Beneath a Steel Sky

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Beneath a Steel Sky
Beneath a Steel Sky cover
Developers
Revolution Software
Publishers
Virgin Interactive
Engines
Virtual Theatre
Release dates
DOS March 1994
Windows December 18, 2008[1]
macOS (OS X) December 21, 2011
Linux December 21, 2011
Beneath a Steel Sky guide at StrategyWiki
Beneath a Steel Sky at Wikipedia

Key points

Officially available as freeware.
Can easily be run on modern systems with ScummVM.

General information

Game Nostalgia - Detailed game information, developer interviews and game-related media
Soundtrack Enhancement Page
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
DRM-free
Available on floppy disk (manual-based copy protection) or CD (no DRM). The CD-ROM version has full voice acting and a substantial introduction sequence.
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with ScummVM.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All of the prepackaged versions use the CD release.
The data files are available for free from the ScummVM website.

Essential improvements[edit]

Running the game through ScummVM[edit]

Just use the prepackaged versions if you want the CD release.
Playing the game with ScummVM[citation needed]
  1. Download the floppy or CD data files off ScummVM's download page
  2. Extract it into an empty folder
  3. Open ScummVM and select Add Game
  4. Select the folder you just added the data files to.

James Woodcock's remastered soundtrack[edit]

Original game soundtrack in MIDI format, rearranged and re-recorded using modern studio equipment
Requires ScummVM

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\config.dat
Windows <path-to-game>\beneath.ini
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\
Windows <path-to-game>\SKY-VM.***
macOS (OS X)
Linux
DOS savegames are labelled SKY.???, where ??? represents a number between 000 and 999. Savegame descriptions are stored in SKY.SAV.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires Internal Update (25 April 2018) or later.

Video settings[edit]

In-game menu (F5)
In-game menu (F5)
ScummVM settings.
ScummVM settings.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Menu can be open with F5
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Speech and FX have only an on/off toggle. Music can be adjusted with a slider
Surround sound
Subtitles
Menu can be accessed through F5.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
This game supports the MT-32 and General MIDI for music.
While this game has very few native settings, it runs on ScummVM which adds some additional settings.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Speech in CD version only.
French
German
Italian
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Spanish

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA 320x200
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 386
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB (floppy)
93 MB (CD)
Video card (GPU) VGA
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 78 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

References