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Imperium Galactica II: Alliances

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Imperium Galactica II: Alliances
Imperium Galactica II: Alliances cover
Developers
Digital Reality
Publishers
GT Interactive
THQ Nordic
Release dates
Windows April 10, 2000
macOS (OS X) January 19, 2017
Linux January 19, 2017
Imperium Galactica II: Alliances at Wikipedia
Imperium Galactica
Imperium Galactica 1997
Imperium Galactica II: Alliances 2000

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)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The fan patch creates a Windows NT-compatible executable file called ig2nt.exe. This should be the target of any shortcuts.

Running on Modern Systems[edit]

http://web.archive.org/web/20160328112148/http://yet-another-geek.org/archives/11-Getting-Imperium-Galactica-II-to-run-on-Windows-XP.html

This game runs well with dgVoodoo 2.55.4 in 1080p resolution with anti-aliasing. You must set these in dgVoodoo and leave the game's resolution on 1024x768. This method avoids the black video bug.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\
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
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8

Issues unresolved[edit]

Blank cutscenes[edit]

  • Many cinematics in the campaigns play only the sound (most notably the introductions).

Multiplayer compatibility[edit]

  • Multiplayer. But the guide linked earlier mentions it's possible if you ensure windows firewall is disabled. Apparently multiplayer will work with any of the four disks.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on non-4:3 resolutions[edit]

The game will crash on certain screens (fleet info, design, scenario select, etc.) if the display aspect ratio isn't 4:3 in the ig2.ini file.
Modify ig2.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open ig2.ini.
  3. Find the line containing Video mode and modify it so a 4:3 resolution is specified. Example:
    Video mode = 1024x768x32
  4. Save and close the file.

Notes

Perform this step again whenever setup.exe is run.

Stutter on multi-core systems[edit]

Modify the game's shortcut target[citation needed]
  1. Right-click on the game shortcut.
  2. From the pop-up menu which appears, select Properties.
  3. Change the value of Target: to %WINDIR%\System32\cmd.exe /C START "Imperium Galactica 2" /normal /affinity 1 "C:\Program Files (x86)\Digital Reality\Imperium Galactica 2\ig2nt.exe"
  4. Click the OK button.

Notes

This fix assumes the patches are installed.
The new value for Target: assigns the game the first logical core, core 0. To use another processor, change /affinity 1 to another value, such as /affinity 2 to use the second logical core, core 1.

Game hangs on loading campagin[edit]

The game sometimes hangs if it needs to change disks to load a specific campaign.
Insert the correct game disc before selecting a campaign[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) D3D compatible graphics card

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References