Wasteland

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This page is for the original 1988 game. For the 2020 remaster, see Wasteland Remastered.

Wasteland
Wasteland cover
Developers
Interplay Entertainment
inXile Entertainment
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Digital inXile Entertainment
Release dates
DOS January 2, 1988
Windows (DOSBox) November 13, 2013[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) November 13, 2013[1]
Linux (DOSBox) November 13, 2013[1]
Reception
IGDB 100
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives First-person, Top-down view
Genres Open world, RPG
Themes North America, Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series Wasteland
Wasteland on IGDB
Wasteland on MobyGames
Wasteland on Wikipedia
Wasteland
Wasteland 1988
Wasteland 2 2014
Wasteland Remastered 2020
Wasteland 3 2020

Key points

DOS version requires the manual for game progression as key story elements and events are related through the manual instead of in game.
DOS version only allows one save slot.

General information

Manual
Wasteland Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Mods roundup

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Version differences[edit]

The original retail version is a DOS game and requires the manual to progress.
The Interplay 10 Year Anthology version lacks the setup program for resetting the game to the default state while optionally keeping characters and their stats. The Unofficial Wasteland Reset Program provides this missing feature.
Digital distribution versions use a custom build of DOSBox with new features such as showing description paragraphs in-game when prompted to read the manual.

Essential improvements[edit]

Utilities[edit]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\inXile entertainment\Wasteland\
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\inXile entertainment\Wasteland\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Wasteland
Linux ~/.wasteland/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

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
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
Surround sound
Uses only PC Speaker for audio (mono channel).
Subtitles
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
See note above.
Mute on focus lost
Can be enabled through DOSBox's priority settings (use the pause emulation option).

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash when using mouse[edit]

This fix will likely be incorporated into a later patch.[citation needed]
Modify executable file[2]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open DATA\WLA.BIN with a hex editor such as HxD.
  3. Go to offset 0x5e5.
  4. Change 77 1F to EB 1F.

Notes

This disables a wait loop that could continue infinitely.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes EGA, CGA, Tandy Also supports composite modes for Tandy and CGA.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 8088
System memory (RAM) 256 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 MB
Video card (GPU) CGA, EGA, Tandy
Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7.0 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) On-board Intel GFX
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter game data.

References