Larry's first two games, Magnetic Moon and Starship Quest focused on a character called Mike Erlin. In Magnetic Moon you were the assistant astro-navigation officer on board the survey and exploration corps spaceship the Stellar Queen. As you trundled through space at a leisurely pace a tractor beam dragged your vessel towards an unknown planet. Once on the surface, the captain decided to form an assault party to seek out and destroy the source of the tractor beam so you could blast off and resume your journey through the Big Empty. The twist in the tale comes early as you are not picked to join the assault team and it would be a dull game if you only had to sit around and wait 'til they returned, so part of the game involves actually proving your worth as a useful crew member.