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Total Annihilation: Kingdoms

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Total Annihilation: Kingdoms
Total Annihilation: Kingdoms cover
Cavedog Entertainment
1999 GT Interactive
1999-2003 Infogrames
2003-2013 Atari
2013-present Wargaming
Re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows June 25, 1999
macOS (OS X) April 23, 2013[1]
Metacritic 74
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Fantasy, Steampunk
Series Total Annihilation
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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.

Total Annihilation: Kingdoms is a singleplayer and multiplayer top-down view RTS game in the Total Annihilation series.

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v1 DRM[Note 1]
Includes "The Iron Plague" expansion. Comes pre-configured with nGlide and with the unofficial 4.0BB patch.
macOS (OS X)
ZOOM Platform
Includes "The Iron Plague" expansion. Comes pre-configured with nGlide and with the unofficial 4.0BB patch.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).


A free demo version is available from


Type Notes
Expansion pack The expansion pack includes a new faction (Creon), a campaign and new units. Also included are previously freely downloadable units.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Darien Crusades Free add-on distributed with the official 3.0 patch
macOS (OS X)
The Iron Plague
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements


The latest official patch is 3.0, which comes in a regular version and one with the Darien Crusades add-on.

Unofficial patches

The unofficial patch used in digital releases is 4.0BB, available here and changelog here. It enables more than 500 units to be present on a map, allows more than one AI per person in mutliplayer games, and allows the Creon faction in multiplayer connections via DirectPlay.
The latest unofficial patch is 4.1BB, available here and changelog here. It enables sound for hosts in multiplayer, disables command line arguments, increases player limit to 8 in multiplayer, and no longer uses the ironplague.icd file as its functionality was backported to kingdoms.icd.

Game data

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

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cavedog Entertainment\Kingdoms
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SavedGames[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
In Direct3D and software rendering modes, most common resolutions are listed, including widescreen ones. In Glide rendering mode, only 4:3 is selectable.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Modify the Keys.TDF file in the game installation folder with Notepad.
Mouse acceleration
Can only change scroll speed
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


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
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 The official Boneyards service has been shut down.

Connection types

Issues unresolved

Direct3D mode issues

Menus are not animated
Intro audio is played, but video shows as black.
Software rendering mode has neither issue, and supports widescreen natively like Direct3D does with little visual difference.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 6.1 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  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).


  1. Mac Game Update: 22 New Additions ● - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  2. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  3. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  4. Total Annihilation: Kingdoms + Iron Plague on - last accessed on 2020-01-14
    "Mac notice: The game is 32-bit only and will not work on macOS 10.15 and up."