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Apogee Software
Release dates
DOS November 19, 1996[1]
Windows (DOSBox) September 13, 2013[2]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) September 13, 2013[2]
Linux (DOSBox) July 24, 2014[3]
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Stargunner on Wikipedia

Key points

Re-released as freeware on June 22, 2005.[4]

General information

3D Realms Site: Stargunner Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Use DOSBox.
Official website
Freeware release. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.
Freeware release. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[5]
macOS (OS X)
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Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[6]
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]


The v1.1 Patch fixes some issues but introduces a game-breaking issue with the Aquatic Combat Stage 6 boss.[7]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Disable in Game Options[8]
  1. Go to Configuration.
  2. Go to Game Options.
  3. Set Cinematics to In-Game Only.


The Apogee logo will still be shown.

Run in DOSBox[edit]

To run correctly in DOSBox, change cycles=auto to cycles=30000. Leave all other DOSBox settings at their defaults.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\STARGUN.CFG
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/358390/pfx/[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\STARGUN.SAV
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/358390/pfx/[Note 2]
High scores are stored in <path-to-game>\STARGUN.HI

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


General settings.
General settings.
Graphics settings ( version)
Graphics settings ( version)

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x240 only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Set in Graphic Mode Setup ( or toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
Set in-game Refresh Rate option to Fast or Disabled.
120+ FPS
Capped at 70 FPS.



Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound FX.
Surround sound
Voices have no subtitles (cutscenes use text).
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
Although the disc contains CD audio tracks, the game itself uses a tracker format.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Can't use menu items[edit]

This is usually caused by saving your settings after choosing the Sega control option.
Delete STARGUN.CFG[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete STARGUN.CFG
  3. Start the game again.

Cursor moves on its own[edit]

This is caused by choosing the joystick control option and then restarting the game without it. Either reattach a controller or delete STARGUN.CFG.

Cutscenes run too slow[edit]

Ensure you are using cycles=30000 (see Run in DOSBox) and Refresh Rate is set to Fast in-game.

Game speed problems (runs too fast, randomly slows down or speeds up)[edit]

Ensure you are using cycles=30000 (see Run in DOSBox).

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0
Processor (CPU) 486/66 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 44 MB
Video card (GPU) Local Bus Video display card
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter game data. For the release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).
  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>/358390/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (358390) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.