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DethKarz cover
Melbourne House
United States GT Interactive
Europe Infogrames
Argentina Edusoft
Digital (2019-2020) Piko Interactive
Digital (2020-present) Ziggurat Interactive
Release dates
Windows November 6, 1998
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Racing
Vehicles Track racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Space
DethKarz on IGDB
DethKarz on MobyGames
DethKarz on Wikipedia

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Version differences

The re-release is packaged with nGlide, and defaults to 3DFX Glide.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Melbourne House\Dethkarz[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1257910/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\*.dks[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1257910/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Gameplay/general settings.
Gameplay/general settings.
Display/graphics settings.
Display/graphics settings.
Performance/quality settings.
Performance/quality settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
nGlide required (included in the Gog and Steam release)
4K Ultra HD
nGlide required (included in the Gog and Steam release)
Field of view (FOV)
Use nGlide or DgVoodoo 2. nGlide is already included in the re-release.
Use Alt+ Enter to toggle nGlide/DgVoodoo windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Framerate limit can be set to 15, 30, or 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Keyboard binding options.
Keyboard binding options.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play

Connection types

Other information

Change rendering device

To change the default resolution/rendering device, retail installations will have a Start Menu shortcut for Configuration.
This shortcut is missing from the release.
Creating a Configuration shortcut
  1. Create a new shortcut to the game executable (<path-to-game>\DethKarz.exe).
  2. Edit the shortcut and add the /c switch to the end of the Target field then apply/save.
Using the newly created shortcut will open the Configuration screen, allowing to change the selected rendering device.
A Performance Benchmark shortcut can be created by using the /p switch instead of /c when editing the shortcut.


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
GOG release uses nGlide to convert to DirectX 9 or Vulkan.
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


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

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Pentium @ 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
1 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.0 compatible
A faster CPU is required if a 3D accelerator is not present.


  1. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/1257910/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1257910) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. 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).