King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!

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King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! cover
Developers
Sierra On-Line
Engines
SCI1
Release dates
DOS November 9, 1990
Mac OS (Classic) 1991
Windows 1992[1]
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! guide at StrategyWiki
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! at Wikipedia
King's Quest
King's Quest: Quest for the Crown‎ 1984
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne 1985
King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human 1986
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella 1988
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! 1990
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow 1992
King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride 1994
King's Quest: Mask of Eternity 1998
King's Quest (2015) 2015

Key points

The manual is required to pass the floppy disk version's in-game copy protection (digital versions use the CD-ROM release, which omits the copy protection)
Can be run under ScummVM

General information

Sierra Help Pages - King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!
King's Quest Omnipedia - A huge wiki for the King's Quest series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Floppy disk release
DOS
Retail
DRM-free
CD-ROM release
DOS
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella and King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow.
Pre-packaged with ScummVM
DOSBox version is also available (when using GOG Galaxy).[2]
Windows
Steam
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Comes bundled with all other King's Quest games (excluding King's Quest 8).
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Original releases[edit]

The floppy disk release came in two versions: one which supported EGA exclusively, and one which supported MCGA and VGA.
The CD-ROM release supports MCGA and VGA exclusively and is the only release to have digitized voiceovers.

Digital releases[edit]

The King's Quest Collection, the collection on Steam, is not properly configured for modern systems[3]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10100/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\KQ5SG.***
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10100/pfx/[Note 1]
These are the default paths used by the game. The save file location can be determined by the user
For the GOG.com re-release, the C:\ drive is mapped to <path-to-game>

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu
In-game options menu
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes EGA, Tandy 16-color, PCjr 16-color, MCGA, VGA See Availability.
64-bit executable
Requires a 64-bit build of ScummVM.

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 386
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 19 MB
Video card (GPU) EGA, Tandy 16-color, PCjr 16-color, MCGA, VGA
Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 3.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 386
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 19 MB
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 6.0.7
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68000
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 19 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 Colours

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/10100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (10100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References