American McGee's Alice

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American McGee's Alice
American McGee's Alice cover
Developers
Rogue Entertainment
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
id Tech 3
Release dates
Windows December 5, 2000
Mac OS (Classic) July 2001
macOS (OS X) July 2001
American McGee's Alice guide at StrategyWiki
American McGee's Alice at Wikipedia
American McGee's Alice
American McGee's Alice 2000
American McGee's Alice (2011) 2011
Alice: Madness Returns 2011

Key points

The game doesn't install correctly on Windows 10 without a custom fix program.

General information

Alice Wiki - A wiki for the series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Windows
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

HD Texture Pack[edit]

This texture pack updates far more textures than the 2011 remaster.
Also compatible with the 2011 remaster.

Higher-resolution:

  • Environment, object and character textures
  • Animated textures (visual effects)
  • Menu screens
  • HUD

Expanded tweaks/cheats menu

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\base\config.cfg
macOS (OS X)
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\base\save\
macOS (OS X)
Mac OS (Classic)

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Peixoto's patch.
Windowed
Can also be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 63 FPS by default; see High frame rate.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set custom resolution[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.cfg with a text editor.
  3. In the Cvars section, change seta r_mode "X" to seta r_mode "-1" (add it if it doesn't exist).
  4. Add the following lines and adjust them to the desired resolution:
seta r_customwidth "1920"
seta r_customheight "1080"

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Enable Vsync[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.cfg with a text editor.
  3. In the Cvars section, add seta r_swapinterval "1" as a new line.
  4. Save the changes.

High frame rate[edit]

Remove frame rate cap[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.cfg with a text editor.
  3. In the Cvars section, add seta com_maxfps "0" as a new line.
  4. Save the changes.

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and SFX.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.0 and 2.0, EAX 1 and 2.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Dutch
Use the Alice Dutch Patch.
Italian
Fan translation, download. Compatible with both versions.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

The game won't save[edit]

When attempting to save the game will display a "Hard disk full, try deleting save files" message
Copy the game folder to the proper location[citation needed]
The game folder must be in either "Program Files"(for 32bit Windows installs) or "Program Files (x86)" (for 64bit Windows installs).
  1. When installing either accept the default settings or copy/move the entire game folder to "C:\Program Files\" or "C:\Program Files (86)\"

This was tested on Windows 10 64bit ver. 1709

The game doesn't install correctly on Windows 10[edit]

The installer seems to skip over several files during the installation process.
Copy missing files and fix shortcuts[5]
  1. Install the game from the CDs as normal. Make a note of the installation folder.
  2. Place Alice CD1 back into your computer's optical drive.
  3. Download and run Alice Windows 10 Fixer.
  4. If you installed Alice to a folder other than the default, you will need to enter this path manually when it asks you where to install.

The game won't run[edit]

Set launch parameter[citation needed]
  1. Make a shortcut to alice.exe and go to properties.
  2. Add the -RunningFromAlice2 command line argument.

The game launches in a window[edit]

Edit config.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.cfg with a text editor.
  3. In the Cvars section, add seta r_fullscreen "1" as a new line.
  4. Save the changes.
  5. Write-protect the file by setting a "read-only" attribute.
Set fullscreen parameter[citation needed]
  1. Make a shortcut to alice.exe and go to properties.
  2. Add the +set r_fullscreen 1 command line argument.

"Archiving recursive error" freeze[edit]

Run the .exe as an administrator[citation needed]

Low framerate[edit]

The game may run poorly even on modern hardware.
Edit config.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.cfg with a text editor.
  3. In the Cvars section, add seta r_primitives "2" as a new line.
  4. Save the changes.

Can't enable A3D surround sound[edit]

Bypass card detection[6]
  1. Open game .exe in a hex editor
  2. Search for B000520053E87095070083C40885C0751A
  3. Replace it with B000520053E87095070083C40885C0741A

Audio issues[edit]

See here[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, ME
Processor (CPU) AMD K6-2 400 MHz
Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
AMD Athlon 500 MHz
Intel Pentium III 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB 620 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible
32 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References