(This is part of my journey playing through Space Quest IV. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.)
“It looks more modern, with a dash of post-disaster seasoning.” Oh Xenon, what happened to you? And since you’ve really done nothing for me other than give me a lousy mop when I saved you way back in Space Quest I, why should I care?
The game gets bored with me just standing there and sends the Energizer Bunny along to tell me to get a move on. The Energizer Bunny? It was… a marketing mascot in the 90s. Look it up. It wasn’t that funny but people liked it, I guess.
Roger waits a little TOO long, and a zombie with a weird head contraption comes along and does the Body Snatcher point-and-scream at him. That’s followed up by a floating droid that arrives to shoot Roger just because.
Roger begins to explore the area and I start to get a feel for the game. As I said before, Space Quest IV moved to a completely mouse-driven interface, so instead of typing commands you right-click to cycle through action icons (look, talk, use, walk, smell, taste) and then left-click on areas. That’s a lot simpler and I like it. What I’m not so crazy about is Roger’s return to apathetic movement. He’s just really slow again, and I don’t want to speed up the entire game in case the zombies come roaming back.
Xenon is an absolute dump (“That’s what a little war will do!” the narrator cheerfully says) and it’s drab on both the eyes and ears. I really hate the shrill music here. Guess it sets the tone, however. Roger finds Luke Skywalker’s land speeder and nabs a pocket computer from the glove compartment.
It turns out that the Energizer Bunny is there for more than a nostalgic guffaw. My pocketpal computer is out of power, and hey… that bunny has a big battery in it. I use a rope to lasso it in, earning me rare praise from the narrator for my bunny snatching skills.
Roger finds a hidden button that turns on an exposition hologram, who fills him in on the situation. Xenon built a giant supercomputer (the huge building in the background) and let it run everything, which went all hunky-dory until some idiots found a Leisure Suit Larry game box in space, uploaded it into the computer, and triggered all-out war against the people. The computer kept saying “Wilco must pay!” and uncovered the secrets of time travel, but a few of the resistance did as well. So we’re right in the thick of the Terminator franchise, then? Again?