Monday, June 16, 2008

Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge

Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge was the second game in the Space Quest series.  The Sarien leader seeks revenge on intrepid janitor Roger Wilco.

Space Quest II is now supported by ScummVM, a program designed to let 2D adventure games run on multiple platforms. With ScummVM, Space Quest II now runs on modern versions of windows, as well as Linux, Mac OS X, and many consoles such as Dreamcast, Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable. For a complete list of platforms supported by ScummVM, see here.

Infamous Adventures has also released an unofficial fan remake of Space Quest II using the Adventure Game Studio (AGS) adventure game creation program. This remake is done in the style of Sierra's later SCI remakes, giving the game a mouse controlled interface, removing the arrow key sensitive deaths, updating the graphics (the game aims to emulate the 256 color VGA graphics of the official Sierra remakes of the 1990's, although the game features a higher color palette), as well as new music, voices and sound effects.

It is made without approval of Activision (the current license holders of the Sierra franchises), but it has the (unofficial) approval of one of the original creators of Space Quest, Scott Murphy, as well as Josh Mandel, who performs the voice of David Letterdroid in this remake.

The remake is available for free from Infamous Adventures.