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Hillsfar

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Hillsfar
Hillsfar cover
Developers
Westwood Associates
Publishers
Retail Strategic Simulations Inc.
Digital, GOG.com GOG.com
Digital, Steam SNEG
Release dates
DOS 1989
Windows (DOSBox) August 20, 2015[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) August 20, 2015[1]
Linux (DOSBox) August 20, 2015[1]
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Series Dungeons & Dragons
Hillsfar on HowLongToBeat
Hillsfar on MobyGames
Hillsfar on Wikipedia
Gold Box (series)
Hillsfar 1989
DragonStrike 1990
Neverwinter Nights (series)
Eye of the Beholder (series)
Dark Sun (series)
Fantasy Empires 1993
Dungeon Hack 1993
Stronghold 1993
Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse 1994
Menzoberranzan 1994
Ravenloft (series)
Blood & Magic 1996
Descent to Undermountain 1997
Baldur's Gate (series)
Planescape: Torment (series)
Icewind Dale (series)
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor 2001
The Temple of Elemental Evil 2003
Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone 2004
Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard 2005
Dungeons & Dragons Online 2006
Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale 2011
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara 2013
Neverwinter 2013
Sword Coast Legends 2015
Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation 2017
Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms 2020
Solasta: Crown of the Magister 2021
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance 2021

Key points

Characters can be transferred from Pool of Radiance and Curse of the Azure Bonds (see Transfer characters).

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions for game series

Availability

All versions require the Translation Wheel to answer copy protection questions. The GOG.com version includes a codewheel application for this purpose.[2]

Essential improvements

Transfer characters

Characters can be transferred from Pool of Radiance and Curse of the Azure Bonds.
Gateway to the Savage Frontier characters are also compatible (this is not officially supported).[3]
Instructions[4]
  1. If a character you want to transfer is currently part of a saved game, load that save in that game, go to the Training Hall, then Remove (not Drop) the character and save your game (otherwise that character's data will be out of date).
  2. Run <path-to-game>\COPYHILL.EXE to transfer files, or manually copy the character files from Pool of Radiance (*.CHA) or Curse of the Azure Bonds (*.GUY) into Hillsfar's installation folder.
  3. In Hillsfar, choose to transfer a character and follow the steps.

Notes

Characters can be freely moved between Curse of the Azure Bonds and Hillsfar, but Pool of Radiance characters cannot be transferred back. For Curse of the Azure Bonds, see the Curse of the Azure Bonds character transfer instructions.

Game data

Save game data location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*.HIL
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.
In-game settings are not stored between sessions.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
No mouse support.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA, EGA, Tandy

System requirements

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 2.1
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 384K
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) CGA, EGA, Tandy

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Release: Forgotten Realms: The Archives - GOG.com
  2. NOTE: Copy protection in these games, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  3. The CRPG Addict: Game 215: Gateway to the Savage Frontier (1991) - last accessed on 5 September 2011
    "Characters and items can even be swapped between Curse of the Azure bonds, and Gateway to the Savage Frontier."
  4. Verified by User:Garrett on 5 September 2021