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Orienteering Simulator - Suunnistussimulaattori International Print
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Orienteering Simulator game screenshotOrienteering Simulator - Suunnistussimulaattori is a first-person orienteering simulation game (watch a demo video and an another demo video, more videos down left).

The game has focused on authenticity of orienteering, making it an orienteering simulation game closest to the real Nordic style orienteering out of the box there is. By default the terrains are Nordic-like, level of difficulty from easy to very challenging.

During the winter 2016-17 VirtuO Event Series will take place online. There one can measure the skills of the other players. Current season is the eighth one. After every event results, splits and route drawings will be automatically published for all to see. Ranking scores will be automatically calculated after the end of the event and online ranking will be updated automatically every night at 9 pm UTC+2.

Orienteering Simulator game screenshot

Today we have the eighth generation of Orienteering Simulator - Suunnistussimulaattori game. Terrains can be customized very heavily and this allows to implement ski orienteering for example. Version number of the latest release is 2.4. You can purchase your copy from the Suunnistussimulaattori Store. At the same time you support the continuation of virtual orienteering with Suunnistusimulaattori. It is highly recommend to review system requirements at the bottom of this page and download the demo version to ensure that the game works properly on your system (see System requirements in this article).

The English version is also called as the International Sponsor Version and it is commercial software like all Suunnistussimulaattori sponsor versions are. Suunnistussimulaattori sponsor versions includes Training Zone where you can train virtual orienteering in training events on the Internet. Sponsor versions also includes Retro Zone with events from VirtuO seasons 2007-10 and terrains and courses from the early versions of Suunnistussimulattori.

With International Sponsor version you are allowed to get one personal VirtuO Event Series pass (VIP-pass) for the season 2016-17 for free. With the VIP-pass you can play 387 events from previous seasons 2010-16. With the installation package of Suunnistussimulaattori International Sponsor Version comes six OCAD map based terrains and 15 courses from previous VirtuO seasons.

With Suunnistussimulaattori you can orienteer by day and by night, in the light of a head lamp. You can also do SkiO. It is possible to even create rogaining courses with the game.  

Weather conditions can vary from sunny to rain and thunder. Courses has control descriptions and electronic punching system is used. For navigation you get a thumb compass, but it has a rotating socket that allows to use it as a regular compass. Terrain generator and course setter tools are, sorry to say, still in Finnish language.

System requirements

Suunnistussimulaattori has rather large and detailed terrains with lots of different terrain textures, trees, vegetation and other objects. So it also has quite remarkable requirements for computer system too. It is highly recommended to adjust game settings suitable for your machine.

Current version of Suunnistussimulaattori has been developed with following systems:

  • Dell Latitude D830 laptop with Windows Vista 32-bit and Windows 7 64-bit operating system,  Intel Core2 Duo T7700 2.4GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM, nVidia Quatro NVS 140M craphics controller with 256 MB VRAM. With this computer Suunnistussimulaattori is quite playable if you select settings level "Modest".
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T510 laptop with Windows 7 64-bit operating system, Intel Core i7 M620 2,67 GHz dualcore CPU, 8 GB RAM, nVidia NVS 3100M graphics controller 512 MB VRAM. This runs the simulator quite well, if you select settings level "Average".
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T540p laptop with Windows 8.1 64-bit operating system, Intel Core i7-4710MQ 2,5 GHz quadcore CPU, 16 GB RAM and nVidia GeForce GT 730M graphics controller with 2 GB VRAM. You can select settings level "Powerful" with this laptop.

In addition, to the testing has been used for more than ten years old, with two Intel Xeon processor and 2 GB of memory-equipped desktop computer. It hs Asus AH 4650 AGP 8x graphics card (old and cheap) with ATI Radeon 1 GB VRAM GPU. Operating system is Windows 7 32-bit. It is suprising that this machine can also run Suunnistussimulattori with quite playable fps.

Minimum system requirements


  • ~2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 10 GB free HDD

NOTE! With a computer barely meeting the minimum requirements you can play the game only with minimum settings. Heavier terraing may be unplayable.

Suported processors

  • Modern processors

Display adapter and drivers

  • GeForce2 or better, VRAM at least 128 MB (512 MB or more recommended).
  • OpenGL 1.4 drivers (please use the latest display drivers of your display adapter)
  • NOTE! There are serious performance and compability issues with computers based on Intel graphics chipsets (for example Intel Mobile 855, 945, 965 and 4 Express, Intel(R) Q45/Q43 Express, ...). The game is most likely not going to work on machines with those chipsets.
  • Today there is a fix for ATI cards that is also included to downloadable versions. NOTE! All available screen resolutions of the game might not work with Radeon based graphics adapters.
  • List of display modes that are working with a ATI Radeon HD 4650 GPU:
    • 800x600
    • 1152x864
    • 960x600
    • 1152x720
    • 1366x768
    • 1440x900
    • 1440x960
    • 1600x900
    • 1600x1024
    • 1680x1050
    • 1728x1080
    • 1920x1080

Operating system

  • Windows Vista 32- and 64-bit
  • Windows 7 32- and 64-bit
  • Windows 8 32- and 64-bit
NOTE! You need to install OEM display drivers, like nVidia or ATI with Windows Vista and Windows 7/8 operating systems.

Other software

Recommended system

  • Multicore CPU @ 2.4 GHz
  • 8+ GB RAM
  • Graphics card designed for gaming, video RAM 512 MB or more. nVidia recommended.
  • over 10 GB of free HDD space

End-User License Agreement

Suunnistussimulaattori 2.4 International Sponsor version is a commercial software, please read the End-User License Agreement of the game.

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