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Alcatraz: Prison Escape

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Alcatraz: Prison Escape
Alcatraz: Prison Escape cover
Zombie Studios
Activision Value Publishing
LithTech Talon
Release dates
Windows October 19, 2001
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes North America
Alcatraz: Prison Escape on HowLongToBeat
Alcatraz: Prison Escape on IGDB
Alcatraz: Prison Escape on MobyGames
Alcatraz: Prison Escape on Wikipedia


SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Alcatraz: Prison Escape is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person stealth game.

General information

Official site - retrieved with Wayback machine from February 6, 2002.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. Game also requires running it via a shortcut created in the desktop after installation to run it.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements



Patch 1.01 is available here.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\autoexec.fg[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.sav[Note 2]


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Set a custom resolution in <path-to-game>\autoexec.cfg and use the FOV fix.
Setting a multimonitor resolution crops the menus too much.
Setting a ultrawide resolution crops the menus too much.
4K Ultra HD
Set 4K resolution in <path-to-game>\autoexec.cfg and use the FOV fix.
Field of view (FOV)
Use the FOV fix.
Start the game's shortcut with +windowed 1 parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Start the game's shortcut with +windowed 1 +borderless 1 parameters.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing (RT)



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
12 GameSpy services have been shut down;[3] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 27888
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed

Jittery mouselook when mouse polling rate exceeds 125 Hz

Wrapping the old DirectInput calls into DirectInput 8 seems to fix the issue[4]
  1. Download DirectInput wrapper.
  2. Extract it to <path-to-game>.
  3. Add the line InputRate=60 in <path-to-game>\autoexec.cfg.
  4. Decrease mouse sensitivity in-game and increase it on the mouse driver control panel's DPI settings.

Starts on second monitor

Set display manually[4]
  1. Go to the installation folder and edit autoexec.cfg.
  2. Locate the line "carddesc" "\\.\DISPLAY2".
  3. Replace it with "carddesc" "\\.\DISPLAY1".


If the line does not already exist, add it manually.

Game has a 2048 pixel resolution limit

Use dgVoodoo 2[5]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 [6]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Input DirectInput
Cutscenes Smacker Video Technology
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. Pricing | GameSpy Technology
  4. 4.0 4.1 Verified by User:AlphaYellow on 2023-12-21
  5. Verified by User:AlphaYellow on 2024-03-13
  6. Verified by User:AlphaYellow on 2024-04-05
    According to System Informer, the game loads d3dim700.dll. dgVoodoo2's traces point to Direct3D 7 (e.g: "Direct3DDevice7").