Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge

Made by Sierra, released in 1988

Is this asteroid up to code



Current Zar note: I did this LP in 2012! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




When we last saw Roger he was getting sucked down a giant whirlpool. All in a day's work for an intrepid space janitor! Where will he go from here?

Good morning

I actually rarely see the face back there JUST A ROCKFACE TO ME

Looks safe enough

BEST PLACE FOR LABION TERROR

SO HERE IS DEAD END NUMBER... THREE? I forget the number we left off on last time but yeah, this one is particularly nasty. REMEMBER THAT MAILING FORM THAT YOU HAD THAT THE GAME NEVER TOLD YOU ABOUT? If you didn't mail it in the convenient mailbox then you can get all the way here and then get stuck and have to restart, since you can't go back and there's no way past this screen otherwise. SIERRA GAMES!!

So let's backtrack and mail this form properlike

BETTER MAKE SURE YOU PICK THIS OBJECT UP BEFORE YOU LEAVE

YOU CAN FORGET IT IF YOU'RE NOT CAREFUL not that i've ever done that

cough

NOW THE PIKMIN HORDES ARE MINE TO CONTROL

one step above "the whistle is whistle shaped"

And back through the rest of the game...

CAN ONLY DIVE IN THAT ONE AREA OF THE GAME

THE ONLY PLACE IT MATTERS

teeheehee

The Tasmanian Devil!

WON'T KNOW UNLESS I TEST IT MYSELF

rogerfetti

Kay let's try this again I'LL JUST HIDE BEHIND THIS BUSH

HOW DID YOU FIND ME

let's see if tasmanian devils can swim

Then it just buzzed around the screen endlessly, so I left and came back.

VICTORY, THIS PRECIOUS ROCK IS NOW MINE

all that work for this payoff, yes

Alright, this screen is kind of unique in that, as far as I remember, there are multiple ways to get through it, which is very unusual for a Sierra game. Most of the time there is one correct way to do things or YOU DIE

But I think there are other ways to get through here if you're creative/patient enough

METHOD ONE

My death did some good!

As you probably guessed, the guard wanders back and forth up there and every now and then goes out of sight behind a pillar, giving you a chance to sneak about.

TA RA 8U

Made my way to the door and what the

HEY REMEMBER THAT KEYCARD YOU HOPEFULLY GOT OFF THAT DEAD GUARD AT THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME

HOPE YOU PICKED THAT UP CAUSE OTHERWISE YOU'RE SCREWED

>use keycard

WHAT DO YOU MEAN HOW, JUST PUT IT IN

GAME PUT THE KEYCARD IN HE'S TURNING AROUND

arrrrrgh

Alright let's try again. Spend some time admiring my rock here. LET'S DO SOMETHING FANCY

the jockstrap from the beginning

remember

you picked that up right

right

FINE IF I PHRASE IT THIS WAY WILL YOU DO IT

GDIT GAME I KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO

FINE BE THAT WAY

BOIOIOING AWOOOGAH

Guard comes rushing down as you might expect. HI

I WAS JUST LEAVING

So here's one way you can do it, you can throw the rock and then run up to the door and hide while the guard comes out, and get up the elevator while the guard is distracted.

gonna heave this sucker straight out the county

TOO SLOW

TIRED OF DUCKING YOU GUARD

longest command in the game? perhaps

Roger just killing dudes left and right here. THIS IS THE FANCY WAY TO SOLVE THE PUZZLE

or at least the one involving the most items and thus the most points

MAYBE this guard would have a keycard if you didn't already have one

MAYBE

i wouldn't count on it

I KNOW HE HAD ONE

tchuh, fine

so picky about what commands do what

This looks familiar!

Case in point, it took me way too long to find the stupid hatch on this thing despite it saying it's on the rear left. I DON'T KNOW IT'S WEIRD SHUT UP

lookin good roger

You can spend a bunch of time noodling around in here but there aren't too many amusing messages sadly.

Roger looks a little down

GONNA ADJUST YOUR ATTITUDE

boop

SO FAR SO GOOD

seems straightforward enough

DARN IT

FFFF

Alright there we go. Sort of.

FUN WITH FINDING THE RIGHT COMMANDS

YESSSS

okay i got this

AFTER SUCH AN EXCITING SEQUENCE TOO

WAIT WRONG BUTTON

Vohaul you sure go through a lot of trouble to toy with an idiot janitor.

