Gorky 17

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Gorky 17
Gorky 17 cover
Metropolis Software
Linux Hyperion Entertainment
Monolith Productions
TopWare Interactive
Linux Linux Game Publishing
OS X e.p.i.c Interactive
Release dates
Windows November 30, 1999
macOS (OS X) April 2002
Linux June 15, 2006
Gorky 17 at Wikipedia
Gorky 17 1999
Gorky Zero: Beyond Honor 2003
Gorky 02: Aurora Watching 2005

Key points

Also released as Odium.[1]
Known to have compatibility problems resulting in the game not working on some configurations.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM, Linux version does not contain any DRM
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
The Demo of the game is available: Windows,Linux

Version differences[edit]

Due to game's problems with compatibility, it's highly recommended to buy the GOG.com version or Steam version as both offer an easy way to return the product. See GOG.com's 30 Day Money Back Guarantee or Steam Refunds for additional information and rules of returning the product.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\avi\
  2. Delete or rename intro.asf, logo.asf, and topware.asf.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>/gorky17.cfg
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>\SAVEGAME
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>/SaveGame

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.


Force using DxWnd[2]
  1. Download DxWnd.
  2. Extract it and launch it.
  3. In DxWnd, choose Edit and Add.
  4. In a Main tab, type in Name - Gorky 17.
  5. For Path click on a button ....
  6. Go to <path-to-game> and choose gorky17.exe.
  7. Check fields in Generic area: Hook Enabled, Run in Window and Remap Client Rect.
  8. Below that change Window Initial Position & size to:
    • X=0
    • Y=0
    • W=640 (you can use higher 4:3 resolution value for upscaling, e.g. 1024)
    • X=480 (you can use higher 4:3 resolution value for upscaling, e.g. 768)
  9. Now, go to a Window tab.
  10. Check field: Keep aspect ratio.
  11. Go to Mouse tab.
  12. Check fields: Hide cursor and Force cursor clipping.
  13. Click OK to close a configuration window.
  14. Right click on Gorky 17 on the list and choose Run.


Movies are rendered incorrectly.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Enabled by default. No option to disable.
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Audio is English.

Issues fixed[edit]

Screen Flickering[edit]

Use workaround[3]
  • In game's launcher choose your graphics card (AMD Radeon).
  • Check Disable Hardware Zoom box.
  • Alt+Tab to desktop a few times.
Use Software renderer[citation needed]
  • If all of the above fails, choose Software Renderer in game's launcher.
Launch a game in window mode[citation needed]
Launching a game in window mode may solve problems with screen flickering. See Windowed.

Incubus Boss Crash[edit]

The freeze occurs when an Incubus mine detonates after any Incubus had died.

  • To avoid this problem, kill the other monsters first, then weaken both Incubuses and kill them in the same turn (so the battle is over before the detonations).

FFDShow causing a game to crash[edit]

Add Gorky 17 to exception in FFDShow[5]
  1. Run your ffdshow video decoder configuration.
  2. Look for DirectShow control on the left menu
  3. Check the box named don't use ffdshow in.
  4. Click on the Edit button in front of it.
  5. Click the add button and browse to the gorky17.exe in the installation folder.
  6. Apply all changes.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz 1.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512
Hard disk drive (HDD) 550 MB 550 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) Linux Kernel 2.2.x or newer
Processor (CPU) 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 550 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
Other OSS Compatible sound card, glibc 2.1 or newer


  1. Wikipedia:Gorky 17
  2. Verified by Suicide Machine on August 13, 2016
  3. https://www.gog.com/forum/gorky_17/fix_for_flashing_screen
  4. https://www.gog.com/forum/gorky_17/the_games_crashes_on_the_battle_against_incubus_boss
  5. https://www.gog.com/forum/gorky_17/beware_of_ffdshow_video