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Black Shades

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Black Shades
Black Shades cover
Wolfire Games
Windows Henry Kropf
macOS (OS X) Derek S. Arndt
macOS (OS X) Zachary Slater
Linux Zachary Slater
Wolfire Games
Release dates
Windows 2002
Mac OS (Classic) 2002
macOS (OS X) 2002
Linux 2003
Monetization Freeware
Black Shades on Wikipedia

Key points

Extremely lightweight. Can virtually run on any computer.
There is no menu option. Everything is set from the configuration file.

General information

Developers' forums
Linux port page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Developer website

Essential improvements

Black Shades Enhanced

Black Shades Enhanced is a fan-made mod for Black Shades that adds in options to the config.txt that allow you to change the FPS limit, the Field of View, and whether you want the game to run in windowed mode. The FPS limit has also been set to 300 by default.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.txt[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>\config.txt
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
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Highscore[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>\Data\Highscore
Highscore file is in plain text format with two lines, the first one being the high score value and the second a binary value indicating wether or not the player beat the game.


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolution has to be set in config.txt with the Screenwidth and Screenheight values.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Black Shades Enhanced.
Use Black Shades Enhanced.
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)
Has to be set in config.txt with the VBL sync binary value.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 90 FPS. Use Black Shades Enhanced.


It seems like setting azerty keyboard to 1 in config.txt actually switches the game to QWERTY layout. It is best leaving this value untouched.[1]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Has to be set in config.txt with the Mouse sensitivity value.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Has to be set in config.txt with the invert mouse binary value.
Controller support


Game volume can only be set via the OS sound mixer.
It is possible to disable the music in config.txt with the Music binary value.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
No spoken dialogue.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed

Game doesn't launch

Set Windows compatibility mode on "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)"[1]

Black screen on launch

The above fix is also necessary.
Set game resolution[1]
  1. Edit config.txt.
  2. Change Screenwidth and Screenheight's values respectively to the desktop resolution width and height.
  3. Save and close.

Other information


ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Mac OS (Classic)

System requirements

Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 MB


  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).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Verified by User:Azatoth on November 30, 2017