Killing Time

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Killing Time
Killing Time cover
Windows Intrepid Software
Mac OS (Classic) Logicware
Release dates
Windows October 31, 1996
Mac OS (Classic) December 1997
macOS (OS X) March 18, 2003
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The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.

Key points

All official solutions for running the game on modern systems involve disabling explorer.exe while the game is running. As a result, it may not be possible to recover to desktop if the game crashes, forcing a system restart.

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Mac OS
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Original digital distribution release
All three digital distribution versions of Killing Time use a slightly different method to run the game on modern systems. The Steam version is known to have glitched colors and graphics on some systems due to an issue with desktop color depth.

Essential Improvements[edit]

Community Patch[edit]

Included in the GOG version (outdated 2.1 version).

This patch provides the following changes:

  • No need to kill explorer.exe to play the game.
  • Fixes video playback from Windows XP to Windows 10
  • Much cleaner intro and ending cutscenes, along with stuttering/crackling issues
  • Optional CD installation
  • Code fixes to prevent the game from crashing

Despite mentioning that you need the CD of the game to apply it, it can be used without it.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>/KillTime.cfg[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/493320/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>/Savegame.*[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/493320/pfx/[Note 2]
6 save slots available.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Fixed 640x480 resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
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
120+ FPS
Frame rate capped at 60 fps.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse buttons and functions cannot be remapped. Some keys such as Enter and Backslash cannot be mapped.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Mouse Y axis mapped to forward/backward movement and cannot be used to look up and down.
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Glitched colors on Steam version[edit]

The Steam version uses a flawed solution to run the game on modern systems. This results in glitched colors on some systems due to a desktop color depth bug.
Launch the game with a custom batch file[1]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Create a new Windows batch file (extension .bat) and insert the following:
cd /d %~dp0

taskkill /f /im "Explorer.exe"

tasklist /fi "imagename eq Explorer.exe" |find ":" > nul
if errorlevel 1 (
goto start
goto rerunexplorer

start explorer.exe
tasklist /fi "imagename eq explorer.exe" |find ":" > nul
if errorlevel 1 (
goto end
goto rerunexplorer



It is recommended to create the batch file using Wordpad instead of Notepad, as Notepad may not save the line spacing correctly.

Killtime.exe has stopped working[edit]

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting[2]

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is set to the default (Windows programs and services only).

Disable FRAPS

FRAPS may cause the intro FMV to be blank and cause the game to crash when attempting to load the main menu.

Other information[edit]


ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 12 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB


  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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/493320/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (493320) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.