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Anachronox cover
Ion Storm
2001-2009 Eidos Interactive
2009-present Square Enix
Retail (Australia) Infogrames
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
id Tech 2
Release dates
Windows June 27, 2001
Metacritic 77
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time, Turn-based
Perspectives Third-person
Genres RPG, JRPG
Themes Cyberpunk, Sci-fi
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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].[3]
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Can be played without Steam running.[4]
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).


A demo can be downloaded on Mod DB.

Essential improvements[edit]


Unofficial patches[edit]

These patches are only needed for retail versions; the and Steam versions are already patched.
Fixes several issues and improves some areas of the game. Digital versions of the game already include this patch.
Build 44 to Build 45[edit]
The first patch has to be installed beforehand, following the second patch.
Fixes multiple issues with the game.
Alternate download link
Build 45 to Build 46[edit]
Fixes even more issues with the game.
Alternate download link

Game data[edit]

Official setup utility.
Official setup utility.
Launcher and setup utility for unofficial patches.
Launcher and setup utility for unofficial patches.
General in-game settings.
General in-game settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\anoxdata\CONFIGS\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/242940/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\anoxdata\SAVE\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/242940/pfx/[Note 3]
9 save slots available.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF Anachronox files.
See the WSGF Anachronox files.
See the WSGF Anachronox files.
4K Ultra HD
See the WSGF Anachronox files.
Field of view (FOV)
Option called "camera distance" available in the in-game options.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 125 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Arrow keys can be used for movement without needing to be bound. Many commands cannot be rebound.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
From the settings menu in game only
Controller support


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Ambient, interface, cinematic and music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 1.0[5]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, [10].
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.

Issues unresolved[edit]

3D sound on modern systems[edit]

3D sound is unsupported on modern systems. As the in-game implementation is quite buggy and causes crashes even on systems with 3D sound support, the feature has been removed from the GOG and Steam versions.

Issues fixed[edit]

Couldn't load renderer (AMD)[edit]

Install DirectX[citation needed]

Install the DirectX End-User Runtimes.

Couldn't load renderer[edit]

Install nGlide[citation needed]

Install the nGlide wrapper. Many users report this as an inferior solution to updated native drivers or DirectX, but if for whatever reason OpenGL doesn't work, this is an option.

Low frame rate / stuttering[edit]

Create Config.ini[6]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\GOG\.
  2. Enter the Anachronox folder. Create the folder if it doesn't exist.
  3. Create the file config.ini
  4. Enter into config.ini
  1. If 200 doesn't work, try a higher value or lower down to 59.
Force Vsync[7][8]
Install QindieGL[9]
  1. Download and extract QindieGL, an OpenGL wrapper. Older releases here
  2. Copy opengl32.dll and paste into the Anachronox installation folder.
  3. Click on QindieGL-setup.reg and add to the registry.
Run as Administrator[10]
Turn off 3D sound[11]
  1. Open GCT Setup.exe.
  2. Under 3D Sound Options, choose "Off" from the pull down menu.
  3. Click Save.
Use integrated graphics[12]
Windows 98 / ME Compatibility Mode[13][14]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.1
WickedGL was added in the build 44 patch.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System, A3D, DirectSound 3D, RSX 3D A3D 2.0

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 OSR2
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 12 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 1.1 compatible
DirectX 7 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/242940/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (242940) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.