Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter

Critic Score User Score
Macintosh
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3.8
DOS
79
3.9
Amiga
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3.3

User Reviews

How a simple four-room demo turned into an excellent space adventure DOS *Katakis* (37878)
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)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 11 3.3
Apple II 5 3.6
Apple IIgs 3 3.8
Atari ST 13 4.1
DOS 78 3.9
Macintosh 3 3.8
Combined User Score 113 3.9


Critic Reviews

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100
DOSJust Adventure
If you can sit through Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail without cracking a smile, you probably won't like either Space Quest 1. But if you have a sense of humor at all, even if it was just laughing at some idiot getting a concussion on America's Funniest Home Videos, Space Quest 1 is a must-play. So there!
85
AmigaTilt
Un fabuleux jeu d'aventure animée, plein de surprises et de clins d'œil.
83
DOSThe DOS Spirit
I alt så er dette eit humoristisk lite eventyr som er starten på ein serie med heile seks spel i livet til Roger Wilco (Nesten like mykje som King's Quest!). Dei forsøkte seg på eit sjuande, men det falt desverre i grus. Så om du følar for å verkeleg kosa deg med å senda ein romvaktmeister ut i døden gong på gong er det berre å lasta ned spelet og setja i gong. Og kanskje kan det hende du får lyst til å redde universet frå Sarienarane i same slengen.
80
DOSTilt
Space Quest renoue avec les scénarios de science-fiction. Menacée d'extinction, la race humaine n'a plus qu'un seul recours : vous. Un jeu qui vous fera parcourir un espace galactique très étrange. Pour les possesseurs de la carte EGA sur IBM PC, les graphismes n'ont rien à envier à la version Atari ST.
80
DOSAll Game Guide
Space Quest 1 is definately a classic, with no flashy graphics, earth shattering sound, but sill packs a punch were it matters: the gameplay.
80
DOSTechtite
Several cute puzzles and inside jokes, including an amusing alien cantina, add to the fun. This was truly a fond game memory; a fine addition to Techtite's choice list, of Top 50 Multimedia Classics.
80
DOSAdventure Classic Gaming
In all, Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter is surely regarded as among the most original classic adventure games of all time. The plot may be paper thin, but the game is so full of fun.
74
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
I shall keep returning to Space Quest until I surface the victor, but in the meantime I thank Sierra for supplying a very good game.
74
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
I shall keep returning to Space Quest until I surface the victor, but in the meantime I thank Sierra for supplying a very good game.
70
Atari STComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Space Quest is an adventure that should satisfy arcade-adventure enthusiasts, at the same time offering an interesting challenge with a difference for enthusiasts of the traditional adventure format.
70
DOSAdventure Gamers
Undeniably flawed, yet undeniably fun, the original Space Quest is perfect for classic adventure lovers and sci-fi fans. As 1/6th of the bargain-priced 2006 Space Quest Collection, there’s no excuse not to play it.
61
Atari STJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
So geradlinig sich die Handlung in der Zusammenfassung anhört, so verquer und witzig ist sie in der Spiel-Praxis - vor allem, weil Roger eher ein Held wider Willen ist. Ein Witz war nach heutigen Maßstäben auch die Präsentation, weshalb Sierra unlängst eine deutlich aufgemotzte VGA-Version mit der neuen Maus/Icon- Steuerung nachschob. Die Amiga-Hausmeister durften sich kurz darauf ebenfalls über einen frisch herausgeputzten Roger freuen, der ohne Turbokarte allerdings starke Ähnlichkeit mit einem Schlafwandler besitzt. Lediglich die Abenteurer ans dem Atari-Nebel warteten vergeblich auf die Reinigungsbrigade.
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60
DOSAventura y Cía
Un clásico de obligada revisión periódica. Divertido y entretenido como él solo, es un comienzo de lo más digno para la que sería una grandiosa serie. Lo recomiendo efusivamente y eso que no es la mejor de la saga. Se muere mucho y mal, tiene un par de puzzles puñeteros y en ocasiones nos veremos más en manos de la suerte que de nuestros propios medios, pero aún así la aventura sigue siendo una maravilla.
30
Atari STST Format
[Budget re-release] Of course, Space Quest does have its good points, the first being the humour which, though tiring at times, certainly helps lighten the tone of the game.
20
AmigaCU Amiga
Although I would prefer not to describe myself as gullible, I do have a little self-esteem left, I would willingly accept that I am an avid consumer. However, years of playing computer games has taught me the ability to spot a really bad game a mile off, however well it is disguised. Space Quest is just such a game. Looking at the lavish packaging you would immediately think that the game was everything you had ever dreamed of in an arcade-adventure for the Amiga. Delve a little further, however, and this dream will turn into a nightmare. When I was first given the game, a quick scan of the back of the box, generally a good way of gleaning info, revealed that Space Quest was an arcade adventure with (to quote the bumph) “Out of this world three-dimensional graphics”. The game starts with a pretty poor opening sequence, especially compared to the likes of the Karate Kid II (reviewed elsewhere in this issue), and gets even worse.