Space Quest (universe)

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The original Space Quest logo.

Space Quest is a series of humorous science fiction themed graphic adventure video games developed and published by Sierra On-Line and written primarily by Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy. The first game was released in 1986, and six games were released in the main canon, as well as one cheap minigame title. The game's titles shifted focus originally from "Space Quest," for the first three games, to "Roger Wilco" for the remaining titles. The first two games use the Adventure Game Interpreter, game three uses Sierra Creative Interpreter version 0, and four through six use SCI version 1. The series was a fan-favorite and several new titles and remakes of the series have been made by fans. A seventh title was planned, but, due to the market shifting away from humorous graphic adventures, it was never realized. At least one other attempt to reboot the series was made, but it fell through.

Personal

The first game I played in the series was Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge on my cousin's Tandy 1000 a couple years after it was released (around 1989). I really liked the intro music, and thought the comic book in the manual was hilarious. He showed me how to get to the surface of Labion, and we would laugh our way through the dialogue, but we couldn't get much further. He and I played the game for awhile and slowly made progress through the game. One day, I came over to his house to see that he and my uncle had beaten the game. He showed me the rest of the game, and I thought it was pretty great. That was the end of my experience with the series for several years. I made a detailed fan site for the second game, but didn't try anything else from the series until the 2000s, when I downloaded the first game and played it a fair amount, got stuck, waited a few years, then finally beat it. I've booted up the third and fourth games, but played very little of them. I've also played and beaten Crazy Nick's Software Picks: Roger Wilco's Spaced Out Game Pack. At the encouragement of my friend Beau, I played and beat the third title in 2021. At some point in my life, I'll probably play the remaining three games. I think it's sad that Sierra let the franchise die, as I felt it was both a lot of fun to play and really funny.

Works

Core Video Games

Release Title Rank Platforms
1986-10-?? Space Quest I: The Sarien Encounter 2 Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Macintosh, MS-DOS
1987-??-?? Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge 1 Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Macintosh, MS-DOS
1989-03-?? Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon 3 Amiga, Atari ST, Macintosh, MS-DOS
1991-??-?? Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers Amiga, Macintosh, MS-DOS, PC-9800, Windows 3
1993-??-?? Space Quest V: The Next Mutation MS-DOS
1995-??-?? Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers Macintosh, MS-DOS, Windows , Windows 3

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