Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday

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Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday
Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday cover
Developers
Strategic Simulations Inc.
Engines
Gold Box
Release dates
DOS 1990
Taxonomy
Series Buck Rogers, Gold Box
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Buck Rogers
Subseries of Gold Box
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Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Run in DOSBox.
DOS

Essential improvements[edit]

Gold Box Companion[edit]

Gold Box Companion is a program for Windows that adds various optional features when playing the DOS version in DOSBox (automap, party HUD, character editing, etc.)

Enable PCjr/Tandy sound on DOSBox[edit]

Most later releases are configured to use PC speaker sound. DOSBox can be set to emulate the additional sound hardware of PCjr/Tandy systems and the game configured to use PCjr/Tandy for sound instead of more primitive PC speaker. It will still use Adlib for playing music.
Edit the configuration file of DOSBox and BUCK.CFG in the installation folder[citation needed]
  1. Open the configuration file of DOSBox and seek tandy setting under [speaker] section. This setting is usually tandy=auto. Change the setting to tandy=on and save the changes.
  2. Open BUCK.CFG in the installation folder. The second line controls sound with P standing for PC speaker and A standing for Adlib. Change this setting to T to enable PCjr/Tandy sound and save the changes.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\BUCK.CFG

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVE\
The default save folder can be changed by editing BUCK.CFG.
Saves are SAVGAMA.DAT to SAVGAMJ.DAT.
Character files are *.WHO. Character files are only present when that character is not part of a party in a save file.

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
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
120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)

References