ShadowCaster

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ShadowCaster
ShadowCaster cover
Developers
Raven Software[1]
Publishers
Origin Systems
Engines
Raven engine
Release dates
DOS 1993
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Point and select, Direct control
Genres Action, RPG
Themes Fantasy
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Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
DOS
The CD-ROM version requires the CD (even with the "Copy Entire CD to HD" installer option); the floppy version is DRM-free.[2]

Version differences[edit]

The CD-ROM version adds Red Book audio narration, two new levels, and CGI cutscenes.[3]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit SHADOW.BAT[4]
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\SHADOW.BAT.
  2. Remove the line @dos4gw adplay.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\DRIVERS.CFG
DRIVERS.CFG contains sound/music settings; in-game settings are not stored between sessions.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\S1\
<path-to-game>\S2\
<path-to-game>\S3\
<path-to-game>\S4\

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
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
120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio[edit]

Audio settings (Sound/Music toggles).
Audio settings (Sound/Music toggles).

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only; toggle in settings or with F7 (Sound) and F8 (Music).
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
CD-ROM version only; only used for speech (music is still MIDI).

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes MCGA, VGA

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 80386 40 MHz
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB

References