Crazy Nick's Software Picks: Roger Wilco's Spaced Out Game Pack
Crazy Nick's Software Picks: Roger Wilco's Spaced Out Game Pack is an action video game developed and published by Sierra On-Line in 1992 for MS-DOS. It was part of the Crazy Nick's Software Picks series of budget computer games, as well as the Space Quest series. The game is composed of three mini games taken directly from games in the series: Ms. Astro Chicken, Monolith Burger, and Sand Skimmer. It was created using the Sierra Creative Interpreter engine.
I didn't play this game when it came out, but, decades later, after beating some of the other games from the Crazy Nick's Software Picks series, I tried it out. I very quickly discovered the games are poorly made, and I assumed they were endless except for the Sand Skimmer game which I beat on easy difficulty. After finding out online that Ms. Astro Chicken could also be beaten, I retried the game, and, after several attempts, beat it. I then played Sand Skimmer on expert several times and eventually beat it. I got a score of $38.00 in Monolith Burger, but, as far as I can tell, it's an endless game. Until someone proves otherwise, I will assume I finished the game on 2020-05-30. Later, after looking at other games from the series, I discovered that the minigames were lifted unchanged from other Space Quest titles which made me despise the game even more.
I don't own this game, but I have beaten it.
Best Version: DOS
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- The title music is pretty good, and the Sand Skimmer music isn't horrible.
- The graphics are not very good, especially for a Sierra title. Roger Wilco looks terrible at the title screen, the Ms. Astro Chicken graphics are amateur, and the Sand Skimmer sprites are ugly.
- For each of the games, the game play is extremely monotonous.
- The controls for all three games are bad. They're not broken, just highly unresponsive.
- The music during Ms. Astro Chicken is very annoying.
- Each of these games are taken directly from existing Space Quest titles, and, since the only demographic for this game is Space Quest fans, Sierra was basically charging their fans to re-buy some of the worst parts of games they already owned.
- This is just a very unexciting and un-enjoyable game. I wouldn't pay a cent for this game, let along the MSRP of $9.95!
The box art is about what you would expect from a budget release: garish. It has ugly clip art with a screenshot and some bright eye-catching text.