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When it comes to evil empires, they don’t come much more evil and sinister than the Third Reich, which is probably why gamers seem to enjoy shooting SS troops so much. In this 1999 first person shooter you need to go back in time to stop Nazi Germany winning the second world war with a mysterious and sinister secret weapon. Clearly taking its inspiration from the ever popular Wolfenstein games, you’ll fight the fascist hordes through gothic churches and castles as well as futuristic cities and bases.
Mortyr should install on modern systems just by running the installer on the disc. However, the installation program clearly isn’t the most robust. Before installing, you must make sure that your game CD is in the optical drive that is first alphabetically. So for instance if you have a DVD drive as drive letter D: and a virtual drive as letter E:, you must install from the drive with letter D:.
You may also find the installer takes a long time to start, sometimes several minutes. On some systems it may not start at all, or start and then freeze. In this case it may be necessary to find an old PC running Windows XP or earlier (a virtual machine will do too) and install there. You can then simply copy the installation directory from your old PC to your new rig and run the game by starting the “Mortyr.exe” executable file.
Patching and preparing to run
Finding information about patches for this game proved difficult. Thanks to Davros on the excellent Vogons.org forum we were able to uncover this patch, though the notes in the patch don’t explain exactly what it does. Installing it as per the readme file contained in the zip file didn’t seem to change anything with the game.
On modern PCs you should also run the game using the excellent dgVoodoo2 DirectX wrapper program, if possible. Mortyr uses DirectX (version 4 according to our research) so you should configure dgVoodoo2 to run in DirectX mode. The default configuration is fine for this game and trying other options didn’t seem to make much difference. If you run the game without dgVoodoo2 you will find that it locks up whenever you try and change from the default screen resolution.
There’s one last tweak you will want to perform before trying to run the game. Mortyr does not have copy protection, but it will ask for the CD to be inserted if you do not perform this last step. Open your Mortyr game folder in Windows Explorer or File Explorer (C:\Program Files (x86)\Mirage Media\Mortyr by default). and then open the Data sub folder. In the folder you will find a file called “cdrom.std”. Open this file in Notepad or your favourite text editor. If you’re not familiar with editing text files, see this page.
The cdrom.std file should contain just one single line of text, a file path pointing to your CD-ROM drive. Change this to point to the Data sub-folder within the games directory. If you installed the game to the default directory, the line should then read “C:\Program Files (x86)\Mirage Media\Mortyr\Data” on a 64 bit system or “C:\Program Files\Mirage Media\Mortyr\Data” on a 32 bit system. Save the file when you are done editing it. You’re now ready to start the game.
Tweaking visual quality
There are a handful of visual quality options you can set in-game. Start the game and press the escape key, then choose “Options”. First of all, choose “Video Resolution”. 1024×768 is the highest available, though there is the possibility of using a widescreen patch that we will get to later.
You can also choose “Advanced Options” from the games main menu and turn on some extra features like fog and mirrors, though these should be on by default.
Playing in Widescreen
Widescreen gaming forums have a downloadable patch for Mortyr to enable the game to run in widescreen resolutions. You can find the patch here. To use the patch, first open the 7z file (if you’re not familiar with 7zip files, see this tutorial). Inside the file you will find a sub-folder called “English” and one called “Polish”. Open either of these folders and you will find several sub-directories named with different resolutions. If you want 1080p resolution, for instance, open the 1920×1080 folder and then copy the MORTYR.EXE file within into your Mortyr game folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Mirage Media\Mortyr by default). Before you do this, we strongly recommend taking a backup of your original Mortyr.exe game file.
Unfortunately the widescreen patch wouldn’t work with our copy of the game. The included executable file was a completely different size to the one we already had (our file was a whole 24kb bigger) and trying to run the widescreen patched version just gave us an “Incorrect data version” error.
Troubleshooting and known issues
This game has a number of serious issues when running on modern PCs:-
Game freezes when changing resolutions – To get around this problem, run the game using the dgVoodoo2 wrapper software.
Game runs too fast – On modern PCs the game runs too fast, making it difficult to play. There’s currently no known workaround for this. Other sites on the internet suggest that using dgVoodoo2 will fix this problem, but this wasn’t the case in our tests.
In-game audio cuts out when screen resolution is changed – We found that the games audio would sometimes disappear after changing screen resolution. Simply exit the game and start it again to correct this issue.
Introduction movie does not play – Possibly due to a codec issue, the opening movie for the game did not play on our system. While the audio played just fine, the video simply displayed a black screen. This may mean that later cut-scenes do not play either.
Virtual machines – Mortyr 2093-1944 is NOT compatible with the VMWare player virtual machine or Virtualbox (Windows XP guest). The game simply crashes with a “DirectDraw function unsupported” error.
Can you submit a fix?
Know how to get this game running better on a modern PC? Let us know in the comments and help the PC retro-gaming community!