Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers by Sierra On-Line! I received a copy of the game from our friends at GOG for video and review purposes but as with all of my reviews, this has no effect on my experience with the game.
Space Quest IV originally released on March 4, 1991 but a CD-Rom version of the game came out a year later in December 1992 which featured voice acting with narration done by Gary Owens (voice of Space Ghost). The game cost over $1,000,000 to make and wound up selling more than the first 3 games combined. There was originally going to be an Atari ST version of the game but was later cancelled. It released on DOS, Windows, Macintosh, Amiga and NEC-9801 platforms. For today’s review we’re covering the 1992 DOS version of the game.
Space Quest IV is a time travel story which takes Roger out of the original timeline and throws him into the past and future. The actual Space Quest IV timeline is only seen briefly in the intro movie the rest of the time Roger finds himself traveling to Space Quest XII, X, III and I over the course of the game.
One of my favorite parts about this game is the heavily improved art which is now in 256-bit color, making for some really impressive scenery. The inclusion of voice acting in this iteration is also something that I enjoy as well and considering its age it was actually quite good. The narration of Gary Owens improves things by quite a bit as well.
I will give a warning though, this game is a great deal more challenging than the first three games in the series. It’s still doable but expect to die numerous times over the course of the game.
I wasn’t a very big fan of the mall area of this game and felt it was a bit boring. I loved the Space Quest XII areas though; the dystopian feel was very good. I also liked the planet that Space Quest X starts on. The clashing art styles of the Space Quest I areas were a bit unpleasant but you don’t spend a whole lot of time there thankfully.
This game is also the first in the series to utilize a full point and click interface. Interactions include walk, look, use, taste, and smell. The Taste and Smell interactions are never used by the game itself and are only there for humor. “That was something that you’ll never want to taste again..” as I click on a store clerk.
The title to the Space Quest X area, Latex Babes of Estros is actually a parody of Infocom’s game Leather Goddesses of Phobos (a game that I’ve never played before).
Overall, Space Quest IV was easily the most aggravating yet wholly enjoyable addition to the series. The game has some excellent artwork/music and the voice acting wasn’t half bad either. I’d gladly recommend it if you’re ever in the mood to play some classic adventure games. I do recommend playing the first 3 prior to this one so you know what’s going on story wise because you may find yourself a little lost at times.
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Happy gaming folks! – Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
You can purchase the game here: https://www.gog.com/game/space_quest_4_5_6