Midtown Madness

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Midtown Madness
Midtown Madness cover
Angel Studios
Angel Game Engine
Release dates
Windows May 1, 1999
Midtown Madness on MobyGames
Midtown Madness on Wikipedia


SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
Midtown Madness
Midtown Madness 1999
Midtown Madness 2 2000

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]


Open1560 is a open-source reimplementation that fixes a lot of problems and adds a modern render.

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]

Video settings[edit]

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


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Game runs poorly on Windows 8 and later[edit]

Use Open1560

Open1560 is a open-source reimplementation that fixes a lot of problems and adds a modern render.

Use the dgVoodoo2 wrapper
  1. Download dgVoodoo2
  2. Copy dgVoodooCpl.exe and the contents of the MS folder into the <path-to-game> folder
  3. Rename midtown.exe to MidtownMadness.exe
If you have a 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 render 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
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).