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Space Quest 3: The Pirates of Pestulon (1989)      

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Adventure / Graphical
Mark Crowe, Scott Murphy, Ken Koch, Doug Oldfield, Chris Smith
Bob Siebenberg
8088/8086 CPU, DOS 3.0, CGA, Hercules or Tandy/PCjr graphics
80286 CPU, DOS 3.3, 640K RAM, EGA/VGA/MCGA, Adlib/SoundBlaster/Roland MT-32
Yes (analog, optional)

3.5" Floppy disk
Space Quest 2: Vohauls Revenge
Space Quest 4: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers

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King Atari (Unknown)   9th Jun 2013 02:23
"Very easy and short, but hilarious"
Introduction- Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy made up for the well-selling but unsatisfying Space Quest II with this masterpiece of a game. Not only were the graphics and parser dramatically improved, but the game featured a killer soundtrack and limited mouse support. This game would be perfect if not for the relatively short time it takes to complete it, as well as being on the easy side.

Gameplay (8/10)- When you type, the game pauses and the parser bar comes up, giving you time to make split second decisions. The graphics keep everything easy on the eyes, and you can move Roger with the arrow keys (preferred) or with the mouse, though you can only move him with the arrow, there's no cycling through actions like Space Quest IV on up. All of this adds up to game that plays incredibly well. However, the game is perhaps the shortest of the series. After you leave the junk freighter, you go to the different planets, complete the objectives (none of which are very long or difficult), and head to ScumSoft. You can beat the game in a breeze, which hurts the replaybility, but it's good to mess around with at work if you don't have a lot of time.

Story (10/10)- Brilliant. After entering the escape pod in Space Quest II, Roger fell into a deep sleep. Well, in this installment, Roger is jarred awake when his ship is sucked into a junk freighter. After escaping, he stumbles on to the evil scheme of one company called ScumSoft. They have captured the Two Guys from Andromeda, Mark and Scott. It's up to you to save them! I won't reveal anymore to keep the game fresh for first time players.

Graphics (10/10)- They used a whole new graphics engine in this game, and it looks great for when it came out. Roger looks good and is animated nicely, and the areas you travel through are very detailed and fun to just look at. The junk freighter in particular is filled with various objects spoofing all sorts of science fiction. The game is definitely hilarious. No wonder it's considered the best of the series by some.

Sound (10/10)- This sucker uses a sound card! The music is professionally scored, and is very memorable and catchy. The title theme rocks, and the freighter theme will stay in your head for the rest of the day. The game is filled with great music. Sound effects are also improved, though still not especially realistic sounding, but a heck of a lot better than the previous two games.

Replayability (7/10)- You can easily play through this a few times in a day, it's that short, and very easy. If you die, it's probably by accident. My brother and I used to bet on whether I could make it the whole way through without dying, and I made it more times than I didn't. I think that should say something about how short and easy this is. That's not a horrible thing, but anyone looking for brain teasing challenges and puzzles should look elsewhere.

Final Recommendation- This game made up for all the faults of the previous one, and got the series back into the groove it would maintain until the 6th installment. I'd say pick this one up, though don't pay too much for it, you'll play through it a few times, maybe come back a few months later, but there'll be almost no challenge after the initial run through. Still, great to play simply for all the jokes and sight gags. This is considered to be the best of the series by some, and for good reason. Highly recommended.

MisterMarioMan (Unknown)   9th Jun 2013 02:23
Thayes (Unknown)   9th Jun 2013 02:22
Flashman85 (Unknown)   9th Jun 2013 02:22

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