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Tyrian cover
Eclipse Productions
Tyrian Epic MegaGames
Tyrian 2000 XSIV Games
Release dates
DOS 1995
Windows (DOSBox) December 14, 2010[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 18, 2012
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Scrolling, Top-down view
Controls Direct control
Genres Arcade, Shooter
Vehicles Space flight
Art styles Pixel art
Themes Sci-fi
Tyrian on IGDB
Tyrian on MobyGames
Tyrian on Wikipedia

Key points

Officially available as freeware.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Hardcore Gaming 101 - Comprehensive feature
Tyrian/Tyrian2000 - Fan Site with forums and downloads


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Floppy and CD-ROM release. Both are identical in terms of content.
Windows and OS X. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]
macOS (OS X)
The AdLib soundtrack is available for free here. Pre-recorded MIDI tracks can be found for free here.

Version differences[edit]

Tyrian 2000 is a 1999 re-release with an additional episode, some extra content and bug fixes. The CD-ROM version also includes CD-audio tracks, which were omitted from the freeware release to reduce the download size.
Open-source ports of Tyrian are also available. OpenTyrian is based off the original release, while its fork OpenTyrian2000 is based off the later re-release.[3]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\TYRIAN.CFG
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\TYRIAN.SAV
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


General settings in configuration tool.
General settings in configuration tool.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only, see the DOSBox page for more information. OpenTyrian2000 offers Pixel-perfect scaling, pillarboxed 4:3 or 8:5 aspect-ratio, or No scaling options.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Toggle with Alt+ Enter (if using DOSBox or OpenTyrian/OpenTyrian2000).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
OpenTryian/OpenTyrian2000 features Nearest-neighbor, Scale, and HQx scaling filters.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The game offers multiple Game Speed modes, however, the game is designed for a 35 FPS cap.
A hidden "Wild" and "Laptop VGA" graphics settings can be enabled in SETUP.EXE by highlighting the Game Detail option and then pressing W; this also works in OpenTyrian/OpenTyrian2000 through the in-game Options menu by highlight the Detail Level option.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
No menu button by default. Use DOSBox's Mapper to bind Esc to desired controller button or OpenTyrian/OpenTyrian2000 for expanded controller remapping options.[4]
Controller remapping
First four buttons only. Use DOSBox's Mapper to bind desired keys to controller buttons or OpenTyrian/OpenTyrian2000 for expanded controller remapping options.[4]
Controller sensitivity
Digital movement.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Use DOSBox or OpenTyrian/OpenTyrian2000 for XInput controller support.[4]
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Use DOSBox or OpenTyrian/OpenTyrian2000 for DualShock 4 support.[4]
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired
V2 controller tested.
Generic/other controllers
Controllers may need to be remapped from the Options menu and/or DOSBox's Mapper.
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Required for multiplayer.


Audio Sliders.
Audio Sliders.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound Effects.
Surround sound
FM (AdLib) music is mono. Use General MIDI for Stereo music.
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Red Book CD audio
CD music tracks are present for the CD release, but does not play in-game.
General MIDI audio
Includes a Jukebox, which can be accessed in SETUP.EXE in the DOS version or through OpenTyrian's options menu from the title screen.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
Shared-screen. Arcade mode only.
LAN play
2 Co-op
Uses IPX protocol. Arcade mode only.
Online play
For DOSBox use DOSBox IPX/modem emulation.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Uses modem or serial connection
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Gamepad is unplayable[edit]

Calibrating a gamepad in-game will cause control issues due to not reaching the corners during calibration.
Delete TYRIAN.CFG[5]
  1. Delete TYRIAN.CFG.
  2. Run the game and set your sound and detail settings.
  3. Play without using the in-game calibration setting (calibrate the controller in the operating system if necessary).

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
Use OpenTyrian or OpenTyrian2000.
macOS (OS X)
Use OpenTyrian.[6]
Use OpenTyrian. Various Linux distros provide packages for PowerPC and ARM.[7]


Middleware Notes
Input SDL, SDL2 For SDL support, use DOSBox or OpenTyrian. For SDL2 support, use OpenTyrian2000.

Launcher (for DOS version in DOSBox or Windows 95/58)[edit]

The main game, the configuration tool, and the ship editor all use separate executables. Paste this in a batch file and run from the DOS prompt or add to the AutoExec section of the DOSBox configuration file to easily select the different executables (Click [Expand] to view):
@echo OFF
ECHO ----------------------------------------------
ECHO  Tyrian 2000
ECHO ----------------------------------------------
ECHO  1) Play Game
ECHO  2) Options
ECHO  3) Ship Editor
ECHO  4) Quit to Windows
ECHO ----------------------------------------------

choice /c1234 /s What do you want to do? [1-4]: /n 
if errorlevel 4 goto quit
if errorlevel 3 goto ship 
if errorlevel 2 goto setup 
if errorlevel 1 goto start 

goto menu

goto menu

goto menu


System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) 386 33 MHz
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 17 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 17 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS 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).


  1. One more surprise. Releasing Tyrian 2000 for FREE! ● GOG.com
  2. List of GOG games using DOSBox, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  3. So, I've spent the last few days using all the knowledge I've learned working with ArcTyr to fork OpenTyrian (again...) and finally add *proper* Tyrian 2000 support.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-08-09
  5. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-08-09
    Issue encountered with DOXBox v0.72 with "fcs" joystick mode enabled, and deleting the game's configuration file solved the issue.
  6. open-tyrian — Homebrew Formulae - last accessed on 2 March 2022
  7. Package opentyrian - last accessed on 2020-12-01