Following his humorous adventures in Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon, Roger Wilco is relaxing at his favorite pub somewhere in time and space when heavily armed soldiers enter the room. Carrying a parting message from Roger's old nemesis, Sludge Vohaul, they plan to get rid of the janitorial hero, execution style. That is until a man with an over-sized hair dryer helps Roger escape through a time rip into the future.. Now Roger Wilco has woken up on his home planet, sometime in Space Quest XII. The series has gone to ruin without it's hero, Vohaul rules all.. Roger must quickly hotwire a time pod and undo Vohaul's plot. The most logical way to do this is to run amok through past, future and the end of the universe, having a few laughs along the way. If there's a few spare moments, he might swing by the galaxy's biggest mall, charm his ex-girlfriend whom he knows nothing about and provoke some brawly monochrome bikers living in the original graphics of Space Quest I.
Space Quest IV is the first in the Space Quest series to feature Sierra's SCI interface (better known as "VGA icons"). Sierra's standard icon set, used here, includes icons for Walking, Looking, Using/Pickup, Smelling, Tasting as well as inventory access. Roger Wilco is shown on the screen from the exterior in multiple viewpoints.
Just when Roger Wilco thought everything was ok, an old friend pops by... Sludge Vohaul! And it is no social call. Vohaul wants Wilco dead, simple as that. He has sent to of his henchmen to complete the job, but just as they were about to fulfil their orders... two other people ambushes them and helps Wilco escape by sending him into a time-portal to the future! More specifically... Space Quest XII: Vohaul's Revenge II! Our poor space janitor will have to travel all the way through SQ1 to SQ12 in order to stay one step ahead of his death-squadron, and finally put a stop to Vohaul's evil schemes once and for all!
The time jumping allows many interesting scenarios, like meeting yourself or playing through scenes from the older games. Time travel has never been so fun!
Like KQ5 (released the year before) SQ4 uses full mouse control, making the game much easier to play. As for the graphics and music in the game, they are far superior to any of the former Space Quest games. The scenery is beautifully made and every background is a work of art. I can't think of any down sides to the game, so download it immediately.
Screenshots courtesy of SpaceQuest.net
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