REMEMBER ME?

WHAT INDEED

JUST AS PLANNED

Time to wander aimlessly around

Thank god my hamsters were getting everywhere

GDIT SPACE QUEST

BUT WHERE'S THE SECOND FLOOR

SHHH

Since it's first on the list

ADVENTURE!!

How dangerous could a floor buffer be?

This always made me feel like something would come of it but nope, Vohaul's just watching you via security cameras.

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT

The waxer runs up and down the corridors on this floor and there's no way to get around or avoid it. So if it comes at you, the only thing you can do is turn around and get in the elevator and wait for it to go by before trying again. THIS GETS VERY FRUSTRATING VERY QUICKLY AS YOU CAN IMAGINE

Dum de dum

the cosmos

Looks promising!

heehee

BETTER STEP INSIDE HERE IMMEDIATELY

Oh Roger.

NO ON SCREEN INDICATION, JUST BETTER LOOK AND FIND IT

SUCKER

How could something so silly be important, what a laugh

hee hee

That is the only thing on this entire floor. NO JOKE

And there's an identical closet on the next floor!

YOU NEVER KNOW

A quick pitstop is in order!

Looks inviting

Kojima would love this.

REALLY WANTED HIS FLOORS CLEAN THOUGH

LOT OF TIME SPENT DESCRIBING THIS BATHROOM

Sure why not

haha a single herpe

IT'S HERE, I'M HERE

NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THAT

Dancing, flailing, you know

IMPORTANT INTERLUDES THAT CAN'T BE MISSED

this is such an odd way to describe it

Alright enough goofing off

ENDLESS SAMEY CORRIDORS better stick my hand right in here

TAKE EVERYTHING

EVERYTHING

Hee hee hee

This is lampshaded again in 3 as you'll see whenever we get to it.

EVERYTHING, IT'S ALL MINE

BETTER BE THOROUGH

OR DIE

So supportive, Space Quest.

The secret to avoiding death? Just stay away from the bars. PROBLEM SOLVED

AN ALIEN!! WITH WAX LIPS!!

You know maybe I'm goin about this all wrong, maybe the alien is just trying to talk to me!

:O

YOU'LL CALL ME RIGHT??

In spite of being frenched by an alien, Roger seems to be alright. LET'S SAY THAT MAYBE YOU THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A FUNNY INTERLUDE AND NOTHING WOULD COME OF IT, AND LET'S KEEP GOING

It's sort of hard to make it clear in games like this when one thing is front of another, or at least it was sort of hard for me to tell as a kid. YOU CAN GO UNDER THIS WALKWAY THOUGH

MORE HALLWAYS, HURRAY

mmm tubes

yeah

IT'S LIME JELLO JUST FOR YOU!

Or highly delicious, who can say

ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT

tasty

SO HOW TO ESCAPE THIS ACID POOL?

i want you to think really hard about this

think about all the items i've picked up

think about everything you've seen in the game so far

think about where i am and what's happening

think about possible things that roger could do

how can i escape the acid pool? the door's closed and the walls are blocked. how to get out? TRY AND COME UP WITH A THEORY

COME UP WITH A PLAN

THINK ABOUT IT

REALLY THINK ABOUT IT

WAS IT THIS???

BECAUSE IF IT WAS I WILL BE VERY SURPRISED

I think we found this solution honestly by just trying everything we could with whatever items we had at the time and then it actually worked

BY THE WAY HOPE YOU GOT THE PLUNGER BEFORE COMING DOWN HERE

BECAUSE YOU CAN'T GET BACK

but that'd be too easy

NOW WHAT??

Simply stick the plunger when the edge of the floor is closer to you. PROBLEM SOLVED

HA HA! This puzzle tripped us up for ages.

Robots! I bet they'll be my friends.

Friendly robots.

Let's go this way.

More robots! What to do.

DID YOU SEE THAT SPRINKLER HEAD UP THERE

SURE HOPE YOU DID

I have a plan.

So picky.

HA HA, VICTORY

I picked up the items to do this while totally not remembering what they were used for and yet when I got here I instantly knew what to do. ANCIENT PUZZLES PROGRAMMED INTO MY MEMORY

Maybe shouldn't have installed them on the one floor with sprinklers as a thought.

nicads?

