Download Space Rangers 2: Dominators (Windows)

More than 29400 old games to download for free!

Space Rangers 2: Dominators

Windows - 2004

Alt names Космические рейнджеры 2: Доминаторы, 太空游侠2:统治者的崛起, Space Rangers, Space Rangers 2: Rebelia, Space Rangers 2: Rise of the Dominators
Year 2004
Platform Windows
Released in Russia (2004)
Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States (2005)
Poland, United States (2006)
Worldwide (2011)
Genre Adventure, Strategy
Theme Managerial, RPG Elements, RTS, Real-Time, Sandbox / Open World, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Trade, Turn-based
Publisher 1C Company, 1C Publishing EU s.r.o., Excalibur Publishing Limited, eGames, Inc.
Developer Elemental Games
Perspectives 3rd-Person, Diagonal-down
Tested on Windows 10, Windows 11
4.76 / 5 - 29 votes

Description of Space Rangers 2: Dominators

Space Rangers 1 and Space Rangers 2: Dominators were removed from digital stores due to technical reasons, looks like the games used illegal MP3 codecs. And it seems that 1C publisher isn't interested to patch such old games, for more details you can read this thread.

Currently the only Space Rangers games available for digital purchase is Space Rangers HD: A War Apart and text adventure Space Rangers: Quest. Space Rangers HD: A War Apart is a deep modification of original Space Rangers 2, based on Space Rangers 2: Reboot version, with completely changed balance and edited storyline, so it's like totally new game

Space Rangers 2 had expanded version Space Rangers 2: Reboot, that adds new missions, planetary battles and equipment, make sure to check it!

External links

How to play Space Rangers 2: Dominators Windows

Read Full Description

Be careful! The game was using infamous StarForce DRM that can break your system. DO NOT run the game right after installation, or you will launch the automatical installation of StarForce DRM drivers. Make sure to use NoCD before the first launch of the game! Read our Guide and Notes for details

Some disc images may trigger antivirus warning because of NoCD inside, but there's nothing to worry about, it is safe to use. NoCD showed few warnings about possibly malicious file, here's the report

The game with NoCD has been tested on Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 10, works fine. You may experience some small troubles when you play the game on modern systems, check our Guide and Notes for details

Install & play guide:

  • Mount the disc image. You will need the utility for mounting disc image files, like WinCDEmu, UltraISO, Alcohol 52%/Alcohol 120% or Daemon Tools Lite
  • Launch the installation. Install game not in default path, but in some non-system folder, like C:/Games/Space Rangers 2, otherwise you may have difficulties with NoCD
  • When the installation process will ask for CD2 - mount the disc image of CD2. CD2 must be mounted in same virtual drive as CD1, so first un-mount disc image of CD1 and then mount the disc image of CD2. In example, if CD1 was in virtual drive G:, CD2 must be mounted in virtual drive G: as well
  • Also it is recommended to enable DirectPlay, read this or this guide how to do it
  • After you installed the game - don't launch the game, first install NoCD. Copy Rangers.exe from NoCD archive and put it into game directory, agree to replace original file
  • Right click on Rangers.exe - Properties - Compatibility - Set "Run this app in compatibility mode with Windows 98/ME" and "Run as administrator"
  • Launch the game and play. If the game doesn't work in compatibility mode with Windows XP - try to launch it in compatibility mode with other version of Windows (Windows 95, Win2000, WinXP, etc.)

Alternatively, we recommend you to use Full-Rip, it is pre-installed game with fixes and NoCD, StarForce DRM is removed. Or you can download DRM-Free version of Space Rangers 2: Reboot, it is expanded version of the game with more missions and equipment


  • If the installation doesn't start - try to launch Setup.exe in compatibility mode with old version of Windows (98, 2000 or XP)
  • The game was using infamous StarForce DRM protection that doesn't work on modern systems and can break your PC. Make sure to use NoCD before the first launch of the game, otherwise StarForce drivers will be automatically installed. NoCD "breaks" DRM protection and allows to play the game without StarForce
  • Once you installed NoCD - delete protect.dll from game folder, just in case. It is StarForce DRM dll-file, the game doesn't use it anyhow
  • If you accidentally installed StarForce drivers - use StarForce drivers removal tool. If it didn't help - run Windows in Safe Mode and delete all sf.sys* files (like sf1.sys, sf2.sys, etc.) from C:/Windows/System32 folder and sfsync03.sys, sfhlp02.sys, sfdrv01.sys from C:/Windows/System32/drivers folder
  • Russian release of the game received updates up to v1.8.1. Western releases didn't have any updates, all versions was v1.3
  • The game works on DirectX 8, so if you're using Windows 8, 8.1, 10 or 11 - you need to enable DirectPlay: Go to Control Panel, and select 'Programs'. Select 'Turn Windows features on and off', click on 'Legacy Components' and check the box 'DirectPlay'. Select OK, once the installation is done, restart your computer
  • It is recommended to install all versions of Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for the correct work of the game
  • Also it is recommended to install RAD Video Tools and K-Lite Codec Pack for the correct work of the game
  • The game must be run in compatibility mode with Windows 98/ME, otherwise it will not work on modern systems. If it didn't work - run it in compatibility mode with Windows 95
  • If you have black screen at launch or any other graphical problem - use ddraw.dll by StarMind, it is modified version of dll-file from DDRawCompat, specially created for this game. Simply put ddraw.dll in game folder, next to exe-file.
  • Alternatively, you can use WineD3D, that wrapper resolves black screen too. But use it only if you have troubles with ddraw.dll by StarMind, because the game with WineD3D loads much longer, like 20-30 seconds
  • Or you can use DxWnd - in Hook -> Injection mode select "Inject suspend process" and in Main select 1024x768 window resolution, click "OK" and run the game. If mouse cursor disappeared - in game settings change "Cursor support" from Hardware to Software
  • For Windows 10 users: if compatibility mode with Windows 98/ME didn't work - try to run in compatibility mode with Windows Vista or Windows 7, it helped some users. Also, disable Fullscreen Optimization and any display scaling/DPI Settings modes
  • If none of these methods helped - try to edit configuration files like in this guide, maybe it will work for you
  • Some users compain that intro videos doesn't work, sometimes the game even freeze at intro video. Press ESC few times to skip intro videos, if it didn't help - modify config-files to skip intro videos
  • The game works only in 800x600 or 1024x768 resolutions. It is not recommended to set any other resolution through control panel of your graphics card or other utilities, or the game may crash, glitch, etc. If you're using DPI, select DPI settings to “From the application”
  • However, planetary battles are working on 3D engine, and you can change the resolution of it. Open cfg.txt and find RobotResolution= line, change it to the resolution you need
  • If you don't like standard fonts in game - you can use smooth font mod, simply replace font file in game directory
  • The game has many different gameplay settings, so if you feel that the game is too hard - try to enable or disable some of settings
  • Don't forget to check PCGamingWiki page if you have troubles
  • Also, you can check Steam forums or GOG forums

