Archimedean Dynasty

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Archimedean Dynasty
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Developers
Massive Development
Publishers
Blue Byte Software
Release dates
DOS November 1996
Windows July 30, 2015[1]
Archimedean Dynasty at Wikipedia
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General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
DOSBox Wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Run in DOSBox.
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with DOSBox SVN Daum.[2]
Windows
Uplay
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Updates and 3dfx patch can be downloaded from BlueByte FTP - English / German
The GOG.com version is already patched.[3]
Since 2013 there is an unofficial Patch called "Augmented Mod" available for the English & German version. Fixes dozens of bugs but also tweaks the game and difficulty significantly[4]
Installing patch 1.20[5]
  1. Download a patch from BlueByte FTP (see Patches).
  2. Place adupdate.exe in a folder, where you've installed Archimedean Dynasty.
  3. Launch adupdate.exe using DOSBox.

Notes

To make operation easier - use DOSBox front-end, like DBGL.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\DAT\SAVE
Windows <path-to-game>\DAT\SAVE

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Uplay

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
This game runs only in 640x480.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter (when using DOSBox).
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

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German

Issues fixed[edit]

Slow mouse cursor[edit]

Use Mouse2KV[5]
  1. Extract Mouse2KV into the installation folder.
  2. Run the game using MOUSE2KV.EXE 640 480 8 8 AD.EXE

Notes

When using a Front-end like DBGL, set MOUSE2KV.EXE as a launch file and add 640 480 8 8 AD.EXE to launch parameters.

Ship turns in one direction when joystick is enabled[edit]

Change joystick timing setting[5]
  1. Edit the game's DOSBox configuration file.
  2. Change timed=true to timed=false (if it is already set to this, try timed=true instead).
  3. Save your changes and run the game again.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0
Processor (CPU) 80486DX2 100 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA, High Color

References