King's Quest: Mask of Eternity

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King's Quest: Mask of Eternity
King's Quest: Mask of Eternity cover
Sierra Studios
Release dates
Windows November 30, 1998
King's Quest: Mask of Eternity guide on StrategyWiki
King's Quest: Mask of Eternity on MobyGames
King's Quest: Mask of Eternity on Wikipedia
King's Quest
Adventure in Serenia 1982
King's Quest: Quest for the Crown‎ 1984
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne 1985
King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human 1986
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella 1988
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! 1990
King Graham's Board Game Challenge 1992
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow 1992
King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride 1994
King's Quest: Mask of Eternity 1998
The Silver Lining (unofficial) 2010
King's Quest (2015) 2015

Key points

Poor compatibility with modern systems

General information

Sierra Help Pages - King's Quest: Mask of Eternity
King's Quest Omnipedia - A huge wiki for the King's Quest series Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Improved Mask of Eternity installer is highly recommended.
Updated for compatibility with modern systems and pre-configured with nGlide. Comes bundled with King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride.
The release still has compatibility issues and bugs, even with the added patches

Essential improvements[edit]

Improved Mask of Eternity installer[edit]

For the retail version only. It will not work with the release

A custom installer for the game, it provides modern Windows compatibility, netbook support, improved load times, and various bug fixes.

It can be found on the Sierra Help Pages Forums.

KQMoE Shim (kqmoefix)[edit]

The King's Quest: Mask of Eternity - Shim is a run-time patch that has been developed to workaround the infamous TalkComplete bug (random cutscene freeze), a lot of compatibility issues, and some annoyances.

All known demos, retail versions (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Brazilian), and the release have been tested on Windows 95..10 and Wine 1.8.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Options.cs[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Maximum native resolution available is 800x600. Use nGlide for higher resolutions (pillarboxed/stretched 4:3).
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use nGlide.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings/options menu.
In-game audio settings/options menu.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on startup[edit]

Adding modern Windows compatibility[1]

1. Download and install Zeckenseck's Glide Wrapper.

2. Using Notepad, create a text file titled starttxt and add in the following:

Sierra Utilities 
The King's Quest: Mask of Eternity CD was not found. 
Please check your CD drive and restart the game. 
Allocating Textures. Please wait... 
Please wait 
Microsoft Direct Draw 
You must be running in 256 color mode or higher. 
You can change the color depth from the control panel display icon. 

3. Take the file created in Step 2 and add it to the installation folder.

4. While in the installation folder, open the Options.cs file with Notepad and replace line 8 to read assignGModeName Glide.

5. Launch the game

6. Before starting a new game, go the options menu and change the graphics settings to the following:

Graphics Mode->3Dfx 
Graphics Resolution->800x600 
Dynamic Lighting->Off 
Connor Shadows->Off 
Monster Shadows->Off 
Character Shadows->Off 
Object Shadows->Off 

7. Start a new game!

NOTE: If the above graphics settings work fine when launching a new game, try turning on graphics settings to improve the quality.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5
DirectDraw 5
Glide 2.4
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).