Black Shades

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

Key points

It is free.
Extremely lightweight. Can virtually run on any computer.
Compatible with all OSes.
There is no menu option. Everything is set from the configuration file.

General information

Official website
Developers' forums
Linux port page


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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.txt
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
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
macOS (OS X)
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 60 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
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

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]

Enable compatibility mode[1]
  1. Right-click blackshades.exe and select "Properties".
  2. Tick "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and select "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)".
  3. Click OK.

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