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Scratches cover
Got Game Entertainment
Release dates
Windows March 8, 2006
macOS (OS X) July 28, 2011
Metacritic 67
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Relaxed
Perspectives First-person
Controls Point and select
Genres Adventure
Art styles Realistic, Pre-rendered graphics
Themes Contemporary, Horror
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Key points

Both and Steam versions are fully compatible with Windows Vista and later.
Retail versions are fully compatible, but require patching and configuration to get working.
Game removed from and Steam in January 2015.[1]

General information Community Discussions Support Page
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Senscape Discord Community


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Has 3 Releases, The Original, Director's Cut, and some copies of Director's Cut came with an extra disc with patches to fix problems in the 1-disc version.
Windows (unavailable)
Director's Cut.
macOS (OS X)
Steam (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Director's Cut.
Game removed from and Steam in January 2015.[1]
Steam version can be run without Steam running, and is DRM-free.[2]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Nucleosys\Scratches\
%APPDATA%\Nucleosys\Scratches Director's Cut\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/46460/pfx/[Note 1]
The scream.cfg location differs between releases.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Nucleosys\Scratches\
%APPDATA%\Nucleosys\Scratches Director's Cut\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/46460/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Options Menu
Options Menu

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
1024x768 only. Editing in custom resolutions into scream.cfg causes major issues.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed mode is unplayable, but can be achieved through editing scream.cfg.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be manually toggled by editing scream.cfg
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Game uses software rendering, resulting in absurdly high frame rates.
Affects camera speed. See Run the game at screen refresh rate.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail version, download.

Issues fixed[edit]

BSoD on modern Windows (Retail)[edit]

Attempting to run the original Scratches or Scratches: Director's Cut on Windows Vista or above will cause Windows to crash to a blue screen.
This issue is caused by how modern Windows handles an outdated call for the monitor refresh rate.
Manually the edit configuration refresh rate[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open scream.cfg.
  3. Change RATE 0 to RATE 60.
  4. Save the file.


The explanation for the problem and how it can be fixed was provided by the original developer of the game.

Crashing in-game (Retail)[edit]

The original version of Scratches is prone to crashing on modern computers.
This issue was initially due to features that were added to Intel CPUs at the time, features that have since become standard in all Intel CPUs.
Download and install an official patch[4]
  1. Download and install this patch for Scratches. A mirror of this patch is available here.


This patch was provided by the original developers during this game's original run.
This patch will break compatibility with existing save files.

Crashing during The Last Visit (Retail)[edit]

The initial release of Scratches Director's Cut came with only one disc, which contained a game breaking bug that would cause the game to crash during the additional content chapter of the game.
Future releases had two discs, with the second disc containing copies of the patches below, as such this issue should not be present on those copies, so long as the patches on Disc 2 are installed.
Download and install a patch and an update[4]
  1. Download and install this patch for Scratches Director's Cut. A mirror of this patch is available here.
  2. Download and install this update for Scratches Director's Cut.


Only a mirror is available for the update because of Wayback Machine's file size limit.
The update dramatically improves the visuals of the game overall, and fixes some minor visual bugs.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open scream.cfg.
  3. Change RATE 60 to the screen refresh rate (e.g. RATE 120).

Camera speed is too fast, also WIN10 movement problems[edit]

Cap the frame rate at 60 FPS[citation needed]

First run Windows Compatibility Tool. Use the XP compatibility troubleshooter selecting XP svc pack three. −Camera speed slow −Slideshow off −Alternate control disabled −NVIDIA control panel: −Change “Vertical Sync" setting from "Application Controlled" to "Off"

The game does not run in Widescreen with 16:9 resolution. It is configured to 1024 x 768 with an aspect ratio of 4:3, so there will be black bars surrounding the image on your standard 1920 x 1080 screens. Editing the SCREAM.CFG file to custom resolutions (Height and Width) is NOT recommended as it can cause major issues

The Function keys are assigned by the game, You must re-bind the F12 key to F3, F6, or F11 to take a screenshot in Steam:

F1--HINTS ON/OFF The hints lie in Michael's dialogue. When turned on he will tell you more information. F2--SURROUND MUSIC ON/OFF F3-- F4--LOOK DOWN F5--SAVE GAME F6-- F7--LOAD GAME F8--LOOK UP F9--CAMERA SPEED SLOW/NORMAL/FAST F10--TEXT SPEED SLOW/NORMAL/FAST F11-- F12--GAMMA CORRECTION LOW/NORMAL/HIGH/DISABLED ESC Key: Exit to Main menu to load, save, go to settings. Also skips cutscenes, intro and credits. You can manually save at anytime or use the F5 key for a quick save.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 1.2 compatible
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 1.2 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/46460/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (46460) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Game removed from steam - last accessed on 2016-09-27
  2. Verified by User:Cheatfreak47 on 2016-09-27
  3. Problems running Scratches on Win 7? - last accessed on 2016-09-27
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mirror of the Nucleosys downloads page - last accessed on 2016-09-27