Space Quest 6: The one with Tango and Cash

(This is part of my journey going playing through 1995’s Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier. You can follow the entire series on the Retro Gaming page.)

Fresh off of Stellar’s funeral, Roger is a bit stunned to get a call from her saying something about her death being faked. I want to take a minute to talk about the voice acting in this game, because it’s really not good. It’s not Space Quest IV levels of bad, but it’s obvious that they didn’t look that hard to find quality actors beyond the narrator. That’s a shame, because many of the deliveries here fail to land what would have been great jokes. Anyway, there’s a conspiracy to unmask!

I might be one of six individuals in the universe who deeply loves Hudson Hawk (Bruce Willis is a really funny guy), but I do need to note that this is about the third time the game’s dropped a Tango & Cash reference. It wasn’t THAT popular of a film, guys. Did the game’s writer marathon it on HBO or something?

Anyway, the captain of the DeepShip isn’t going to go off on a rescue mission, so it’s up to Roger’s own ingenuousness to figure out a solution. Down in the dumps, Roger has a heart-to-heart with his good (and, previous to this, unknown by the player) friend Sydney. Sydney is a Data counterpart, so he’s an android with stilted speech and weird skin. Also, he literally gives Roger a hand — and an arm. And an eye.

I can’t help but laugh at how absurdly dark it is that Roger is totally OK with asking his friend to dismember himself. Well, whatever helps us beat the game!

Roger attempts to strong-arm his way into the shuttle bay with a good ol’ fashioned Vulgar neck pinch, but the other guard catches him and tosses Roger in the brig.

To bust out, Roger creates a life-sized version of himself from a mound of food. It’s actually one of the more creative solutions I’ve seen in adventure games. Thank goodness the guard is really nearsided!

Getting sent to the brig was the only way to get a donut to load up with drugs for the other guard to eat. When he munches on it, the guard does this extended cartoon sequence where he transforms into a bunch of different things, including a statue, a cow, and… Elton John? Sure, why not. Sydney’s arm helps to hit two switches at the same time, so thanks again, Syd!

Finally, Roger’s able to get into the shuttlebay and get on with the rescue! There are several shuttles here from various scifi franchises. My favorite is the Aliens drop ship in the lower right.

There’s no going back now! The shuttle lifts off as Storm Poopers arrive on the scene, shooting each other up in their enthusiasm. Roger dumps StarCon like a hot potato and heads out into an anti-anomaly in his search for Stellar.

2 thoughts on “Space Quest 6: The one with Tango and Cash

  1. scholargipsy September 23, 2020 / 1:50 pm

    Yes times a million re: “Hudson Hawk,” a terribly misunderstood and unfairly maligned comedy that is aware at every moment of just what it’s doing. In my experience, people either get the film right away or they remain forever baffled, but the people who love the movie *love* it. I’m one of them.

  2. Syp September 25, 2020 / 10:07 am

    Hudson Hawk was the key movie that kicked off my collaborative cult movie review site Mutant Reviewers back in 1997 — mutantreviewers.wordpress.com — we love this film!

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