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Shadowgrounds: Survivor

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Shadowgrounds: Survivor
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Linux Alternative Games
Linux Linux Game Publishing
Release dates
Windows November 14, 2007
Linux September 18, 2009
macOS (OS X) April 12, 2011
Monetization One-time game purchase
Series Shadowgrounds
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Key points

Game progress is only saved in-between levels. It's due to a technical limitation in the game engine.[1]

General information

Official Forum
General series tech support (Windows)
General series tech support (OS X & Linux) Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Polish copies use StarForce 5 DRM.
Developer website
macOS (OS X)
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)

Game data

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.
External audio settings.
External audio settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Config\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Linux $HOME/.frozenbyte/survivor/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/11200/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Linux $HOME/.frozenbyte/survivor/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/11200/pfx/[Note 2]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


External general settings.
External general settings.
External advanced graphics settings.
External advanced graphics settings.
External physics settings.
External physics settings.

Widescreen resolution

Set custom resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open options.txt.
  3. Change screen_height = and screen_width = to the desired resolution.

Field of view (FOV)

Set custom FOV[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Data1.fbz with 7-Zip.
  3. Go into Data\Misc.
  4. Extract default_game_options.txt to any folder.
  5. Open default_game_options.txt.
  6. Change camera_default_fov = 120 to the desired FOV.
  7. Save the changes and replace the original file in the archive.

Borderless fullscreen windowed

Enable borderless fullscreen[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open options.txt.
  3. Change the following values as noted.
    • maximize_window = 1
    • window_titlebar = 0
    • windowed = 1
  4. Save the changes.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op
Shared-screen. Other players must use controllers.
LAN play
Online play

Issues unresolved

Game crashes after loading a level

Most commonly happens on the levels Backups Missing, Inferno, Dead Colony and Keep Your Claws Off.
Devs are unable to determine what causes the problem.
Download a save file[citation needed]
  1. Check your save file by going to \profiles\<user-id>\save\, it should be named save_xx.dhs with xx being a number.
  2. Download a save file here that is above your current number (i.e. if your current save file is save_8.dhs you would need to download save_9.dhs).
  3. Place the save file you just downloaded in the same folder you found the original save file in.
Use a script file[citation needed]

Download this script file and extract it to the installation folder.

Issues fixed

Water-rendering bug in Chapter 5: Sewers

According to a Frozenbyte developer, it is not likely they will fix this bug.[4]
Use console command[citation needed]

Press F8 to bring down the console and enter /render_distortion 0

Disable anti-aliasing[citation needed]

Disable anti-aliasing in the setup dialog and the reflection should be fixed.

Crash after loading, save files and script from above don't help

Install PhysX Legacy[citation needed]

Download and install NVIDIA PhysX Legacy System Software

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio FMOD

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.1 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5500
ATI Radeon 9200
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Mac
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.08 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0 compatible
OS X 10.9 or newer is not supported
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 10.10
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.08 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
AMD Radeon HD 2800
OpenGL 2.0 compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Intel integrated graphic chipsets are not supported


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  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>/11200/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (11200) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.