It was in early winter of 1995 that my father took me to the cinema. I was in high school and we didn't really spend all that much time together, but for some reason we were together in town with a free afternoon on our hands, so we went in the theater and this sci-fi movie called Stargate was playing. Since we’re both very fond of sci-fi we watched it and I even noticed a guy who was writing the movie criticism column in the local paper one row behind us. When the title screen appeared my father commented: “stare gate” – which in Slovene means “old shorts” and I guess the guy behind us found that funny, because he used it to describe the movie in the newspaper. He really tore it apart, but the audience just loved it.Two years later (in 1997) a very successful TV series staring Richard Dean Anderson (a.k.a. MacGyver) called Stargate SG1 started airing and it was naturally based on the movie, which was – despite what the little silly man sitting behind us though about it – a hit.
There’s lots of interactive online games about SG1, but I always thought it would be great material for a grand adventure. Seeing the movie was made in 1994 it could have been a great 2D point’n’click adventure standing shoulder to shoulder to the classics like Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. Unfortunately that never came to be.Still, some years later a fan signing with the name Sektor 13 (yes, it’s with a K) made a fan based adventure I’m proud to present to you!
Stargate Adventure is as said a fan made adventure made with the use of the Adventure Game Studio Editor. The game itself features 256 color graphics. The backgrounds were all made with Paint Shop Pro and they really look well even in the full screen mode. The opening sequence is just simply breath-taking. The whole feeling is even further enhanced by the use of the original Stargate soundtrack, remixed with the use of Cool Edit. All in all the game really looks and sounds great!
The gameplay strongly reminds me of The Dig by LucasArts, which is also one of the games that strongly influenced Sektor. So it’s a 2D point’n’click adventure, set in a reality of the Stargate series.You are in control of O’Neil, the hard ass commander of the SG1 team, but other team members also have important roles in the game. The puzzles aren’t all that difficult, but they will keep you on your toes. There’s even a little shuffling puzzle in the middle of the game, so it’s not just pointing and clicking. You also need to combine certain objects you pick up etc. All in all it’s rather complex, although experienced adventurers won’t need a walkthrough.It’s well worth saying that the puzzles seem to be quite logical, or at least follow the logic of the series. So you won’t get stuck because the game would demand you to do something completely irrational. Some things can be even done in more way then one.
I guess it’s only fair I also mention the very few shortcomings of the game. The game did simplify a few things (like the use of security code cards in the series) and you also won’t be able to run into random crew members of the SG1 center. That’s however not the fault of the creator, it’s because the AGS script couldn’t handle the random people walking around. There will also be some linguistic mistakes. But you should keep in mind that the game’s creator’s mother tongue isn’t English, besides I guess many other non-English players wouldn’t even notice the mistakes, because the meaning of the sentences is still perfectly clear.
It’s definitely a must have for all SG1 fans, but I bet all adventure game fans will simply go crazy when they see this brilliant game. So this game is worth all 5 carrots :) and it definitely gets a very warm recommendation from me. Enjoy it!
Review by: Sebatianos