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Delphine Software International
Retail Gathering of Developers VectorCell
Steam Anuman Interactive
Release dates
Windows July 27, 1999
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
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General information

Darkstone Database community site Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].[3]
Uses GOG's custom DirectDraw wrapper.
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A free demo version is available from


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Journey in Uma Released for free. Included in digital releases.

Essential improvements


The latest patch is v1.05b. Some previous patches are required. The version is already fully patched.

Framerate fix

For Windows 8 and later, use the low frame rate fix.

Peixoto's patch

Peixoto's patch allows high resolution, super-sampling anti-aliasing and gets the installer working on 64-bit systems.

Skip intro videos

Run the game with the -nointro command line argument.[citation needed]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config\*.txt[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/320320/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/320320/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
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)
60 FPS
For Windows 8 and later, use the low frame rate fix.
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS.[4]


Use the -32bit -window command line arguments.[5]
The 32-bit parameter must be present or the interface will be broken.[5]



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Music, Voices
Surround sound
Disabled by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Not supported (Steam store page is incorrect).[6]
LAN play
2 Co-op
Online play

Connection types

Issues fixed

Broken graphics on AMD graphics cards

Characters and buildings display incorrectly on recent AMD drivers.
Characters and buildings display incorrectly on recent AMD drivers.
3D elements are broken on AMD drivers newer than Catalyst 13.1.[7][8] The -sortbyz command line argument will fix some issues but others remain.[9]
Use dgVoodoo 2[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe along with the DDraw.dll and D3Dlmm.dll from the MS\x86 subfolder to <path-to-game>.

Broken interface in windowed mode

Setting 32-bit color mode fixes the windowed mode interface.[5]
Use the -32bit command line argument[5]

Low frame rate in fullscreen mode

This game has frame rate issues on Windows 8 and later when running in fullscreen mode.
Apply necessary fixes[citation needed]
  1. Install the Darkstone low frame rate fix.
  2. Use the -32bit command line argument to avoid flickering/invisible graphics.

Issues unresolved

Music stuttering

The in-game music will frequently skip and stutter on modern hardware. There is no known fix.[10]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Xaudio MPEG Audio Engine
Cutscenes Windows Media Foundation

Quest Editor

The Darkstone Quest Editor supports adding or editing monsters, NPCs, buildings and quests.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz MMX
(or AMD equivalent)
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 170 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible


  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>/320320/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (320320) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.