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Shadowgrounds

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Shadowgrounds
Shadowgrounds cover
Developers
Frozenbyte
macOS (OS X) Alternative Games
Linux Alternative Games
Engines
Storm3D
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2005
macOS (OS X) April 12, 2011
Linux September 16, 2009
Shadowgrounds guide at StrategyWiki
Shadowgrounds at Wikipedia
Shadowgrounds
Shadowgrounds 2006
Shadowgrounds: Survivor 2007

Key points

Game progress is only saved in-between levels. It's due to a technical limitation in the game engine.[1]
Mouse sensitivity can't be modified.[2]

General information

Official game site
Shadowgrounds FAQ and troubleshooting
Frozenbyte Community forums for Shadowgrounds series
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)
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
Russian copies use StarForce 4 DRM[Note 2].
Windows
Developer website
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
DRM-free
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The Shadowgrounds website provides the latest patch, version 1.05.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename files[7]

Delete or rename logo.wmv in <path-to-game>\Data\Videos.

Game data[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Config\options.txt
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.frozenbyte/shadowgrounds/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2500/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\<user-id>
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.frozenbyte/shadowgrounds/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2500/pfx/[Note 3]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

External options menu.
External options menu.
External advanced graphics settings.
External advanced graphics settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set custom resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open options.txt.
  3. Change screen_height = and screen_width = to the desired resolution.
HUD is stretched.[8]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Custom FOV[9]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Data1.fbz with 7-Zip.
  3. Go into Data\Misc.
  4. Extract default_game_options.txt to any folder.
  5. Open default_game_options.txt.
  6. Change camera_default_fov = 120 to the desired FOV.
  7. Save the changes and replace the original file in the archive.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Set borderless fullscreen[10]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open options.txt
  3. Change the following values as noted.
    • maximize_window = 1
    • window_titlebar = 0
    • windowed = 1
  4. Save the changes.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op
Shared-screen. Other players must use controllers.
LAN play
Online play

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Shadowgrounds.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.3 GHz 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 384 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200
ATI Radeon 9000
Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
ATI Radeon 9500 Pro
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Mac
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0 compatible
The game cannot be run on GeForce4 MX cards or Intel graphics solutions

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  2. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.[5][6] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  3. 3.0 3.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/2500/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (2500) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References