Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

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Official overview

Welcome to an industrial revolution in a world of magic! Imagine a place of wonder, where magic and technology coexist in an uneasy balance, and an adventurer might just as easily wield a revolver as a flaming sword. A place where great industrial cities house castle keeps and factories, home to Dwarves, Humans, Orcs and Elves alike. A place of arcane runes and steam-works, of magic and machines, of sorcery and science. Welcome to the land of Arcanum!

In this one-of-a-kind cRPG the world adapts to your decisions! Whether you choose the path of magic or technology, good or evil, characters will react differently to your character. You can finish each quest in many ways – bribing, dueling, negotiating and more! With a huge map, more than 300 unique characters and monsters, plus many different endings to unravel, this game will keep you busy for a long, long time.

Release information


Patches and modifications

Official patches

The game is fully patched to the latest version,

Unofficial patches

The "Unofficial Arcanum Patch" brings the game to version 91225. Proclaimed essential by many players of Arcanum. This patch is not compatible with older saved games.


Modding Guide

This guide is adapted from phanboy4's and Archmage Silver's.

  1. Install the "Unofficial Arcanum Patch."
  2. Install the high-quality music patch [MP3] or [WAV.]
  3. Install the high-quality town maps..
  4. Install the High Resolution Patch.

Known issues

Graphical issues

Some graphics issues have been reported by users, such as sprite transparency and slow performance. To fix these, add the following commands to an Arcanum shortcut's Target line (right-click - Properties)


For instance, a target line would read:

G:\Games\\Arcanum\arcanum.exe -doublebuffer -no3d

Vicinity checks

Some script glitches have been reported by users, such as NPCs not appearing or not disappearing. This may be related to the High Resolution Patch. To deal with these, uninstall the patch, restart from an earlier save, play until the script triggers properly, then reapply the patch. Note that, unlike the Unofficial Arcanum Patch, the High Resolution Patch is fully compatible with older saves.

Widescreen Support

Overall Ratings

   Widescreen: Unknown
   Multi-Monitor: Unknown

Screen change: Pixel based

Widescreen Method: Native

Hud Stretch: None

Multi-monitor Method: Unknown

Multi-monitor HUD: Unknown

Rendered cut-scenes: Unknown

FMV cut-scenes: Unknown

GOG trivia

Arcanum Spotlight