Monster Truck Madness

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Monster Truck Madness
Monster Truck Madness cover
Terminal Reality
Microsoft Studios
Release dates
Windows October 3, 1996
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Key points

Palette issues with software rendering under Windows Vista and higher can be corrected using compatibility settings.
Extensive electronic manual containing detailed information on every aspect of the game.
Hardware-accelerated rendering has lower texture quality than software rendering.

General information

Truck O Rama MTM-1 Archive for additional tracks and trucks, along with instructions on how to install them.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
DRM-free with complete installation

Essential improvements[edit]

Perform complete installation[edit]

One of the possible installation options, Complete, installs all game files to your hard drive (200 MB) for playing without the disc.
Has the side benefit of making the game portable.
A limited selection of low-quality songs will be used if the game CD (or any CD-Audio CD) isn't in the primary CD-ROM drive.


Fixes some multiplayer issues.[1]
May need to be ran in Windows 95 compatibility mode in order to install properly.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[2]
  1. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, select "Options".
  2. From the drop-down menu which appears, select "Game".
  3. Uncheck "View Intro Movies".
  4. Uncheck "View Clip Scenes" if you also want to skip videos shown between races.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\System[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\tourney[Note 1]


Game settings.
Game settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be added using your GPU's control panel when using hardware rendering.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be enabled by replacing "antialiasFlag=0" with "antialiasFlag=1" in MONSTER.INI.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Copy dll's from MS folder in DGVoodoo to game exe folder and use the DGV configutator for resolution/framerate etc
Same as above, just remember to tick "Enumerate Refresh Rates" and set resolution/refresh rate in DGV control panel


Control settings.
Control settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

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 Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
MSN Gaming Zone is no longer available.
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2400, 47624
UDP 2300-2400
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Software rendering causes palette issues under Vista and higher[edit]

Set compatibility options[2]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right-click MONSTER.EXE and select "Properties".
  3. Click on the "Compatibility" tab.
  4. Check checkbox for "Run this program in compatibility mode for:", and from the dropdown box which becomes enabled, select "Windows 95".
  5. Check the checkboxes for "Run in 256 colors", "Run in 640x480 screen resolution", and "Run this program in administration mode".
  6. Run the game as normal, selecting "yes" for the UAC prompts which appear.

"Feature not included" or "Help not supported" error when trying to open help files[edit]

Windows Vista and later need an update to open legacy Help files.
Install Windows Help program[3]
  1. Install the Windows Help program.
  2. Restart your computer if prompted.

CD music not available[edit]

CD music requires the disc in the first drive (CD-ROM 0).
Some virtual drive software might not support CD music.
Check drive is CD-ROM 0[citation needed]

Check that the drive is set to CD-ROM 0.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 2
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer MSN Gaming Zone Shut down June 16, 2006.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 60 (60 MHz)
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA-compatible
DirectX 2.0 compatible


  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).