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AquaNox cover
Massive Development
2000-2002 Fishtank Interactive
2002-2011 JoWood Productions
2011-2016 Nordic Games
2016-present THQ Nordic
KRASS Engine
Release dates
Windows November 30, 2001
Metacritic 67
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Naval/watercraft
Themes Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series AquaNox
AquaNox on HowLongToBeat
AquaNox on IGDB
AquaNox on MobyGames
AquaNox on Wikipedia
Archimedean Dynasty 1996
AquaNox 2001
AquaNox 2: Revelation 2003
Aquanox: Deep Descent 2020


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

AquaNox is a sequel to 1996's Archimedean Dynasty (also known as Schleichfahrt). It is a vehicle combat game developed by now defunct Massive Development and published by Fishtank Interactive, using their proprietary KRASS Engine. The game complexity was significantly reduced compared to the original, simplifying the dialog system to a minimum and focusing almost entirely on arcade combat. The game's then impressive graphics and DirectX 8 implementation resulted in a special version of the game being made and used for benchmarking graphics cards.[1]

The game was released in 2001 to generally mixed reviews. While reviewers praised the graphics, it was criticised for its simplistic, repetitive gameplay, and the cuts made when compared to its predecessor.[2] It was released in digital distribution in 2010.

The game is generally playable in current state, although applying SilentPatch is recommended in order to negate issues with high-polling mice.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements


The newest patch for non digital releases is 1.17. Patches for the game can be found here.
Digital release is labelled as version 1.18.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39630/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\AquaNox
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39630/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF topic.
640x480, requires a workaround for higher resolutions. See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA up to 8.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Starting the game in windowed mode[5]
  • Start a game with an attribute: -window.
Force higher resolutions[citation needed]
  1. For higher resolutions install AutoHotkey and use the script:
    WinGet, TempWindowID, ID, A
    If (WindowID != TempWindowID)
    If (WindowState != 1)
      WinGetPos, 0, 0, 1280, 960, ahk_id %WindowID%
      WinSet, Style, -0xC40000, ahk_id %WindowID%
      WinMove, ahk_id %WindowID%, , 0, 0, A_ScreenWidth, A_ScreenHeight
      WinSet, Style, +0xC40000, ahk_id %WindowID%
      WinMove, ahk_id %WindowID%, , WinPosX, WinPosY, WindowWidth, WindowHeight
  2. Edit the resolution in line WinGetPos, 0, 0, 1280, 960, ahk_id %WindowID%.
  3. After you've changed the window size using the script, go to options and change the in-game resolution for the game's render to adjust to changes.


Xbox 360 Controller

This game works well with Xbox 360 Controller. However actions can not be bound to Left and Right Triggers. Below are recommended settings for X360 and similar controllers.
Recommended settings for X360 controller.
Recommended settings for X360 controller.
Recommend settings for Xbox 360 Controller[5]

Direction of View section

  • Up/Down - Joystick u-Axis, Sensitivity 15%, Tolerance 15%,
  • Left/Right - Joystick r-Axis, Sensitivity 15%, Tolerance 15%, Inverted

Direction of Movement section (click More for Joystick settings)

  • Fwd/Back - Joystick z-Axis, Sensitivity 60%, Tolerance 10%, Inverted
  • Left/Right - Joystick x-Axis, Sensitivity 30%, Tolerance 10%, Inverted
  • Up/Down - Joystick y-Axis, Sensitivity 30%, Tolerance 10%

Weapon's config section

  • Primary Fire - Joy Button 6 (Right Bumper)
  • Secondary Fire - Joy Button 5 (Left Bumper)
  • Next Weapon - Joy POV up
  • Last Weapon - Joy POV down
  • Throw Buzzer - Joy Button 3 (X)
  • Lock Enemy - Joy Button 4 (Y)
  • Secondary Fire - Joy Button 5 (Left Bumper)

Make sure to set Joystick: On under Joystick Section.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for sound effects and music.
Surround sound
Can not be disabled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can not be disabled.
EAX support
EAX 1.0, EAX 2.0, A3D 1.0, A3D 2.0.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and Steam only; download for release.
Retail and Steam only.
Retail and Steam only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
16 GameSpy services have been shut down;[6] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.55.4. See important instructions here, 3D screenshots samples here. Note: Profile may not produce stereo output with newer versions of DGVoodoo2.

Issues unresolved

Game crashes during the intro to mission "War in Neopolis"

  • Sometimes the game crashes during the intro to the mission War in Neopolis. This crash doesn't seem to be consistent.[7]

Issues fixed

Unresponsive mouse

Use SilentPatch[5]

Screen flickering (black frame)

Disable lag compensation under graphical options[5]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8 [8]
Shader Model support 1.0 Pixel Shader 1.0, Vertex Shader 1.1.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.1c.[9]
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 3 400 MHz
AMD Athlon 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) AGP 2X Video Card
16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] 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.[4]
  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>/39630/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (39630) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. GeForce FX 5800 Ultra review by Guru3D - last accessed on 2020-06-10
    "One of my favorite benchmarks is AquaMark based upon the Krass engine that the upcoming title Aquanox serves. (...) Aquamark is a very good benchmark to test graphics cards, it utilizes the videocard probably better than any test software available accept CodeCreatures maybe ..."
  2. AquaNox review by GameSpy (archived) - last accessed on 2020-06-10
    "Archimedean Dynasty was a critically acclaimed, but obscure game, that mixed adventure and futuristic submarine combat. Now Massive Development has returned with a sequel, AquaNox, which takes you back to the dystopian undersea world of Aqua. It turns out that AquaNox wasn't really worth the long wait: it features technically impressive graphics, but otherwise it's a simplistic, dull, and at times amateurish game."
  3. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  4. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Verified by User:Suicide_machine on 2016-08-19
  6. Pricing | GameSpy Technology
  7. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-11-10
    Out of 8 attempts, it crashed 5 times. No idea why.
  8. Verified by User:Eddmanx on 2022-09-20
  9. Verified by User:Nessy on 2019-08-17
    Version number found in Mss32.dll in the game installation folder.