Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter

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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 Apple IIgs More of the underground cave.
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter Apple IIgs Escape pod.
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter Atari ST Sandskimmer arcade sequence.
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter Atari ST Exporing.

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 DOS *Katakis* (37914)
Wildly funny, yet frustrating enough to buy a hint book DOS Olivier Masse (420)
The game that started it all for me! DOS Jonathon Howard (105)
A true Sierra classic, setting a high standard for the series DOS Jayson Firestorm (153)

Critic Reviews

Tilt Amiga May, 1987 17 out of 20 85
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 01, 2008 5 out of 6 83
All Game Guide DOS 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Tilt DOS Apr, 1987 16 out of 20 80
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Dec, 1987 74 out of 100 74
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Dec, 1987 74 out of 100 74
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Nov, 1987 7 out of 10 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 61 out of 100 61
Aventura y Cía DOS Apr 03, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
CU Amiga Amiga Oct, 1987 2 out of 10 20


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Anyone knows what that plant is for? 24 Pseudo_Intellectual (45150)
May 31, 2007


In the Amiga version of the game, there was a color change from light purple to an orange color in some of the game's graphics. So for example, in the Amiga version the sky on the Planet Kerona is orange, instead of light purple like in most versions of the game, including the original DOS version, and the floor in the underground alien settlement is also orange instead of light purple. See the screen shot section for examples.

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.)
Contributed to by Olivier Masse (420), POMAH (36361), Guy Chapman (1743), Servo (55746), Garcia (4767) and Belboz (6486)