Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child

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Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child
Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child cover
Developers
Third Law Interactive
Publishers
Gathering of Developers
Engines
LithTech 1.5
Release dates
Windows July 14, 2000
Reception
Metacritic 71
IGDB 90
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Themes Fantasy, Horror
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Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person action and shooter game.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Run Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child on modern systems[edit]

Use Felizpe's patch[1]
  • FIxes "rainbow colors" on intro videos and menus.
  • Forced resolution allows high resolution without shrinking the HUD.
  • Allows for bigger resolutions and widescreen support.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 1]

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
The FOV Slider in the Game Options under Interface is not truly HOR+ - you gain more on the sides but also the Picture is stretched vertically.
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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
120+ FPS
Game logic is tied to frame rate. At over 60 fps, mouse is jerky and cutscenes are too fast cutting off characters' voice lines. At extremely high frame rates, game runs inhumanly fast.Set The monitor refresh rate on 60hz to fix

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Run the game in widescreen resolutions[2]
  1. Download Kiss - Widescreen Fix.
  2. Extract to the installation folder and overwrite if asked to.
  3. Run KISS: Psycho Circus launcher and either change the resolution inside the launcher, or inside the game.

Notes:

The FMVs are rendered only in 8bit color and the Cutscenes higher than 16:9 have many gliches.
HUD is rendered too small at higher resolutions.

or:

Use Felizpe's patch[3]
  1. Download the fix on ModDB page.
  2. Install the fix following the instructions on the screen.
  3. Run KISS: Psycho Circus launcher and either change the resolution inside the launcher, or inside the game.

Note:

This fix only works when the game is installed on the main C: drive.

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.0, EAX 1

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
16
Online play

Issues unresolved[edit]

Can't uninstall the game on Windows 10[edit]

If the game is installed in any other drive besides the main one, the uninstall information gets corrupted and it can't be uninstalled from inside the Control Panel, returning a "catastrophic failure" error message.

Issues fixed[edit]

Can't reinstall the game after the above error[edit]

Delete the corrupted files[4]
  1. Enable hidden folders to show up on Windows Explorer;
  2. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\InstallShield Installation Information\
  3. Delete the folder with the setup's GUID of the game.

High FPS Issues[edit]

Limit the Framerate to 60FPS[citation needed]
Set refresh rate on 60hz[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 5.0d
5.0f version 1.1
Cutscenes Smacker Video Technology 4.0d

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) DirectX 8.0 compatible

Notes

  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).

References