King's Quest: Quest for the Crown

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King's Quest: Quest for the Crown
King's Quest: Quest for the Crown cover
Sierra On-Line
Mac OS (Classic) Mark Langbehn
Original AGI
EGA Remake SCI0
Release dates
PC booter 1984
DOS 1987
Mac OS (Classic) 1987
Windows (ScummVM) August 24, 2010[1]
King's Quest: Quest for the Crown guide on StrategyWiki
King's Quest: Quest for the Crown on MobyGames
King's Quest: Quest for the Crown 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

Originally released as King's Quest
Both the original release and the 1990 remake can be run under ScummVM
The original PC releases of the AGI version have limited audio on non-PCjr/non-Tandy systems. See Essential improvements for modern workarounds

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Floppy disk check (requires the original floppy in the drive to play)
Non-PC booter versions use CPC Copy Protection DRM. See Version differences for additional info about the original version and the 1990 remake. The King's Quest collections released by Sierra in the 1990's usually include both versions.
PC booter
Mac OS
Bundled with King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne and King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human. Pre-packaged with ScummVM
DOSBox version is also available (when using GOG Galaxy).[2]
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Comes bundled with all other King's Quest games (excluding King's Quest 8).
A browser version is also available.

Version differences[edit]

Original releases[edit]

The original 1984 release is exclusive to the PCjr and its 16-color mode. A later release that same year exclusively supported Tandy machines and their 16-color mode[3]
The 1987 release added support for EGA and Hercules modes while keeping support for PCjr and Tandy 16-color modes
An official remake was released in 1990, which was developed using the SCI engine. Is uses the basic design and puzzles from the original game while featuring remade graphics, new soundtrack, more detailed environments, and expanded text and dialogue. Tierra's/AGD's unofficial remake is based on 1990 version

Modern re-releases and ports[edit]

Steam only has the EGA remake available. only has the original version available[citation needed]
The King's Quest Collection, the collection on Steam, is not properly configured for modern systems[4]

Essential improvements[edit]

Four-channel audio support[edit]

The AGI release of the game has support for four-channel audio, which by default requires the additional audio hardware of PCjr or Tandy computer. Other systems are limited to one-channel audio played through the PC speaker
Use a third-party AGI interpreter[citation needed]


Modern AGI interpreters include ScummVM and NAGI.
Use DOSBox[citation needed]


If DOSBox is configured to emulate PCjr or Tandy computer, the game detects and uses the emulated PCjr/Tandy sound hardware for four-channel audio.

King's Quest I Unofficial Remake[edit]

A complete and free remake of the game, it adds new VGA style graphics, dialogue, an updated Point-and-Click UI, and a complete soundtrack.

It can be found on the developer's official website.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
PC booter
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10100/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
PC booter
Windows <path-to-game>\KQ1SG.*[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10100/pfx/[Note 2]
These are the default paths used by the game. The save file location can be determined by the user

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM user manual for details.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings ( version)
Graphics settings ( version)

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
All speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes Hercules, CGA, MCGA, EGA, Tandy/PCjr, VGA See Availability for details.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
64-bit requires a 64-bit build of ScummVM.

System requirements[edit]

PC booter
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel 8088
Intel 8086
System memory (RAM) 128 kB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) CGA, CGA Composite
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2.11 (original)
5.0 (EGA remake)
Processor (CPU) Intel 8088 (original)
Intel 286 (EGA remake)
System memory (RAM) 256 KB (original)
512 KB (EGA remake)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 MB (original)
4 MB (EGA remake)
Video card (GPU) Hercules, CGA, MCGA, EGA, Tandy/PCjr
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68000
System memory (RAM) 512 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD)


  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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/10100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (10100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.