Hotline Miami

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Hotline Miami
Release dates
October 23, 2012
March 19, 2013
May 28, 2013
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 $XDG_DATA_HOME/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 support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Launcher options menu
Hotline Miami is letterboxed.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor No native support WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen No native support False icon.svg
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use Borderless Gaming or similar software.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Not applicable
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS No native support Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[1]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support Only movement and restart keys.
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus No native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller support Native support
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping No native support 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 No native support
Surround sound Native support Auto configures up to 7.0 output.
Subtitles Not applicable All speech is text-based.
Closed captions Not applicable
Mute on focus lost No native support


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

Issues fixed[edit]

Game won't start[edit]

Information This issue seems to be more prone for those trying to launch the game with the updated engine/executable instead of the original GameMaker version.

Fix Install OpenAL

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.

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 No native support


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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