Rise of the Triad: Dark War

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Rise of the Triad: Dark War
Rise of the Triad: Dark War cover
Developers
Apogee Software
Engines
Wolfenstein 3D engine
Release dates
DOS February 17, 1995
Windows March 3, 2009[1]
macOS (OS X) May 9, 2013[2]
Linux July 24, 2014[3]
Rise of the Triad: Dark War at Wikipedia
Rise of the Triad
Rise of the Triad: Dark War 1995
Rise of the Triad 2013

Key points

Source code has been made available[4] and unofficially ported to various platforms

General information

Official website
Hardcore Gaming 101 - Comprehensive feature on the series
ROTT in Hell - In-depth article including developer interviews and game trivia (archived)
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Floppy and CD-ROM version. Originally released as shareware titled Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins. See: Version differences.
DOS
Official website
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with DOSBox. Also available in 3D Realms Arcade Collection.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes 'Extreme Rise of the Triad'. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[5]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Includes 'Extreme Rise of the Triad'. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[6] Also sold as part of The Apogee Throwback Pack.
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins is an exclusive episode released as shareware. It is included in Rise of the Triad CD-ROM version. It was also included in the Triad Powerpack, a commercial expansion for the floppy version.
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins Deluxe Edition was a commercial re-release of The HUNT Begins with 6 exclusive levels. These levels were later offered for free download and are also included in the digital versions.
Rise of the Triad: Dark War is the full game. The CD-ROM version (also called Super Triad) adds 10 multiplayer maps and a random level generator. It also includes the shareware episode The HUNT Begins.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Triad Powerpack Commercial expansion for the original floppy version, bringing it on a par with the CD-ROM version. Included with all digital versions of the game.
DOS
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Extreme Rise of the Triad Available for free. Included with all digital versions of the game. Can also be downloaded from the official website.
DOS
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

v1.3 is the latest version.

Level Editors, etc.[edit]

All downloads for the game can be found on official game site.

Ports[edit]

Name System Renderer Description
WinROTTAPI Windows GDI A port by the WinROTT/WinROTTGL developer with 64-bit support, using native Windows API.
WinROTTGL Windows OpenGL A successor to WinROTT using OpenGL. Includes further fixes and improvements, supports up to 1920x1080 resolutions, texture filtering and sharpening, transparency, mp3 music and parametric reverb. Requires GLgraphics.
WinROTT Windows DirectDraw A source port developed for Windows XP. It includes bug fixes, supports up to 1024x768 resolutions, mouselook with crosshair, and adds bots to multiplayer. May have issues with modern systems, since development stopped in 2005.
SDLROTT Windows, Mac OS X, Linux An SDL port of ROTT which includes 64-bit support and features/fixes from WinROTT. Linux and Mac users need to manually compile or look through the distribution's repository. The Windows binary files are based on the Development version and requires SDL.dll and SDL_mixer.dll in order to run.

Texture pack[edit]

Rehab Project texture pack contains 71 enhanced textures. Requires WinROTTGL.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Configuration files are CONFIG.ROT (options), SOUND.ROT (sound) and BATTLE.ROT (multiplayer).
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
DOS <path-to-game>
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Savegames are labelled ROTTGAM?.ROT. High scores are saved in SCORES.ROT.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
Detail settings.
Detail settings.
Violence settings.
Violence settings.
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound Effects.
Surround sound
Use one of WinROTT Ports.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
11 Co-op, Versus
Online play
10 Co-op, Versus
Use WinROTT.

Connection types

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Software renderer
DOS video modes VGA 320x200
64-bit executable
Use WinROTTAPI or SDLROTT.

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 5.0 6.2
Processor (CPU) AMD 386DX 40 MHz Intel 486DX2 66 MHz
System memory (RAM) 4 MB 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista 7
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

References

  1. New release: Rise of the Triad: Dark War - GOG.com
  2. Mac Game Update: 10 New Classic Additions - GOG.com
  3. GOG.com Now Supports Linux! - GOG.com
  4. Detailed release timeline - 3D Realms
  5. List of GOG games using DOSBox, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  6. Rise of the Triad: Dark War · AppID: 358410 · Steam Database