Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter

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Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter cover
Developers
Sierra On-Line
Engines
Original AGI
Alternative ScummVM
Release dates
DOS October 1986
Mac OS (Classic) 1987
Windows July 27, 2010[1]
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter guide at StrategyWiki
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter at Wikipedia
Space Quest
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter 1986
Space Quest II: Chapter II - Vohaul's Revenge 1987
Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon 1989
Space Quest I: Roger Wilco in The Sarien Encounter (VGA remake) 1991
Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers 1991
Space Quest V: Roger Wilco – The Next Mutation 1993
Space Quest 6: Roger Wilco in The Spinal Frontier 1995
Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge (VGA)(Unofficial remake) 2012

This page is for the original. For the VGA remake, see Space Quest I: Roger Wilco in The Sarien Encounter.

Key points

The game has in-game manual lookup DRM. The manuals are provided by all digital versions.
Can be run under ScummVM.

General information

Two Guys From Andromeda official site - The original Space Quest series designers' site
Sierra Help Pages - Space Quest series
Space Quest Omnipedia - A huge wiki for the Space 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
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
AGI version uses on-disk copy protection.[2]
DOS
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Bundled with Space Quest II: Chapter II - Vohaul's Revenge & Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon.
Pre-packaged with ScummVM
DOSBox version is also available (when using GOG Galaxy).[3]
Windows
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Space Quest Collection
Windows
Steam has the original release and VGA remake available (the remake can be found in the legacy launcher). GOG.com only has the original version available.
A web browser version is also available.

Version differences[edit]

Space Quest Collection[edit]

A compilation pack containing the entire Space Quest series.

All games in the pack are pre-configured to run with DOSBox.[4]

Essential improvements[edit]

Space Quest Alternative Launcher[edit]

For the Steam release only

An alternative launcher for the Steam version of Space Quest Collection. It allows for both versions of Space Quest I to be launched through the same launcher, and some minor UI and quality-of-life improvements. It also fixes launch issues with the VGA remake that were present in the legacy launcher.

It can be downloaded from the series Steam Community Discussions.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10110/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\SQ1SG.***
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10110/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

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 CGA, EGA, Hercules, Tandy/PCjr
64-bit executable
Requires a 64-bit build of ScummVM.

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 2.11
Processor (CPU) Intel 8088
System memory (RAM) 256 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 MB
Video card (GPU) CGA, EGA, Hercules, Tandy/PCjr
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz 1.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible

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>/10110/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (10110) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References