Updated: 03/05/2023 by Computer Hope

Descent overview

Descent game box

Type: Action
ESRB Rating: Teen
Release Date: 02/28/1995
Developer: Parallax Software (PC), Mac Play (Mac)
Publisher: Interplay Productions

Descent is a stomach wrenching game that is a truly 3D action shooter.

In Descent, you control a robot that must navigate through tunnels, collecting weapons, bonuses, and hostages. While this sounds easy, being completely 3D game means you must maneuver through tunnels, dodge other enemy robots that come from all angles, and manage to stay alive.

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows - Apple - Linux

Windows System Requirements
Operating System: MS-DOS 5.0, Windows 95
Processor: Intel 386 33 MHz (Intel 486 33 MHz recommended)
Memory: 4 MB RAM (8 MB recommended)
Graphics Card: VGA graphics, 16-bit color or higher resolution
Sound Card: Sound Blaster compatible sound card
Hard Drive Space: 20 MB
Drive: 3.5″ Floppy drive or 2X CD-ROM
Controls: Keyboard & Mouse
Joystick/Gamepad optional
Multiplayer: 14.4 Kbps modem, IPX compatible network card
SLIP or PPP for Internet play (through third-party)


  • GABBAGABBAHEY - Enables ALL of the codes below (Type in first!)
  • RACERX - Invulnerability.
  • SCOURGE - Wowie zowie weapons
  • BIGRED - Super wowie zowie weapons. (Registered Only)
  • GUILE - Cloak.
  • MITZI - All keys.
  • TWILIGHT - Shields to 100.
  • FARMERJOE - Warp to another level.
  • BRUIN - Extra life. (Registered Only)
  • BUGGIN - Turbo mode. (Registered Only)
  • FLASH - Illuminate path to exit. (Registered Only)
  • AHIMSA - Turn off robot firing. (Registered Only)
  • Alt+F - Show the complete map.

Version 1.4 only codes

  • PROBES or BIOPSYTOYS - Blow up the reactor.
  • ASTRAL - Ghost mode.
  • LUNANCY - Robots faster, less firing.
  • PORGYS - Super mega wowie zowie weapons!
  • PLETCHxxx - Where xxx is a number between 000 and 999, this code 'paints' enemies when hit.

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