Nox

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NOX
NOX cover
Developers
Westwood Studios
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows January 31, 2000
macOS (OS X) June 18, 2013[1]
Nox guide at StrategyWiki
Nox at Wikipedia

Key points

Official ladder ranking servers closed, but 'official' lobby server for multiplayer still online.
For online multiplayer in the GOG.com version install Westwood Online.

General information

Nox Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions
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]. Use the Nox Quest patch.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes manual and reference card; includes the Nox Quest patch (version 1.2).
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Includes manual; includes the Nox Quest patch (version 1.2), but does not enable the Quest add-on by default
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to MOVIES in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename INTRO.VQA, NOXLOGO.VQA and WWLOGO.VQA.

Notes

The title screen click prompt will still be shown.

Patches[edit]

Nox Quest[edit]

Nox Quest adds new multiplayer modes and patches the game to version 1.2.
The Origin version includes this patch, but does not enable it by default.[4]
The GOG.com version already includes this patch.

Other[edit]

Nox GUI is an unofficial launcher patch which improves compatibility with Windows 7+.[5]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\nox.cfg
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Windowed[edit]

Windowed[citation needed]
Windowed requires Windows to be running in 16-bit colour.
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Make a shortcut to Game.exe.
  3. Go to shortcut properties and add -swindow to the end of the Target.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, voice and music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Unofficial translation by To_an, download and forum topic
Russian
Unofficial translation by 7Wolf and Fargus, download and rewiew

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32
Online play
32 For the GOG.com version download Westwood Online.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3840, 4005, 4808, 4810, 4995, 7000-7002
UDP 1234-1237
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Flickering title screen or black screen on startup[edit]

Run Nox in Windows 98 / Windows ME compatibility mode to avoid this issue.
The GOG.com version already includes this fix.
Set compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Right-click the Nox shortcut (or NOX.EXE).
  2. Choose Properties.
  3. On the Compatibility tab choose Run this program in compatibility mode for.
  4. Choose Windows 98 / Windows ME.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

"Westwood Online is not installed on this computer" error[edit]

Install Westwood Online

Install Westwood Online.

Enable Quest add-on for Origin version[edit]

Modify registry settings[4]
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\
  2. If the key Westwood doesn't exist then right-click the key from above, add a new Key and name it Westwood
  3. Right-click Westwood and add a new Key and name it Nox
  4. Right-click Nox and add a new DWORD, name it SKU, and give it a hexadecimal value of 2500.
  5. Click OK.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
Requires Nox GUI.
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, NT 4.0 SP3, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 200 MHz 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible
The recommended is extrapolated from the digital releases' minimum.

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]

References