Quest 4 Cancelled Stuff
Mandel (co-designer of Space Quest 6) wrote the in-game hint book
and the bargain bin items of the Software Excess store. One of these
items isn't there in the bargain bin, but still resides in the source
code of the game: Dacron Danny. Even the sound fragment is there,
right in the resource.aud file: "Imagine a character so offensive,
so sexually inept, and so lame-brained that you just can't wait
to step into his shoes. That's Dacron Danny, first in the Sahara
Off-Ramp's new educational series of true life adventures from the
team of Hal Lowe Can You Go! Learn how others see you! Dacron Danny,
your computer guide to your inner self." Click
here for the MP3 file (360KB).
Obviously, this is reference to Al Lowe's Leisure Suit Larry series,
also created by Sierra On-Line.
there's more! There's also the
Stunt Flyer box, yet another bargain bin item that didn't make
it into the final game. The narrator notes that this program was
on the same disk Roger Wilco Jr. was on at the end of the game.
Makes you wonder why this isn't there in the real game...
the very cool bargain bin items, you can listen to loads of sound
fragments that aren't used in the actual game. How you can achieve
that is described in the funfacts section of this page.
a program called Sci
Studio, I opened up the Space Quest 4 source code and found
a very cool screen that isn't there in the actual game. The room
itself seems to be taken from King's Quest 6. You see in that game,
there is a secret passage in a castle that leads to princes Cassima.
In KQ, the wall with the Droids B us on it has a hole which you
can use to talk to the princes on the other end. It seems to be
a room which contains several items of dubious origin. For instance,
ZZ Top is there (remember they tried to stop their satirical cameo
appearance in Space Quest 1 after they found out about it a few
years later?). Then there's the Droids'R'Us logo from Space Quest
1. Sierra had to change it into Droids'B'Us because Toys'R'Us had
sued them and won the lawsuit. Looking at the left wall is the Hero
Quest banner complete with logo. Sierra had to change the name of
their Hero Quest game into Quest for Glory because the name "Hero
Quest" was already used by another company (which made popular
board games). Impossible to miss is that dinosaur on the back wall
who pretended to be a dad/family guy in the 1991 Dinosaurs TV series.
And of course, the "Radio Shock" shop sign from Space
Quest 4 (disk version) which was changed later on into "Hz
so Good" for the CD-Rom version. You can also see some kind
of notice on the back wall. But we can only guess what it says.
Maybe there was a secret time code to this room, and maybe there
still is. Nobody knows. Please click on the image for a larger picture.