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Terminal Velocity

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This page is for the original DOS game. For the 2023 remaster, see Terminal Velocity: Boosted Edition.

Terminal Velocity
Terminal Velocity cover
Terminal Reality
Retail, digital (original) 3D Realms
Digital (current) Ziggurat Interactive
Mac OS MacSoft
Terrain Engine 1
Release dates
DOS May 1, 1995[1]
Mac OS (Classic) 1996
Windows (DOSBox) November 15, 2012[2]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) January 24, 2013[3]
Linux (DOSBox) May 12, 2015[4]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Vehicle combat
Vehicles Flight
Themes Sci-fi
Series Terminal Velocity
Terminal Velocity on HowLongToBeat
Terminal Velocity on MobyGames
Terminal Velocity on Wikipedia
Terminal Velocity
Terminal Velocity 1995
Terminal Velocity: Boosted Edition 2023

Terminal Velocity is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person and third-person vehicle combat game in the Terminal Velocity series.

General information Community Discussions for the game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
CD-ROM or floppies. Use DOSBox (see Run in DOSBox).
Mac OS
Comes as a bonus with Boosted Edition. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[5]
macOS (OS X)
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Comes as a bonus with Boosted Edition. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.
macOS (OS X)
ZOOM Platform
Pre-packaged with DOSBox-staging.
macOS (OS X)
Official website (unavailable)
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.

Essential improvements

Run in DOSBox

To run correctly in DOSBox make the following changes:

Optimal DOSBox configuration file values[6]
  1. Change cycles=auto to cycles=max
  2. Change memsize=16 to memsize=24
  3. Change timed=true to timed=false
  4. Change rate and oplrate to match the frequencies set in Sound Options in-game.

Leave all other settings at their defaults.

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\TVI
  2. Delete or rename DEPA.TVI and LOGO.TVI.


The 3D Realms and Terminal Reality logos will still be shown.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\VOX.INI
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/358370/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

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVE*.DAT
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/358370/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 (VGA) or 640x480 (SVGA) only.
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
Frame rate is capped at 70 FPS.


Input settings.
Input settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound and Music.
Surround sound
Everything is text-based.
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 forum users «Old-Games.RU». Floopy + CD-version


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
For DOSBox use DOSBox IPX/modem emulation.

Connection types

Issues fixed

Joystick controls are unresponsive

Change joystick timing[6]
  1. Edit the DOSBox configuration file.
  2. Change timed=true to timed=false
  3. Save the changes.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA, SVGA

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 486
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 128 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
Mac OS
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) PowerPC
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
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 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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Terminal Velocity - 3D Realms - Firepower Matters - last accessed on May 2023
  2. Release: Terminal Velocity ● - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  3. January Mac Game Update: 10 New Additions - - last accessed on May 2023
  4. - last accessed on May 2023
  5. List of GOG games using DOSBox, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on May 2023
  6. 6.0 6.1 Settings recommended by Gemini in Ancient DOS Games --- Episode 5: Terminal Velocity