SimSafari

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SimSafari
SimSafari cover
Developers
Maxis
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows March 1, 1998
Mac OS (Classic) March 10, 1998
SimSafari at Wikipedia
Sim
SimCity (series)
SimEarth 1990
SimAnt 1991
SimLife 1992
SimFarm 1993
SimHealth 1994
SimTower 1994
SimIsle 1995
SimTown 1995
SimPark 1996
SimGolf 1996
SimTunes 1996
SimSafari 1998
The Sims (series)
Sid Meier's SimGolf 2002

Key points

Installer is 16-bit only, but a workaround is available. See Running the game on 64-bit Windows

General information

MobyGames entry

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Entire game can be copied to the hard drive.
Windows
Mac OS

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %WINDIR%\smsafari.ini[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Savegame\*.saf[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
This is the default path used by the game. The save file location can be determined by the user.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Uses desktop resolution. Menus are 640x480 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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 options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
No speech
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issues fixed[edit]

Running the game on 64-bit Windows[edit]

Although the game installer is 16-bit, the actual game is 32-bit. There are two methods to setup and play the game:

Installing the game via alternate installer[edit]

Setting up the game with an alternate installer[citation needed]
  1. Somewhere on the computer (ex. the Desktop), create a new folder called "SETUP".
  2. Copy the contents of the SimSafari CD and paste them into the folder that was created before.
  3. When everything has finished copying, go to <Setup Folder>\SETUP and delete the ENSETUP.EXE file.
  4. Download the generic 32-bit installer and add it to the folder.
  5. Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
  6. Once the installer has finished, go to the installation folder and run the SMSAFARI.EXE file to play the game.

Running the game without installer (if above method fails)[edit]

Setting up the game (Simple)[citation needed]
  1. Somewhere on the computer (ex. <Hard Drive Letter>\Games), create a new folder called "SMSAFARI".
  2. In the SimSafari CD, go to the SMSAFARI folder.
  3. Copy the contents of the folder and paste them into the folder that was created before.
  4. When everything has finished copying, go into the installation folder and run the SMSAFARI.EXE file to play the game.
Setting up the game (Advanced)[citation needed]
  1. Follow the steps from "Setting up the game (Simple)".
  2. Go into the "SMSAFARI" folder at your pasted location and edit the file "SMSAFARI.INI".
  3. Replace all the "C:" with the filepath of where "SMSAFARI" is located (ex: c:\smsafari\data → C:\Games\smsafari\data). This is important as it tells "SMSAFARI.EXE" where to search for the necessary files (NOTE: Do not use ".\" as the game will crash when one tries to save or load a savefile).
  4. If one wishes to change the folder name "SMSAFARI", ensure that change is reflected in "SMSAFARI.INI".

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel 486DX4 100 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5.0 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7.5
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68040
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 MB

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References