Syndicate

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This page is for the original 1993 game. For the first-person shooter reboot, see Syndicate (2012).

Syndicate
Syndicate cover
Developers
Bullfrog Productions
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS June 6, 1993
Mac OS (Classic) 1994
Windows (DOSBox) January 19, 2012[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 18, 2012[2]
Syndicate guide on StrategyWiki
Syndicate on MobyGames
Syndicate on Wikipedia
Syndicate
Syndicate 1993
Syndicate Wars 1996
Syndicate (2012) 2012

Key points

The American Revolt expansion is required for multiplayer support

General information

Syndicate Wiki
Syndicate Unofficial Fan Site - A fan site for the series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Use DOSBox.
DOS
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Syndicate Plus. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Syndicate Plus. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Syndicate Plus is a complete edition which includes the American Revolt expansion.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Syndicate: American Revolt
DOS

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename INTRO.EXE[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename INTRO.EXE.
The title screen will still be shown.

FreeSynd[edit]

FreeSynd is a cross-platform, open-source re-implementation that allows for playing the game natively rather than in the DOSBox emulator.

Set up FreeSynd
  1. Download FreeSynd and extract it. Note: The green button downloads an old version. Download from the folder view, instead.
  2. Copy Syndicate's data files from either SYNDICAT\DATA (Syndicate Plus installations, like GOG's) or DATA (plain Syndicate) to FreeSynd's bin\data folder. There should be 439 or 450 files.
  3. For Syndicate Plus installations (like GOG's), apply this patch; otherwise, FreeSynd will crash upon launch.
  4. Optional: Open bin\freesynd.ini and change "fullscreen" to "true" or else the game will be in a tiny, 640x400 window.
FreeSynd requires the game's original files.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVE\[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\SAVE2\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
American Revolt saves are in <path-to-game>\SAVE2\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Native DOS cursor.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French

Network[edit]

Multiplayer requires the American Revolt expansion (Syndicate Plus includes the expansion)

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8 Using DOSBox IPX wrapper (the GOG.com version is pre-configured).

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.0 (Original release)
5.0 (CD release)
Processor (CPU) Intel 386 33 MHz
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA, SVGA
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter game data. For the GOG.com 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. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References