Midtown Madness

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Midtown Madness
Midtown Madness cover
Angel Studios
Angel Game Engine
Release dates
Windows May 27, 1999
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Series Midtown Madness
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Midtown Madness on Wikipedia
Midtown Madness
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Midtown Madness 2 2000


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

Key points

Extensive modding can make the game unstable on modern operating systems.
Small but very active community.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


Open-source reimplementation that fixes a lot of problems and adds a modern renderer.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Open1560 or see the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use dgVoodoo 2 and choose between 2x-16x under Texture Filtering.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use dgVoodoo 2 and choose between 2x-8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use dgVoodoo 2 and enable Force vSync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Was done via MSN Gaming Zone which was discontinued on June 19, 2006.[3]
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Game runs poorly on Windows 8 and later[edit]

Use Open1560
Use dgVoodoo 2
  1. Download the latest version.
  2. Copy dgVoodooCpl.exe, D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll (located in the MS/x86 folder) into <path-to-game>.
  3. Rename midtown.exe to MidtownMadness.exe.
If you have an Nvidia card, you must set Output API to Direct3D 12 (feature level 12.0) in dgVoodooCpl.exe or you will encounter a driver conflict that gives terrible performance.
Open1560 uses an OpenGL renderer that's incompatible with dgVoodoo. The last dgVoodoo compatible version is OpenMM1.

CD music does not resume after pause[edit]

Use CDAudio proxy

CDAudio proxy will fix this, place its files in <path-to-game> and rip music to track02.ogg, track03.ogg, etc and place it in a folder named MUSIC in <path-to-game>

This does not eliminate the need to have the CD inserted. Even with a no-cd crack, Midtown Madness will still check for a CD drive before deciding to play music.

Text hard to see[edit]

Disable font smoothing

You must disable font smoothing in Windows. Windows 10 does this by default for midtown.exe, but this is incompatible with dgVoodoo.

Unable to run on Linux via Wine[edit]

Custom Launcher (aka: A BASH script)
  1. Download this bash script from here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1inWrpe_XZcmcMOYRb_CQupZsy2x1V1An/view?usp=sharing
  2. Use this wherever (Desktop, Home folder, portable device, etc).
  3. Read the Midtown Madness Setup.doc before playing Midtown Madness.

Tire smoke not appearing[edit]

Enable smoke
  1. Download Midtown Madness Revisited from here: http://www.mmarchive.com/file_details.php?file_id=2361
  2. Create a copy of your game folder and apply the patch to it
  3. Rename the patched midtown.exe to MidtownMadness.exe and place it in your original game folder
  4. This is only necessary if you don't want any of the other changes MM Revisited makes. However it's still necessary to rename the patched midtown.exe to MidtownMadness.exe for dgvoodoo to work with it.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
OpenGL 3 Supported in Open1560.
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible


  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. 2.0 2.1 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).