Blade Runner

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Blade Runner
Blade Runner cover
Developers
Westwood Studios
Publishers
Virgin Interactive
Engines
Original Blade
Alternative ScummVM
Release dates
Windows November 14, 1997
Blade Runner on Wikipedia
Blade Runner
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Blade Runner 9732 2018

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
CD-ROM & DVD-ROM
Windows
The DVD-ROM version has the same content as the CD-ROM version.

Essential improvements[edit]

ScummVM[edit]

As of 16 June 2019, the ScummVM engine supports Blade Runner. For more information, see the ScummVM wiki page.

This method does not require an external installer nor installation of any additional patches.

Alternate installer[edit]

Use Blade Runner Installer 2012 to install the game from CD/DVD on 64-bit Windows. Also download HDFRAMES.DAT from there and copy it to the installation folder.

This automatically installs both the official patch and the CPU patch.

Official patch[edit]

Download the patch for the CD-ROM version or the DVD-ROM version.

CPU patch[edit]

Download the CPU patch to fix timing issues with the shooting range and "rat in the tunnel" portions of the game.

After extracting it to the installation folder, see Mouse isn't smooth below to edit its config file for smoother mouse movement.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVE\*.SAV[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM user manual for details.

Video settings[edit]

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

Input settings[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 settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects, ambient sound & speech
Surround sound
[1]
Subtitles
Only supported in ScummVM (v2.1+). Toggled from ScummVM's GUI (Audio tab) or in-game from KIA "Game Settings". Requires "SUBTITLES.MIX" file available from ScummVM official website.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Transcription by the ScummVM team
French
Transcription by the ScummVM team
German
Italian
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Game wont start[edit]

Game will crash on start if computer does not have an optical drive mounted.

In Windows 10, opening the ISO will create a drive automatically.
Mount a virtual optical drive
  1. Install Daemon Tools Lite
  2. Mount a virtual optical drive.
  3. Launch game.

Shooting range and rat/tunnel issues[edit]

On modern CPUs, shooting range targets never appear or take minutes to. A similar issue occurs with the "rat in the tunnel" portion of the game.

Apply the CPU patch[2]

Mouse isn't smooth[edit]

This pertains to using the CPU patch.
Edit config[citation needed]
  1. Open aqrit.cfg.
  2. Set ForceBltNoTearing to 0. Make sure that you set ForceBltNoTearing, not BltNoTearing.
  3. Set NoVideoMemory to 0.

Save games not working[edit]

Create a SAVE folder under <path-to-game>[citation needed]

Objects missing in Acts 2 through 4[edit]

The installer (even the alternate installer) doesn't copy certain files from Discs 2 through 4, so they're missing when the game looks for them.

Add HDFRAMES.DAT[citation needed]
  1. Download HDFRAMES.DAT.
  2. Copy it to the installation folder, overwriting the one there.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 5.0 640x480
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 5 compatible

Notes

  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).

References