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The Terminator: SkyNET

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The Terminator: SkyNET
The Terminator: SkyNET cover
Bethesda Softworks[1]
Release dates
DOS 1996
Series The Terminator
The Terminator: SkyNET on MobyGames
The Terminator: SkyNET on Wikipedia
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
Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance 2024
Terminator: Survivors 2024


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

Official patches

Patch 1.01 updates the game to the latest version.

Unofficial patches

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

Enables changing weapons by scrolling the mouse wheel.

Skip intro videos

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

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

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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.


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


Mouse settings
Mouse settings
Keyboard settings
Keyboard settings


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound volume
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio


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

Poor performance in 640x480

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

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

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

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


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


Middleware Notes
Audio Human Machine Interface (HMI) audio drivers

System requirements

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