I got the Blade Runner Final Cut Tin for Christmas which got me thinking about the game I played a few years ago. One thing that always bugged me was that after I uninstalled it and deleted my save games I found out that the game has multiple endings. I decided now was the time to dust it off and have another go.
Turns out that the game uses a 16bit installer which no longer works with Vista 64. I did a bit of digging and found a script by Steve Simenic to create a shiney new installer for the game using the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System. I’ve been using this system for a few months now so it was good timing to find this. I made a couple of small changes to the script; the first is to remove a dependance on the user to have a D: drive to install the game to, the second change was simply to add an icon to the installer.
One requirement for the script is a file that is only created once the game is installed called “HDFRAMES.DAT”. Well more accurately the file is created during the installation process by combining several files off the installation CDs. It’s kind of a catch 22 with the installer since you need to have the game installed to be able to install the game! Luckily for me I still have a 32 bit XP system around so I installed the game on that and copied the required file over the network to create the installer. Prior to that I tried searching for the file online via google, yahoo and emule.
I decided that I might as well upload all the required files so that others may have a go at playing this awesome game. The total size is just over 280MB and the files in the zip are:
- Blade.ico – icon to use for the installer
- Blade.ini – ini file to use for the game
- Blade.nsi – Steves installation file (slightly modified by me)
- Readme.txt – Steves original readme file
- HDFrames.dat – the all mighty hdframes file
To setup the installer is fairly straight forward:
- Create a new directory on your system called “Blade Runner Installer” and then inside that create a directory called “Base”.
- Copy the entire contents of the Base directory off the first Blade Runner CD and into the Base directory you created in the last step. Just copy the files, don’t create a second sub directory inside Base.
- Copy the files specified in the zip files readme out of the CD1, CD2, CD3 and CD4 sub directories off the Bladerunner CDs straight in to your new Base directory as well.
- Now unzip the file I provided into the Base directory and overwrite the similar named files that already exist there. One of the files copied here is the mystical HDFrames file.
- Move the “BLADE.NSI” file outide the Base directory and into “Blade Runner Installer”.
- Copy the “BLADE.ICO” file to the “Blade Runner Installer” directory.
- You should have NSIS installed to compile the installer in the next step.
- Now you can right click the NSI file and pick “Compile NSIS Script” to begin creation of the installer.
- When the process completes you will find a file called “BladeRunner.exe” in the “Blade Runner Installer” directory, this is your shiney new Blade Runner The Game installer.
I did used to host the 280MB zip file myself but it seems that 1-18GB of downloads a day was killing my server so I have decided to upload it to a few file hosting sites If you notice any of them not working any more then please post a comment and I’ll re-upload it. Please try and use a random one and not just the first one, otherwise the other hosts will auto-remove the file due to inactivity.
This isn’t the full game or even the compiled installer since that would all come to over 1GB (1.179GB to be precise). You’ll have to find your copy of the game elsewhere and install the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System.
If you have any problems then be sure to read the comments below as most things that can go wrong have already been covered. So far, everybody has managed to get the game running.