Mathica

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Mathica
Mathica cover
Developers
BrainGame Development
Publishers
BrainGame Publishing GmbH
Release dates
Windows 2002
Windows March 17, 2006
Windows October 19, 2007
macOS (OS X) unknown
Sidebar ordered by official numbering (upper-right corner of the cover).
Opera Fatal 1996
Physikus 2 2003
Historion 2 2003
Mathica 2002
Chemicus 2 2002
Technicus 2005
Geograficus 2003
Physikus 1999
Historion 2002
Informaticus 2003
Mission: Schatztaucher 2003
Mission: Amazonas 2005
Chemicus 2001
Biolab 2004

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
The 2nd CD-ROM is required while playing, but only because it contains all the graphics and animations of the game.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Available at the official online shop.

Essential improvements[edit]

Videos not playing (properly)[edit]

Adjust Quicktime settings
  1. Navigate to Control Panel/Quicktime (depending on your Windows version you may have to first click on a special x86 folder in the Control Panel).
  2. Select Video in the upper dropdown menu.
  3. Choose Safe mode (GDI only).
  4. Select Sound Out in the upper dropdown menu.
  5. Choose waveOut as playback device.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Mathica.ini[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\mathica.rup[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
The only available resolution is 800x600.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Always runs in a borderless fullscreen window.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
All graphics are prerendered and the cutscenes run at ~31 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

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
Master volume can be adjusted. However, the narrator can only be switched on or off.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Video sequences are paused automatically.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German

Issues fixed[edit]

Item gets stuck on the cursor[edit]

Throughout the game you will encounter a snack bar owner to whom you have to bring an item. However, the item may get stuck on your cursor.

The exact cause of this issue is currently unknown, but it may be necessary to let the character animation complete before clicking any item. If you run into this issue you can't do anything except reloading a previous savegame.

Quicktime can't find video files[edit]

During certain parts of the game a Windows Explorer message may pop up stating that Quicktime couldn't find the video file the game wants to play back.
  1. Make a full copy of the 2nd game disc on your PC as an iSO file. You can use CDBurnerXP to do this.
  2. Extract your ISO file to a new folder with 7-Zip or a similar software.
  3. Open the folder and navigate to ./Game/Media.
  4. Copy all files with the .mov extension into the parent directory (./Game).
  5. Use Folder2Iso or a similar software to recreate the ISO file with your changes.
  6. You should be able to mount your new ISO file as virtual drive by simply opening it with Windows Explorer once. From now on, this file will replace your original 2nd game disc.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Quicktime 6.52 Game disc contains installer

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Windows 98SE
Processor (CPU) Pentium III 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB
Soundcard, 16x CD-ROM-Drive
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Mac OS 8.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G3 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB
Soundcard, 16x CD-ROM-Drive

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