Total Eclipse

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Total Eclipse
First release 1988
Also known as N/A
Developed by Incentive Software, Major Developments
Published by Incentive Software
Distributed by Incentive Software
Cinemaware Corporation,
MicroProse Ltd.
Platforms DOS, Amiga, AtariST,
Commodore64, ZX Spectrum,
Resolution 320x200, 16 colors (DOS, EGA)
Engine Freescape
Support Since ScummVM X.X.0
Available for

Total Eclipse is an action/adventure game featuring scaling and rotating polygon graphics. The protagonist is an unnamed archeologist who learns that October 26, 1930, a total eclipse will obstruct the sun above Cairo, and the protagonist realized that the curse will cause the Moon to explode, devastating Earth with its debris.


For more information on how ScummVM uses game data files, see the user documentation.

Total Eclipse was released in a number of platforms over the years. Depending on release you have, you need to extract and/or copy different files.

DOS releases

For the DOS release, copy the following files:

  • total.exe (also called s.exe in some releases)
  • tote?.EXE
  • scn1?.dat

So far, only EGA rendering mode is supported.

ZX Spectrum releases

If the ZX Spectrum release is from a tape, it should be saved first from the original cassette into a tzx file. Make sure you save the complete disk, not just a single program from it. Once the tape is saved, install tzxtools you will need to extract three files:

  • The title screen image, which should be renamed as "totaleclipse.zx.title" and has exactly 6912 bytes.
  • The game data, which should be renamed as "" and is around 36 kbytes.
  • The border image, which should be renamed as "totaleclipse.zx.border" and has exactly 6912 bytes.

For instance, for the original Incentive release (1988), you can inspect their files using the tzxls command:

$ tzxls totaleclipse.tzx


5 Turbo Speed Data Block 6912 bytes of bogus header

6 Turbo Speed Data Block 36055 bytes of bogus header

7 Turbo Speed Data Block 6912 bytes of bogus header

In order to extract these files, use the tzxcat command:

tzxcat totaleclipse.tzx -b 5 > totaleclipse.zx.title

tzxcat totaleclipse.tzx -b 6 >

tzxcat totaleclipse.tzx -b 7 > totaleclipse.zx.border

Amstrad CPC releases

All the Amstrad CPC releases should be saved first from the original cassette/disk into a Extended dsk file.

Once the data is saved, use Disk Image Manager to open the image and extract the following files:

  • tescr.scr
  • tecon.scr
  • tecode.bin

Make sure the files are extracted with header.

Other releases and demos

Other releases are unsupported right now (e.g. C64, Amiga, AtariST), but we are working to support all of them. Some demos are also supported, following the corresponding instructions. We collected all the supported Freescape demos, in case you want to test them. If you find an unsupported demo, please open an issue or contact us.

Guides and Walkthroughs

Total Eclipse is not exactly the same in different platforms. While the areas are the same, they feature puzzles with different solutions. We compile a list of walkthroughs for different platforms:

External links