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Silent Storm

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Silent Storm
Silent Storm cover
2003-2011 JoWood Productions
2011-2016 Nordic Games
2016-present THQ Nordic
Retail (USA) Encore
Retail (Russia) 1C Company
Silent Storm Engine
Release dates
Windows November 7, 2003
Metacritic 83
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres Strategy
Themes World War II
Series Silent Storm
Silent Storm on HowLongToBeat
Silent Storm on IGDB
Silent Storm on MobyGames
Silent Storm on Wikipedia
Silent Storm
Silent Storm 2003
Hammer & Sickle 2005

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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Gold Edition
Green Man Gaming
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Gold Edition
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Gold Edition
Gold Edition
Humble Store
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Gold Edition
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Gold Edition. Can be run without Steam.
Demo versions are available for Silent Storm and Sentinels.

Version differences

The Gold Edition contains both Silent Storm and its expansion Sentinels.
Digital releases fix issues caused by 64-bit operating systems using 4+ GB RAM.[1][2]
Retail releases have shadow and reflection issues on modern GPUs. See Incorrect shadows and reflections.[3][4]


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Move, delete or rename files[citation needed]

Move, delete or rename the following files from these paths.

<path-to-game>\Silent Storm\res\Video
<path-to-game>\Silent Storm Sentinels\res\Video


The latest official patch for the base game is 1.2, available from Patches-Scrolls.
The latest official patch for Sentinels is 1.1, available from Patches-Scrolls: international | French.

Unofficial Silent Storm Steam patch

Fixes some game-breaking issues near the end of the game.
Comes with an already included d3d9.dll which fixes the shadow issues.

Running as administrator

To prevent issues, run the game as administrator.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\cfg\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254960/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254960/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


The expansion's video settings.
The expansion's video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Sentinels has native widescreen support. Use this for Silent Storm.[citation needed]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Fake windowed mode. See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
None, x2, x4, x8, x16
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Cannot be disabled (Low, Medium, High, Very high)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Windowed[citation needed]
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\Silent Storm\cfg\config.cfg (base game) or <path-to-game>\Silent Storm Sentinels\cfg\s3config.cfg (Sentinels).
  2. Set setvar gfx_fullscreen = 1.00 to setvar gfx_fullscreen = 0.00.


The expansion's control settings.
The expansion's control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Edit <path-to-game>\Silent Storm\cfg\input.cfg
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Invert Turn X & Y, Invert Scroll X & Y
Controller support


The expansion's audio settings.
The expansion's audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, Music, Character Responses mutable
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and Steam only.
Retail and Steam only; download for version.
Retail only.

Issues fixed

Unsupported video card

These fixes are only needed for the retail versions of the game. Digital versions are already patched and fully working. The retail versions require a no-CD patch for the following fixes.

Simple fix

Use unofficial patcher[citation needed]
  1. Update your game with the latest official patch.
  2. Download the fix from here.
  3. Find <path-to-game>\Silent Storm\game.exe then patch it.

Hex editing

Replace and hex edit executable[5]
  1. Open the game executable with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Go to offset 0x9bae or 39854.
  3. Replace the highlighted 0x74 with 0xEB and save.
00009B90 00 FF D3 52 57 FF 15 38 22 8B 00 8B 45 A4 50 E8 ...RW..8"...E.P.
00009BA0 1C C4 3C 00 83 C4 04 E9 01 0D 00 00 3B C7 74 2E ..<.........;.t.
00009BB0 B9 F7 51 00 00 8D 75 A4 E8 53 FE FF FF 52 BA 6B ..Q...u..S...R.k


For Sentinels, search for 3B C7 74 2E on the same string and replace 0x74 with 0xEB.
Only use this fix if the very first one doesn't work.

Incorrect shadows and reflections

Huge performance hit on Nvidia graphics cards, even though with the fix the game runs fine on ATI cards.[6]

Unofficial Steam patch

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download the unofficial Steam patch.
  2. Extract d3d9.dll to <path-to-game>\Silent Storm.


The game might simply lockup on certain setups, poor performance overall.[7]
Put WineD3D components in root installation folder[citation needed]
  1. Download WineD3D.
  2. Extract libwine.dll, wined3d.dll and d3d9.dll into <path-to-game>.


This fix also applies to Silent Storm: Sentinels.
Shadows cast by buildings may still occasionally appear incorrect due to how the render engine works.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

Silent Storm Editor

  1. Download the archive from here and extract its contents.
  2. Go to the Microsoft SQL Server folder, then run setup.exe as adiminstrator.
  3. Open Silent Storm Editor folder and move the files to <path-to-game>.
  4. Disconnect from the current Windows user or restart the computer in order for the MySQL server to start.
Running the editor[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Find the MapEdit.exe executable.
  3. Set the executable to run as admininistrator.


The first startup may take a few more seconds, if the window doesn't show up at first Alt+Tab to find it.

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible


  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>/254960/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (254960) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.