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Delphine Software International
Gathering of Developers
Anuman Interactive
Gravity Europe SAS
Release dates
Windows July 27, 1999
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Key points

For Windows 8 and later use the low frame rate fix.
A Quest Editor is available for making custom content.
Major graphics glitches on recent AMD drivers (see Broken graphics on AMD graphics cards).
The in-game music will frequently skip and stutter on modern hardware. There is no known fix.[1]

General information

Darkstone Database community site
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com 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].[4]
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SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Journey in Uma Released for free.

Essential improvements[edit]


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

Peixoto's patch[edit]

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

Skip intro videos[edit]

Add -nointro to shortcut[citation needed]
  1. Go to the shortcut properties.
  2. Add -nointro to the end of the target.
  3. Click OK to save your changes.

Quest Editor[edit]

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

Journey in Uma addon[edit]

Journey in Uma is an official quest pack built with the Quest Editor.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

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.[5]


Add -32bit -window to shortcut[6]

Use the -32bit -window command line arguments.

The 32-bit parameter must be present or the interface will be broken.[6]


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Set in <path-to-game>\config\keyboard.txt.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Not supported (Steam store page is incorrect).[7]
LAN play
2 Co-op
Online play
2 Co-op

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Broken graphics on AMD graphics cards[edit]

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.[8][9] The -sortbyz command line argument will fix some issues but others remain.[10]
Use dgVoodoo2[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo2.
  2. Open the ZIP file downloaded and copy DDraw.dll and D3Dlmm.dll from the MS folder.
  3. Paste the file into the installation folder.


If you use a multi-monitor setup and intend to play the game fullscreen, you'll also need to extract dgVoodooSetup.exe to the folder of your choosing so you can set the display monitor to your primary (See Readme.txt, included in the ZIP file, for more details).

Broken interface in windowed mode[edit]

Setting 32-bit color mode fixes the windowed mode interface.[6]
Set 32-bit color mode[6]

Use the -32bit command line argument

Low frame rate in fullscreen mode[edit]

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.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Xaudio MPEG Audio Engine

System requirements[edit]

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[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  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.