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The Neverhood

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The Neverhood
The Neverhood cover
The Neverhood Inc.
DreamWorks Interactive
Release dates
Windows 1996
The Neverhood on HowLongToBeat
The Neverhood on IGDB
The Neverhood guide on StrategyWiki
The Neverhood on MobyGames
The Neverhood on Wikipedia

Key points

Also titled The Neverhood Chronicles.
The original version can be run under ScummVM.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Demos are available from and ScummVM.

Essential improvements

Unofficial Patch

  1. Install the game manually.
  2. Download the Unofficial Patch.
  3. Extract the patch to <path-to-game>.
  4. Disable all compatibility settings for nhc.exe.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\DreamWorks Interactive\Neverhood\MusicOn[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\DreamWorks Interactive\Neverhood\Saved Games\[Note 1]
Unofficial Patch allows saving to <path-to-game>\saves\ instead of registry.

Save game cloud syncing

ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM documentation for details.


In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only.
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)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 20 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


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
Controller types


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Can only toggle the music on/off in the original release.
Use ScummVM for separate volume controls. Cutscenes will be unaffected though.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail version only.
Distributed via bootleg distributions, primarily within Russia.
Fansub translation by «Rigel & -=CHE@TER=-», download

Issues fixed

Installer requires to be run on Windows 95

Copy the game files from the CD
  1. Create a new folder in which the game will be placed (<path-to-game>).
  2. Copy the following files, from the setup folder on the CD, to <path-to-game>:
    • nhc.exe
    • smackw32.dll
    • readme.txt (optional)
  3. Copy the DATA folder from the CD to <path-to-game>.
  4. Use nhc.exe to launch the game.

Intro video stuttering

Install the Unofficial Patch

Rainbow colours/no music after Alt+Tab

Install the Unofficial Patch

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 3 Install the Unofficial Patch.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Use ScummVM's 64-bit build.


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Smacker

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 75 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) SVGA
1 MB of VRAM
DirectX 3 compatible
Sound (audio device) 8-bit
Other 4x CD-ROM drive


  1. 1.0 1.1 Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.