The Neverhood

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The Neverhood
The Neverhood cover
Developers
The Neverhood Inc.
Publishers
DreamWorks Interactive|Danger Close Games|DreamWorks Interactive
Release dates
Windows October 31, 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.
The Japanese version is not supported by ScummVM.[1]

Availability[edit]

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

Essential improvements[edit]

Unofficial patch 1.1[edit]

Installation[2]
  1. Install the game manually.
  2. Download the unofficial 1.1 patch.
  3. Extract the patch in <path-to-game>.
  4. Disable all compatibility settings for nhc.exe.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\DreamWorks Interactive\Neverhood\Saved Games\[Note 1]
Unofficial patch 1.1 allows saving to <path-to-game>\saves\ instead of registry.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

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

Video[edit]

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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 20 FPS.

Input[edit]

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

Audio[edit]

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
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Japanese
Retail version only.
Russian
Distributed via bootleg distributions, primarily within Russia.

Issues fixed[edit]

Installer requires to be run on Windows 95[edit]

Copy the game files from the CD[2]
  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[edit]

Install the unofficial patch 1.1

Rainbow colours/no music after Alt+Tab [edit]

Install the unofficial patch 1.1

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 3 Install the unofficial patch 1.1.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Use ScummVM's 64-bit build.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Smacker

System requirements[edit]

Windows
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

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).

References