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The Space Adventure


by Christopher Michael Baker

One of the best games to ever grace the Sega CD system, The Space Adventure is unlike anything you have ever played before. More of an interactive comic book than a game, it will get anyone interested in good sci-fi stories and/or Japanese animation interested in the adventures of Cobra.

The action in the game isn't like anything else. It sort of combines the "tell the character what to do" aspect of an RPG with the graphic adventure element of, say, Dragon's Lair and Space Ace. The graphics are not one long animation sequence as with those titles, but the combination of shorter animation sequences and beautifully drawn stills makes for an appealing look.

As Cobra, you make your way through the game by choosing one of several choices listed at the bottom of the screen for him to act out. Some of these may include "Look," "Think," "Open," etc. Once Cobra has utilized every command in a scene, usually a new command will appear and enable the story to progress further. Sometimes, you must "Look" or "Think" multiple times, which can make things rather annoying when you wind up reading (or hearing) the same thing more than once when you don't have to. Further, it can be very frustrating when there's one command you must look at to move on, but you can't seem to find it anywhere. This aspect of the game is my only major complaint.

Another thing that might bother some people is the relatively slow pace. The long story and the repetition of phrases may get to the impatient people who just want to blow stuff up.

Besides its originality, the thing that makes The Space Adventure such a great game is the story itself. Truly an epic, there are many plot twists and surprises ahead of you. It's like reading a comic book on your television screen. The voices, while used sparingly (probably about 25% of what is said), are spoken very well also.

So if you're a patient Sega CD owner who wants to be exposed to a great, epic science fiction story, you know what to do. Buy The Space Adventure.

Graphics graphics rating

The animation in this game is great. However, the limited colors of the Sega CD don't make them as sharp as they could be.

Sound sound rating

The voiceovers are well-cast and well-acted, and the sound effects are realistic. My only complaint is that sometimes the repetitive music is louder than the speech, making things difficult to hear.

Enjoyment enjoyment rating

If you like good science fiction, look no further.

Replay Value replay rating

The story is spectacular enough to make you want to go through it all again. But the frustrations of having to do every little command again may get to you eventually.

Documentation documentation rating

The commands of this game are simple and covered well in the instructions. There are also a few hints for some of the levels.