Blades of Exile

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Blades of Exile
Blades of Exile cover
Spiderweb Software
Release dates
Mac OS (Classic) 1997
Windows 3.x February 28, 1998
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Point and select, Menu-based
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Exile
Blades of Exile on HowLongToBeat
Blades of Exile on IGDB
Blades of Exile on MobyGames
Blades of Exile on Wikipedia
Exile: Escape From the Pit 1995
Exile II: Crystal Souls 1995
Exile III: Ruined World 1996
Blades of Exile 1997


The Windows 3.x version of this game does not work on 64-bit versions of Windows (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

The game has been remade as Blades of Avernum.
The source code was released in 2007, and there is an open-source project for the game.

Blades of Exile is the fourth game in the Exile series and features editing tools that allow players to create their own scenarios in addition to the three that came with the game.

Blades of Exile was released in 1997 for Macintosh and 1998 for Windows, and was available as a shareware download that could be unlocked with a registration key or ordered as a CD-ROM. The full, registered version of the game for both Windows and Macintosh was later released as a free download on the developer's website. The game's source code was released on the developer's website in 2007.

It was remade as Blades of Avernum in 2004.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
Free download. Registered release.
Windows 3.x
Developer website
Free download. Registered release.
Mac OS

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>[Note 1]


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Only runs in windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
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
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
No voice acting. All dialog is text.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information[edit]


Executable16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows 3.x version might be playable on a 64-bit OS using winevdm.


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

System requirements[edit]

Windows 3.x
Operating system (OS) 3.1, 95
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 256 colors
Mac OS
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 colors


  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).