Blade Runner

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This page is for the original version. For the upcoming enhanced edition, see Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner cover
Westwood Studios
Original Virgin Interactive
Digital Alcon Interactive Group
Original Blade
Digital ScummVM
Release dates
Windows November 14, 1997
Windows (ScummVM) December 17, 2019[1]
macOS (OS X) (ScummVM) December 17, 2019[1]
Linux (ScummVM) December 17, 2019[1]
Modes Singleplayer
Controls Point and select
Genres Adventure
Themes Cyberpunk, Detective/mystery, North America
Series Blade Runner
Blade Runner on HowLongToBeat
Blade Runner on IGDB
Blade Runner on MobyGames
Blade Runner on Wikipedia
Blade Runner
Blade Runner 1997
Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab 2017
Blade Runner 9732 (unofficial) 2018
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition TBA


This game is only playable in English with a fan translation (see Localizations for details and other supported languages).

General information Community Discussions Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM versions exist.
Pre-packaged with ScummVM.
macOS (OS X)
The DVD-ROM version has the same content as the CD-ROM version without the need to swap discs.
The release does not include the original desktop icon. A replacement can be found here.

Essential improvements[edit]

This section may require cleanup to meet basic quality standards. The specific problem is: Some of this should probably be moved, due to not applying to the GOG release. You can help by modifying the article. The discussion page may contain useful suggestions.


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.

Peixoto's patch[edit]

Peixoto's patch adds nearest neighbor or xBRz scaler for better visuals. Sets single core affinity and windows 98 compatibility for improved stability

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\BLADE.INI[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVE\*.SAV[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM documentation for details.



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


In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, Ambient Sound, Speech.
Ambient Sound setting is not available in ScummVM.
Surround sound
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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Transcription by the ScummVM team
Transcription by the ScummVM team
Transcription by the ScummVM team

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 WinCDEmu.
  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[3]

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]


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

System requirements[edit]

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
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.11
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 18.04
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL compatible
256 MB of VRAM


  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).