King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!

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King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! cover
Developers
Sierra On-Line
Engines
SCI1
Release dates
DOS November 9, 1990
Mac OS (Classic) 1991
Windows 3.x 1992[1]
Windows (ScummVM) February 25, 2010
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! guide on StrategyWiki
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! on MobyGames
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! on Wikipedia

Warnings

The Windows 3.x version of this game does not work on 64-bit versions of Windows (see Availability for affected versions).
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

The manual is required to pass the floppy disk version's in-game copy protection (digital versions use the CD-ROM release, which omits the copy protection)
Can be run under ScummVM.

General information

Sierra Help Pages - King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!
King's Quest Omnipedia - A huge wiki for the King's Quest series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Floppy disk release
DOS
Retail
DRM-free
CD-ROM release
DOS
Windows 3.x
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella and King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow.
Pre-packaged with ScummVM
DOSBox version is also available (when using GOG Galaxy).[2]
Windows
Steam
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Comes bundled with all other King's Quest games (excluding King's Quest 8).
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Original releases[edit]

The floppy disk release came in two versions: one which supported EGA exclusively, and one which supported MCGA and VGA.
The CD-ROM release supports MCGA and VGA exclusively and is the only release to have digitized voiceovers.
The Windows version of the game has GeneralMIDI support.

Digital releases[edit]

The King's Quest Collection, the collection on Steam, is not properly configured for modern systems[3]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
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
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\KQ5SG.***[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
For the GOG.com re-release, the C:\ drive is mapped to <path-to-game>

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]

In-game options menu
In-game options menu
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
Floppy version only
French
Floppy version only
Russian
Fan translation by «PRCA»

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes EGA, Tandy, PCjr, MCGA, VGA See Availability.
Executable16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Requires a 64-bit build of ScummVM.

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 386
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 19 MB
Video card (GPU) EGA, Tandy 16-color, PCjr 16-color, MCGA, VGA
Sound (audio device) SoundBlaster, SoundBlaster Pro, SoundBlaster 16, Roland MT-32
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 386
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 19 MB
Sound (audio device) SoundBlaster, SoundBlaster Pro, SoundBlaster 16, Roland MT-32
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 6.0.7
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68000
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 19 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 Colours

Notes

  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.

References