Amerzone: The Explorer's Legacy

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Amerzone: The Explorer's Legacy
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Developers
Microïds
Publishers
Anuman Interactive
Engines
Phoenix VR
Release dates
Windows October 18, 1999
Mac OS (Classic) 1999
macOS (OS X) October 4, 2011
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General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Oversized CD-ROM DRM and unreadable sectors (lead-out area shortened and used for data, to prevent most contemporary CD-RW drives from copying the method)
Windows
Mac OS
GamersGate
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Can be played without Steam running.[1]
Windows
ZOOM Platform
DRM-free
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro logos[citation needed]
  1. Rename the files <path-to-game>\logo.smk and <path-to-game>\01VR_PHARE\sc01_a.smk to anything else. Tested with Steam version.

Game data[edit]

To get out of the menu, you need to click the passage on the left.
To get out of the menu, you need to click the passage on the left.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Launch\Settings.ini[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/302190/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saved_*.bin[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/302190/pfx/[Note 2]
Save game file names: Saved_1.bin, Saved_2.bin, Saved_3.bin up until 8.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

General settings
General settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Windowed[edit]

Possible with DxWnd[2]
  1. Download the latest build of DxWnd
  2. Add the game .exe in edit/add of DxWnd
  3. Set the following settings:
Main
"Do not notify on task switch" on
"Run in Window" on
"Keep aspect ratio" on

Video
"Windows style" thick frame
"Emulate Win Maximize" on
"Recover screen mode" on

Mouse
"cursor visibility" Hide

3. Start the game.

Notes

Could also be possible with dgVoodoo2, see: Problem launching the game

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Portuguese
Retail release only
Polish
Retail release only

Issues fixed[edit]

Problem launching the game[edit]

Use dgVoodoo2. Best solution for Windows 10 or newer.
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo 2 and extract the archive.
  2. Copy dgVoodooCpl.exe to game folder.
  3. Open the MS\x86 folder and copy all files to game folder.
  4. (optional) Run dgVoodooCpl.exe in game folder and unmark dgVoodoo Watermark in DirectX.
  5. Run game
Disable visual themes (Windows 7)[3]
  1. Right-click the shortcut of the game
  2. Click on Properties and show Compatibility
  3. Enable "Disable visual themes" and apply


Reduce hardware acceleration (Windows XP)[citation needed]
If you experience slowdowns when playing videos, please reduce the audio hardware acceleration level:
  1. Press Win+R, type dxdiag and press Enter.
  2. In the "Sound" tab, lower the acceleration to Standard.
  3. Exit and restart your game.
Add the game to the DEP exclusion list[citation needed]
  1. Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.
  2. Choose Advanced system settings, then click on the Advanced tab.
  3. Click the first Settings... button.
  4. In the Data Execution Prevention tab, choose the "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select" option and add the game executable below.
  5. Apply all changes and start the game again.

Frozen cutscenes (Windows 7 or newer)[edit]

Run the game as admin first[4]
  1. Right-click shortcut -> Properties
  2. Under "Compatibility", set to "Windows XP" or "Windows 95".

Crash after opening the gate[edit]

Set compatibility mode to Windows 95[5]
  1. Right-click the .EXE or shortcut for the game and choose the Compatibility tab.
  2. Set Compatibility to Windows 95.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible
Sound (audio device) Creative SoundBlaster or compatible
Other 4x CD-ROM drive

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/302190/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (302190) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References