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The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release => Starbase Café => Topic started by: Zarnium on October 06, 2006, 03:18:41 am



Title: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Zarnium on October 06, 2006, 03:18:41 am
I found a game called "Strange adventures in infinite space" at http://www.digital-eel.com/sais/index.htm which has a really stupid sounding name, but apparently it's an adventure game that you can play in 20 minutes over and over again. I thought it sounded really odd, but I guess there was a whole bunch of wonderful press about it.

"This game is a rare gem."
- Scott R Krol, PC Gameworld


"...engaging and tasty."
- Tom Chick, GameSpy


"The ultimate pickup game."
- Matt Gallant, Gizmodo


"SAIS delivers on all counts."
- James Sterrett, Games Domain


"They've created a perfect short game."
- Ernest Adams, Gamasutra


"....the most addictive game since NetHack."
- Charlotte Rychlik-Prince, Puppy Games


"....an existential height of great re-playability and meaning."
- Steve Fulton, GamerDad

There was a huge page of this stuff on the website. So does anyone know if this is a good game or not? I think it looks pretty good, and most of the time for really bad games there are 3 good lines about it  they show on the site and this site had a huge page of it.


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Jumping *Peppers* on October 06, 2006, 03:38:35 am
I have the sequel to it, which has an even weirder title: "Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space". Yeah, it's cheesy, but the game itself is really fun. And moddable, too!

Never played the first one myself, but it's not supposed to be as good from what I hear.


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Lukipela on October 06, 2006, 09:55:11 am
Played both the firast and second. Infinite fun. It does lose some of its attraction after the first 10.000 times, but even after that it is still quite enjoyable. Not many games can make that claim.


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Zarnium on October 06, 2006, 04:34:25 pm
I'll look at the demo. It does look pretty good. But how on earth do you make a space adventure be finished in 20 minutes and make it be replayable like pac-man or something? If they really pulled this off well I think I'm gonna get it.


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Jumping *Peppers* on October 06, 2006, 04:56:17 pm
The galaxy is randomly generated each time, and there's a ton of content, so it'll take you forever to see everything in the game. Also, you die a lot, so often it doesn't even take 20 minutes to finish. ;D

Trust me, it's really fun. Get the second one though, it's better.


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: xenoclone on October 06, 2006, 08:08:03 pm
I read the review for the sequal on GameTunnel. I thought it sounded like something in the vein of SC. I haven't had the chance to play it though.


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Zarnium on October 06, 2006, 09:28:04 pm
What differences are there between the first and second other than more content, anyone know? Things like game length and actual gameplay differences.

I got the demo but it's really slow. But it says "1.4" at the top left corner of the selection screen, and I read that if it is not 1.5 then you need to get a patch, but i can only find a windows version.


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Jumping *Peppers* on October 07, 2006, 02:44:47 am
What differences are there between the first and second other than more content, anyone know? Things like game length and actual gameplay differences.
I'm really not sure if there are any differences other then that...


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: RTyp06 on October 07, 2006, 03:16:32 am
I own SAIIS and WW. Both are great. The Even Starnger mod for SAIIS is better than vanilla imo. WW I have every mod I can find for it.

A Weird Worlds Mod and Mod discussion board:

http://www.shrapnelcommunity.com/threads/postlist.php?Cat=&Board=wwscen&PHPSESSID=

http://users.adelphia.net/~wydraz/wwris/index.html



Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Shiver on October 07, 2006, 07:29:41 am
I picked this up yesterday. Medium galaxy games while playing as a Pirate Corvette tend to be the most entertaining. I thought Large would involve more thought on the player's part, but that is not the case. Large maps almost always give you a big pile of over-powered artifacts while medium maps force you to live within your means. By overpowered I mean the Hyper Drive, Cloaking Device, Particle Vortex Cannon, Timeless Bauble and Mantle of Babulon. Playing with several of these at once is not all that fun. Weird Worlds should be a good way to kill time every once in a while but I'm gonna have to look into some mods.


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Zarnium on October 07, 2006, 03:06:11 pm
I played The strange adventurers demo, and I thought it was pretty good. But my computers kind of old, so I'll have to see if weird worlds will even work.


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Jumping *Peppers* on October 07, 2006, 07:46:12 pm
I picked this up yesterday. Medium galaxy games while playing as a Pirate Corvette tend to be the most entertaining. I thought Large would involve more thought on the player's part, but that is not the case. Large maps almost always give you a big pile of over-powered artifacts while medium maps force you to live within your means. By overpowered I mean the Hyper Drive, Cloaking Device, Particle Vortex Cannon, Timeless Bauble and Mantle of Babulon. Playing with several of these at once is not all that fun. Weird Worlds should be a good way to kill time every once in a while but I'm gonna have to look into some mods.
Yeah, some of the artifacts can be really overpowered, but the good thing is-if you don't like it, there's probably a mod to fix it.


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Death 999 on October 09, 2006, 07:24:25 pm
I played the demo of the original. The combat seemed... well, not very tactical, unless you had ally ships, and then it was tricky to use them because they got toasted too easily.

Is this still the case?


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Shiver on October 10, 2006, 12:32:14 am
I played the demo of the original. The combat seemed... well, not very tactical, unless you had ally ships, and then it was tricky to use them because they got toasted too easily.

Is this still the case?

Your ships are all quite fragile, but there are some tricks you can use to turn things to your favor. I usually tell my ally ships to retreat at the start of the fight if they're a liability. The Freebooter mercenary is good if you give her a long-ranged weapon and make her stay back. The Blood Fang is possibly the greatest thing ever if you can give it strong shields, a Multibot Repair Drone and a Cloaking Device because it can ram most enemy ships to death without ever being noticed. I sometimes use fighter mercenaries to draw enemy shots off my cruisers and then flee.

I can't beat the Yellow Kawangi though. I'm guessing I need that one Gong artifact to kill it?


Title: Re: Anyone heard of this?
Post by: Rogue Kohr-Ah on October 10, 2006, 01:46:16 am
Just think of your ships as "eggshells with a hammer" and you can't go wrong ;)