Kao the Kangaroo

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This page is for the original 2000 game. For the upcoming game, see Kao the Kangaroo (2022).

Kao the Kangaroo
Kao the Kangaroo cover
X-Ray Interactive
Titus Software
Poland Licomp Empik Multimedia
GOG.com Tate Multimedia
Release dates
Windows December 8, 2000
Metacritic 60
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Oceania
Series Kao the Kangaroo
Kao the Kangaroo on HowLongToBeat
Kao the Kangaroo on IGDB
Kao the Kangaroo on MobyGames
Kao the Kangaroo on Wikipedia
Kao the Kangaroo
Kao the Kangaroo 2000
Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 2003
Kao: Mystery of Volcano 2005
Kao the Kangaroo (2022) 2022

Kao the Kangaroo is a singleplayer third-person platform game in the Kao the Kangaroo series.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
European copies use LaserLock DRM.
US copies use SafeDisc 2 DRM[Note 1].
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Sold Out Software, and White Label (German) rereleases.
Bundled with Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 and Kao: Mystery of Volcano.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Replace video file[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\.
  2. Delete or rename the tate.avi file.
  3. Download the blank_MSVC.avi file.
  4. Move the file to <path-to-game>\.
  5. Rename this file to tate.avi.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\kao.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\kao*.sav[Note 2]
The * is the save file number.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For the GOG.com release, windowed mode is already enabled. To disable it, set Windowed to 0 in the configuration file.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use dgVoodoo 2 and choose between 2x-16x under "Texture Filtering".
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use dgVoodoo 2 and choose between 2x-8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use dgVoodoo 2 and enable "Force vSync".
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 125 FPS.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fix[4]
  1. Open kao.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Press Ctrl+F and set Datatype to Hex-values.
  3. Search for 24080000803F and click OK.
  4. Replace the 0000803F value with:
    • 5555553F for 16:10 screens
    • 0000503F for 15:9 screens
    • 0000403F for 16:9 screens
    • 0000103F for 21:9 screens
  5. Save the file. If it won't save because of no permission, go to the Properties of the file and uncheck the Read-only box.
  6. Edit kao.ini and set Width and Height values to match your resolution.


Control settings.
Control settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Graphical issues on modern systems[edit]

Use dgVoodoo 2[5]
Use DxWnd[6]
  1. Download DxWnd and extract it.
  2. Launch DxWnd.
  3. Set the path to <path-to-game>\kao.exe.
  4. Choose Edit, and Add.
  5. Type in the name for it (e.g. Kao the Kangaroo).
  6. Under position specify the X, Y position of a window for the game and Width (W) and Height (H) of the window.
  7. Go to DirectX tab.
  8. Under Emulation, choose the primary buffer renderer.
  9. Go to Direct3D tab.
  10. Under Direct3D tweaks, check Clean ZBUFFER @0.0 fix.
  11. Click OK to save the settings.
  12. Minimize DxWnd and launch the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95, 98, ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz MMX
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB


  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).