Space Quest V: The Next Mutation Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Space Quest V: The Next Mutation by Sierra On-Line and Dynamix. I received a copy of the game from our friends from GOG but as with all of my reviews, this has no effect on my opinion of the game.
Space Quest V was the first in the series to not be developed in house at Sierra On-Line. Instead the game was developed by a studio named Dynamix where one of the series creators, Mark Crowe had moved after Space Quest IV. It’s also the first game in the series that wasn’t developed by both of the original creators, also known as the “Two Guys from Andromeda.” Any plans for a CD-Rom version with voice acting, like Space Quest IV, were scrapped early in the game’s development. This was due to Dynamix being in financial trouble at the time and they were eager to release new games instead of working on “gold versions” of already released games.
The game is also the only one in the Space Quest series to be sponsored by a real world company. The Sprint logo can be seen after video communications, on billboards, and appears in the game’s credits. At the time SQV was among several Sierra games given away as a reward for purchasing service with Sprint.
Now that our history lesson is concluded we’ll move right on to the game itself.
Space Quest V’s story is a parody of Star Trek and its story is easily one of the best parts of the game. The game starts with Roger training at StarCon Academy to become a space pilot. After acing his final test he becomes the captain of a garbage scow called the Eureka and is shaped like a vacuum cleaner. The rest of the game follows Roger on his rather turbulent quest through the galaxy. He winds up facing a female terminator named WD40, and ultimately uncovers a plot to turn the inhabitants of StarCon into mutants named Pukoids. Roger is also portrayed in a lighter fashion as well, even though he’s still a klutz, he’s much more competent in this game than in the previous games.
The game retains the same setup as Space Quest IV but in this one the taste and smell UI options have been removed. Instead, Roger has an order option which is used throughout the game. Roger is able to give orders to his new crew members Droole and Flo, who aid him in the piloting of the ship. There are also a ton of new characters introduced in this game – many of them parodies from Star Trek; Raems T. Quirk, for example.
The game also parodies other sources as well including Predator, The Fly and even Alien. Roger acquires a facehugger whom he names Spike and keeps as a pet (even though it tries to kill him frequently).
Overall, Space Quest V is easily my favorite in the series. It has an excellent story, a great cast of characters and it’s a lot of fun to play. Some of the later puzzles do get a bit aggravating at times but the rest of the game more than makes up for it. If you haven’t played the game yet, I highly recommend it.
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