Midtown Madness 2

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Midtown Madness 2
Midtown Madness 2 cover
Angel Studios
Angel Game Engine
Release dates
Windows September 22, 2000
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Bus, Truck
Themes Contemporary, Europe, North America
Series Midtown Madness
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work 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.

General information

Midtown Madness 2 eXtreme


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1], some releases are DRM-free, and so the game can be played without the CD.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


The only official patch for the game is the XP Compatibility Patch
Speed Boot can help decrease the amount of time it takes for Midtown Madness 2 to launch on Windows XP, Vista and 7. Replace Midtown2.exe within the installation folder with the one inside the archive. The XP Compatibility Patch must be installed first.

MM2 Hook[edit]

Fixes random crash bugs, as well as a fix for the heap overrun error, and allows for further control of the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location




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
Only Single Player available.
LAN play
Racing (Checkpoint or Circuit), Cops & Robbers, and Cruise Mode.
Online play
Racing (Checkpoint or Circuit), Cops & Robbers, and Cruise Mode. NOTE: Need to use third-party software (such as Game Ranger) to setup online matches.

IPX LAN support on modern systems[edit]

Download IPXWRAPPER, drag & drop the files, run 32 or 64bit reg and enable automatic windows firewall exception in ipxconfig.exe, any internet connection will link 2 computers

Issues fixed[edit]

Setting the game to run in Windows XP (Service Pack 2) compatibility mode can help with running the game on modern operating systems.

Compatibility issues on Windows 8 and later[edit]

Use dgVoodoo2[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo2.
  2. Extract dgVoodooSetup.exe, DDraw.dll (from the "MS" folder), & D3DImm.dll (also from the "MS" folder) and place these files to the installation folder of Midtown Madness 2.
  3. Open dgVoodooSetup.exe; click on the "DirectX" tab and change the following: Videocard needs to be changed to "dgVoodoo Virtual 3D Accelerated Card" if it isn't already selected.
  4. Click "Apply" and close out of dgVoodooSetup.exe and open Midtown Madness 2.
  5. When the main menu loads, navigate to "Options"; "Graphics"; then change the video accelerator to "dgVoodoo2 w/ T&L" and click "OK".
Use DDrawCompat[3]
  1. Download DDrawCompat.
  2. Extract the contents from the .zip file into the game's installation folder.


DDrawCompat fixes "Midtown Madness 2 requires DirectX 7 or later to run" error at launch.

Heap Overrun error[edit]

See MM2 Hook[citation needed]
Use MM2 Heap Patcher[citation needed]
  1. Download MM2 Heap Patcher.
  2. Extract MM2HeapPatcher.exe to the Midtown Madness 2 installation folder.
  3. Click and drag the MM2.exe over the MM2HeapPatcher.exe and Midtown Madness 2 will be patched. Consult Readme.txt for more information/usage.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
See MM2 Hook.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0a compatible
Other 4x CD-ROM drive


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]