Beneath a Steel Sky

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Beneath a Steel Sky
Beneath a Steel Sky cover
Revolution Software
Virgin Interactive
Original Virtual Theatre
Re-release ScummVM
Release dates
DOS March 1994
Windows (ScummVM) December 18, 2008[1]
macOS (OS X) (ScummVM) October 18, 2012[2]
Windows (DOSBox) April 7, 2013[3]
Linux (ScummVM) March 20, 2015[4]
Monetization Freeware
Modes Singleplayer
Controls Point and select
Genres Adventure
Themes Cyberpunk, Oceania
Series Steel Sky
Beneath a Steel Sky on HowLongToBeat
Beneath a Steel Sky on IGDB
Beneath a Steel Sky guide on StrategyWiki
Beneath a Steel Sky on MobyGames
Beneath a Steel Sky on Wikipedia
Steel Sky
Beneath a Steel Sky 1994
Beyond a Steel Sky 2020

Key points

Officially available as freeware.
Can easily be run on modern systems with ScummVM.

General information

Game Nostalgia - Detailed game information, developer interviews and game-related media
Soundtrack Enhancement Page Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Available on floppy disk (manual-based copy protection) or CD (no DRM). The CD-ROM version has full voice acting and a substantial introduction sequence.
Pre-packaged with ScummVM.
macOS (OS X)
DRM details are not known
Pre-packaged with ScummVM.
All of the prepackaged versions use the CD release.
The data files are available for free from the ScummVM website.

Essential improvements[edit]

Running the game through ScummVM[edit]

Just use the prepackaged versions if you want the CD release.
Playing the game with ScummVM[citation needed]
  1. Download the floppy or CD data files off ScummVM's download page
  2. Extract it into an empty folder
  3. Open ScummVM and select Add Game
  4. Select the folder you just added the data files to.
To display the original floppy disk version's intro instead of the CD version's comic book intro, go to the launcher, select Edit Game..., and under the Engine tab select Floppy intro, then OK.

James Woodcock's remastered soundtrack[edit]

Original game soundtrack in MIDI format, rearranged and re-recorded using modern studio equipment
Requires ScummVM.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\config.dat
Windows <path-to-game>\beneath.ini[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1368340/pfx/[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\
Windows <path-to-game>\SKY-VM.***[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Documents/ScummVM Savegames/Beneath a Steel Sky
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1368340/pfx/[Note 2]
DOS savegames are labelled SKY.???, where ??? represents a number between 000 and 999. Savegame descriptions are stored in SKY.SAV.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires Internal Update (25 April 2018) or later.
Steam Cloud
ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM documentation for details.


In-game menu (F5)
In-game menu (F5)
ScummVM settings.
ScummVM settings.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Menu can be open with F5
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).


ScummVM audio sliders. Access in-game by pressing Ctrl+F5 and clicking options.
ScummVM audio sliders. Access in-game by pressing Ctrl+F5 and clicking options.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Speech and FX have only an on/off toggle. Music can be adjusted with a slider.
Use ScummVM for Speech and SFX sliders.
Surround sound
Uses MIDI driver.
Menu can be accessed through F5.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
General MIDI audio
Use ScummVM.
This game supports the Roland MT-32 for music, and takes advantage of the additional sound effects provided by the CM-32L/LAPC-I.[Note 3]
While this game has very few native settings, it can run on ScummVM which adds some additional settings.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Speech in CD version only.
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation by «Бюро переводов Old-Games.Ru», ScummVM-build and localization files

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA 320x200
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 3.30
Processor (CPU) 386
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB (floppy)
93 MB (CD)
Video card (GPU) VGA
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 78 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  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>/1368340/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1368340) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. ScummVM adds proper General MIDI support.