And then there was the time +Chris Ushko made good on his promise and delivered the glowing Labion gem he's been hoarding for the past six years: +Space Quest Incinerations is now available for download!

Well, go get it. What are you waiting for?

Oh, you want to hear my thoughts on it? Well, hold on, let me wrap up my tongue from the floor and give me a second to control my saliva. Really, I don't want to get all sycophantic on this, but it's hard not to be blown away by this level of enthusiasm and dedication.

tl;dr This game is monumentally epic and an impressive achivement. Even if you've never heard of Space Quest (in which case, why are you reading this?), you should try out this game. Anyone who says adventure games are boring owe it to themselves to play this - then go to the corner.

Make no mistake, this is not your daddy's Space Quest. It's a fast-paced, high tension adventure, fully rendered in 3D with full-motion animation sequences. And let me tell you, those animations kick all sorts of ass. I've already swooned over the quality of Chris' graphics (check the gallery at an earlier post). All I'll say is: Considering this was done as a spare-time bedroom project and not by a professional indie studio is enough to blow my mind.

The story is a bit of a change of pace for your standard Space Quest fare. If Infamous' SQ2VGA was reliving the classic in its golden infancy, and +Vohaul Strikes Back was the light-hearted romp through the colorful galaxy, +Space Quest Incinerations is the edge-of-your-seat summer blockbuster thrill ride whose trailer is usually voiced by one of those gravelly-voiced guys that start every sentence with "In a world of chaos ..."

Roger gets caught up in a time-travel conundrum, owing to his exploits with his son in SQ4, while dealing with his life reaching hitherto unknown levels of suck. The Confederation is now a militarized bastion of fascism, Beatrice won't give him the time of day, and worst of all, he's back to scrubbing floors.

Okay, now think robots! Explosions! Romance and intrigue! Time travel, large guns and sarcastic computers! Think fast! There. That's +Space Quest Incinerations for you.

Because of its fast-paced, plot-driven story, Incinerations is quite a linear game. Chris has found other ways of introducing replay value, however, inspired by console games: there's achievements to unlock, as well as (I'm told) a host of easter eggs. And a secret third ending. Ahem.

Don't worry, it's not all fast-paced "three seconds or you're dead" gameplay. There's plenty of tried-and-true puzzle adventuring to keep your grey ones occupied. And every time you die, the game spits you right back to where you screwed up so you can try again.

Playing this game really is a ride. Every time you think the game is about done, it throws the Walk icon right back at you and expects you to get on with it. My last ten savegames on my first playthrough were all named on a variation of "Is this the endgame yet?". This is a truly rewarding experience and I encourage every game player looking for a good story and a fun ride to give this game shot. Seriously. Would I lie to you?

Get the game for free at Chris' site - check the link below. And be sure to drop +Chris Ushko a line, telling him how right I was about his game being awesome! Lord knows, the man needs some love after being cooped up with this thing for six years!
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