DUN DUN DUUUN

Sorta askin for it, Vohaul.

TRUE TO HIS WORD, YOU CAN JUST WANDER AROUND WHEREVER YOU WANT

I was going to give you this present

WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST MAKE IT A NORMAL LASER VOHAUL

COULD THIS HAVE BEEN PREVENTED?

I managed to get the one shot of this room where you can't see Roger behind the wires, way to go self.

Baby hands!

His royal lardness

VENTS? I MUST GET INSIDE THEM

MORE MURDER FOR ROGER

Come on Vohaul what did you seriously think was going to happen

time to tell the internet

SO PICKY

And Roger leaps all over the keyboard, haha.

Probably went on a lunch break.

ALWAYS SEARCH THE BODY

ALWAYS

Did Vohaul set up his asteroid to self-destruct when he died? Eh, seems about right for a mad scientist. Sucks for all those critters in the bathrooms and cages though.

Got that done anyway

TIME TO SAVE THE GALAXY!

I MEANT TO DO THAT

Reloading

I WANTED TO SAY HI TO THE ATOMS

Could be done a little more carefully but the decorator was so busy

SO let's say you didn't notice the monitor or didn't care. LET'S MOVE ON WITHOUT IT

these diagonal stairs are the greatest foe you've faced in the game so far

Finally up and out and here we go

NEVER KNOW WHEN IT'LL COME IN HANDY

hope you looked in this box

Uh oh!

I WORKED HARD FOR THOSE POINTS THOUGH

Easy enough.

MORE HALLWAYS as a note there is a constant alarm here going VREEEE VREEEE VREEE VREEE that never stops. Just take a moment to picture it.

Sounds about right.

These look important! Also that thing looks dangerous.

And friendly! Escape pods eh, better hop into one of those.

Marrow-matic makes me think it would suck out your bone marrow but this is good too

THESE STAIRS

Alright since the stupid robot won't leave me alone let's check out where the corridor goes.

Back around here! So it all adds up.

So the realtime parser is a big pain in the butt and it means you have to type FAST and also think fast, but one thing that's kind of convenient is that you can also type commands before you need them and then just press enter when you're in range. LET'S SEE IF I CAN OUTRUN THE EVIL ROBOT

I didn't catch it but basically I pressed the button, which opened the pod, then ran to the right. The robot will follow you all the way to the corridors near your ship, but it's the same speed as you so you don't have to worry too much.

???

SO FRENCHING THE ALIEN DID COME BACK TO HAUNT ME EVENTUALLY

That's right, you can get frenched by the alien and then get almost to the end of the game without any ill-effects until SUDDENLY YOU DIE AND THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

HOPE YOU DIDN'T SAVE YOUR GAME, SUCKER! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Anyway after restoring

A moment with the cubix rube puzzle

TERRIFYING

Anyway back to the robot. If you can get this far, the robot will vanish on the next screen, leaving you free to go back and check the pods again.

MAKE SURE YOU GET THIS READY BECAUSE YOUR WINDOW FOR TYPING THIS COMMAND IN IS VERY SMALL

FINALLY you can try to press the button AND get in the pod in the same run but it's practically impossible, the robot will almost always catch you before you can get in.

SO PRESS THE BUTTON, RUN, THEN COME BACK AND GET IN

Strangely don't feel a real intense sense of urgency.

STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH

eh let's skip it BLAST OFF

ptew

whaaaat i'm thirty points short, what gives

WOOPS

I'LL MISS YOU TOO, NARRATOR

how convenient

SOUNDS GOOD SIGN ME UP

UGH

This is actually the only consequence of not aborting the launch. NOT SO BAD, CONSIDERING SOME OF THE OTHERS IN THIS GAME

Aw yeah

BUT I CAN DO BETTER

After aborting the launch

so close

Aw yeah now we're wait a minute I'm still short ten points. WHAT DID I FORGET?

I concluded it must have something to do with the puzzle and went to investigate.

DANG

HA, SUCKER and there's my missing ten points

would you have thought of that, i'm honestly curious

AND A FINAL NOTE

Actually we're not quite done yet.

PLAYING THE GAME'S FOR CHUMPS

Aw yeah.

AND THAT'S SPACE QUEST II! THANKS FOR WATCHING!

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