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Monolith Productions
Monolith Productions
Japan Takarajimasha
Windows Animation Package 32
Release dates
Windows September 30, 1997
Claw on Wikipedia

Key points

Installing the game on 64-bit systems requires using a fan made installer.
Level editors and a large collection of fan made levels are available here and here.

General information

The Claw Recluse - fan community.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Available in CD or DVD form.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.3 installation[citation needed]
  1. Download the Patch 1.3 and extract the files.
  2. Move CLAW.EXE, CLAWREG.EXE and DSETUP.DLL to installation folder, overriding already existing files.


Patches greatly reduced the game difficulty by increasing the number of lives when starting a new game, reducing the amount of coins needed to get a new life, significantly reducing damage taken from boss attacks and reducing energy of bosses.

dgVoodoo 2[edit]

Fixes broken rendering during Monolith intro video and when changing resolution using MPINCVID, MPDECVID and MPDEFVID cheat codes.
Game crashes when selecting Edit Players and Custom Levels.
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo 2 and extract it (verified working on version 2.55.4).
  2. Copy all the files from the MS folder and paste the files into the game installation folder.
  3. Optional: run dgVoodooCpl.exe and edit the settings (game uses DirectX).
    • Vsync can be forced, but it causes stuttering during video playback.
    • For integer scaling set the resolution to Max ISF in the DirectX tab and set Scaling mode to Centered in the General tab.

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Start the Autorun program from Claw CD/DVD.
  2. Go to Advanced.
  3. Check Skip logo movie and click OK.


OpenClaw is an open source re-implementation of the game which supports a wide array of resolutions and adds 64-bit support. Be aware that the graphics do not scale with the resolution as it simply zooms out. It can be ran on Windows and Linux. Linux users should install Timidity and set it up to have music in the game.
Not all levels are currently available.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Monolith Productions\Claw\[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\CLAW.USR[Note 2]

Video settings[edit]

Display options menu.
Display options menu.
Advanced options program.
Advanced options program.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Originally it supports 640x480 only. Higher resolutions up to 1280x1024, including widescreen, can be cycled through using the MPINCVID cheat code, but the game will not save any progress. Outside of that, see OpenClaw.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Increasing the resolution using the MPINCVID cheat code increases the visible area.
Can be forced using dgVoodoo 2 or using OpenClaw.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced using dgVoodoo 2.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Controls menu.
Controls menu.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options menu.
Audio options menu.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

Unplayable low frame rate[edit]

Disable direct video access[citation needed]
  1. Run Claw Advanced Options.
  2. Enable Disable direct video access.
  3. Click OK. The game will now run normally.

CD not being detected[edit]

Install Patch 1.3[citation needed]

Game doesn't start on Windows 7[edit]

Use dgVoodoo 2[citation needed]

Claw is not jumping high enough[edit]

Force Vsync from a driver's control panel[citation needed]
Use dgVoodoo 2[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Use OpenClaw for 64-bit.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium (75 MHz)
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 18 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
The DVD release of the game only works with specific Creative MPEG-2 decoder cards.


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Verified by User:Antrad on May 16, 2019