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SQ1 VGA: Stop the Hate

Definitive SQ1 poll  

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  1. 1. Do you prefer the fantastic VGA version of SQ1, or the other one?

    • VGA
    • EGA

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You know, I do have memories though, crystal clear, of observing my father playing space quest 2. Specifically, I remember him walking into the screen on Labion where the giant carnivorous mushrooms resided, and getting eaten by one of them. I was amused by that. I also observed him choking from the spore dust. I remember calling him "funny guy" because of those observations. I would go up to my father and plead "funny guy!, play funny guy!" because I wanted to watch him play it. I must've been two, three years old at the most during the time.

Years later when I dug up the sq3 diskettes (as I mentioned, he'd misplaced/lost the ones for games one and two), at age 8, and had played through to the planet pestulon (where the aluminum mallard first lands, and there are swirling cyan plants all around) I was very confused as to why suddenly there was only one screen on that green planet, and walking any direction led to the sequence where Roger observes the pirates coming out of the bunker. I'd mistaken Pestulon for Labion as I'd remembered it 6 years prior, when I was two years old, and was expecting to see those giant mushrooms again.


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I've always liked the art direction SQ1 VGA, as I dig the whole b-sci-fi feel quite a bit. But I do agree that as an SQ game it stands out like a sore thumb, as the other SQ games have so different art style

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EGA version all the way... I actually played it in CGA back in the late 80s.  The game booted in monochrome and then you used one of the drop down menus to give it colour...(a generous splashing of magenta and bright yellow).

Recently for the first time ever I've started trying out ports of Sierra games.  I've just completed Space Quest 1 in monochrome for the Apple Mac 128k through an emulator.... Now there's a combo between the EGA & VGA versions as this one came with mouse control!  It actually looks and plays very nicely.  As a side note, to bypass copy protection on this one you hold down the cmd key and type "4givmeken" :lol:.  That made me smile.



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14 hours ago, MusicallyInspired said:

The original (not the remake) of this Apple version has copy protection?

There are two versions bundled with my download.  The copy protection refers to the 16 colour version which was also included which I presume is for another mac model with colour graphics.  I believe after initial booting of the game you are prompted to re-insert the apple's system disk again.  It loads from this disk then prompts you to "Insert Your ORIGINAL Space Quest Disk 1" At this point you hold down the little apple key and type "4givmeKen" then enter INSTEAD of re-inserting the space quest disk.  Seeing as these computers didn't have hard drives, maybe the was to make sure you didn't boot the game up with one disk for a room of people... I'm not sure.  But the actual cheat itself is funny... I wonder if it was by Scott, or perhaps whoever did the Mac port?

(Side-Note: I own the complete SQ collection from GOG, and own physical retail copies of the 1,2 and 4 for PC.  I only downloaded this version as a curiosity) . 

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