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Black Shades

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Black Shades
Wolfire Games
Windows Henry Kropf
macOS (OS X) Derek S. Arndt
macOS (OS X), Linux Zachary Slater
Wolfire Games
Release dates
Windows 2002
Mac OS (Classic) 2002
macOS (OS X) 2002
Linux 2003
Black Shades at Wikipedia

Key points

Extremely lightweight. Can virtually run on any computer.
There is no menu option. Everything is set from the configuration file.
Power PC applications are no longer supported since OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). macOS release is therefore unplayable.

General information

Official website
Developers' forums
Linux port page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Developer website

Essential improvements[edit]

Black Shades Enhanced[edit]

Black Shades Enhanced is a fan-made mod for Black Shades that adds in options to the config.txt that allow you to change the FPS limit, the Field of View, and whether you want the game to run in windowed mode. The FPS limit has also been set to 300 by default.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.txt
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>\config.txt
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
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Highscore
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>\Data\Highscore
Highscore file is in plain text format with two lines, the first one being the high score value and the second a binary value indicating wether or not the player beat the game.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolution has to be set in config.txt with the Screenwidth and Screenheight values.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Has to be set in config.txt with the VBL sync binary value.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 90 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

It seems like setting azerty keyboard to 1 in config.txt actually switches the game to QWERTY layout. It is best leaving this value untouched.[1]
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Has to be set in config.txt with the Mouse sensitivity value.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Has to be set in config.txt with the invert mouse binary value.
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Game volume can only be set via the OS sound mixer.
It is possible to disable the music in config.txt with the Music binary value.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
No spoken dialogue.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Game doesn't launch[edit]

Black screen on launch[edit]

The above fix is also necessary.
Set game resolution[1]
  1. Edit config.txt.
  2. Change Screenwidth and Screenheight's values respectively to the desktop resolution width and height.
  3. Save and close.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 MB


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Verified by User:Azatoth on November 30, 2017