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Astrobatics cover
KraiSoft Entertainment
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2003
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Arcade
Vehicles Space flight
Art styles Pre-rendered graphics
Themes Space
Astrobatics guide on StrategyWiki
Astrobatics on MobyGames

Astrobatics is a singleplayer side view arcade game.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
Requires online activation

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\KraiSoft\Astrobatics

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\RESOURCE\Astrobatics.plt[Note 1]


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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
The game is most likely locked on 30 FPS or below.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing (RT)


The remap controls section of Astrobatics
The remap controls section of Astrobatics

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
All actions that can be done in the game could be remapped
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
The game has its own custom cursor
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


The sound settings of Astrobatics, including the mouse or keyboard control toggle and other options
The sound settings of Astrobatics, including the mouse or keyboard control toggle and other options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
The game has separate volume control for Sound FX and Music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Essential improvements

Use DDrawCompat[1]
Only the ddraw.dll wrapper from DDrawCompat works for this game, this will restore and improve some animations the game contains, the most noticeable change is when the game boots up showing the logo.

Issues fixed

Game refuses to boot up on modern hardware[2]

The game will refuse to open when executed on modern Windows OSes, mainly 8, 8.1, and 10.
Enable the following compatibility settings for the Astrobatics.exe file: Compatibility mode (98/Me).[3]

Game is lagging both in menu and in-game[4]

To resolve this, while the game is open press Alt+Tab then go back, the game should run on its normal speed after.

Game doesn't show a message or prompt when the ship receives power-ups

Supposedly, the game should always show a message when the ship receives power-ups, however for some reason on newer Windows versions this message prompt is disabled, this could affect gameplay as the game is also not telling the player the current shield level once it is activated.
Modify in-game settings with Registry Editor[5]
  1. Open Registry Editor by doing Start + R, then type regedit and press Enter.
  2. Click Edit on Registry Editor, click Find then type MessagePrizes, this should lead you to HKEY_USERS\{numbers}\SOFTWARE\KraiSoft Entertainment\Astrobatics or HKEY_USERS\{numbers}\SOFTWARE\KraiSoft\Astrobatics containing the MessagePrizes and MessageFreePrices values, once you've found both of the mentioned values, double-click on them and change their number from 0 to 1, enabling them.
  3. Close the Registry Editor and open the game afterwards, the game should now have text or message prompts when you receive power-ups.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 MB of free space.
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible


  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).


  1. Verified by User:Stormshadow429 on 2022-01-20
    I've confirmed this myself by testing the game after applying the wrapper
  2. Verified by User:Stormshadow429 on 2022-01-20
    The game will still refuse to boot even on Compatibility mode if the game did not come directly from KraiSoft
  3. Verified by User:Stormshadow429 on 2022-01-20
    If the game still refuses to open, ensure that the files are obtained legitimately from KraiSoft
  4. Verified by User:Stormshadow429 on 2022-01-20
    A minor fix someone in YouTube has discovered
  5. Verified by User:Stormshadow429 on 2022-01-22
    This should work on any versions although the location could vary depending on the game version and source, the 2 mentioned keys/values could also exist in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\KraiSoft\Astrobatics or HKEY_CURRENT_USER\KraiSoft Entertainment\Astrobatics.