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'''General information'''
'''General information'''

Latest revision as of 23:12, 24 June 2021

Drakkhen cover
Localization Draconian
Retail Infogrames
Digital Classics Digital
Release dates
DOS 1989
Windows (DOSBox) February 8, 2018
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) June 26, 2018[1]
Linux (DOSBox) June 26, 2018[1]
Modes Singleplayer
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Drakkhen
Drakkhen on HowLongToBeat
Drakkhen on IGDB
Drakkhen guide on StrategyWiki
Drakkhen on MobyGames
Drakkhen on Wikipedia
Drakkhen 1989
Dragon View 2019

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Prompts for answers from the manual.[2]
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3] Includes the VGA/Tandy update.[4]
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
Icon overlay.png
Humble Store
Icon overlay.png
Icon overlay.png
Pre-packaged with DOSBox (includes the VGA/Tandy update).[4]
The retail version prompts for copy protection answers from the manual. The GOG.com version has the copy protection cracked (any code will be accepted).[2]

Version differences[edit]

Early releases do not include VGA/Tandy support (these floppies could be ordered separately).[5]

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\ACTIV.SAV
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/781220/pfx/[Note 2]
Settings are not stored between sessions.
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


In-game video settings (VGA/Tandy update).
In-game video settings (VGA/Tandy update).
External options menu (GOG.com version).
External options menu (GOG.com version).

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Toggle with Alt+ Enter (when using DOSBox).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Color blind mode
Helpful magic symbols become nearly invisible with some types of color blindness.[6]



Audio settings (VGA/Tandy update).
Audio settings (VGA/Tandy update).

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound. Volume levels are not shown visually and are not stored between sessions.
Surround sound
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA, EGA, Tandy, Hercules, VGA Early releases do not include VGA and Tandy support.[5]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 512 KB
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) VGA, EGA, CGA, Tandy, Hercules
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.12
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04 or newer
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL compatible
256 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data.
  2. 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>/781220/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (781220) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Release: Drakkhen - GOG.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 How does this compare to the SNES version?, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com - last accessed on 2 April 2019
    "DRM pop-ups that demand a code from the manual (these seem to be hacked into accepting any 5 characters in the GOG version, plus there's a pdf included with the real codes)"
  3. List of GOG games using DOSBox, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 Verified by User:Garrett on August 7, 2018
    Steam store page screenshots only show EGA mode.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The CRPG Addict: Game 80: Drakkhen (1989)
  6. The CRPG Addict: Drakkhen: Baffling, Frustrating, Intriguing - last accessed on 2 April 2019
    "Wow, those symbols in the first castle really do become nearly invisible. You'll run across those types of symbols a few times, so keep your eyes peeled. Also, the symbols are meaningful as they do actually stand for something. I hope you can make them out as it'll make later puzzles very difficult."