Armored Hunter GUNHOUND

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Armored Hunter GUNHOUND
Armored Hunter GUNHOUND cover
DRACUE Software
Release dates
Windows December 18, 2009
Armored Hunter GUNHOUND on Wikipedia

This page is for the original 2009 game. For the 2013 remake, see Armored Hunter Gunhound EX.


This game is not playable in English (see Localizations for supported languages).
Armored Hunter GUNHOUND 2009
Armored Hunter Gunhound EX 2014

Key points

Cannot remap keyboard bindings.
Exclusive fullscreen is broken on Windows 10. Use a borderless fullscreen program as a workaround, and if need, set the game to 16:9 widescreen mode.

General information

Official website (Japanese)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
Digital re-release.
A demo is available from the official website and DLsite.
Owners of this game can upgrade to Armored Hunter Gunhound EX for free by using the upgrade tool supplied by the developer. An internet connection is required to download and install the necessary files, and it is not compatible with "DRACUE the BEST" budget reprints of the game.[1]

Essential improvements[edit]


The latest official patch is available on the developer's laboratory site here, marked under the "最新アップデートファイルをダウンロード(ver 1.06)" (Download the latest update) download link.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Runs at 4:3 letterboxed by default, but features a 16:9 widescreen mode.
4K Ultra HD
Runs at a base resolution of 480x360 (4:3) or 480x264 (16:9)
Field of view (FOV)
2D game.
Can be toggled with Alt+ Enter. Game window be rendered between x1 or x2 using Nearest neighbor scaling.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming and set the game to widescreen mode, if needed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always on by default.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Game is capped between 60, 30, and 15 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

Controller remapping.
Controller remapping.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Uses a pre-defined set-up of A, S, Z, X, Q, W, and Arrow keys for keyboard and cannot be changed.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse not used at all.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller is not configured by default.
Full controller support
There is no exit option in the game. It must be forcibly closed by pressing Alt+F4, pressing Esc in windowed mode, or closing the game window. Controller remapping also requires input from the keyboard.
Controller remapping
A visual guide can be used for the recommended controller set-up.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Uses DirectInput.
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg No controller prompts within the game, and buttons/axes are referenced by number in the controller configuration screen.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Controller must be plugged in before starting up the game.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
No audio settings whatsoever.
Surround sound
No voice-overs, all dialogue is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Some parts of the menus are in English.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game does not render properly in exclusive fullscreen[edit]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 2.0b
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

Armored Hunter GUNHOUND EX upgrade tool[edit]

Running this program through Japanese Unicode settings may be required. See here for more details.

This tool will allow owners of Armored Hunter GUNHOUND (retail disc or digital download) to upgrade the game to Armored Hunter GUNHOUND EX.

How to use the upgrade tool[3]
  1. Download the tool from the developer's laboratory site here, marked with the "GUNHOUND EX" banner, and extract it somewhere to your computer temporary.
  2. Run UpGradeEXVer101.exe, and then click the LNKファイル選択 (Browse for Game Shortcut) button to point the tool to where Armored Hunter GUNHOUND is installed.

    Note: If you do no have a shortcut to the game, create one by going to into <path-to-game>, right-click GunHound.exe, click Create shortcut from the context menu, and rename the shortcut to "機装猟兵ガンハウンド".
  3. Once the tool verifies the location of your Armored Hunter GUNHOUND installation folder, click the large アップデートを実行 (Perform Upgrade) button. The installation process will take several minutes to finish.
  4. After the program finishes installing the upgrade, run GunHoundEX.exe to play Armored Hunter GUNHOUND EX.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX-compatible sound card


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).


  1. From a translation of the tool's readme file.
  2. Verified by User:AmethystViper on November 29, 2018
    Like its remake, exclusive fullscreen mode is broken on Windows 10 due to sharing a similar engine, but Borderless Gaming can render the game to borderless fullscreen windowed albeit stretched to the screen. The widescreen mode can alleviate scaling issues for those with 16:9 displays, however.
  3. Verified by User:AmethystViper on November 29, 2018
    Was able to upgrade the original 2009 game recently to the EX version with the retail disc release of the game via the upgrade tool from the developers, despite that Armored Hunter GUNHOUND EX was no longer being distributed from Playism and Steam after the temporary suspension of the developer.