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///////////////// Game Info ////////////////////
Bullfrog Productions Ltd. 1996
Genre: Real-time tactics
Protection: it is old
Size on disk: ~498MB
////////////////// Read ME //////////////////////
If you haven't played Syndicate Wars before then
you need to understand that this game IS OLD.
It does not have the eye-candy that you have been
used to and it will break your mind with awkward
camera and movement controls. You have been warned.
There are only few things that make people play
Syndicate games over and over for decades.
IT IS CLASSIC. IT IS CYBERPUNK. IT HAS MINIGUNS
AND FUCKING NUCLEAR GRENADES. IT HAS CYBERNETIC
LIMBS AND PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS AND MIND CONTROL.
Also, you get to blow up banks for the money.
Running Syndicate Wars on a modern computer is a
bit tricky. For one thing SW is a DOS game and it
is a very high end at that, utilizing destructible
3D environment that was very rare back then.
There are three ways you can run Syndicate Wars.
1) play it on an old computer running DOS
2) play it on a virtualized old computer running DOS
3) play it on a decent computer with DosBox
This package uses the third method. It has a
preinstalled english language (sorry, i ripped
off other languages to save space) Syndicate Wars
all patched up and ready to go with the preinstalled
and configured DosBox.
This little package of mine also has the CD audio
background music which is usually unavailable
in your generic Syndicate Wars abandonware.
/////////////// INSTALLATION ///////////////////
Just extract the package into your chosen location.
The default location is C:\SWARS\ but you may
IF you want to play from any other location than
C:\SWARS\ then you need to edit a few files.
- Swars shortcut
1) Right click and choose Properties
2) Edit the "Target" and "Start in" fields to point
to your location. Note that Target has three paths
you need to edit.
- Setsound shortcut (if you need to change the
Same as above
on the first line edit the path to point into
/////////////// PLAYING IT ///////////////////
Start the game from Swars shortcut.
You do not need to mount the image, the dosbox
does it by itself.
If everything goes well you should see two black
DOS screens popping up and some lines of text,
thats the DosBox.
Then the game should start in one of the DosBox
windows. Click inside it and you are in game
(it captures your mouse, to get out you need
Alt-Enter toggles you between fullscreen and
There are several annoyances when running Swars
1) the first menu loops back to intro movie in a
few seconds unless you click on the menu buttons.
2) the few bugs that are in the original game are
still in there.
3) performance related annoyances, read on...
/////////////// PERFORMANCE ///////////////////
The thing about DosBox is that it performs a bit
differently on different machines.
It all comes down to how much CPU cycles your computer
can give to the game. If you give too much the game
either runs too fast or becomes choppy and stutters.
If you give too little the game starts to lag.
If you have a poor low end laptop then it is
possible you won't find a sweet well performing
spot between lag and stuttering.
Also to be noted that the game menus need way less
power than the actual ass kicking, so unless you
have good computer that can run the menus on high
cycles without stuttering (like mine) and dont mind
the menu animations going by in high-speed, you will
find yourself adjusting cycles between every mission.
Fortunately Dosbox gives easy access to adjusting
CTRL+F11 = Less Cycles
CTRL+F12 = More Cycles
The amount of cycles is visible on the window title
in windowed mode.
The preset is 120000 Cycles. That is when my home
computer runs both the menus and the ground missions
with good performance. The menus are quite fast, but
there is no choppiness or sound breaking.
You might need to reduce this to 80000 or even less.
If you can determine your sweet cycle speed you can
set it as default by editing the configuration file
\dosbox\swars.conf with notepad.
For more info on game in all aspects i
suggest you read Mefistotelis' website at
PS. I take no credit on any of the methods to run
the game with musics etc. I only used an evening to
find all the information and to download the files
and patches and making it all work in a compact and