GAMES:Realms of Arkania: Shadows over Riva

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Realms of Arkania: Shadows over Riva
Developer Attic Entertainment Software/Fantasy Productions
Publisher Schmidt-Spiele/TopWare or Sir-Tech/U.S. Gold
Released December 1996 or 1997
Status Perfect
Tested on 0.72
Tested game version 1.12 (patched German version)
1.01 (English version)
Links Compatibility List
Executable RIVA.EXE
DOS Extender
DOS4GW.EXE Unknown
Works with DOS32A N/A

Realms of Arkania: Shadows over Riva is a computer role playing game based on the German RPG system Das Schwarze Auge by Attic Entertainment Software. The original German version of the game (German title: Das Schwarze Auge: Schatten über Riva) was released in December 1996. Sir-Tech released the English version in 1997.

Making it work

  • patch to the latest version, if possible
    • the German v1.00 is plagued by a few gamestopping bugs, the v1.12 patch is mandatory
  • Make sure to use the CALL DOS keyword to execute the batch file(s) in order to have the DOSBox -exit switch working.
  • Using the German keyboard layout (dosbox.conf [dos] keyboardlayout=gr) along the German language version of the game is mandatory: one of the puzzles requires the player to type the character "Ä".
  • When using a CD image you must use the bin/cue format, the game will not recognize the CD without the audio tracks.
  • Override the DOS/4GW Extender with the DOS/32 Advanced DOS Extender by launching the game with DOS32A.EXE RIVA.EXE instead of RIVA.EXE.