Space Quest

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Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter
First release 1984
Also known as Space Quest I
Developed by Sierra
Published by Sierra
Distributed by Sierra
Platforms MS-DOS, Tandy 1000
Mac, Apple II
Apple IIGS, Amiga
Atari ST, PCjr
Resolution AGI: 320x200, 16 colors
SCI: 320x200, 256 and 16 colors
Engine AGI, SCI
Support AGI: Since ScummVM 0.10.0.
SCI: Since ScummVM 1.2.0.
Available for

Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter was the first game in the Space Quest series. The game follows a janitor on board the scientific spaceship Arcada. After waking from an on-duty nap in a broom closet, he discovers that an evil alien race called the Sariens stole the Star Generator, an experimental weapon that was being held on board, and killed all of the Arcada's crew members.

After crash landing on the planet Kerona, Roger must find a way to sneak aboard the the Sarien starship Deltaur to stop the vicious aliens from using the Star Generator against Roger's home planet of Xenon.

Game Variants

The MS-DOS, Apple II, Apple IIGS, Atari ST, Tandy 1000, and PCjr versions are similar in terms of graphics. The Amiga version used an extended palette.


Required data files - SCI

For more information on how ScummVM uses game data files, see the user documentation.

WARNING: Unlike other games, SCI games have significant variation in the naming of required files.

They also can load supplementary files by resource maps, so it is recommended to keep all files in the game data directory from the CD.

Unless otherwise specified, do NOT remove any file from the directory, even if it does not appear on the following list, since this will likely cause weird bugs.

Copy all files to the game directory. Some games need additional work:

Floppy games with RESOURCE.p01, p02, etc. and/or RESOURCE.a01, a02, etc. files

  • Concatenate all RESOURCE.p0* files to RESOURCE.000 (e.g. copy /b RESOURCE.p0* RESOURCE.000 on Windows, or cat RESOURCE.p0* > RESOURCE.000 on *nix).
  • Concatenate all RESOURCE.a0* files to RESOURCE.AUD (e.g. copy /b RESOURCE.a0* RESOURCE.AUD on Windows, or cat RESOURCE.a0* > RESOURCE.AUD on *nix).

Required data files - AGI

All platforms

  • *VOL.* (e.g. GRVOL.0, KQ4VOL.11, VOL.1)

and if available

  • PAL.*

Apple IIGS

These files are needed to enable music playback

  • *.SYS16 (e.g. KQ.SYS16, LL.SYS16, MG.SYS16, BC.SYS16, SQ2.SYS16)


Predictive input dialog

The Predictive Input Dialog is a ScummVM aid for running AGI engine games (which notoriously require command line input) on devices with limited keyboard support.

For more information, see the AGI/Predictive Dialog wiki page.

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