American McGee's Alice

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This page is for the original release. For the 2011 remastered version, see American McGee's Alice (2011).

American McGee's Alice
American McGee's Alice cover
Rogue Entertainment
Mac OS (Classic) Westlake Interactive
macOS (OS X) Westlake Interactive
Electronic Arts
Mac OS Aspyr Media
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
id Tech 3
Release dates
Windows December 5, 2000
Mac OS (Classic) July 10, 2001
macOS (OS X) July 10, 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


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

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro sequence[edit]

Use the command line argument +forcemenu main[3]

Alice HD Texture Pack[edit]

Features an expanded tweaks/cheats menu and optional Overkill mod that adds more lighting effects and enemies.
Enhances the overall look of the game with higher quality assets, moreso than the 2011 remaster of the game which this texture pack is also compatible with.
Install the Alice HD Texture Pack[4]
  1. Download the texture pack here, then extract its content somewhere conveniently accessible on your computer.
  2. Copy the INT folder, as well as the autoexec.cfg, config.cfg, and zzpak*_mod.pk3 files into <path-to-game>\base.
  3. Now run the game. The game's visuals should be changed with those from the HD texture pack.

Level of detail[edit]

Default LOD settings can be overridden to make the game render highest quality models all the time.
  1. Run the game at least once, so the configuration file gets created.
  2. Open <path-to-game>\Base\config.cfg file with a text editor.
  3. Add lines seta r_lodbias "-2" and seta r_lodcurveerror "10000" in the Cvars section.
  4. Save your changes and run the game.

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.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Peixoto's patch. If there are issues with taking screenshots or recording the game, remove the line HD=wide nofov from Peixoto\Scripts\Alice.ini. [6]
Can also be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Simple Runtime Window Editor with the Remove Borders option.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anisotropic filtering can be hacked through video card settings.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Anti-aliasing can be hacked through video card settings.
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[7]
  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[10]
  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, and then save the changes.


If the framerate is low when vsync is enabled, rename alice.exe to quake3.exe.[8]
If the game slightly stutters in some areas, disable vsync and run the game instead in fullscreen borderless window using Simple Runtime Window Editor using the Remove Borders option. Windows should then apply triple buffering to prevent screen tearing.[9]

High frame-rate[edit]

Remove frame-rate cap[11]
  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, and then save the changes.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Although it is possible to enable controller support in the original version by using the console commands in_joystick "1" and in_restart, it was not properly implemented nor fully functional.[12]
Controller types
Tracked motion controllers

Audio settings[edit]

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


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

Available here.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Cannot save progress[edit]

When attempting to save the game, a "Hard disk full, try deleting save files" message is sometimes displayed.
Copy the game folder to the proper location[citation needed]
The game folder must be installed in either Program Files (for 32-bit Windows) or Program Files (x86) (for 64-bit Windows) to save properly. When installing the game, either accept the default install location, or copy/move the pre-existing installation to the specified location. This was tested on Windows 10 64-bit ver. 1709.[citation needed]

Game does not install correctly on Windows 10[edit]

The installer seems to skip over several files during the installation process on computers running Windows 10.
Copy missing files and fix shortcuts[13]
  1. Run through the installation process from the discs as normal, and make a note of the game's installation folder.
  2. Re-insert Disc 1 back into your computer's optical drive.
  3. Download and run the Alice Windows 10 Fixer, then follow its instructions. If you have installed the game to a different location than the default, you will need to enter this path manually when it asks you where to install the missing files.

Game launches in a window[edit]

Launch the game using the +set r_fullscreen "1" command line argument[14]
Edit config.cfg[14]
  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, then save the changes.
  4. Write-protect the file by setting a "read-only" attribute.

"Archiving recursive error" freeze[edit]

Run the .exe as an administrator[citation needed]

Game runs at a low frame-rate[edit]

The game may run poorly even on modern hardware.
Edit config.cfg[15]
  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, then save the changes.

Cannot enable A3D surround sound[edit]

Bypass card detection[16]
  1. Open game alice.exe with a hex editor.
  2. Search for B000520053E87095070083C40885C0751A.
  3. Replace it with B000520053E87095070083C40885C0741A, then save the changes.

Audio driver issues[edit]

See here for details and a fix[citation needed]

Alt+Tab does not work, even in windowed mode[edit]

Apply this registry fix here[17]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System

System requirements[edit]

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


  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]