Lego Island

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Lego Island
Lego Island cover
Release dates
Windows September 26, 1997
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure
Vehicles Automobile, Bicycle, Helicopter, Track racing, Truck
Art styles Stylized
Themes Contemporary, Comedy
Series Lego Island
Lego Island guide on StrategyWiki
Lego Island on MobyGames
Lego Island on Wikipedia
Lego Island
Subseries of Lego
Lego Island 1997
Lego Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge 2001
Island Xtreme Stunts 2002

Key points

Modern systems need workarounds for some compatibility problems; see Installing on modern versions of Windows.
Keyboard control is extremely twitchy due to the game being programmed for low framerates. Using the LEGO Island Rebuilder is recommended.

General information

Unofficial Lego Wiki
Rock Raiders United - A fan forum for all of the classic Lego games.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
See Run without a CD
An official release of the soundtrack was never made. A project to restore the soundtrack to 44.1 kHz stereo from the original composer's backup tapes (compared to the 11.025 kHz mono found in-game[1]) can be found on the Project Island website.
The Italian release uses SecuROM DRM copy protection [2].
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

LEGO Island Rebuilder[edit]

Allows for frame rate capping, patching the notoriously-twitchy keyboard controls, and music replacement.
Runs on hardware near-contemporaneous with the original release; see Frame rate (FPS)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Mindscape\LEGO Island[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

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

Video settings[edit]

External options screen.
External options screen.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use dgVoodoo 2.53 to force wide screen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Use dgVoodoo 2.53 to force wide screen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Edit the registry or use ICU Windower. This feature is incomplete; it always uses the same rendering mode regardless of what is chosen.
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
See Frame rate (FPS).

Frame rate (FPS)[edit]

The game locks its framerate 90 FPS when exploring the world and either 30 or 90 FPS in certain indoor environments.
Since the game was never intended to run this fast (it was designed with 10 FPS in mind), many timer issues also arise as a result; for example, turning is very sensitive and many of the animations run too fast. A 30FPS cap is recommended, to prevent animations from running too fast.
Cap the framerate
Use LEGO Island Rebuilder
  1. Download LEGO Island Rebuilder and extract it to <path-to-game>, then run it.
  2. Set the option Turning: Unhook From Frame Rate to True
  3. Select "Run" to run the game.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Published by Noviy Disk in 2002

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing on modern versions of Windows[edit]

Use alternate installer[citation needed]
The full install also counts as a no-CD patch.
Install with workarounds[citation needed]
  1. Install by exploring the CD and running INSTALL.exe (the Autorun menu will crash if you try to use it).
  2. Go to \redist\directx on the disc and copy d3drm.dll into the installation folder.
  3. Run CONFIG.exe in the installation folder.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Ensure Ramp Emulation is selected. Alternatively, use Direct3D HAL for better transparency and filtered textures in combination with dgVoodoo 2.
  6. Run the game from the .exe
The game will crash if you exit via ESC but is otherwise playable.

Progress Doesn't Save[edit]

Close the game with Alt+F4[citation needed]
  1. Trying to close the game via Esc causes a crash and does not allow the game to save your progress. Instead, close the game using Alt+F4. You should see your progress the next time you play.

Run without a CD[edit]

Change the cdpath registry value[citation needed]
  1. Copy the full contents of the disk to a folder on your computer
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Mindscape\LEGO Island
  3. The cdpath value should have been set to the cd drive letter by the installer
  4. Set the cdpath value to the folder where you copied the CD files


You can also change the savepath value to change the save game data location

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 120 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D-compatible


  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 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).