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Hype: The Time Quest

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Hype: The Time Quest
Hype: The Time Quest cover
Ubisoft Montreal
Playmobil Interactive
Ubisoft OpenSpace
Release dates
Windows November 20, 1999
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure, Puzzle, Platform, RPG
Art styles Stylized
Themes Medieval, Fantasy
Series Playmobil
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Hype: The Time Quest is a singleplayer first-person and third-person action, adventure, puzzle, platform and RPG game in the Playmobil series.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.
A demo is available.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %WINDIR%\UbiSoft\ubi.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Gamedata\SaveGame[Note 2]


Video settings.
Video settings.
Ubisoft Configuration tool.
Ubisoft Configuration tool.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen Patch.
See Widescreen Patch.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen Patch.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen Patch.
The game can be forced to run in Windowed mode, when using dgVoodoo2.
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
Capped at 48 FPS in-game and 50 FPS in menus (on both D3D6 and 3DFX rendering). See High frame rate.
120+ FPS
See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

High frame rate

Remove FPS cap[3]
  1. Open MaiDFXvr_bleu.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Press Ctrl+R and set Datatype to Hex-values.
  3. Search for 320000002564202066707300 and replace the 32 at the start with the desired framerate (in hexadecimal).
  4. Search for 8B483883C40485C9740C, it should be followed by E8 XX XX XX XX 6A 01 (the XX might be different depending on the localization - for the English .exe, it's 4E 7E 14 00).
  5. Replace the last 01 with 00 to completely disable the frame limit in the menus.
  6. Save the file.


Too high framerates ingame and menus cause game speed to be way too high, resulting in sped up gameplay and menu navigation.


Keyboard Settings
Keyboard Settings
Gamepad Settings
Gamepad Settings


Sound settings.
Sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Intro and outro are lacking subtitles. Aside from it, subtitles are always enabled in-game.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
"Hype: O Cavaleiro do Tempo".[4]

Issues fixed

Crash after the intro when using Glide wrapper

Game needs to have been run in admin mode at least once, since it needs special privileges to write its settings in ubi.ini, which is in %WINDIR%\UbiSoft\.
Disable movies in configuration file[5]
  1. Open ubi.ini.
  2. Under the section [Hype - The Time Quest], find the line PlayVideo=1 and change to PlayVideo=0.

Black screen when using Glide wrapper

Install compatibility fixes[6]
  1. Download the installation package for Hype: The Time Quest and extract it.
  2. Go to Compatibility and run PatchInstall.bat to add the compatibility entries to the system's database.

Game crashes on Alt+Tab

Install dgVoodoo 2[7]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Glide 3.10
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

Installing on modern versions of Windows

64-bit versions of Windows can't run the CD installer due to it being a 16-bit application. Trying to run the installer in Windows 7 x64 will cause the process to freeze in the background and require the task manager to close.

Alternative Installer[citation needed]


Alternative installer only works with English, German and Polish version of the game.
For documentation and common problems, see Hype: The Time Quest - Alternative Installer.
Manual installation[8]
  1. Create a folder named Hype somewhere on the drive (from now on, we'll be referring to it as <path-to-game>).
  2. From the CD's root directory, copy DSETUP.DLL, DSETUP16.DLL and DSETUP32.DLL to <path-to-game>.
  3. Copy DLL, Gamedata and InstData to <path-to-game>.
  4. Go to exe on the CD.
  5. Copy Gli.ini to <path-to-game>.
  6. Copy MaiD3Dvr_bleu.exe from D3D to <path-to-game>.
  7. Copy MaiDFXvr_bleu.exe from Glide 3x to <path-to-game>.
  8. Copy all files from UbiConfig to <path-to-game>.
  9. Go back to the CD's root folder, and go to LangData\<current language>\world\.
  10. Copy levels to <path-to-game>\Gamedata\World\.
    • When asked about scaling folders, answer yes.
  11. Go to the Windows directory (%WINDIR%).
  12. Inside it, create a folder named UbiSoft.
  13. From the CD's root directory, copy DSETUP.DLL, DSETUP16.DLL, DSETUP32.DLL and SetupUbi.exe to a newly created directory: %WINDIR%\UbiSoft\.
    • It may be possible that the folder already exists, as it's shared with other Ubisoft games of the same era. In such case, do not replace any of the files.
  14. From the InstData directory on the CD, copy strings.eng to %WINDIR%\UbiSoft\.
  15. Download the installation package for Hype: The Time Quest and extract it.
  16. From config, copy ubi.ini to %WINDIR%\UbiSoft\.
    • If there are other Ubisoft games already installed that use the same file, ubi.ini has to be manually edited by adding [Hype - The Time Quest] under [INSTALLED PRODUCTS] as well as the section responsible for game configuration (just copy the lines from [Hype - The Time Quest] to [OSD] from ubi.ini provided in the installation package).
  17. If the current language is different from English, edit ubi.ini, find the line Language=English under the [Hype - The Time Quest] section, and change it to a language currently being used (e.g. for Polish it's Language=Polish - incorrect language will make all the characters mute).
  18. Go to the folder where the files from the installation package were extracted to.
  19. Go to Compatibility and run PatchInstall.bat to add the compatibility entries to system's database.
  20. Install the nGlide wrapper, if it's not already.
  21. Finally, go to <path-to-game>, run Ubiassistant.exe and choose 3DFX configuration.
  22. Run the game using MaiDFXvr_bleu.exe.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, NT
Processor (CPU) 200 MHz with MMX
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 115 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).


  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. Rayman Pirate Community Thread - last accessed on May 2023
  4. Verified by User:DarkSonicPT on 2023-03-18
  5. Verified by User:AlphaYellow on 2022-12-24
  6. Verified by User:AlphaYellow on 2022-12-24
  7. Verified by User:AlphaYellow on 2024-01-27
  8. Developed by Suicide machine - tested on Polish and English version of the game, on 2 different PCs with Windows 7 (64bit) and Windows 8 (64bit)