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Space Quest V: The Next Mutation (1993)

Roger Wilco, the buffoonish space janitor, is now a cadet at StarCon Academy, and it's not long before a freak accident sends Roger's test scores through the roof, landing him a position as... See full summary »

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Roger Wilco, the buffoonish space janitor, is now a cadet at StarCon Academy, and it's not long before a freak accident sends Roger's test scores through the roof, landing him a position as the captain of a starship! How appropriate-he gets a garbage scow. Before long, Roger and his crew get mixed up in someone else's sketchy dealings that now threaten the entire galaxy, an unpaid debt from Roger's past returns to haunt him, and Roger finally meets the woman who will supposedly become his wife and bear the child who will go back in time to save him in Space Quest IV... except he totally botches his introduction and makes an utter fool of himself. Written by doctoracula-32567

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Four of the alternative answers for question no. 4 in the StarCon aptitude test ("You're marooned on an alien planet with no weapons and a killer android out for your blood. You should"), in addition to contain hints for later obstacles in the game, also refer to various movies and TV shows: Answer A (Gather basic ingredients to make gun powder and fashion a cannon from vines and sticks) refers to Star Trek: Arena (1967); Answer B (Stuff a banana in its exhaust pipe) - to Beverly Hills Cop (1984); Answer C (Drop a big rock on the robot and shout "Hasta la vista, baby!") - to Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991); Answer D (Roll in the mud to camouflage yourself) - to Predator (1987). See more »

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The female Terminator WD-40 claims that Roger did not pay for the whistle which he had obtained in the second game Space Quest, Chapter Two: Vohaul's Revenge. However, in the order form which Roger mailed to receive the whistle it was written "Free Labion Terror Beast Mating Whistle". See more »

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Roger Wilco: CAPTAIN'S LOG SCS SXCALIBUR, STARDATE 2709.67 FLEET ADMIRAL ROGER WILCO COMMANDING: The Excalibur is on course to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several ships in the uncharted region of space known as the "Menudo Triangle." I no doubt have been selected for this mission due to my great achievements as a military leader and matchless diplomatic skills.
Roger Wilco: I go forward with total confidence in my ship and my crew, yet I am vaguely uneasy... I cannot put memories of traveling to the ...
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This Game Rocks my Socks
22 November 2006 | by dr_foremanSee all my reviews

"Space Quest V" is not very popular among Space Quest fans. They cite the following arguments for disliking it:

1. Only one of the series's two original designers worked on it.

2. It's a very direct spoof of "Star Trek."

Color me crazy, but I don't really care about either of these concerns. Sure, it's a direct spoof of Star Trek - so what? Actually, many of the Trek jokes are quite funny. Besides, the much-loved original Space Quest is a very direct spoof of "Star Wars: A New Hope." So where's the problem here?

In my heretical opinion, this is in fact one of the very best "adventure" games designed by Sierra. The puzzles are challenging but somewhat logical - a reasonably intelligent person can work through them without getting a severe headache (unlike, say, the dense and obscure Space Quests II and IV). And the graphics are, for their time, quite funky and cool; the game's got a fun visual style.

Unusually for the Space Quest series, the hero, Roger Wilco, becomes a space captain and is given command of his own ship (this also happens in "Space Quest III," another great game.) I like this development. Frankly, I always thought it was a bit dumb that Roger was eternally a janitor in the other games - it's gratifying that he finally gets some respect here. Of course, his ship is just a garbage scow, so his status as a downtrodden everyman is still sustained.

One of the highlights of the game is the amusing cast of characters that crews Roger's ship, which includes chief engineer Cliffy (who is sort of like a disgruntled, mentally disturbed version of Scotty) and Droole, an extremely lazy helmsman with no mouth. Hey, they make me laugh...

Of all the Space Quest games, I think this one remains the most playable for a modern audience. It has a fairly linear, well-developed plot (as opposed to the earlier games, which meandered more), and the graphics hold up well. Anyway, I just wanted to review this game here so, somewhere on the Internet, it can get the props it deserves, instead of the usual slagging-off on shaky grounds.


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