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Beneath a Steel Sky

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Beneath a Steel Sky
Beneath a Steel Sky cover
Revolution Software
Virgin Interactive
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Digital Revolution Software
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, Sponsored
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

Beneath a Steel Sky is a singleplayer adventure game in the Steel Sky series.

Key points

Can easily be run on modern systems with ScummVM.

General information

Developer Discord server
Game Nostalgia - Detailed game information, developer interviews and game-related media 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)
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Pre-packaged with ScummVM.
All of the prepackaged versions use the CD release.
The data files are available for free from the ScummVM website.


Type Notes
Freeware Originally sold commercially, but now completely free to own.
Sponsored A Foster's Lager label is shown during the CD-ROM introduction.[5] It is the eponym of the protagonist's surname "Foster".[6]

Essential improvements

Running the game through ScummVM

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

Original game soundtrack in MIDI format, rearranged and re-recorded using modern studio equipment.
Requires ScummVM 1.4.2 or later (the ScummVM versions included with the GOG & Steam releases will work).

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

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.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


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).
Controller types


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. Not subtitles in the intro cutscene.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio
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.
Traditional Chinese
Retail only.
Fan translation, download.
Available in the GoG release. Mistaken as Brazilian Portuguese.
Fan translation by «Бюро переводов Old-Games.Ru», ScummVM-build and localization files

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA 320x200

System requirements

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 256-color
Sound (audio device) Supports Roland, Sound Blaster, and Ad Lib cards
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 87 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 78 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 128 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 the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data. For the release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).
  3. ScummVM adds proper General MIDI support.


  1. Free games: Beneath a Steel Sky and Lure of the Temptress - - last accessed on May 2023
  2. GOG launches Mac support, 50 games available now - last accessed on May 2023
  3. "The "what did just update?" thread" post #709 - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  4. "The "what did just update?" thread" post #6577 - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  5. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2021-06-29
  6. Wikipedia - Beneath a Steel Sky - last accessed on 2021-06-29
    "...they name him Robert Foster, partly due to him being fostered by them, but also because of the discovery of an empty can of Foster's Lager found near the crash site."