Archimedean Dynasty

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Archimedean Dynasty
Archimedean Dynasty cover
Developers
Massive Development
Publishers
Blue Byte
Release dates
DOS November 1996
Windows (DOSBox) July 30, 2015[1]
Taxonomy
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
Archimedean Dynasty on MobyGames
Archimedean Dynasty on Wikipedia
AquaNox
Archimedean Dynasty 1996
AquaNox 2001
AquaNox 2: Revelation 2003
Aquanox: Deep Descent 2020

Archimedean Dynasty (also known as Schleichfahrt) is a vehicle combat game developed by now defunct Massive Development and published by then independent German developer and publisher Blue Byte. The game features light role-playing elements, such as basic dialog choices and vehicle customisation and is set in post-nuclear world where humans had escaped to deep underwater to avoid deadly post-nuclear radiation.

The game was released in 1996 in Germany, and in the US the following year. Being a late DOS game, the game supports 3DFX acceleration and graphics cards via a separate patch.

After being unavailable for purchase for many years since the initial release, the game was eventually re-released on GOG on July 30, 2015.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
DOSBox Wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Run in DOSBox.
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with DOSBox SVN Daum.[2]
Windows
Ubisoft Store
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Updates and 3dfx patch can be downloaded from BlueByte FTP - English / German
Alternately, the latest official patch, 1.120, is available at soggi.org as well as the official 3DFX patch.
The GOG.com version is already patched.[3]
Since 2013 there is an unofficial Patch called "Augmented Mod" available for the English & German version. Fixes dozens of bugs but also tweaks the game and difficulty significantly.
Installing patch 1.20[4]
  1. Download a patch from BlueByte FTP (see Patches).
  2. Place adupdate.exe in a folder, where you've installed Archimedean Dynasty.
  3. Launch adupdate.exe using DOSBox.

Notes

To make operation easier - use DOSBox front-end, like DBGL.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\DAT\SAVE
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Ubisoft Connect

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
This game runs only in 640x480.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
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

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Russian
Unofficial localization by «DiSoft»

Issues fixed[edit]

Slow mouse cursor[edit]

Use Mouse2KV[4]
  1. Extract Mouse2KV into the installation folder.
  2. Run the game using MOUSE2KV.EXE 640 480 8 8 AD.EXE

Notes

When using a Front-end like DBGL, set MOUSE2KV.EXE as a launch file and add 640 480 8 8 AD.EXE to launch parameters.

Ship turns in one direction when joystick is enabled[edit]

Change joystick timing setting[4]
  1. Edit the game's DOSBox configuration file.
  2. Change timed=true to timed=false (if it is already set to this, try timed=true instead).
  3. Save your changes and run the game again.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0
Processor (CPU) 80486DX2 100 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA, High Color

Notes

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

References