Astro Chicken: The Mindless Video Game (aka Astro Chicken) is an arcade game, released both in Space Quest III and as stand-alone game. The stand-alone verison was actually the first demo for Space Quest III. The games subtitle originates from the The Space Quest Companion (and is handy to distinguish the game from the character of Astro Chicken).
Astro Chicken is a phenomenally popular arcade game developed by ScumSoft (specifically the Two Guys From Andromeda) dramatizing the flight of a chicken. Its success allowed it to be followed up with Ms. Astro Chicken. This arcade game is licensed for use in Monolith Burgers across the Galaxy.
Astro Chicken must land on the Astro Chicken Landing Pad.
He's depending on you to bring him to safety!
Left Arrow: Move Left
Down Arrow: Stop Left/Right Movement
Right Arrow: Move Right
Up Arrow: Toggle Flapping
Feed: Don't use up all your feed!
Hit the landing pad too fast and you'll bounce back up.
Landing outside the landing pad is fatal.
If you fly too high you'll bounce off the atmosphere and plummet back to the surface.
The Coded MessageEdit
The Decoded MessageEdit
Help us! We are being held captive by ScumSoft on the small moon of Pestulon. An impenetrable force field surrounds the moon. It must first be deactivated. Its origin is unknown to us. ScumSoft security is armed with Jello Pistols. We're counting on you whoever you are.
(38 seconds - 606 KB) File:Astro Chicken.mp3
Behind the scenesEdit
Astro Chicken is played in a similar fashion to arcade classic Lunar Lander.
The theme song for Astro Chicken is a looped sequence from classic music piece "Chicken Reel" (the music also can be heard in Police Quest 1 when Dooley finds the chicken on the desk).
The Astro Chicken theme song is actually a variation on a popular folk song called the Chicken Reel