Gorky 17

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Gorky 17
Gorky 17 cover
Metropolis Software
Linux Hyperion Entertainment
Monolith Productions
TopWare Interactive
Linux Linux Game Publishing
Mac OS e.p.i.c Interactive
OS X e.p.i.c Interactive
Release dates
Windows November 30, 1999
Mac OS (Classic) April 10, 2002
macOS (OS X) April 10, 2002
Linux June 15, 2006
macOS (OS X) (Wineskin) ?
Linux (Wine) ?
Gorky 17 on MobyGames
Gorky 17 on Wikipedia
Gorky 17 1999
Gorky Zero: Beyond Honor 2003
Gorky 02: Aurora Watching 2005

Key points

Also released as Odium.[1]
Known to have compatibility problems resulting in the game not working on some configurations.

General information

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] on Windows version. Linux version does not contain any DRM.
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Can be run without the Steam client. OS X and Linux ports are Wine-based.
macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
The Demo of the game is available: Windows,Linux
An Amiga version is also known to exist, released in 2015.

Version differences[edit]

Due to game's problems with compatibility, it's highly recommended to buy the GOG.com or Steam version as both offer an easy way to return the product. See GOG.com's 30 Day Money Back Guarantee or Steam Refunds for additional information and rules of returning the product.
Retail versions for Mac and Linux, as well as the Linux demo, are native ports, while the digital releases are Wine-based ports.[4][5] See this video for comparison of the Linux version.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\avi\
  2. Delete or rename intro.asf, logo.asf, and topware.asf.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>/gorky17.cfg
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVEGAME[Note 2]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>/SaveGame

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only.
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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Force using DxWnd[6]
  1. Download DxWnd.
  2. Extract it and launch it.
  3. In DxWnd, choose Edit and Add.
  4. In a Main tab, type in Name - Gorky 17.
  5. For Path click on a button ....
  6. Go to <path-to-game> and choose gorky17.exe.
  7. Check fields in Generic area: Hook Enabled, Run in Window and Remap Client Rect.
  8. Below that change Window Initial Position & size to:
    • X=0
    • Y=0
    • W=640 (you can use higher 4:3 resolution value for upscaling, e.g. 1024)
    • X=480 (you can use higher 4:3 resolution value for upscaling, e.g. 768)
  9. Now, go to a Window tab.
  10. Check field: Keep aspect ratio.
  11. Go to Mouse tab.
  12. Check fields: Hide cursor and Force cursor clipping.
  13. Click OK to close a configuration window.
  14. Right click on Gorky 17 on the list and choose Run.


Movies are rendered incorrectly.

Input settings[edit]

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
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Enabled by default. No option to disable.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Audio is English.

Issues fixed[edit]

Screen Flickering[edit]

Use workaround[7]
  • In game's launcher choose your graphics card (AMD Radeon).
  • Check Disable Hardware Zoom box.
  • Alt+Tab to desktop a few times.
Use Software renderer[citation needed]
  • If all of the above fails, choose Software Renderer in game's launcher.
Launch a game in window mode[citation needed]
Launching a game in window mode may solve problems with screen flickering. See Windowed.

Incubus Boss Crash[edit]

The freeze occurs when an Incubus mine detonates after any Incubus had died.

  • To avoid this problem, kill the other monsters first, then weaken both Incubuses and kill them in the same turn (so the battle is over before the detonations).

FFDShow causing a game to crash[edit]

Add Gorky 17 to exception in FFDShow[9]
  1. Run your ffdshow video decoder configuration.
  2. Look for DirectShow control on the left menu
  3. Check the box named don't use ffdshow in.
  4. Click on the Edit button in front of it.
  5. Click the add button and browse to the gorky17.exe in the installation folder.
  6. Apply all changes.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Software renderer
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
The retail port is PowerPC, while the digital release uses Intel.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 550 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) Linux Kernel 2.2.x or newer
Processor (CPU) 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 550 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
Other OSS Compatible sound card, glibc 2.1 or newer


  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. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).