIL ANYTHING? PSSSH
Let's go find out what that twang was. BY THE WAY the only way to the screen is down here right by the bottom, the other ways are blocked. DIDN'T BOTHER CHECKING THIS ROUTE? TOO BAD FOR YOU! HA HA HA!
Everything seems to be in order here.
Awesome, time to go.
whenever you see a small creature in trouble logic dictates that you help it out because it'll eventually pay off. BUT LET'S SAY YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE HELPING THIS THING AND WANDER OFF SOMEWHERE ELSE
WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN RIGHT
this looks like a good walkin swamp
The game gives you the illusion of being able to outrun this thing but I don't think you can. It COULD be possible but I kinda doubt it. BUT I COULD BE WRONG, MAYBE THERE'S A TOOL-ASSISTED SPEEDRUN THAT DID IT, I DON'T KNOW
SO HOW TO ESCAPE THE MONSTER
ha ha! suckerrrr
obviously nothing else in here, time to move on
I MEANT TO DO THAT
Why? Because it's there.
A CLOSE CALL INDEED
Alright let's keep going
what NO DO IT NOW
A natural consequence of snares that rarely seems to come up.
CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON YOU FOR A CROSS-GAME PLUG, SIERRA
yes, what could such a fire be used for
WORTH A SHOT
maybe we just need to work this out
DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM
DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM
I love how cheerily graphic the death descriptions are.
let's try again
thanks for that inspirational message, SQ2
DON'T TELL ME WHAT I CAN'T DO, GAME
CHECK OUT THIS COOL SOCCER BALL I FOUND
you okay buddy
The thing was, I tried to get a message telling me that he had a key but I couldn't get it, it never mentioned it. I GUESS YOU MUST JUST ASSUME THERE'S A KEY BECAUSE THE CAGE IS LOCKED, WHY NOT
whaaat he shook that off way faster than i didn't
TIME TO COMBINE WHAT I'VE LEARNED
NO PRISON CAN HOLD ME
they do in fact
I wonder if there are any games where rope ends up being useless.
a beautiful view
Hey, not so far away.
By the way, you'll get snared on this screen no matter what I think, me and Alex spent way too much time trying to sneak a way around it but NOPE
REMEMBER WHAT I SAID ABOUT HOW ROGER KEEPS WALKING WHEN THE SCREEN CHANGES
all over that log
I actually have no real logical process to explain why I did this other than I've done this before. I HAVE THIS ROPE, WHAT ELSE WOULD I TIE IT TO? DUH
I like that the game actually helps you out for once and tells you your two options.
see what we can seee
GOT ANY SANDWICHES BUDDY
game i'm not that tired of living yet
OR MAYBE I AM APPARENTLY
HA I REALLY MEANT DEATHFIST
after a lot of Roger moving back and forth across the screen stiffly
alright let's go in the cave instead
Dead end number one! You can't get through this cave in the dark. YOU NEED A LIGHT SOURCE! Too bad if you saved down here because you can't get back up. I think. I didn't really try BUT YOU PROBABLY CAN'T
but where can we find a light source
i want you to really think about this. where could we find a light source for this cave. nothing in my inventory will work at this point. it must be something we can find or use. WHAT COULD IT BE?
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA?
LET'S GO FIND OUT WHAT IT IS
Restore back to swampwalking and hey, if you walk across the upper parts of the screen, you get this message! How peculiar
IT'S HERE FOR A REASON
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
Not even close to getting through that corridor down there! So what to do? Obviously you gotta get in there, it wouldn't be there otherwise. But Roger can't hold his breath that long. Do you go look for an item that'll make his breath last longer? Do you go try and solve some puzzles to see if they'll give him the ability?
OR DO YOU JUST DO THIS INSTEAD
this is such a bs puzzle i swear
nice form, Roger
a sacred grotto!
there's a lime on this rock
Why does this gem glow? Why is it here? Who put it here? QUESTIONS NO ONE CARES ABOUT BECAUSE HERE'S YOUR LIGHT SOURCE
THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS
HOPE YOU FIGURED THIS OUT BEFORE GOING DOWN INTO THAT CAVE
Alright so with that taken care of, back to the cave.
I like the lighting effects on Roger here, shut up.
Anyway, after seeing the layout of the cave, I decided to get further into it without the gem.
BEAVERS ON LABION, WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED
Back to the one with the gem WOOPS
oh great it's roger
probably up to nothing
I SURE HOPE YOU NOTICED THIS
This will screw you over if you're not paying attention, tho that probably goes without saying.
DEAD END NUMBER TWO
Don't save the little dude and die here no matter what. Honestly tho this doesn't seem that unreasonable, what kind of adventure game player doesn't free an animal in a trap when they see one
A BAD PLAYER THAT'S WHAT
I feel like these guys are uninterested in me.
Welp got that done.
Going back over to get the gem and lingered a little TOO long swimming back out and OOPS
even with the deep breath you really gotta book it through this sequence
The cool thing about this screen is how the snare will move around depending on where you are on the screen when you cross the right point.
I DUNNO I THINK IT'S NEAT
Yada yada here we go
I tried to turn off the translator to see what would happen but the game didn't recognize the command. IF I WANT TO SCREW MYSELF OVER I SHOULD BE ABLE TO GAME
SO BETTER HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED not that you can go back at this point anyway
except for the gem
you remembered to pick that up right
gotta stand here and push the rock this is such bs
narrator just quietly puzzled
THEY LOOK SORTA ANNOYED THOUGH
bird bird bird
exciting gameplay can be yours!
OH NO WHAT TO DO
no other recourse but to eat it at this point
haha tiny glowing pixel in his mouth
IF YOU GUESSED THIS IS A BIG MAZE MOSTLY IN THE DARK WITH ONLY A LITTLE AREA FOR ILLUMINATION THEN YOU'D BE RIGHT
this won't be unfamiliar to pokemon players
just wander around blindly, why not
I knew they were in here and this still startled the heck out of me, haha. I went down a dead end and was turning around and then BAM
after way too long FINALLY
sully it with my body immediately
a fork, eh?
let's go left!
I made the right choice.
FINE LET'S GO RIGHT INSTEAD
OH NO WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ROGER
STAY TUNED TO FIND OUT