Hotline Miami

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Hotline Miami
Release dates
October 23, 2012
March 19, 2013
May 28, 2013
Hotline Miami at Steam Charts
Hotline Miami at SteamDB
 Hotline Miami at Wikipedia
Hotline Miami
Hotline Miami 2012
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number 2015

General information

More information Official website
More information Unofficial wiki
More information Community Discussions for game series
More information Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys
Publisher website DRM-free Click the "Buy on Humble" button to purchase via Humble Widget Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Games Republic Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg DRM-free Includes 2 wallpapers, 4 avatars and 1 poster.
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Humble Store DRM-free Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg

Game data[edit]

Configuration file and save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\HotlineMiami\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Hotline Miami/
Linux ~/.local/share/HotlineMiami/
Information hotline.cfg stores the configuration.
Information SaveData.sav stores the save game data.
Advantage This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Advantage Save games are fully cross-platform.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Launcher options menu
Hotline Miami is letterboxed.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Impossible WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Impossible False icon.svg
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Not applicable
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Impossible Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[1]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native Only movement and restart keys.
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Impossible
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Impossible Game launcher allows for swapping trigger and shoulder buttons (LT/RT with LB/RB)
Controller Y-axis inversion Not applicable

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Impossible
Surround sound Native Auto configures up to 7.0 output.
Subtitles Not applicable All speech is text-based.
Closed captions Not applicable
Mute on focus lost Impossible


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Not applicable Native
Brazilian Portuguese Native Not applicable Native
French Native Not applicable Native
German Native Not applicable Native
Japanese Native Not applicable Native
Polish Native Not applicable Native
Russian Native Not applicable Native
Spanish Native Not applicable Native

Issues fixed[edit]

Game won't start[edit]

Fix Disable statistics (FPS counters) software

Information Programs that report computer statistics such as frame rate, GPU usage, memory usage etc. can cause the game to not start correctly and is recommend to shut them down if you're having issues launching the game.
Information Programs that use RivaTuner Statistics Server such as MSI Afterburner or EVGA Precision X allow you to exclude a game's executable file to prevent RivaTuner from attempting to look at the game if you wish to keep MSI Afterburner or EVGA Precision X running for those that want to view their system's statistics.
  1. Open RivaTuner Statistics Server if installed.
  2. Click the "+" button to open a separate window that will ask you to select the executable.
  3. Locate HotlineMiami.exe in the installation folder.
  4. On the right, look for "Application Detection Level" and select "None".
  5. Minimize RivaTuner Statistics and try to launch the game.
  6. If you're still having issues, try excluding the OpenGL executable by repeating steps 2 through 4 but selecting HotlineGL.exe instead.
NOTE: this issue seems to be more prone for those that try to launch the game with the updated engine/executable instead of the original GameMaker version.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1 Original version only.
OpenGL 2.1 Updated version only.
Shader Model support 1.4
64-bit executable Impossible


Middleware Notes
Audio BASS, OpenAL

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 1.2 GHz 1.4 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
200 MB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.1 compatible
DirectX 8 compatible
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
130 MB
Video card (GPU)
OpenGL 2.1 compatible
Operating system (OS) Any distribution
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz Dual-Core
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 130 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 2.1 compatible


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