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EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus

DOS - 1991

Alt names EcoQuest 1: The Search for Cetus, EcoQuest: Die Suche nach Cetus, Le Secret de la Cité Engloutie
Year 1991
Platform DOS
Released in United States (1991)
United Kingdom (1992)
United States (1995)
Genre Adventure, Educational
Theme Ecology / Nature, Graphic Adventure
Publisher Sierra On-Line, Inc.
Developer Sierra On-Line, Inc.
Perspective 3rd-Person
Dosbox support Fully supported on current version
4.8 / 5 - 56 votes

Description of EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus

Jane Jansen's (of Gabriel Knight fame) first game for Sierra is an excellent adventure game for any kid who's old enough to type.

As son of an ecologist Adam, you must help the dolphin Cetus save the sea from pollution and waste. Educational elements are ingeniously blended into gameplay, from the new "recycle" icon that gives points when the player uses it on recylable objects, to lots of environmental facts throughout the narrative that are interwoven with traditional inventory-based puzzles.

Highly recommended.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

RyTEK 2023-11-24 0 point

This was one of my first DOS games on a 486 SX 25MHz. Glad that I found it so that I can mess around with it again and show my kids.

BR1M 2023-06-10 0 point

A 1991 game, surprisingly the artwork graphics is great in its time.
Play this game and learn to save our environment.

MOBILEHEAD 2023-05-29 0 point

A game with a really high educative factor. Great for children but the adults will also have a lot of fun. CD version highly recommended.

lostn 2022-09-25 2 points

Jonathan, a CD-ROM version with full audio speech was released the same year as the floppy disk version.

Crossman 2022-05-01 -1 point

By the way players should pay more attention to the developer's notices. I mean right where you're specifying what options to use for sound it says not to use Extended or Ems memory with anything else but the game or it will crash, lmfao...
Really people (sigh)...

Crossman 2022-05-01 -1 point

As a Sierra player myself and having played King's Quest and their famous classic Sonic the Hedgehog games I believe they went the teaching route with this game and attempted to reach the responsible side of consciousness, where environmentalist meets entertainment and decided to teach their public the consequences of our actions and how it all affects the planet on which we live. I say let's see where this game goes with it and what it can teach us to become better Stewarts of our planet.

rpgguy 2020-05-17 0 point

For everyone that wonders why the speech audio isn't working. The reason for that is that this seems to be the disc version of the game. The cd version had the speech (I had that one in my collection, but gave everything to my nephew with a slower pc long long ago).

jonathan 2020-01-21 -5 points

This game never had dialog audio. Don't be silly, this game was released on floppy disks. Enjoy it. Why is it french? My copy is english, this is french.

??? 2019-11-14 0 point

Is there a a reason why the game crashes when you get to the dark cave and try to pick up the silver box

Spike 2019-02-25 0 point

Speech audio is not working for me either. I've tried running the install and selecting different options for the sound and speech, but nothing seems to work. It does seem to run fine otherwise if you can deal with the lack of voices. However, if you look at the comments below the game, it looks like there are crashing issues for some people after reaching a certain point. Might want to try downloading and running this one in Windows 3.1 via a virtual machine.

Michelle 2017-12-05 -1 point

If you love King's Quest or similar adventure games, you will love the ECO Quest series. It's for kids so the puzzles are a bit easier, and the stakes are lower (if you don't get a puzzle, you just wander around forever not moving forward--you don't die gruesomely), but it's the same point-and-click experience.

LBoogie28 2017-04-04 2 points

I for the life of me cannot get the dialogue audio to work. I'm using DOSBox, but the dialogue is silent, while the music and sound effects are present. Any suggestions? I can't find any solutions on the Sierra website, nor via Google that have worked.

BUBU 2015-06-23 1 point DOS version

Jane Jensen? Creator of Gabriel Knight and EXCELLENT King Quest 6? That's big enough reason to try it...!

Blueshark13 2014-05-22 0 point DOS version

Highly underrated Sierra game- this was one of my favorites as a child!

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DOS Version

DownloadEnglish version 4 MB DownloadFloppy Disk Images English version 4 MB DownloadISO Version English version 169 MB DownloadFrench version 5 MB ManualEnglish version 11 MB

Game Extras

Various files to help you run EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

CluebookEnglish version 9 MB MiscNovel
I Helped Save The Earth English version 15 MB
MiscEcoNews Journal English version 10 MB

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