| The disappearing assistant
At one point in the game, assistant Enfield disappears after
giving you valuable information. We reckon the aliens killed him.
Enfield is replaced by Assistant Chums. One of my favourite English
comedy shows is... Harry Enfield and Chums. (Which kind of idiot
makes these stories?)
One guy is called Langston. After the Langston Field, which
is the shield device used in books by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
In "The gripping hand", three-armed aliens make their return
among humans, and introduce the expression: "On the one, hand,
we have [...]. On the other hand, there's a problem with [...].
But on the third hand, we could go for this other solution."
One of the characters uses this construction.
This was an obvious enough one, but quite complicated as well.
Because it's about more computers than MSX.
There's this guy who claims to have developed the "Graphix 90
billion". It a chip which has a mode 7.5, called the "gooseboarding
mode", in which you can create custom "gooseboard" games by selecting
where the graphics have to be ripped from: (1) Japanese game,
(2) Disney characters, andsoforth.
This was a straight attack at the then very popular trend among
MSX-designers to make Runemaster-clones, something that's really
easy to do. Mode 7.5 is a reference to the "magical" mode 7 of
the SNES. Graphix 90 Billion is obviously about the "graphix 9000"
or V9990 as it's formally known.
You drug professor Nisar (which is some conversion of Sarin,
the poisonous gas which was used in a terrorist attack in Japan)
for no purpose at all, it turns out, because he was just about
to explain the bomb to you anyway. Oh well, it does nice things
to his eyes.
Harry has hidden himself from the aliens, and has a mine to
defend himself with, only he doesn't know what to do with it.
You make your way through four sectors to find out that he only
has to place it somewhere on the ground.
Barker is a friendly man
Things get hot real soon between you and Barker, the security
chief. He's named after Clive Barker, who writes horror/fantasy
novels. He's also worried about your smoking.