Nox

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NOX
NOX cover
Developers
Westwood Pacific
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows February 16, 2000
macOS (OS X) June 18, 2013[1]
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Point and select
Genres ARPG
Themes Fantasy
Nox on HowLongToBeat
Nox on IGDB
Nox guide on StrategyWiki
Nox on MobyGames
Nox on Wikipedia

Key points

Official ladder ranking servers closed, but official lobby server for multiplayer still online. Unofficial ladder hosted on NoXforum.info
For online multiplayer in the GOG.com version install Westwood Online.

General information

Nox Wiki
XWIS (legacy multiplayer replacement, default server lookup leads to this service)
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes manual and reference card; includes the Nox Quest patch (version 1.2).
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
Origin
Includes manual; includes the Nox Quest patch (version 1.2), but does not enable the Quest add-on by default
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

OpenNox[edit]

OpenNox is an unofficial extension of the Nox engine for preservation, modding and compatibility purposes.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to MOVIES in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename INTRO.VQA, NOXLOGO.VQA and WWLOGO.VQA.

Notes

The title screen click prompt will still be shown.

Patches[edit]

Nox Quest[edit]

Nox Quest adds new multiplayer modes and come with larger versions of the 1.2 patch installer. There are also versions of the 1.2 patch that do not include the Quest add-on.
The Origin version includes this patch, but does not enable it by default.[4]
The GOG.com version already includes this patch.

Other[edit]

Nox GUI is an unofficial launcher patch which improves compatibility with Windows 7+.[5]
OpenNox is an open-source community collaboration project extending the Nox engine. [6]
Warrior Ch. 10 Map 2 Fix provides fixes for the Warrior Chapter 10 Map 2 .map file, which prevented two secrets from triggering correctly.[7]

Peixoto's patch[edit]

Allows nearest neighbor or xBRz scaling
Supports the original DirectDraw renderer as well as the Direct3D 9 renderer on Nox GUI

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\nox.cfg[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

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

This game has an AUTOSAVE folder and Save Slots 1-13. The Working folder saves your current map discovery progress, as well as other activated triggers in maps you've already been to, etc. Do note that the Autosave folder has it's own working folder, so that's something to keep in mind.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin

Video[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolutions up to 1024x768; see the WSGF entry. See also OpenNox which comes with an OpenNox HD executable supporting widescreen resolutions.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
OpenNox comes with an OpenNox HD executable supporting resolutions up to 4K.[8]
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Windowed[edit]

Windowed[citation needed]
Windowed requires Windows to be running in 16-bit colour.
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Make a shortcut to Game.exe.
  3. Go to shortcut properties and add -swindow to the end of the Target.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.
OpenNox
OpenNox provides a windowed mode option.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Possible with the unofficial SDL patch.
Mouse sensitivity
Also possible with the unofficial SDL patch.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, voice and music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Retail only. Digital release users can use this download from this forum topic
German
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Italian
Retail only.
Korean
Retail only.
Russian
Unofficial translation by «7th Wolf» and «Fargus», download and review
Spanish
Fan translation, download.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32
Online play
32 Lobbies point to XWIS by default since 2005 as part of an agreement with EA. The GOG.com version needs a manual installation of the Westwood Online Shared Components.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Run the game with -serveronly parameter
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Possible through Mix's unoffical patch

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 18590-18599
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Flickering title screen or black screen on startup[edit]

Run Nox in Windows 98 / Windows ME compatibility mode to avoid this issue.
The GOG.com version already includes this fix.
Set compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Right-click the Nox shortcut (or NOX.EXE).
  2. Choose Properties.
  3. On the Compatibility tab choose Run this program in compatibility mode for.
  4. Choose Windows 98 / Windows ME.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

"Westwood Online is not installed on this computer" error[edit]

Install Westwood Online

Install Westwood Online.

Enable Quest add-on for Origin version[edit]

Modify registry settings[4]
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\
  2. If the key Westwood doesn't exist then right-click the key from above, add a new Key and name it Westwood
  3. Right-click Westwood and add a new Key and name it Nox
  4. Right-click Nox and add a new DWORD, name it SKU, and give it a hexadecimal value of 2500.
  5. Click OK.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
Requires Nox GUI.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes VQA
Multiplayer Westwood Online

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] 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.[3]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).

References