It's no secret that I'm a fan of television's Mystery Science Theater 3000, and I've often wondered how the creative folks behind the show (and the post-MST endeavors Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax) would turn their energies into the world of video games if given the opportunity. I may not have to wonder for too much longer, as a game in which six of the former MST3K crew performed is finally approaching completion for PC after nearly ten years of development at an independent studio. The long-delayed Duke Nukem Forever has nothing on Darkstar.
Initially conceived as a screenplay, Darkstar is essentially a murder mystery with Armageddon as its ironic backdrop. A complete departure from the traditional first person, hard-core, shoot-em-up games, Darkstar is an elaborate storytelling tool that incorporates the best qualities of role-playing, exploration, puzzle solving, and cinematic adventure.
The [Darkstar] experience will look like a movie from start to finish, maintaining full resolution movie-quality visuals throughout, yet allowing the viewer to navigate the story through the main character's eyes as desired. There are fourteen dead ends in the story, and one final successful outcome. As the viewer delves deeper and deeper into the ship, they are rewarded with an hour-long "Back Story" that tells the tale of the end of the Earth in eleven chapters. Each chapter will bring the viewer closer to understanding the doomed mission of the [Starship] Westwick.
So basically what we have here is a Dragon's Lair knock-off that is destined to be dated on arrival. Darkstar may not have a shot at Game of the Year when it supposedly releases at long last near the end of the year, but I'm willing to give just about anything that involves the talents of Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, J. Elvis "Josh" Weinstein, Mary Jo Pehl, and Beez McKeever a shot. Oh, and there's also involvement from Peter Graves, Clive Robertson, & some forty other actors, and music from RUSH to consider, too, if that does anything for you.