Lego Rock Raiders

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Lego Rock Raiders
Lego Rock Raiders cover
Developers
Data Design Interactive
Publishers
Lego Media
Release dates
Windows November 15, 1999
Lego Rock Raiders guide on StrategyWiki
Lego Rock Raiders on Wikipedia

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
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Key points

Can be modded.
Unstable and very difficult to run on modern machines, see Installing and running the game on modern Windows.

General information

Brickipedia - A detailed wiki for everything Lego-related.
Rock Raiders United - A fan forum for all of the classic Lego games. Mods and utilities can be downloaded from here, but an account is required.
Rock Raiders United Knowledge Base - A detailed wiki for Rock Raiders and some other older Lego games.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Original 1999 release; SafeDisc V1 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
Retail
DRM-free
Re-release versions
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
The game is not available digitally.

Version differences[edit]

Re-release versions, such as the LEGO Masterpiece version, are DRM-free and don't require the CD to play, but the game's soundtrack will not play as it is Redbook audio-based.

Essential improvements[edit]

Installing and running the game on modern Windows[edit]

Depending on the operating system and hardware the game may run fine already after installation, or all the following steps may be needed to make it run. Before proceeding with any step run the game to test if it works first.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Put the LEGO Rock Raiders CD into the CD drive (cancel the setup if it starts automatically). Download and run LEGO Rock Raiders Alternate Installer to install the game.
  2. Open the LEGO Rock Raiders CD and copy the Data folder to the installation folder and replace existing files when asked.
  3. Download LEGO Rock Raiders Masterpiece edition executable. Extract the archive and copy the LegoRR.exe to the installation folder and replace the existing file.
  4. Right click LegoRR.exe or appropriate shortcut, select Properties and in the Compatibility tab set the following:
    1. Compatibility mode - Run this game in compatibility mode for Windows 98/Windows ME.
    2. Settings - Disable visual themes, Disable desktop composition.
    3. Privilege level - Run this program as an administrator.
    4. Click Apply and OK.
  5. Download dgVoodoo 2, extract the archive and copy all the files from the MS folder to the installation folder. When starting the game, a Mode selection window should appear with dgVoodoo DirectX Wrapper being recognized as the main driver, click OK to continue.

Notes

With dgVoodoo 2 some particle effects may appear brighter than it was originally.
dgVoodoo 2.54 seems to have introduced an issue under Windows 10 (and 8.1) causing the game to hang a few seconds after starting a mission. To solve the issue, download a previous version such as dgVoodoo 2.53 .
Under Windows 10 disabling visual themes is not available and compatibility mode can cause the game to lag and be displayed incorrectly. Try with and without compatibility mode.
Under Windows 10 not setting compatibility mode can cause movies to not play. Try with and without compatibility mode. Also try setting compatibility mode to Windows XP (Service Pack 2)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>[Note 2]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Lego Media\Games\Rock Raiders

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Save[Note 3]

Video settings[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game advanced settings.
In-game advanced settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Any resolution higher than 640x480 crashes the game.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Zoom in/out is available in top down view.
Windowed
See Command line parameters.
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 Command line parameters.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap. Some 2d animations look faster but gameplay is fine.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Czech only release. Published by Cenega.
Polish
Polish only release. Published by Cenega.
Dutch
Spanish, Italian and Dutch were sold in a separate release.
Italian
Spanish, Italian and Dutch were sold in a separate release.
Spanish
Spanish, Italian and Dutch were sold in a separate release.
Danish
Danish only release.
Norwegian
Included in Danish release.
Swedish
Included in Danish release.
German
German only release.
French
Included in German release.
Portuguese
Hebrew
Hebrew only release. Text is displayed right-to-left. Published by Hed Arzi.
Russian
Russian only release. Published by Noviy Disk.
Japanese
Japanese only release. Published by Eidos Interactive.
Korean
Speech is in English. Published by SsangYong.

Issues fixed[edit]

"The program can't start because d3drm.dll is missing" error[edit]

Add d3drm.dll to the installation folder[citation needed]
  1. In the Rock Raiders CD, go to DirectX6\DirectX6\Directx
  2. Copy D3DRM.DLL and paste it into the installation folder (the default is C:\Program Files (x86)\LEGO Media\Games\Rock Raiders).

"No DirectX 3D accelerator could be found"[edit]

This also fixes cutscenes not playing and a low FPS issue.
Setup the game compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Right click on LegoRR.exe file (located in the installation folder; the default is C:\Program Files (x86)\LEGO Media\Games\Rock Raiders) and select "Properties".
  2. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)"). For Windows 8 and later, also enable Reduced Colour Mode (set to 16-bit).
  3. Run the game from the exe directly. When shown the display options, set the screen mode to Windowed.

Crash when launching the game[edit]

Force the game to emulate RGB for Voodoo 2 cards[citation needed]
  1. Right click on LegoRR.exe file (located in the installation folder; the default is C:\Program Files (x86)\LEGO Media\Games\Rock Raiders) and select "Properties".
  2. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)"). For Windows 8 and later, also enable Reduced Colour Mode (set to 16-bit).
  3. Run the game with the -ftm EXE parameter.
  4. Select RGB Emulation (Microsoft Direct3D RGB Software Emulation and Full Screen.

The installer on the CD doesn't work[edit]

Use alternate installer[citation needed]
Extract the game files manually[citation needed]
  1. Download a program that can extract .cab files, such as Universal Extractor.
  2. Extract the data1.cab file on your disc to wherever you want to install the game.
  3. Open the EXE folder on the CD, and copy the two files into the folder you installed the game in.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Command line parameters[edit]

See command line arguments on how to use the following options.
A full list is available at the Rock Raiders United Knowledge Base, but here are the major ones:
Parameter Description
-cleansaves Deletes all saved games.
-programmer Allows the LEGO Media movie to be skipped.
-fpslock Enables VSync.
-testlevels Unlocks every level.
-window Allows the game to be launched in a window when in 16-bit color mode.
-best Disables the Mode selection window on launch.
-ftm This makes the video card use all available texture memory. Also turns off game lighting. Lighting still affects game models.
-fvf Causes models and level terrain in the distance to fade into a gradual fog effect rather than cutting off abruptly at the draw distance boundary.
-debug Allows resolutions up to 1024x768, but crashes on everything greater than 640x480.
-reducesamples Disables some non-streamed sound effects.
Original game installer would create two shortcuts:
  1. LEGO Rock Raiders - Standard with parameters -best -reducesamples -reduceanimation -reducepromeshes -reduceflics -reduceimages.
  2. LEGO Rock Raiders - Enhanced with parameters -best.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 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).
  3. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References