The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery

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Not to be confused with The Beast Inside.

The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery cover
Developers
Sierra On-Line
Publishers
Activision
Engines
SCI21
Release dates
DOS 1995
Windows 3.x 1995
Windows June 30, 1995
Mac OS (Classic) 1996
Windows (ScummVM) February 23, 2010
Reception
IGDB 83
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery on IGDB
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery on MobyGames
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery on Wikipedia
Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 1993
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery 1995
Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned 1999
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition 2014

Key points

Can be run under ScummVM.
Setup is 16 bits and won't work on 64 bits OS.

General information

Gabriel Knight Omnipedia - Wiki for the series
Sierra Gamers - Game page on Ken Williams' official website
The Sierra Help Pages - Extensive troubleshooting guide
Hardcore Gaming 101 - Comprehensive feature on the series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
DOS
Windows 3.x
Windows
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with ScummVM
DOSBox version is also available (when using GOG Galaxy).[1]
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest official patch for the retail release is 1.11 (GK2PAT). It can be downloaded from The Sierra Help Pages. The digital versions are already patched.
The Sierra Help Pages DOSBox Installer for the retail release allows the whole game to be installed to the hard drive, and removes interlacing from in-game videos. The non-interlaced video patch is also integrated in the GOG.com re-release.
The unofficial Subtitles Patch for the retail release adds English subtitles to the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\RESOURCE.CFG
Windows <path-to-game>\RESOURCE.WIN[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/496760/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\GK2SG.*
Windows <path-to-game>\GK2SG.*[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/496760/pfx/[Note 2]
Savegame descriptions are stored in <path-to-game>\GK2SG.CAT.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM user manual for details.

Video[edit]

General options
General options

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
The entire game uses 640x480 graphics.
Multi-monitor
The entire game uses 640x480 graphics.
Ultra-widescreen
The entire game uses 640x480 graphics.
4K Ultra HD
The entire game uses 640x480 graphics.
Field of view (FOV)
Pre-rendered graphics.
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter (when using DOSBox or ScummVM).
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 and 120+ FPS
Variable framerate around 20-30fps

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
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[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Only Music/Effects volume can be adjusted.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Retail release only.
German
Retail release only.
Italian
Retail release only.
Portuguese
Russian
Unofficial translation, download and info.
Spanish
Fan translation, download.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes SVGA 640x480
Executable16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Windows 3.x version might be playable on a 64-bit OS using ScummVM.

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel i486 33 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
Other 2x CD-ROM drive
Windows 3.x
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.1
Processor (CPU) Intel i486 33 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
Other 2x CD-ROM drive
Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel i486
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) 640x480 resolution, 256 colors
Other 2x CD-ROM drive
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7.1
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68k
System memory (RAM) 12 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 MB
Sound (audio device) Sound Manager 3.2
Controller
Other 2x CD-ROM drive

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  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>/496760/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (496760) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References