Astrobatics

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Astrobatics
Astrobatics cover
Developers
KraiSoft Entertainment
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2003
Taxonomy
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.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
Requires online activation
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

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

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
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

Input[edit]

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

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
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
Controller support

Audio[edit]

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
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Essential improvements[edit]

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[edit]

Game refuses to boot up on modern hardware[2][edit]

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][edit]

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[edit]

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.
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 Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\KraiSoft Entertainment\Astrobatics or Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\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[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

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

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
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

Notes

  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).

References

  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 Computer\HKEY_USERS\{randomnumbers}\SOFTWARE\KraiSoft\Astrobatics or Computer\HKEY_USERS\{randomnumbers}\SOFTWARE\KraiSoft Entertainment\Astrobatics.