Police Quest I: In Pursuit of the Death Angel


Moving your character

You may move the character on the screen with arrow keys, the numeric keypad, or by clicking the left mouse button. To halt your character's steps with the keypad, press number 5, or press the last used direction key again. Do not hold the direction key.

Game speed control

At times it may be useful to slow down the speed of the game animation in order to negotiate a tricky section, or observe something more carefully. In Police Quest 1, speed can be changed by selecting a choice from the Speed menu, using the mouse or arrow keys.
While driving a car, F6 will take the player to normal speed, F8 will accelerate the car and F10 is the maximum speed in case of emergencies (and the only case where red traffic lights may be ignored).

Short cuts

[F1] Help
[F2] Toggle sound on/off
[F3], [Spacebar] Repeat previous command
[F4] Enter/exit car (still requires opening and closing the door)
[F5] Save game
[F6] (while driving) Normal driving speed
[F7] Restore saved game
[F8] (while driving) Fast driving speed
[F9] Restart game from beginning
[F10] (while driving) Fastest driving speed (allows ignoring traffic lights)
[Tab] Inventory
[ESC] Show menu bar, Pause game
[Ctrl-C] Cancel typed command line
[Ctrl-I] Inventory
[Ctrl-P] Paus game
[Ctrl-Q] Quit game
[Ctrl-V] Change volume

Using the mouse

You can move the character by left-clicking the mouse. You can look at objects or people by right-clicking the mouse.


You can generally interact with the game by typing simple commands consisting of as little as a noun and a verb. For instance, the command get into the car can be shortened to get in car. Unless otherwise instructed, follow all commands with ENTER. Police Quest 1 will understand many common verbs, such as look, get, read, load, pry, climb, push, play, tell, use, ask, give, take and so on. You can repeat a command by pressing [F3].

And finally...

It can be handy to take notes as you discover clues and information. It may also be useful to draw a map. Keep an eye on the clock and remember which events happened at what time. Make sure to look everywhere and pick up everything, and go back to places you have previously visited as things change over time. And finally: SAVE YOUR GAME OFTEN.