Falcon 4.0

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Falcon 4.0
Falcon 4.0 cover
Mac OS (Classic) Westlake Interactive
Hasbro Interactive
Mac OS MacSoft
Steam Retroism
Release dates
Windows December 11, 1998
Mac OS (Classic) June 1, 1999
Series Falcon
Falcon 4.0 on MobyGames
Falcon 4.0 on Wikipedia
Falcon 1987
Falcon A.T. 1988
Falcon 3.0 1991
Falcon MC 1992
Falcon 4.0 1998
Falcon 4.0: Allied Force 2005

Key points

The source code was leaked in 2000.
It is highly recommended to play the game with a joystick
The manual is required to fully understand the underlying game mechanics
Most of the community has switched over to Falcon BMS, a heavily upgraded fork of F4's source code.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Falconpedia - A wiki dedicated to Falcon 4.0


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
Mac OS
Bundled with Falcon, Falcon A.T., and Falcon 3.0 under bonus content.[3]
Green Man Gaming
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Bundled with Falcon, Falcon A.T., and Falcon Gold.
Humble Store
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Bundled with Falcon, Falcon A.T., and Falcon Gold.
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

In-game audio settings (BMS Mod)
In-game audio settings (BMS Mod)


The Version 1.08 Patch provides bugs fixes.

BMS Upgrade[edit]

BMS is the latest and greatest Falcon 4.0 mod currently available. Released September 2011, it brings total Windows 7 compatibility and support for modern gpus among many other bug fixes, graphical enhancements and avionics and realism improvements such as completely new Flight Modelling, DirectX 9.0c support with Shader Model 3.0 and HDR to name a few. More info regarding BMS is here: BenchMarkSims webpage

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings (BMS Mod)
In-game general settings (BMS Mod)

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/429530/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\campaign\SAVE[Note 3]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/429530/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


In-game graphics settings (BMS Mod)
In-game graphics settings (BMS Mod)


In-game control settings (BMS Mod)
In-game control settings (BMS Mod)


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Issues unresolved[edit]

Graphics glitches[edit]

Graphical bugs are experienced during gameplay while running in Windows 7. Some textures will show bright purple sections with and without the patch and with the patch, text is unreadable while using hardware rendering. Switching to software rendering solves this but the game slows to a crawl while the cockpit is in view. Sometimes the menu screens will bug, certain elements not disappearing when changing menu - running in Windows 95 compatibility mode could fix this (most prominent on Allied Force re-release).

VR support[edit]

Devices Native Notes
Supports: Yaw, Pitch.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5
Glide 2.54
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 175 MB
Video card (GPU) High Colour graphics card


  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 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>/429530/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (429530) 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).