The Terminator: SkyNET

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The Terminator: SkyNET
The Terminator: SkyNET cover
Bethesda Softworks[1]
Release dates
DOS 1996
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The Terminator
The Terminator 1990
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
The Terminator 2029 1992
The Terminator: Rampage 1993
T2: The Arcade Game 1993
Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Chess Wars 1993
The Terminator: Future Shock 1995
The Terminator: SkyNET 1996
Terminator 3: War of the Machines 2003
Terminator: Salvation 2009
Terminator: Resistance 2019


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc check (see Run without the CD). Run in DOSBox.

Essential improvements[edit]

Official patches[edit]

Patch 1.01 updates the game to the latest version.

Unofficial patches[edit]

SkyNET Unofficial Patch 2017 includes patch v1.01, fixes for crashes on modern systems, extended viewing distance, corrected sky color and more.

SkyNET Mouse Helper[edit]

Enables changing weapons by scrolling the mouse wheel.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Make necessary changes[2]
  1. Configure the game to Run without the CD.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\GAMEDATA\
  3. Delete or rename OPENING.VID.

Run without the CD[edit]

Run without the CD[2]
  1. Install the game normally (full install option).
  2. Copy the GAMEDATA folder from the SKYNET folder on the CD into the installation folder.
  3. Edit <path-to-game>\INSTALL.DAT
  4. Change the installpath= line to read installpath=.
  5. Change the sourcepath= line to read sourcepath=.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\CONTROLS.DAT

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\TFS_SAVE.*
10 save slots available.
Save slots are shared with Future Shock if it is run through Skynet.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings
Graphics settings
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
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 settings[edit]

Mouse settings
Mouse settings
Keyboard settings
Keyboard settings

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound volume
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation by «Бюро переводов Old-Games.Ru»


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Poor performance in 640x480[edit]

The frame rate can be very low in 640x480 (SVGA) mode under certain versions and builds of DOSBox.

Replace DOSBox[3]

Use the official 0.74 version of DOSBox or recent SVN builds (rather than pre-0.74 versions or older SVN builds).

Crash at start of gameplay[edit]

Within seconds of starting a mission (if not immediately), the game crashes, often taking DOSBox with it.

Install unofficial patch[3]

Install the unofficial patch, which includes a fix for this crash.

Crash when entering buildings[edit]

When using doors to enter and exit buildings, the game often crashes.

Install unofficial patch[3]

Install the unofficial patch, which includes a fix for this crash.

Unresponsive main menu buttons[edit]

After left-clicking to dismiss the intro video, the main menu buttons may not work.

Right click[4]

Right click once anywhere on the screen. After that, left clicking on the menu buttons will work.

Dismiss intro with keyboard[4]

Use Space or Enter (rather than the mouse) to dismiss the intro.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA, SVGA 320x200, 640x480


Middleware Notes
Audio Human Machine Interface (HMI) audio drivers

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel i486 66 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA