The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery

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The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery cover
Developers
Sierra On-Line
Publishers
Activision
Engines
SCI
Release dates
Windows June 30, 1995
DOS 1995
Mac OS (Classic) 1996
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery at Wikipedia
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Key points

Can be run under ScummVM

General information

Gabriel Knight Omnipedia - Wiki for the series
Sierra Gamers - Game page on Ken Williams' official website
The Sierra Help Pages - Extensive troubleshooting guide
Hardcore Gaming 101 - Comprehensive feature on the series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
DOS
Windows
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with ScummVM
DOSBox version is also available (when using GOG Galaxy).[1]
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest official patch for the retail release is 1.11 (GK2PAT). It can be downloaded from The Sierra Help Pages. The digital versions are already patched.
The Sierra Help Pages DOSBox Installer for the retail release allows the whole game to be installed to the hard drive, and removes interlacing from in-game videos. The non-interlaced video patch is also integrated in the GOG.com re-release.
The unofficial Subtitles Patch for the retail release adds English subtitles to the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\RESOURCE.CFG
Windows <path-to-game>\RESOURCE.WIN
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/496760/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\GK2SG.*
Windows <path-to-game>\GK2SG.*
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/496760/pfx/[Note 1]
Savegame descriptions are stored in <path-to-game>\GK2SG.CAT.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General options
General options
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
The entire game uses 640x480 graphics.
Multi-monitor
The entire game uses 640x480 graphics.
Ultra-widescreen
The entire game uses 640x480 graphics.
4K Ultra HD
The entire game uses 640x480 graphics.
Field of view (FOV)
Pre-rendered graphics.
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter (when using DOSBox or ScummVM).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Variable framerate around 20-30fps

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Only Music/Effects volume can be adjusted.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Italian
Retail release only.
German
Portuguese

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes SVGA 640x480
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) 486 33 MHz Intel Pentium
System memory (RAM) 8 MB 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 MB 40 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.1
Processor (CPU) 486 33 MHz Intel Pentium
System memory (RAM) 8 MB 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 MB 40 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/496760/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (496760) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References