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Killing Time

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Killing Time
Killing Time cover
Windows Intrepid Software
Mac OS (Classic) Logicware
Release dates
Windows October 31, 1996
Mac OS (Classic) December 1997
Killing Time at Wikipedia

Key points

All official solutions for running the game on modern systems involve disabling explorer.exe while the game is running. As a result, it may not be possible to recover to desktop if the game crashes, forcing a system restart.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Mac OS
Publisher website
DRM details are not known
Original digital distribution release by Zoom Platform
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Steam version is known to have glitched colors on some systems.[1]
All three digital distribution versions of Killing Time use a slightly different method to run the game on modern systems. The Steam version is known to have glitched colors and graphics on some systems due to an issue with desktop color depth.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/493320/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/493320/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Fixed 640x480 resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate capped at 60 fps.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse buttons and functions cannot be remapped. Some keys such as Enter and Backslash cannot be mapped.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Mouse Y axis mapped to forward/backward movement and cannot be used to look up and down.
Controller support

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]

Glitched colors on Steam version[edit]

The Steam version uses a flawed solution to run the game on modern systems. This results in glitched colors on some systems due to a desktop color depth bug.
Launch the game with a custom batch file[2]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Create a new Windows batch file (extension .bat) and insert the following:
cd /d %~dp0

taskkill /f /im "Explorer.exe"

tasklist /fi "imagename eq Explorer.exe" |find ":" > nul
if errorlevel 1 (
goto start
goto rerunexplorer

start explorer.exe
tasklist /fi "imagename eq explorer.exe" |find ":" > nul
if errorlevel 1 (
goto end
goto rerunexplorer



It is recommended to create the batch file using Wordpad instead of Notepad, as Notepad may not save the line spacing correctly.

Killtime.exe has stopped working[edit]

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting[3]

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is set to the default (Windows programs and services only).

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 12 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/493320/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (493320) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.