Total Annihilation

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Total Annihilation
Total Annihilation cover
Cavedog Entertainment
GT Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 30, 1997
Mac OS (Classic) September 17, 1999
macOS (OS X) April 23, 2013[1]
Metacritic 86
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Genres Strategy
Themes Sci-fi
Series Total Annihilation
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Total Annihilation
Total Annihilation 1997
Total Annihilation: Kingdoms 1999


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Key points

Modding tools are available
Small but dedicated community

General information

Total Annihilation Wiki - A wiki for everything Total Annihilation.
Total Annihilation Universe - A huge fan site for the entire Total Annihilation series. Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Mac OS
Total Annihilation: Commander Pack
Mac OS
Humble Store
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Total Annihilation: Commander Pack
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Total Annihilation: Commander Pack
Total Annihilation: Commander Pack includes both The Core Contingency and Battle Tactics expansions.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Core Contingency
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Battle Tactics
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]


official patches

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\
  2. Delete or rename 1.ZRB and 2.zrb.

Official downloads[edit]

All of the official content for the game (patches, units, utilities, etc.) can be found here.

Unofficial patch[edit]

Unofficial patches made by TA community TA Patch Resources v1.0 and TA Patch v3.9.02 Beta.[2] This patch has been know to cause a crash at startup, notes on the cause and how to fix it can be found here.

Game data[edit]

In-game interface settings.
In-game interface settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cavedog Entertainment\Total Annihilation\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/298030/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVEGAME\[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/298030/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For custom/unlisted resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set custom resolution[citation needed]
  1. Add the parameters -screenwidth XXXX -screenhight XXXX


Windowed without Unofficial patch[citation needed]
  1. Add -d to the end of the shortcut target
This will mute all sound effects, regardless of Sound settings.
Windowed with Unofficial patch[citation needed]
  1. Download and install TA Patch Resources v1.0
  2. Download and install TA Patch v3.9.02 Beta
Use Total Annihilation.exe instead of TotalA.exe

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Can only change scroll speed
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game music settings.
In-game music settings.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
servers were down
Hosting/Discovering game lobbys on a LAN network[3]
  1. Download ipxwrapper-0.5.0 from
  2. Unzip the ipxwrapper files into the total annihilation folder (example: "C:\CAVEDOG\TOTALA")
  3. If you have a 32 bit OS, run the file "directplay-win32.reg" as administrator.
    If you have a 64 bit OS, run the file "directplay-win64.reg" as administrator.
  4. Pick "IPX Connection for DirectPlay" and leave the search address blank.


This fix may not be necessary for versions of Windows older than XP

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Smacker
Multiplayer DirectPlay

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 100 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.1 GB
Video card (GPU) VGA 256 colour or better


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/298030/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (298030) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).