Beneath a Steel Sky

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Official overview

Robert Foster is an innocent outsider stranded in a vast city where oppressed civilians live and work in soaring tower blocks... while the corrupt, covetous and rich lie underground, shielded from all pollution. Alone, save for a robot circuit board, Foster must fight for survival... and discover the sinister truth behind his abduction...

Paranoid population. Psychotic criminals. Power hungry corporation. Big Brother government. Haves and have nots.

In the not so impossible future. In the melting pot of Union City. All man's social problems are coming to a boil. Under the claustrophobic lid of a steel sky.

From the pit of the industrial level to the belly of commercial sector, to the spheres where the rich and powerful play. It's Man against Man. Man against Machine. Man against Time. In an urban hell only you can liberate... Maybe.

Featuring Revolution's Software innovative Virtual Theatre system, Beneath a Steel Sky is a gripping science fiction point and click adventure game in the cyberpunk genre. Over 100 locations designed and art directed by award-winning comic book author Dave Gibbons (Watchmen fame). His comic book, inspired by the game itself, is included to complete the content.

Release information

The original CD version of the game, fully voiced. Packaged with ScummVM 1.4.1, including a menu shortcut that launches the game. There is no executable for Beneath a Steel Sky, and if the shortcut is removed, ScummVM must be opened manually.


Age requirements

ESRB Rating: TEEN with Suggestive Themes, Animated Violence.

Minimum system requirements

Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.

Minimum system requirements (Mac)

OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.



Patches and modifications

Official patches

Unofficial patches


A musician and journalist named James Woodcock produced a enhanced soundtrack for Beneath a Steel Sky. It requires ScummVM version 1.4.1 or later to work.

Upgrading ScummVM

ScummVM can be upgraded to the latest version simply by downloading the latest Windows zipfile, navigating to your Beneath a Steel Sky installation directory and replacing the contents of the scummvm folder with everything from the zipfile.

Known issues

  • On some laptops and netbooks, you cannot save/load by pressing F5 without first changing the settings in the machine's BIOS, so that F* keys would not require a functional key pressed.

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