Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter

Released: 1986
Published by: Sierra Online, Inc.
Developed by: Sierra Online, Inc.
Author(s): Mark Crowe, Scott Murphy

This is the original Space Quest game from 1986, which uses Sierra's Adventure Game Interpreter (AGI).


System Requirements

System Requirements 8088/8086 CPU, 640 KB RAM.
Graphics support for Hercules, CGA, EGA and Tandy/PCjr.
- Best graphics mode is 320 x 200 in 16 colours.
Audio support for PC Speaker only.
No mouse support.
Original Media Two 3.5" 720 KB (DD) floppy disks.
Installed Size (MB) 1.5 MB

From where can it be run?

The game can be installed to your hard disk, but you can play it directly from the floppy disks.

Copy Protection

Space Quest 1 has no copy protection.

How to Setup

There is no configuration utility apart from a batch file that can be used to install the game from floppy to hard disk.



None observed.

To Quit the Game

Press ALT-Z in-game and hit Return to go to DOS.

Supporting Documents

Here are the original documents that came with the game:

Save Games

Save game files are stored where you decide after hitting F5 while in the game. By default the game directory is chosen for save game files. You are then presented with the list of save game files the game has detected in that directory, along with the description given at the time of each save. These files are called sqsg.1, sqsg.2, sqsg.3, and so on. They are not text-readable.

Note that it is unlikely that save game files that were created using one version of Space Quest will work with another version.

Versions of the game known to exist

Version Date Comments
Demo 1988 This is "Demo Pack 2" (Sierra produced 5 so-called Demo Packs to showcase a variety of titles). Demo Pack 2 contains a demo of both Space Quest I and II.
1.0X 1986 The first commercial release.
1.1A 1986