Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

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Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders cover
Developers
LucasArts
Publishers
Disney Interactive Studios
Engines
Original SCUMM
Re-release ScummVM
Release dates
DOS January 1, 1988
Windows March 19, 2015[1]
macOS (OS X) March 19, 2015[1]
Linux March 19, 2015[1]
Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders guide at StrategyWiki
Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders at Wikipedia

Key points

Can be run under ScummVM
At any time, press F5 to Save, Load, or return to the launcher menu of ScummVM. This will let you access advanced options and quit the game as well.

General information

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with ScummVM.[2]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Pre-packaged with ScummVM.
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\zak.ini
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/559070/pfx/[Note 1]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\zak.s**
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/559070/pfx/[Note 1]
The file extension of saves will be an s followed by two numbers, starting from 00. Example: Zak.s06
The Saves folder can be changed to any folder by going to ScummVM's options (F5 in-game).

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings for ScummVM, the emulator included in the GOG edition. It is also available for free download from the ScummVM Team's official website.
General settings for ScummVM, the emulator included in the GOG edition. It is also available for free download from the ScummVM Team's official website.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Alt+ Enter in ScummVM or DOSBox. Also in Options.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Post-process based filters are optional.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
"Antialiased renderer" on by default. Be warned; this gives the game a slight blur effect.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio Settings for the ScummVM emulator, which is included in the GOG.com version and compatible with retail versions.
Audio Settings for the ScummVM emulator, which is included in the GOG.com version and compatible with retail versions.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Enable in ScummVM's settings. Highly customizable. Choose between "Subtitles," "Speech," or "Both."
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
Enchanced-version. Not available in digital distribution platform.
Russian
Fan translation by «Бюро переводов Old-Games.Ru» for EGA-enhanced version: download

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum[3] Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz 1.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 130 MB 170 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7 or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or better
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 130 MB 170 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL compatible
64 MB of VRAM
Other Apple Mouse with Secondary button/click enabled Two-Button Mouse
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 130 MB 170 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL compatible
256 MB of VRAM

Notes

  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>/559070/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (559070) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References