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Atlantis: The Lost Tales

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Atlantis: The Lost Tales
Atlantis: The Lost Tales cover
Developers
Cryo Interactive
Publishers
DreamCatcher Interactive
Engines
Spherical-VR
OMNI 3D
Release dates
DOS September 30, 1997
Windows September 30, 1997
macOS (OS X) June 18, 2013[1]
Atlantis: The Lost Tales at Wikipedia
Atlantis
Atlantis: The Lost Tales 1997
Atlantis II: Beyond Atlantis 1999
Atlantis III: The New World 2001
Atlantis Evolution 2004
The Secrets of Atlantis: The Sacred Legacy 2006

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc check.
DOS
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patches are available to fix various issues.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows
macOS (OS X)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CRYO\Atlantis\GameDirectory determines the game data folder on Windows.
You'll need to reach the next checkpoint to have your settings saved, since options are stored together with savegames.
The Windows version makes a C:\pitch.bin file; its purpose is unclear.
<path-to-game>\players.atl stores player profiles.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\*.gam
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

Options menu.
Options menu.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
D3DWindower and DxWnd work.
Windows 95/98 compatibility modes could impede windowed mode
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Exceeding 30 FPS speeds up characters behavior and acting.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
No option. Follows Windows default behavior.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Regardless of your game localization, menu items will have the alignment used in the English one
Mouse Y-axis inversion
It's called "Omni-3D mode"
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Sound options.
Sound options.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, effects, voices.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish

Issues unresolved[edit]

Game won't close properly if you use Alt+F4 and will you require to manually kill the process
All game versions but the original unpatched CD one come with graphics glitches like characters without pupils, beard or with fused apparel[2]

Issues fixed[edit]

GOG.com version is laggy[edit]

Edit atlantis.exe[citation needed]
  1. Open atlantis.exe with a hex editor such as HxD
  2. Find E9 D2 FD 06 and replace it with 2D 00 05 00
  3. Save

Notes

If the game runs too fast now, see below

Game is too fast[edit]

Cap the frame rate[citation needed]
  1. Download DxWnd and unpack it in the installation folder
  2. Open DxWnd.exe and after selecting "Edit", press "Add"
  3. Insert the game path in the corresponding field
  4. Go to the "Timing" tab and tick the "Limit" checkbox
  5. Put your desired rendering time (delay) in the box on the right (recommended 33)
  6. Make sure "Set AERO compatible mode" is disabled in the "DirectX" tab
  7. Press OK. Run the game through DxWnd

Notes

Rendering delay is in millisecond. To convert FPS to ms, just follow this formula ms = 1000/FPS

Crash on CD change[edit]

Download following save game[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder and take note of the number of your save files(those with .gam extension)
  2. Download the savegame with the number following this value
  3. Place it in the installation folder

Garbled graphics split in columns[edit]

Game crashing[edit]

Fix crashes with Mesa3D[citation needed]
  1. Download Mesa3D
  2. Extract dxtn.dll and opengl32.dll into <path-to-game>
  3. Start the game

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.73 GB
Video card (GPU) SVGA and MPEG-2 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM

References