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PowerSlave cover
Lobotomy Software
North America Playmates Interactive Entertainment
Europe BMG Interactive
Digital Throwback Entertainment
Release dates
DOS 1996
Windows (DOSBox) November 19, 2020[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) November 19, 2020[1]
Linux (DOSBox) November 19, 2020[1]
Series PowerSlave
PowerSlave on HowLongToBeat
PowerSlave on IGDB
PowerSlave on MobyGames
PowerSlave on Wikipedia
PowerSlave 1996
PowerSlave EX (unofficial port) 2015
PowerSlave Exhumed 2021

Key points

Released as Exhumed in Europe and A.D. 1999: Pharaoh's Revival in Japan. Differences are minimal (title screen, etc.).
PowerSlave install can be converted to Exhumed install, and vice versa, using this.

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc check can be disabled through a command line parameter
Prepackaged with DOSBox.
macOS (OS X)
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Essential improvements

Source ports

Name Description
BuildGDX Reverse-engineered port based on Java's libGDX framework. Adds support for widescreen resolutions, OpenGL renderer, improved controls, many customization options, and free save mode in addition to the original game's checkpoints.
macOS (OS X)
PCExhumed Reverse-engineered port using EDuke32 technology.
Raze Fork of PCExhumed to GZDoom architecture. Also supports Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, and Redneck Rampage.
macOS (OS X)


DOS/32A is a more advanced extender and open source replacement to DOS4GW. It can improve both performance and stability of PowerSlave/Exhumed.

EX / PS DeHacker

A patcher utility that provides bug fixes and enhancement such as proper strafing, autorun, toggleable mouse look and higher resolutions.

Patch works with both Powerslave and Exhumed.
Earlier versions of this patcher have issues with DOS32A above (gives a runtime 200 error). Use the CauseWay Extender instead.

WASD + Mouse

  1. Open SETUP.CFG.
  2. Replace the content in the [KeyDefinitions] section with:
Modern keyboard binds
Move_Forward = "Up" "W"
Move_Backward = "Down" "S"
Turn_Left = "Left" ""
Turn_Right = "Right" ""
Strafe = "LAlt" "RAlt"
Strafe_Left = "," "A"
Strafe_Right = "." "D"
Run = "LShift" "RShift"
Jump = "Space" "/"
Crouch = "C" "LCtrl"
Fire = "Kpad0" "RCtrl"
Open = "F" ""
Look_Up = "PgUp" ""
Look_Down = "PgDn" ""
Look_Straight = "Home" "I"
Aim_Up = "Insert" ""
Aim_Down = "Delete" ""
SendMessage = "T" ""
Weapon_1 = "1" ""
Weapon_2 = "2" ""
Weapon_3 = "3" ""
Weapon_4 = "4" ""
Weapon_5 = "5" "G"
Weapon_6 = "6" "V"
Weapon_7 = "7" "B"
Mouseview = "U" ""
Pause = "Pause" ""
Map = "Tab" ""
Zoom_In = "F1" "X"
Zoom_Out = "F2" "Z"
Gamma_Correction = "F11" ""
Escape = "Escape" ""
Shrink_Screen = "Kpad-" "-"
Enlarge_Screen = "Kpad+" "="
Inventory = "Enter" "R"
Inventory_Left = "[" "Q"
Inventory_Right = "]" "E"
Mouse_Sensitivity_Down = "F7" ""
Mouse_Sensitivity_Up = "F8" ""

Then replace the content below the ControllerType = with the following:

Modern mouse binds
MouseButton0 = "Fire"
MouseButtonClicked0 = ""
MouseButton1 = "Jump"
MouseButtonClicked1 = ""
MouseButton2 = "Weapon_1"
MouseButtonClicked2 = "Weapon_3"


Easier and more modern control scheme.
Requires DeHacker's forced mouselook, C key fix and strafing fix.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SETUP.CFG
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/1260020/pfx/[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVGAME*.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/1260020/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud



Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Can be set with MENU.EXE
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
F7 lowers it, F8 increases it
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Can be changed via DeHacker
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound FX
Surround sound
See Source ports.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
EAX support
Raze supports OpenAL Soft for binaural HRTF mixing and EFX.
Red Book CD audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
For DOSBox use DOSBox IPX/modem emulation.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes SVGA, SVGA (VESA), VGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
Requires a source port.[2][3]

Map Browser

Allows easy browsing and management of user maps. Also allows jumping through default levels.

User Maps/Addons

  • El-Gizah - Single map with some custom art. It is advised to use the rescripted version as it includes a batch script to automate file renaming.
  • Return to Ruins - A 3-maps mini episode. User can avoid overwriting files (if using the map browser utility for instance) by renaming the included LEV*.MAP files to RUIN*.MAP and using the following batch script to launch it:
Return to Ruins batch script
@echo off
echo Starting Return to Ruins...
COPY LEV1.map LEV1.bme
COPY LEV2.map LEV2.bme
COPY LEV3.map LEV3.bme
COPY ruin1.map LEV1.map
COPY ruin2.map LEV2.map
COPY ruin3.map LEV3.map
PS /1 /h
COPY LEV1.bme LEV1.map
COPY LEV2.bme LEV2.map
COPY LEV3.bme LEV3.map
DEL LEV*.bme
echo Files restored...

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.3
Processor (CPU) Intel 486
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) SuperVGA, VESA, VGA
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.11
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 16.04
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL compatible
Sound (audio device) ALSA compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).
  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>/1260020/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1260020) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Throwback Thursday with new games from Throwback Entertainment - GOG.com - last accessed on 2020-11-19
  2. AUR : pcexhumed.git - last accessed on 2021-05-09
  3. PCExhumed - Exhumed/PowerSlave PC port - last accessed on 2021-05-09