Comments and reviews

DoLittle 2023-11-02 0 point

Absolute Gem of a game.Def included in top100 of all time! Like 4 games rolled into 1, got planetside FPS effect,rpg side where you allocate stats etc,scroller platform when your inside wormholes and my fav,the txt based quests,like galaxy pizza olympics/become president of some planet,to many to name.Lots of humor included. Robust AI (at the time) and galaxy just evolves on its own,you just a small part of it.Lot of great effort in the making of this gem.Everyone should give it a try!

skobei 2023-10-14 0 point

wow this look fascinating, i will play it thanks

Murmarine 2023-10-10 2 points

Quite possibly the greatest space game I have played so far. Eat your heart out, Bethesda.

admin 2023-09-28 3 points

We have updated the game, added fixes for comfort play on modern machines plus guide for it. Also we added Full-Rips (pre-installed games) for English & Russian languages, because the game was protected by infamous StarForce DRM. Full-Rips are already coming with fixes that disabled DRM protection

Max Current 2023-09-03 0 point

This is made by a company called 1C, and they have made a few games that are extremely good, like Star Wolves and Space Rangers. The gameplay tends to emphasize depth in story and gameplay even if some of the games aren't super long or maybe have limited replayability. Some of the best games.

Yayeeka 2023-02-13 2 points

English v 1.3 here
click the turtle and fill in the captcha

maher 2021-02-28 0 point

the link is not working

xnarde 2021-01-08 -1 point

Oh come on! Why only russian? The text is just "????" for me in the game..
Sad, I wanted to play my game from my childhood but I can't find it anywhere.

andriboy 2020-11-28 1 point

ISO is corrupted .. fix please

Nobody 2020-03-10 2 points

Probably the best game you can download here. I have the Steam version.. Russians make good games.. who knew?

Captain Comatose 2019-11-06 0 point

Top game!

Write a comment

Share your gamer memories, help others to run the game or comment anything you'd like. If you have trouble to run Space Rangers 2: Dominators (Windows), read the abandonware guide first!


Download Space Rangers 2: Dominators

We may have multiple downloads for few games when different versions are available. Also, we try to upload manuals and extra documentation when possible. If you have additional files to contribute or have the game in another language, please contact us!

Windows Version

DownloadRIP-version (no music) English version 377 MB DownloadEnglish version
Disc 1, game version 1.3 English version 664 MB
DownloadEnglish version
Disc 2, game version 1.3 English version 576 MB
DownloadFull-Rip of English version 1.3 with fixes, DRM-Free English version 1.2 GB DownloadSpace Rangers 2 Special Edition
Includes Space Rangers 1 & 2 English version 2.1 GB
DownloadGerman version
DVD release, game version 1.3 German version 1.2 GB
DownloadFull-Rip of Russian version 1.8.1 with fixes, DRM-Free Russian version 1.2 GB DownloadRussian version
Disc 1, game version 1.0 Russian version 770 MB
DownloadRussian version
Disc 2, game version 1.0 Russian version 686 MB

Game Extras

Various files to help you run Space Rangers 2: Dominators, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

NocdEnglish version 2 MB NocdNoCD for Russian version Russian version 5 MB NocdNoCD for English version English version 2 MB PatchCzech translation patch Czech version 397 KB PatchPatches for Russian version
All patches from v1.1 to v1.8.1 Russian version 79 MB
Fixddraw.dll by StarMind
Fixes black screen and other graphical problems, put in game folder English version 4 KB
Fixes black screen and other graphical problems, use only if ddraw.dll didn't work English version 2 MB
MiscStarForce drivers removal tool English version 146 KB ModSmooth font mod
Use if you don't like standard fonts, to install replace the original font file English version 152 KB

Similar games

Fellow retro gamers also downloaded these games:

Space Rangers abandonware
Space RangersWin2002
War Planets: Age of Chaos abandonware
War Planets: Age of ChaosDOS1997
NiBiRu: Age of Secrets abandonware
NiBiRu: Age of SecretsWin2005
Legends of Valour abandonware
Legends of ValourDOS, Amiga, Atari ST, FM Towns1992
Strange Adventures in Infinite Space abandonware
Strange Adventures in Infinite SpaceWin, Mac2002

Ad Consent Terms About Contact FAQ Useful links Contribute Taking screenshots How to play

MyAbandonware utopiaweb