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Space Quest I: The Sarien Encounter (original)

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space_quest_1.sit (789.56 KB)
MD5: 2f219832b1646548b17998291c064308
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
This game works with: Mini vMac

An outer-space janitor becomes a hero after escaping an alien takeover of his ship.

Also in this series: I: The Sarien Encounter (remake), II: Vohaul's Revenge, III: The Pirates of Pestulon, IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers, 6: The Spinal Frontier

(The fifth game wasn't released for the classic Mac OS.)

Architecture: 68k

In System 6, right after starting the game asks for current boot disk. In Mini vMac, just 'insert' it again and the game works.

If asked for "the ORIGINAL game disk 1" by a copy protection check: hold down the Command key and type 4givmeken, and then (while still holding down Command) press Return.


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by Realitystorm - 2020, August 11 - 2:53pm

There appears to be a fix. Larry 1 with AGI 2.06 works in 16 colours, on Basilisk II with some issues, works without errors on my LC 475 in 24bit mode. So keep an eye out for 2.x releases, only the interpreter seems to have changed (1991 date stamp), the other files and game version appear to be unchanged. More details of my testing and experiments at

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by Realitystorm - 2020, January 25 - 3:32pm

I found out the reason for the issue with the color versions, it appears to be a incompatibility caused by the move from 24-bit to 32-bit quickdraw. The issue was never fixed, see section 2 at:

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by yyhung - 2016, April 29 - 9:05am

Finally, I get the 16 color version work!

After unstuffing "space_quest_1.sit", I discovered a document "SQ1 Copy Protection",
located in the subfolder "Copy Protection" of the folder "Space Quest 1 (16 colors)".
There it clearly states how to bypass the disk check.

To make it convenient to everyone, the message is as the following:

Space Quest I: The Sarien Encounter
* Copy Protection Bypass - For Macintosh Only *

Upon start of the application,
there will be a prompt stating "Please insert Original GAME DISK 1".
During this screen,
hold down the Command key and type the following all in lowercase
excluding the quotation marks, "4givmeken".
After typing this message in while holding the Command key down, press Return.

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by IIGS_User - 2013, September 27 - 6:54pm

Out of luck, because it's b&w only. But you can try the Enhanced version:

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by supernova777 - 2013, September 27 - 9:25am

wow this sure brings back memories! i was like 10 years old when i got this i think;) is there anyway i can run this on os9? or am i out of luck?

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by IIGS_User - 2011, November 11 - 3:45pm

Thanks to share the hints, very interesting ones!

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by howardyoo - 2011, November 11 - 4:15am

It is possible to run this game on Basilisk II. Only the black and white version works, though.
1. Set your basilisk's screen resolution to 512 x 342.
2. Set the display's color depth to 1bit (black and white).
3. use Windows GDI instead of direct-x.

** only the SQ1 B/W version works, 16 color version still does not work.
Also, when you're playing make sure to move the mouse cursors aside in the menu area since having the cursor in the game area glitches the screen.