Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi movie may not have set box office records when it was first released, but its status as one of the most influential science fiction movies is hard to debate. Despite its cult following, there have only ever been two videogames based around the vivid, dystopian world of the movie. The first game was launched for early home computers and was something of a flop, the second game however was much more of a success. Developed by Westwood Studios, the sadly now defunct game studio better known for the excellent Command and Conquer series of games, the game is a point and click adventure that expands on the universe created in the movie. Playing as detective Ray McCoy, you must hunt down a gang of psychotic replicants (androids almost indistinguishable from real humans). The game was extravagant for the time, shipping on four CD-ROMs and was met with critical acclaim.
If you are running a 32 bit version of Windows, you can install Blade Runner just by inserting the first CD-ROM into your computers optical drive and then following the on-screen prompts.
If you have a 64 bit version of Windows, then unfortunately the standard installer will not work on your version of the operating system. Since the game itself works perfectly fine, we produced a replacement installer for 64 bit users. Our installer worked pretty well, but German retrogaming site rePlaying.de have produced a better, more complete replacement installer that fixes several issues you may encounter as you get further into the game (for instance, problems on the firing range). Visit this page to download their installer. Simply run the installer once it is downloaded and make sure the first of the games four CD-ROMs is in your computers optical drive. The installer is multilingual and will work with the German and English versions of the game.
Remember, like many old games, Blade Runner will place its save game data into the same folder as the game itself. If you choose to install the game to your program files directory, you may need to manually set the folder permissions on the save game folder to allow for write access. For more information on this, see this tutorial. The installer will automatically choose an alternative folder, so keep this in mind if you decide to change it.
Once you have installed your game using the replacement installer, you should also download and install the replacement HDFRAMES.DAT file. This file is available on the same webpage as the installer above. The file is downloaded as a .rar archive. To open it, you can use the popular free 7-Zip utility. If you’ve never used 7-Zip before and need some help, you can find tutorials here.
There was one updated executable file produced for the game, though exactly what issues it fixes is unclear. The update can be downloaded here. If you installed the game with the replacement installer, this update is already included.
Playing the game
There are no other options to set or configure, so simply start the game and report for duty. If you have problems starting the game make sure to turn off any secondary monitors before launching.