Rise of the Triad

Here's what Chuck Miller, Editor of interactive Entertainment, wrote:

"Like DOOM, Rise of the Triad is a high quality, fast scrolling first-person perspective 3D action game. Graphics are on par with DOOM. It has destructive enemies and lots of them, an arsenal of weapons from simple pistols to missile launchers, life-preserving armor, traps and ambushes galore, and the ability to play by modem or network. In all, there's a great degree of similarity between the two games. In addition, Rise of the Triad puts most of the other DOOM wannabes to shame - it's that good!"

CD-ROM Version: Also called "Super Triad". The CD version of Rise of the Triad comes with the full game (30+ regular game levels), 40 Comm-Bat levels (for multiplayer games only), and the shareware levels. In addition, you get a random level generator (RandROTT), and some BMP & WAV files for use when you're in Windows.


You are part of an elite group of operatives called HUNT (High-risk United Nations Taskforce), and you must stop a maniac cult leader from killing millions of people. While scouting a remote island, you are suddenly surrounded by enemy troops with guns blaring. In the distance you see your boat--your only chance to escape--explode into matchsticks. In front of you is a huge fortress monastery, and your only chance to stop the madness. You are e quipped with awesome, high-tech weaponry like heat-seeking missiles, split missiles, and the Flamewall cannon, which leaves a trail of charred skeletons in its wake. You'll also find magical instruments and weapons so incredible they defy description.

"Cool features is what this game is about." -- Computer Gaming World


  • Super huge levels - up to one million sq. feet, and up to 16 stories high!
  • Ten unique, real digitized enemies (actual Apogee employees!)
  • Thirteen hardcore weapons, including magical weapons.
  • Nearly every object can be destroyed - even mark walls with bullet holes!
  • Modem and network playable, up to 11 players via an IPX compatible network.
  • Adjustable violence/gore levels, from none (for children) to "excessive"!
  • 20 Megabytes of explosive graphics, animations, music and digitized sounds!
  • Play one of five players, each with unique attributes and abilities.
  • In modem or network play, each player can can select what they want to look like.
  • Look both up and down, up to 45 degrees, to see what is above and below.
  • Ten unique, digitized enemies in the game, plus four multi-stage bosses!
  • 15 incredible game hazards, like Spinblades, gun bunkers, huge boulders, Firejets, pits, Firechutes, Lavawalls, gas grates, and more.
  • Special effects galore: Fog, lightning with properly delayed thunder, parallaxing skies, real lights that illuminate walls (you can shoot the lights and the room gets darker), ricocheting bullets, wind sounds, and more.
  • Jump pads will spring you up into the air to jump over obstacles, walls, other players, (great in multiplayer games) and even to reach new weapons.
  • Many useful objects and power-ups, like a fireproof vest, gas mask, Mercury mode (enables the player to fly!), and even a special "god" and "dog" modes, both making the player invincible for a short time (with hilarious side effects).
  • 32 page full color game manual.

"This is the most multiplayer-friendly game we've seen, supporting both two player modem matches and 11-player network-fests. In addition, there are nine types of multiplayer games available with many customizable options." -- Computer Gaming World


  • Supports modem, serial cable, and network multiplayer games with more specialized options than any game previously released.
  • Network games up to 11 players!
  • Each player can select one of the five unique characters, plus each player can choose from one of 11 uniform colors. (In team games, each team has the same uniform color.)
  • Nine unique Comm-bat games, such as Eluder, Capture the Triad, and Hunter.
  • RemoteRidicule allows players to send digitized voice messages to other players (an industry first!)
  • With a microphone, a player can even speak directly to the other players in network games! Great for team play or taunting others.
  • Play Comm-bat games in the normal game levels, OR use the special Comm-bat levels, which are specifically designed for fun multiplayer games.
1995 Award Winner
Rise of the Triad: Dark War

Rise of the Triad won the 1995 Shareware Industry Award in the category of Best Action/Arcade Game, beating out other titles such as Descent and Heretic. Read about the game here, and download a shareware copy of the game as well!


Originally released December 21, 1994.

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ROTT Shareware / ROTT Patches

  1. 1rott13.zip - v1.3 Shareware Episode (3582k)
  2. r11swpt.zip - v1.0 to v1.1 SHAREWARE patch (873k)
  3. r12swpt.zip - v1.1 to v1.2 SHAREWARE patch (552k)
  4. r13swpt.zip - v1.2 (or v1.2a) to v1.3 SHAREWARE patch (787k)
  5. r13fdpt.zip - v1.2 to v1.3 REG. FLOPPY DISK patch (808k) - For Floppy Disk Owners who have not used the Power Pack.
  6. r13cdpt.zip - v1.2 to v1.3 REG. CD/POWER PACK patch (887k) For CD-ROM or Power Pack Owners.
  7. r13slpt.zip - v1.2 to v1.3 REG. SITE CD patch (750k) For Site License CD-ROM Owners Only.

NOTE: There are several patches available for Registered Rise of the Triad. In addition to patching v1.2, they will also patch v1.2a, or v1.2b. Please make sure you are downloading the correct patch. Failure to use the correct patch will result in problems. If you are unsure as to which patch to use, please send E-Mail to Apogee about it by clicking here.

Other Files From Apogee  (These require a registered version of ROTT)

Files From Others  (These require a registered version of ROTT)

  1. Rise of the Triad FAQ v3.0 by Derek Greentree.
  2. Rise of the Triad Wad Utilities by Derek Greentree. (278k)
  3. ROTT Level Editor 1 - ROTTed (v1.1) by Wayne Sikes. (210k)
  4. ROTT Level Editor 2 - ROTT Mapper Deluxe (v3.0) by Cody Ellsworth. (365k)
  5. ROTT Level Editor 3 - MapedROT - DOS based Editor for ROTT by various. (297k)
  6. ROTT Level Editor 4 - The ROTTen Editor
  7. ROTT Level Editor 5 - Ted5 - The editor Apogee used for ROTT (1106k)
  8. User Levels for ROTT that have Blake Stone Geography by Peter Prenting. (4k)

System Requirements



  • 386DX/40 Computer (486DX2/66 strongly recommended)
  • 4 meg of free memory (An 8 meg machine is strongly recommended)
  • Local Bus Video strongly recommended
  • 16550 Serial Port strongly recommended for modem play
  • 8.5 meg of Hard Drive Space (for shareware)
  • 20.0 meg of Hard Drive Space (for registered)
  • Mouse
  • Joysticks
  • Gravis Gamepad
  • Cyberman
  • Spaceball
  • Wingman Assassin
  • Some Virtual Reality Hardware (Check with your manufacturer for info & details)
  • Adlib
  • Sound Blaster
  • Sound Blaster Pro
  • Sound Blaster 16
  • Sound Blaster AWE32
  • Wave Blaster
  • Pro Audio Spectrum 16
  • Logitech SoundMan 16
  • Ensoniq SoundScape
  • Gravis UltraSound
  • Roland Sound Canvas
  • Disney/Tandy Sound Source
  • Any General MIDI Device



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Registered Download Information

Format: Registered Download - File size: 3.10 Mb

Estimated Download Times:
28.8 Modem - 3 Hours, 43 Minutes, 36 Seconds
56k Modem - 1 Hour, 55 Minutes, 0 Seconds
128K ISDN - 50 Minutes, 18 Seconds
T1 - 4 Minutes, 10 Seconds