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Troubleshooting and answers to your questions about enkisoftware and Avoyd.

If you cannot find your answer on this page, try the Avoyd FAQ or Contact us.

🔗 What is Avoyd?

Avoyd has two main functions: Voxel Editor and Game. You'll find more information, including the Avoyd features list and user documentation on avoyd.com.

To try Avoyd out yourself, download the Avoyd demo from our store.

🔗 What inspired Avoyd?

The original Avoyd we now call Avoyd 1999 (you can download it free from our site), Quite's haunting zeo-x-s demo, Rez (Area 4 in particular), FPSs we've liked to play like Unreal Tournament, Descent, and much more.

🔗 What are Avoyd's system requirements?

Platform: PC Windows

Controls: mouse and keyboard


  • Operating System - 64-bit Windows 7 or above
  • Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or equivalent CPU with at least two cores
  • Memory - 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics - Intel HD6000, Nvidia GTX 660, AMD HD 7800 or equivalent. Uses OpenGL 3.2. Future versions may require Vulkan support.
  • Storage - 30 MB available space for installation but saved voxel models can require significant storage space, up to several GB.

🔗 What engine and technologies does Avoyd use?

Avoyd runs on our in-house voxel game engine written in C++ using OpenGL, developed by Doug Binks and Juliette Foucaut.

To follow our progress with the game technology, see the Game Tech topic on our devlog, our public posts on Patreon and follow @dougbinks and @juulcat on Mastodon.

We open source parts of our engine:

We use third-party open-sourced software listed below. Many thanks to the authors and maintainers of these libraries.

🔗 What is the difference between the Avoyd release streams Full, Beta and Demo?

Download the Avoyd release from our store or, if you are logged in and own Avoyd, from your Library.

Comparison table of the three Avoyd release streams Full, Beta and Demo:
Avoyd Stream Full Beta Demo
Price Paid Paid, included with Full Free
Commercial Use ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ❌ No
Release Schedule Every 1 to 3 months Fast: every 1 to 30 days (1*) Slow: every 3 to 12 months
Features All All + New in development Delayed
Stability Stable Prototype Stable
Documentation Up to date New features and changes may be undocumented. May be out of sync. or no longer apply.

(1* with the occasional longer breaks due to larger features, and as we are only two developers.)

If you would like more details see the devlog post about the Beta release stream.

🔗 When will Avoyd be finished?

We plan to carry on crafting Avoyd over time, evolving and updating it continuously.

We started working on Avoyd in 1999, selling the game as shareware. It was, to our knowledge, the first game with an entirely editable environment (destruction and building). After a 10 year break we restarted development in 2012, rewriting the game engine from scratch and evolving the concept to take advantage of technological advances.

Whilst the game is unfinished, the voxel editor is already very usable. To reflect this we sell Avoyd at a reduced price. You can download the full feature demo of Avoyd on our website, with the Voxel Editor component and the game prototypes Wander and Skirmish available to use.

You'll find detailed information about each release of Avoyd in the changelog and our News forum. We also publish an email newsletter.

🔗 How can I follow Avoyd's development progress?

There are several ways to follow our work:

  • Subscribe to our email newsletter (no login required) - We email you when we release a new full version, roughly every one to three months.
  • Visit the Avoyd News forum - We post when we release, with screenshots
  • Read our development blog - Subscribe to the rss feed - more in-depth articles and information about Avoyd's development and the technology we develop for it
  • Read our public posts on Patreon - Avoyd release news and open-source software updates. Sponsor us to access private posts and receive Patreon updates by email
  • Join the Avoyd Discord server - We occasionally publish pre-release test versions of Avoyd on our Discord
  • Join the r/Avoyd subreddit
  • Subscribe to Avoyd on PlanetMinecraft for updates specific to the Voxel Editor's Minecraft map importer
  • Follow @dougbinks and @juulcat on Mastodon - we post what we're currently working on: the latest Avoyd development and programming, prototypes, programmer art and open-source software updates.

🔗 How can I support enkisoftware's open source work and Avoyd development?

There are several ways to support our work on Avoyd and our open source projects.

🔗 Is Avoyd DRM free?

Yes, some functionality may require a valid user account, but we plan to ensure the game can work even if services are unavailable.

🔗 Can I publish screenshots, videos etc. of Avoyd?

Yes, you can freely use and publish any images, videos etc based on Avoyd. We would just appreciate a mention, and if you want to send us a link, we'd love to see what you've made!

🔗 Why does the Avoyd Licence Agreement exclude NFTs?

For ethical reasons - NFTs are environmentally unsound, the technology offers no benefit over a simple contract or license and they are frequently scams.

There is a lot of information available on this, but the following article gives a succinct overview.

🔗 How do I deal with the warning saying Avoyd could be a virus?

You're likely seeing a standard warning about programs which have not been downloaded by millions of people. The Avoyd executables are virus checked and signed with our company Enkisoftware Limited's digital certificate. The certificates are delivered by an independent provider: Sectigo.

What you can do to check the file you downloaded is safe to open or execute:

  1. Always download files to your Windows PC User Downloads folder.
  2. Always Scan downloaded files with Windows Defender before opening them:
    1. Right click on the file to open the context menu.
    2. If you're on Windows 11 select Show more options.
    3. Select Scan with Microsoft Defender.
  3. Check the Avoyd certificate:
    1. Right click on the Avoyd installer executable file, for example: Avoyd_0.17.0.768_demo_setup.exe.
    2. Select Properties.
    3. Select Digital Signatures.
    4. Check you see this information:
      Name of signer: Digest algorithm Timestamp
      Enkisoftware Limited sha1 17 July 2023 17:20:11 (*)
      Enkisoftware Limited sha256 17 July 2023 17:20:15 (*)
      (* Example date. This is the date the executable is signed. It is the same as the executable created date.)
    5. Select one of the lines.
    6. Select Details.
    7. Select View Certificate.
    8. Check you see this information:
      Issued to: Enkisoftware Limited
      Issued by: Sectigo Public Code Signing CA R36
      Valid from 22/03/2023  to  22/03/2026 (**)
      (** Dates change when the certificate is renewed.)
    9. Optional: select Issuer Statement for more information from the Sectigo website