Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

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Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
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Developers
LucasArts
Publishers
Disney Interactive Studios
Engines
Original SCUMM
Re-release ScummVM
Release dates
DOS January 1, 1988
Windows (ScummVM) March 19, 2015[1]
macOS (OS X) (ScummVM) March 19, 2015[1]
Linux (ScummVM) 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
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes both EGA DOS version and 256-color FM Towns version.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Includes both EGA DOS version and 256-color FM Towns version.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Digital versions are pre-packaged with ScummVM.[2]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\zak.ini[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/559070/pfx/[Note 2]
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**[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/559070/pfx/[Note 2]
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 feature State 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 State 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 feature State 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
French
fan translation for gog version at [1]
German
Enchanced-version. Not available in digital distribution platform.
Russian
Fan translation by «PRCA/Бюро переводов Old-Games.Ru». Download link #1 and #2 for EGA-enhanced version

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes EGA The FM Towns version, included with digital versions, uses 256 colors similarly to VGA.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Use ScummVM.
macOS (OS X)
Use ScummVM.
Linux
Use ScummVM.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum[3] Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 130 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 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
Video card (GPU) OpenGL compatible
64 MB of VRAM
Other Apple Mouse with Secondary button/click enabled
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
Video card (GPU) OpenGL compatible
256 MB of VRAM

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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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