GOG again teams up with Piko Interactive to bring back another Legend Entertainment classic, this time sci-fi adventure Mission Critical.
It seems that the cooperation between the two companies bears more and more fruit, considering that Eric the Unready and Spellcasting 1+2+3 were all releases of the classic adventure game makers. This is great news, considering that the output belongs to one of the best, even though I haven’t come around playing the titles. After all the text adventures combined with background drawings, Mission Critical is quite an evolution in terms of presentation and gameplay.
FMV games were all the rage in the 90ies, especially with sci-fi epics like Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger and Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom. However, Legend Entertainment doesn’t follow the path of space sim war, but stays true to exploration and puzzle solving, with a bit of RTS thrown into the mix. One plays the sole survivor of the USS Lexington and USS Jericho, starships that were sent by the Alliance of Free States for a secret scientific mission and that were then attacked. Uncovering the mysteries of an alien artifact on the planet Persephone could mean the end of a Civil War and the future for humanity, but one has to overcome all sorts of dangers deep in space and on the surface of the planet.
In addition to an intricate storyline, gameplay consists of solving object puzzles, but also of defending one’s ship against waves of enemy vessels in a real time strategy minigame. While time-sensitive sequences are never a good idea in adventure games, it seems that this system works quite well. Being an FMV game, it should also be mentioned that there’s simply more gameplay than one is used to in these types of games. Real actors and actresses performing in video sequences change with scrolling 3D exploration and static images in which one does all the puzzle solving. As it stands, Mission Critical remains a unique title that offers an engaging story and some good puzzles for anyone interested in delving into the past of adventure games.
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