Akalabeth: World of Doom

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Akalabeth: World of Doom
Akalabeth: World of Doom cover
Richard Garriott
Release dates
DOS February 28, 1998
Windows (DOSBox) December 24, 2014[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) December 24, 2014[1]
Linux (DOSBox) December 24, 2014[1]
Akalabeth: World of Doom on HowLongToBeat
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Akalabeth: World of Doom guide on StrategyWiki
Akalabeth: World of Doom on MobyGames
Akalabeth: World of Doom on Wikipedia
Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress 1982
Ultima III: Exodus 1983
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness 1987
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny 1988
Ultima VI: The False Prophet 1990
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire 1990
Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams 1991
Ultima VII: The Black Gate 1992
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss 1992
Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds 1993
Ultima VII Part Two: Serpent Isle 1993
Ultima VIII: Pagan 1994
Ultima Online 1997
Akalabeth: World of Doom 1998
Ultima IX: Ascension 1999

Key points

Also titled Ultima 0 - Akalabeth.
Available for free.

General information

The Codex of Ultima Wisdom - A huge wiki for the series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Use DOSBox for DOS version.
Includes both the unofficial DOS port and the official 1998 DOS port/remake. Both versions are pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

The DOS port of the game (first released in 1998 as part of the Ultima Collection) adds CGA colours and MIDI music.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\PLAYER.U0
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]
This game does not save any settings.
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (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
Unofficial port is monochrome.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
No mouse support.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).


Sound card and MIDI options in setup.exe.Suggested settings for DOSBox shown.
Sound card and MIDI options in setup.exe.
Suggested settings for DOSBox shown.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Uses MIDI driver
All speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
General MIDI audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Lord British Not recognizing quests[edit]

In the Black & White version distributed on GOG.com, Lord British will not recognize any completed quest. Other distributions of this version might also be affected.

Official Release[3]
  1. Download Akalabeth 1998 (Windows).zip - this appears under Game Extras rather than the main download.


The official version has minor gameplay differences from the B&W version.
Modify source code
  1. In aklabeth.bas, jump to code line 7500.
  2. Merge the following indented line onto code line 7500.
  3. Play the game with QBasic.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA 1998 DOS port/remake only.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data.