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KnightShift cover
Reality Pump Studios
TopWare Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 15, 2003
macOS (OS X) (Wineskin) January 25, 2017[1]
KnightShift on Wikipedia
Polanie 1996
KnightShift 2003

Key points

Titled Once Upon a Knight in some regions and Polanie II in Poland.

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
CD key
macOS (OS X)
CD key
Green Man Gaming
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CD key
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CD key
Prompts for product key (does not use online activation).[2]
All versions except the Steam version have Reality Pump DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Change registry settings[3]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Reality Pump\KnightShift\BaseGame\Intro
  2. Change the value of ShowOnStart from 1 to 0

Skip credits[edit]

The game normally shows credits after the player chooses to exit the game.
Change registry settings[3]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Reality Pump\KnightShift\BaseGame\Intro
  2. Change the value of ShowOnEnd from 1 to 0

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Reality Pump\KnightShift\BaseGame[Note 1]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Reality Pump\KnightShift\BaseGame
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254060/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Players\[Note 3]
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254060/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretches from 4:3.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Set in Config.exe.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Open regedit and then go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Reality Pump\KnightShift\BaseGame\Graphics\Direct3D and set Antialiasing line to a desired value.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound FX, Units speeches, Dialogs, Environment
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail release only. Patch for digital release is here

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
G3D, Z3D
Game requires d3d8to9 wrapper, see here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Game immediately opens configuration tool on execution[edit]

The configuration tool seems to use different methods of determining display information from the game, resulting in sometimes incompatible configurations that the game refuses to accept.
Certain resolutions may not be properly recognized by the game.
Adjust Registry to allow additional display modes[4]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Reality Pump\KnightShift\BaseGame\Graphics\Setup.
  2. Change ShowAllRefreshRates to 1.
On systems with switchable graphics, the configuration tool may get an adapter name that is different from what the engine gets. This also causes the game to bail.
Adjust Registry to set proper graphics adapter name[citation needed]
  1. Open Device Manager:
    • Vista and later: open the Start screen/Start menu, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
    • Windows XP: press Win+R, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
  2. Expand Display adapters, and note the name of your dedicated graphics card.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Reality Pump\KnightShift\BaseGame\Graphics\Default.
  4. Edit Renderer with the graphics card name you noted earlier.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Shader Model support 2.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Single Core
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) TnL support
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other Broadband Internet connection
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.12
Processor (CPU) Single Core
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.1 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (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>/254060/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (254060) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).