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Space Quest I: The Sarien Encounter

  • The Sarien Spider Droid references the Imperial Probe Droid from The Empire Strikes Back, though crawling instead of hovering. The Ulence Flats buildings resemble the domed structures of Tatooine, both situated in the desert. The bar resembles Mos Eisley Cantina; the alien band may reference Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, the Mugger in the original version resembles Greedo, and the alien with eyestalks may reference an Ithorian.
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  • The Blues Brothers are also playing.
  • In the intro of the VGA remake, the Arcada being captured by the Deltaur is a shoutout to the opening of A New Hope.
  • The store Droids R Us is a reference to Toys "R" Us. In the VGA version, the store is known as Droids-B-Us. The store contains a Dalick and a Def-Tech droid, the HA-Y-AO droid refers to Hayao Miyazaki and the robots from Castle in the Sky, the Max-42 droid resembles the Maximilian robot from The Black Hole, the Murage droid may refer to Mecha and Kaiju in general, the YX-10 droid resembles the B-9-M-3 robot from Lost in Space, the SUX-9000 droid is named after the car 6000 SUX from RoboCop, the FB-001 sales droid resembles Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet, and there is the head of an Ultron-17 robot.
  • In addition to The Blues Brothers and Madonna, one of the bands playing at the bar is ZZ Top, removed from later versions for legal reasons. A Galileo shuttlecraft is parked by the bar, with visible "NCC" intials.
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Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge

Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon

Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers

Space Quest V: The Next Mutation

  • Cliffy the Scottyoid and Raemes T. Quirk refer to Montgomery Scott and James T. Kirk of Star Trek.
  • Spike the Face Hugger is a reference to Alien.
  • The WD-40 annihilator droid is named after WD-40 lubricant, and her ship resembles a Romulan Scout Ship.
  • Genetix Research Corporation refers to Dynamix.
  • When observing the opened trash picked up the the Eureka, the narrator says, "What a wonderful smell you've discovered," said by Han Solo in the garbage chute in A New Hope.
  • At StarCon Academy, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader are occasionally dueling in the hallway. Two of the cadets resemble Worf and Spock. The Academy orbits Nova 9, a reference to the Stellar 7 series, and the Big Bad Gir Draxon is mentioned in the manual.
  • Parodying the National Enquirer, the manual references the battle between Imperial troops and Ewoks in Return of the Jedi, incidents of teleporter accidents, the rotundity of Jabba the Hutt, the sighting and impersonation of Elvis, the real life dramas of The Jetsons and Lost in Space, the whimsicality of the The Far Side, the originality of the game designers using Star Trek and Star Wars reference manuals and an Alien Face Hugger model for inspiration, Sea-Monkeys, the longevity of Dick Clark, the hairstyles of Princess Leia, Spock, and William Shatner, and the strength of the Vulcans.

Space Quest VI: Roger Wilco in The Spinal Frontier

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  • The Space Quest Companion hint book references an ArrakisCorp.
  • In the Fan Sequel, Space Quest: The Lost Chapter, when typing "Pop claws" on the Vercotron and looking out the window, Roger appears as a 90's era Wolverine.

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