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Zipper Interactive
Westwood Studios
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows March 18, 1999[1]
Recoil on MobyGames
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SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

Released in France as Tank Blaster.


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).
To install on modern Windows you need to set Windows 95 compatibility mode for Autorun.exe

Essential improvements[edit]

nGlide wrapper[edit]

The game is compatible with the nGlide wrapper which means it can be easier to play on modern systems.
You can use nGlide configuration to set the resolution you want to upscale the game. Use 4:3 aspect ratio to avoid stretching.
Glide version of the game has no access to multiplayer
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download and install nGlide.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>.
  3. Delete or rename GLIDE2X.dll.
  4. Run Rec3dfx.exe
  5. In Options set renderer to Accelerator - VooDoo (3dfx) if it isn't already.
  6. Start the game now.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Zipper\RECOIL\

Save game data location[edit]

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

Video settings[edit]

Graphics and Sound settings menu.
Graphics and Sound settings menu.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 640x480, 800x600 and 1024x768. Can be upscaled using nGlide.
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)
Can be forced through driver control panel (nGlide only)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced through driver control panel (nGlide only)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use nGlide configuration
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Control settings menu.
Control settings menu.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0[4]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Westwood Online service was shut down

Issues fixed[edit]

Variable game speed[edit]

Game speed may constantly shift between too fast and too slow.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Reboot Windows.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Glide 2.56
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Westwood Online

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 220 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. 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).