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Claw cover
Monolith Productions
Monolith Productions
Japan Takarajimasha
Windows Animation Package 32
Release dates
Windows September 30, 1997
Claw at Wikipedia

Key points

Installing the game on 64bit systems requires using fan made installer.

General information

The Claw Recluse


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Available in CD or DVD form.

Essential improvements[edit]


OpenClaw is the open source re-implementation of the game which supports a wide array of resolutions and adds 64 bit support. It can be ran on Windows and Linux. Be aware that the graphics do not scale with the resolution as it simply zooms out. Linux users should install Timidity and set it up to have music in the game.


Patch 1.3 installation[citation needed]
  1. Download the Patch 1.3 and extract the files.
  2. Move CLAW.EXE, CLAWREG.EXE and DSETUP.DLL to installation folder, overriding already existing files.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Disable intros[citation needed]
  1. Start the autorun from your Claw's CD/DVD.
  2. Go to Advanced.
  3. Check Skip logo movie and click OK.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Monolith Productions\Claw\[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Originally it supports 640x480 only. Higher resolutions up to 1280x1024, including widescreen, can be cycled through using the MPINCVID cheat code. Outside of that, see OpenClaw.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Can be forced using dgVoodoo 2 or using OpenClaw.
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
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

Use alternative installer[citation needed]

Unplayable low frame rate[edit]

Disable direct video access[citation needed]
  1. Run Claw Advanced Options.
  2. Enable Disable direct video access.
  3. Click OK. The game will now run normally.

CD not being detected[edit]

Install Patch 1.3[citation needed]

Game doesn't start on Windows 7[edit]

Use dgVoodoo 2[citation needed]

Claw is not jumping high enough[edit]

Force Vsync from a driver's control panel[citation needed]
Use dgVoodoo 2[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable
Use OpenClaw

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 75 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 18 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
The DVD release of the game only works with specific Creative MPEG-2 decoder cards.


  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).