Cossacks: The Art of War

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Cossacks: The Art of War
Cossacks: The Art of War cover
GSC Game World
cdv Software Entertainment
Release dates
Windows March 31, 2002
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Europe
Series Cossacks
Cossacks: The Art of War on HowLongToBeat
Cossacks: The Art of War on MobyGames
Cossacks: The Art of War on Wikipedia
Cossacks: European Wars 2000
Cossacks: The Art of War 2002
Cossacks: Back to War 2002
Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars 2005
Cossacks II: Battle for Europe 2006
Cossacks 3 2016


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
Includes Cossacks: European Wars and the Back to War expansion.
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


  • The latest official patch (1.30) and a free add-on can be found here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4870/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.sav[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4870/pfx/[Note 3]
Profile data is stored in <path-to-game>\Players

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Options menu
Options menu


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and SFX
Surround sound
No speech
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only.
Retail only.
Retail only.
Retail only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Versus
Online play
6 Versus
GameSpy services have been shut down;[3] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2400, 47624
UDP 2300-2400
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on startup/blank screen/unusable menu[edit]

Fix 1
This is the unofficial yet modern fix. The fix is witnessed to work on Windows 10.
  1. Rename or remove "Video" directory from the install directory. (Windows 8+)
  2. Download latest version of cnc-ddraw by CnCNet (direct link) - at the time of writing this guide, it's v
  3. Extract archive contents into the game directory (for example, C:\Program Files (x86)\Cossacks - The Art Of War)
  4. Right-click dmcr.exe > Properies > Compatibility > Check "Run this program as an administrator" > Apply.
  5. Start the game
Fix 2[4]
This is the official, yet dated fix. No longer works on Windows 8.1, 10 or above. The issue is said to do with the modern graphics cards.
  1. Rename or remove "Video" directory from the install directory. (Windows 8+)
  2. Download cs-dd-patch.exe.
  3. Go through the patch process. It should drop ddraw.dll into the game directory.
  4. Start the game

Game running too fast/slow[edit]

Running too fast[5]
Cossacks: The Art of War features a unique engine timing system. While the games' speed is still dependant on the CPU clock, like many older titles, they offer a flexible speed setting in the options menu to enable the user to tweak the speed to his liking.
To make the game more bearable, make sure to:
  • Go to the game settings.
  • Choose "Slow Mode"
  • Decrease the "Game speed" by approximately 10%.
  • Save the settings and go play the game.
If the game is still fast, grab ACClock or CPUGrab.[6][7] If the game reverts back to fast mode, press CTRL+D in-game.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95, 98, NT 4.0 SP4, ME, 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) 1 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/4870/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (4870) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.