Rise of the Triad: Dark War

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Rise of the Triad: Dark War
Rise of the Triad: Dark War cover
Apogee Software
Heavily modified version of the engine, design similar to Raven engine Wolfenstein 3D engine
Release dates
DOS February 17, 1995[Note 1]
Windows (DOSBox) March 3, 2009[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) May 9, 2013[2]
Linux (DOSBox) July 24, 2014[3]
Rise of the Triad: Dark War on MobyGames
Rise of the Triad: Dark War on Wikipedia
Rise of the Triad
Rise of the Triad: Dark War 1995
Return of the Triad (unofficial) 2011
Rise of the Triad 2013

Key points

Source code has been made available[4] and unofficially ported to various platforms

General information

Official website
Hardcore Gaming 101 - Comprehensive feature on the series
ROTT in Hell - In-depth article including developer interviews and game trivia (archived)
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Floppy and CD-ROM version. Originally released as shareware titled Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins. See: Version differences.
Official website
Pre-packaged with DOSBox. Also available in 3D Realms Arcade Collection.
Includes 'Extreme Rise of the Triad'. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[5]
macOS (OS X)
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Includes 'Extreme Rise of the Triad'. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[6] Also sold as part of The Apogee Throwback Pack. Not available in Germany.
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins is an exclusive episode released as shareware in 1994. It is included in Rise of the Triad CD-ROM version. It was also included in the Triad Powerpack, a commercial expansion for the floppy version.
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins Deluxe Edition was a commercial re-release of The HUNT Begins with 6 exclusive levels. These levels were later offered for free download and are also included in the digital versions.
Rise of the Triad: Dark War is the full game. The CD-ROM version (also called Super Triad) adds 10 multiplayer maps and a random level generator. It also includes the shareware episode The HUNT Begins.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Triad Powerpack Commercial expansion for the original floppy version, bringing it on a par with the CD-ROM version. Included with all digital versions of the game.
macOS (OS X)
Extreme Rise of the Triad Available for free. Included with all digital versions of the game. Can also be downloaded from the official website.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]


v1.3 is the latest version.

Level Editors, etc.[edit]

All downloads for the game can be found on official game site.


Name System Renderer Description
WinROTTAPI Windows GDI A 64-bit port based on WinROTT by the same developer. Uses native Windows API.
WinROTTGL Windows OpenGL A successor to WinROTT using OpenGL. Includes further fixes and improvements, supports up to 1920x1080 resolutions, texture filtering and sharpening, transparency, mp3 music and parametric reverb. Requires GLgraphics.zip found on the same page.
WinROTT Windows DirectDraw A source port developed for Windows XP. It includes bug fixes, supports up to 1024x768 resolutions, mouselook with crosshair, and adds bots to multiplayer. May have issues with modern systems, since development stopped in 2005.
SDLROTT Windows, Mac OS X, Linux An SDL port of ROTT which includes 64-bit support and features/fixes from WinROTT. Linux and Mac users need to manually compile or look through the distribution's repository, although a (slightly dated) OS X build is available here. The Windows binary files are based on the Development version and requires SDL.dll and SDL_mixer.dll in order to run.
ElOscuro Windows, Mac OS X, Linux An "enhanced" version of the earlier SDL port.
rottexpr Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Fork of the SDL port with "additional gameplay options and more...". Includes widescreen.

Texture pack[edit]

Rehab Project texture pack contains 71 enhanced textures. Requires WinROTTGL.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\CONFIG.ROT
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/358410/pfx/[Note 3]
Configuration files are CONFIG.ROT (options), SOUND.ROT (sound) and BATTLE.ROT (multiplayer).
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
DOS <path-to-game>\ROTTGAM*.ROT
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/358410/pfx/[Note 3]
Savegames are labelled ROTTGAM*.ROT. High scores are saved in SCORES.ROT.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
Detail settings.
Detail settings.
Violence settings.
Violence settings.
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound Effects.
Surround sound
Use one of WinROTT Ports.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
11 Co-op, Versus
Online play
10 Co-op, Versus
Use WinROTT.

Connection types

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Software renderer
DOS video modes VGA 320x200
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
For 64-bit use WinROTTAPI or SDLROTT.
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) AMD 386DX 40 MHz
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. The shareware release was December 21, 1994. This date refers to the full retail release.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/358410/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (358410) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.