I'm playing through Space Quest 5 for the first time and the EVA pod is annoying the hell out of me.
I get the target in range. I extend the arm. Fine so far.
Getting the claw to open is a real challenge. As I move the mouse cursor around I occasionally get a cursor that says CLAW. IT seems pretty much random where this will appear and where it won't. When I click the CLAW cursor, it usually retracts the arm but very occasionally opens the claw.
Apparently (according to Universal Hint System) Once I have target in range, I'm supposed to open the claw and then just close it again. The one occasion I did manage to get the claw open, I clicked again, the claw closed, the arm retracted, but with no Cliffy.
What a frustrating control system!
I find myself continually clicking, yelling at the computer, until my oxygen runs out.
Is it meant to be this hard?