Spy Hunter (2003)

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Spy Hunter
Spy Hunter cover
Paradigm Entertainment
Windows Sidhe Interactive
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Midway Games
Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows May 28, 2003
macOS (OS X) May 28, 2003
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Key Points

Controller highly recommended.
Doesn't work very well on newer operating systems. See Issues fixed.
Missing graphical effects seen on the console versions.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Standard CD check.
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\movies
  2. Delete or rename ASPYR.SHM, INTRO.SHM and MLOGO.SHM.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Midway\SpyHunter\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SPYHUNTER_PROFILES.DAT[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 4:3 resolutions.
4K Ultra HD
Only up to 1600x1200. See Game crashes for higher resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Game crashes.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Game crashes.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default. Force off with GPU control panel.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
FMVs are rendered at 30 FPS.
Loading times improve significantly at higher FPS.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No mouse input in the game.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Dinput only.
Full controller support
Save file select can only be chosen by Enter.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Game does not detect Xinput controllers.
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Controller must be plugged in when starting game.
Haptic feedback
There's an option to toggle it, but doesn't appear to work.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Choice between keyboard or controller.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
FX, Music and Voice.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Game cannot be installed[edit]

When attempting to install from disk, a message will pop up saying Fatal Application Error - This Application has Unexpectedly Quit.
  1. Go to My Computer or This PC, depending on the version of Windows you're using, and open the disk drive, where Spy Hunter is located.
  2. Right click Autorun.exe, select Properties, set compatibility mode to Windows XP (Service Pack 2), check Run this program as an administrator, then click Apply.
  3. Run the installer as usual.

Game crashes[edit]

Game will crash shortly after reaching the title screen.
Method 1: Install dgVoodoo
  1. Download dgVoodoo.
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe and dgVoodoo.conf to <path-to-game>, where SpyHunter.exe resides.
  3. Open the MS folder in the dgVoodoo zip and extract DDraw.dll, D3DImm.dll, D3D8.dll, and D3D9.dll from the x86 folder to <path-to-game>, again where SpyHunter.exe resides.
  4. Open dgVoodooCpl.exe.
  5. Make sure the Config folder / Running instance is set to <path-to-game>, it may already be there by default.
  6. In the General tab, set Adapter(s) to use / enable to your current graphics card, Appearance to Full Screen, and Scaling mode to Stretched, 4:3 Aspect Ratio.
  7. In the DirectX tab, make sure Disable and passthru to real DirectX is unchecked, and set Resolution to Max. You can uncheck dgVoodoo Watermark if you wish.
  8. Optional: under Texturing, set Filtering to Force anisotropic 16x and set Antialiasing (MSAA) to 8x to enable anisotropic filtering and antialiasing respectively. Under Miscellaneous, check Force vSync to enable vSync.
  9. Click Apply and exit the program.
Upscales to your desired resolution and can apply anti-aliasing/anisotropic filtering.
Framerate is quite low while using dgVoodoo.
Method 2: Install WineD3D
  1. Download WineD3D.
  2. Extract d3d8.dll and wined3d.dll to <path-to-game>, where SpyHunter.exe resides.
Greatly improves framerate, which greatly improves loading times.
Limited only to screen resolutions the game offers.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 800 MHz Intel Pentium 3/AMD Athlon
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 700 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.2.5 or later
Processor (CPU) 600 MHz G3/G4 processor
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon or Nvidia GeForce
16 MB of VRAM


  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).


  1. Verified by User:Klumb3r on 2017-09-26