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Westwood Pacific
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows January 31, 2000
macOS (OS X) June 18, 2013[1]
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Key points

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

General information

Nox Wiki Community Discussions Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. Use the Nox Quest patch.
Includes manual and reference card; includes the Nox Quest patch (version 1.2).
macOS (OS X)
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Includes manual; includes the Nox Quest patch (version 1.2), but does not enable the Quest add-on by default
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

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.


The title screen click prompt will still be shown.


Nox Quest[edit]

Nox Quest adds new multiplayer modes and patches the game to version 1.2.
The Origin version includes this patch, but does not enable it by default.[4]
The version already includes this patch.


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

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

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.


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.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
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 support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Unofficial translation by To_an, download and forum topic
Unofficial translation by «7th Wolf» and «Fargus», download and review
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
32 For the version download Westwood Online.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Run the game with -serveronly parameter
Direct IP
Possible through Mix's unoffical patch


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 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]


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

System requirements[edit]

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
The recommended is extrapolated from the digital releases' minimum.


  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. 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).