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Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter (DOS)

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Roger Wilco is one of the most important men on the starship Arcada: he is the janitor! Just when he was doing what he does best (dozing off in a closet), the shrill sound of an alarm penetrated the air. Arcada is attacked by the evil Sariens! Before Roger realizes what is going on, he discovers that he is the only survivor. The Sariens have killed the entire crew and stolen the valuable Star Generator. Roger's immediate task is to find a way to leave Arcada, which is about to explode in fifteen minutes. And then he'll have to show the Sariens why they should never mess with brave intergalactic janitors!

Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter is a humorous sci-fi adventure game made with Sierra's AGI engine. The gameplay is similar to that of King's Quest: the player navigates Roger around with arrow keys and interacts with the game world by typing commands. There are puzzles to solve and plenty of situations where the player will have to use his wit to save Roger from death.


Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter DOS Dodging through an astroid field
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter DOS Rock formation. (EGA/Tandy)
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter DOS Underground tunnel. Watch out for acid drops! (EGA/Tandy)
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter DOS The beginning...

Alternate Titles

  • "Star Quest" -- Working title
  • "SQ1" -- Common abbreviated / informal title
  • "Space Quest 1" -- Informal title
  • "Space Quest" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

How a simple four-room demo turned into an excellent space adventure *Katakis* (37847) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Wildly funny, yet frustrating enough to buy a hint book Olivier Masse (421) unrated
The game that started it all for me! Jonathon Howard (106) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
A true Sierra classic, setting a high standard for the series Jayson Firestorm (153) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

Just Adventure 2000 A 100
The DOS Spirit Dec 01, 2008 5 out of 6 83
Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Oct 02, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Tilt Apr, 1987 16 out of 20 80
Adventure Gamers Jan 04, 2008 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Aventura y Cía Apr 03, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


Topic # Posts Last Post
Anyone knows what that plant is for? 24 Pseudo_Intellectual (44771)
May 31, 2007


There a lot of references to King's Quest in this game. Besides crash-landing in Daventry when you press the "don't touch button" (see screenshots), those evil Sariens seem to enjoy playing King's Quest. While on board the Deltaur, try talking to a Sarien. Type:


The following lines are some of the responses the game has to offer:

  • "Have you played King's Quest III?" you ask the guard. "Yes" responds the surprised guard, "I just bought it last week. It was on sale for 128.000 buckazoids at Tiny's Holodisk Shop. What a bargain!!!"
  • The guard outlines his favorite massacre, "the Great Daventry Rout" as he called it. You ponder the meaning of this for a while.
  • "Do you own King's Quest II ?" asks the nosy guard?

    Type: YES

    "Great!!!" responds the guard. Pondering his interest you ask yourself whether or not this guy is getting a kick-back from Sierra On-Line. Later you realize this is silly, what would a Sarien do with money from Coarsegold?"

Related Web Sites

  • Hints for Space Quest 1 (These question and answer hints will help you solve the game without spoiling it for you.)
  • Roger Wilco's virtual broomcloset (Site dedicated to the SQ series. )
  • ScummVM (supports the DOS, Macintosh, Amiga, Atari ST and Apple IIgs versions of Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter under Windows, Linux, Macintosh and other platforms.)
  • SpaceQuest.Net - Space Quest 1 Story (The most comprehensive site about Space Quest 1, both EGA and VGA versions: Basic game information, hints (with scans of the official hint book), documentation (downloadable PDF manual), demos and even design sketches.)
  • Space Quest Treasure Trove (Your key to the Golden Mop lies here! This site provides a complete graphical walkthrough for Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter.)
Olivier Masse (421) added Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter (DOS) on May 12, 1999
Other platforms contributed by POMAH (35666), Guy Chapman (1744), Servo (55779), Garcia (4773) and Belboz (6498)