As a guy that read, listened to, and watched every form of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy media produced while I was in high school, I think it is safe to say I am a fan of comedic science fiction odysseys. I am almost as much a fan of point and click adventures, such as the Monkey Island or Sam and Max franchises. There was a game released years ago, called The Feeble Files, that was close to combining the two genres successfully. Unfortunately, it didn’t do well commercially, so there were not many other major attempts at mixing the genres. This hasn’t stopped indie developers though! With tools like Adventure Game Studio, they keep on trying.
Team Disaster is a group of five developers using the Adventure Game Studio engine, telling the story of Captain Disaster. Captain Disaster started as a short story, but has since built up enough of a following to warrant the creation of a game. As a fully-voiced, well animated game, you can tell a lot of effort has been put into the production of Captain Disaster.
Captain Disaster in Death Has a Million Stomping Boots is a great example of an AGS produced adventure game with a great sense of humor. In the demo for the game, I started as the protagonist, Captain Disaster, returning from what I assume to be an action-packed mission. Much like me, after any dramatic escape, laser-gun fight, or conquest, the Captain decided to take a nap. A few hours later, the Captain was woken up by a message from the Ground Control, warning him to leave their orbit before they destroy the Disaster Area -Captain Disaster’s ship.
It was up to me to figure out how to refuel the ship, and get the Disaster Area moving. I don’t want to spoil the best puzzle, so instead I’ll give you my second favorite.For one of the goals of the demo, Captain Disaster had to get into his room. Unfortunately, the cheap hands scanner he bought ‘to make it look more scifi’ required his hand to look exactly as it did when he bought the machine. I had to find chocolate to smudge over his fingers, a ring, and some way to replicate the x-shape indentation from his ‘Playstation 28′. The puzzles weren’t too difficult, except for one that made me end up looking for the solution on the Adventure Game Studio forums.
The graphics of the upcoming game’s demo were functional, crude, yet charming in some way. I can say the same about the music, though there wasn’t much of it. It feels like they both attempt to ‘make it feel more science fiction’, as the Captain would say. Team Disaster has recently announced another game telling the story about the titular character, Captain Disaster in There’s a Hole in my Galaxy. That game will be free, and no release date has yet been announced.
The demo for Captain Disaster in Death Has a Million Stomping Boots is a simple and short experience lasting roughly forty five minutes, it is ridiculously funny and filled with inside jokes to the science fiction genre.. The game will be released late this year, or early 2013. You can download the demo from the game’s AGS page here, or buy the short story collection here.