*Note: IMHO there is enough gratuitous bloodshed, violence and nudity here to just about make a sailor blush. The animation is beautiful though; classic "comic book" style. I just caution you to be aware of whom you may have around while playing this adventure. It's not for children, or those who are squeamish about blood and gore, because there's plenty of it.
32 MB RAM
20 MB free hard disk space
2 MB SVGA graphic card (must have vesa support)
DirectX compatible sound card
DirectX 5.0 or higher
You'll need a special "patch" for this, which really isn't a patch at all. Rather it's an "installer" made by the developers especially for Windows XP (it may work for you 2000 users) you can download it from the official website from MP Entertainment They also have part of a walkthrough there but it only goes up to page 6.
Before you run over there, take a minute to create a new folder in your default hard drive (mine is "C") So, this would be
Start--> My Computer--> Local disk "C" -->GAME (if you already have this folder, you don't need to create another just use this one and the next folder inside it) --> Right click anywhere in the folder and choose "New" --> name the new folder: HOPKINS.
Download the Windows XP patch from the site above, and save it to: C:\GAMES\HOPKINS The name of the file is: setupXP.exe.
The General Drill
updated printable version
Before you take a look at the basic General Drill below, take a moment and have a look at the updated printable version, paying particular attention to the following sections:
Change your display to 800X600 - 16bit- 100Mhz
Do these things before you perform the General Drill, and do them all at once and then restart your system. this way you won't have to restart your system a gazillion times.
then perform the General Drill if you haven't recently.
Let’s take a look at the "General Drill"
Whenever I start a new game, especially an "older one," I have always made it a habit to make sure my system is clean. So let's clean house. Our cleaning products?? No, I'm not talking about special Orange Sprays or Smelly Pine disinfectants! I'm referring to the "Three Musketeers" of WINTEL Systems. They are: "Disk Clean Up," “Check Disc” (the old Scan Disc in pre XP Windows based systems) and Defrag.
Now some people do this in "safe mode" ... and I have to admit that I am one of them...probably because I tend to be rather lazy and like the fact that I don't have to close down so many programs for these 3 utilities to work correctly. I'm also one of those wacky gamers who has a tendency to visit my "Aunties" ('cos I know they love me... Shall I introduce you??? May I present: Auntie Virus, Auntie Spyware, Auntie Adware and Auntie Hijack. Sorry, couldn't resist, but I religiously do use these wonderful programs each time I come off the internet... I DETEST BUGS & CREEPY CRAWLIES of any kind in my System!!!
First, let’s do a Disk Clean Up. Don't know how?
Go to-->Start-->All Programs--> Accessories--> System Tools-->Disk Clean Up.
Empty out what you don't need (you'll be surprised at what you can accumulate!) Shut down all extra programs. For those of you who don't know how to accomplish this read on:
The easiest way to terminate your TSRs or Terminated but Staying Resident programs which are also known as background applications, is to right click on each of the little icons in the lower right portion of your Tool Bar. These are located near your clock. As you right click on each of them you will get the option to either exit, close or unload. Do this for each of them. Then, if you have a Screensaver go ahead and disable it. The reason behind this is so these three utilities can run unencumbered. They'll do their tasks much more efficiently if you give them this environment to work in.
If you haven't done the Ole Scan Disk in a while... In XP it's called Check Disk and Defragged recently. Here is a good time to do it.
"C" is mine but your Local Disc maybe assigned another letter-->Right Click--> Properties--> Tools-->Check Now... Make sure that both boxes are checked.
- Automatically fix file system errors
- Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors
- Click Start. You can follow this same path to locate your program as well. Or use Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Defrag Hard Drive.
The nice thing about Windows XP is that if it isn't necessary to perform a Defrag of your Hard Drive unless you have to. Windows XP will simply tell you this if you need to...and you can skip this step if the answer is no.
You might want to check on your Video and Audio Acceleration at this time, make sure you set the Video at the 2nd notch from the right. The Audio should be set to the 2nd notch from the right as well
(I find that this is the best setting for many older adventures as a general rule for MY system. Yours may be different, but this is always a good place to start and you can increase or lower them as you see fit after the game is installed.)
Restart your System.
Check your system by doing a Ctrl, Alt & Delete, this will bring up The Task Manager. If you have closed out all Windows Programs, the field under Applications will be blank. Leave the field marked Processes alone. (Yep, I know there are lots of interesting files in there...but you’re really better off not touching anything in there unless you really know just what you are doing.)
I know this seems like a bother, but if you take the time to make sure your system is sparkling on the inside, you'll have fewer headaches later. Remember, a healthy XP is a happy one.
It's also helpful to either be logged in as either The Administrator, Owner or Power User make sure that your personal log in has full Administrator rights.
Make sure that you close down any extra programs such as Anti virus, anti spyware and the like. Shut off your screen saver as well.
There's a lot to shut down here so you might want to try to do as much as possible before you restart your system again.
Go to Start--> My Computer--> GAMES-->HOPKINS or C:\GAMES\HOPKINS.
Locate the file setupXP.exe. Right Click on the file -->Choose--> Properties--> Compatibility:
Compatibility--> Compatibility mode--> Display Settings--> check-->disable visual themes input settings--> check-->turn off advanced text services for this program
Click Apply Click OK.
Keep this folder open.
Now put your Hopkin's FBI CD into your default CDROM DRIVE.
If the small window below appears, just click on the upper right "X" and close out of this screen.
If another small window appears such as this -->
Just ignore it.
Go to--> C:\GAMES\HOPKINS (that's the folder I told you to keep open earlier).
Double Click on "setupXP.exe"
First Screen--> Choose Maximum Install
Second Screen--> Choose Copy SVGA Sequences onto Hard Disk
Third Screen--> Choose "Click here to Valid"
After the install--> Close out of all windows back to the Desk Top.
Go to Start--> All Programs --> Hopkins FBI--> Choose the Gun icon --> Right Click-->Properties-->
Shortcut Tab--> Run--> Maximized Compatibility--> Compatibility Mode Check-->Disable Visual Themes Display Settings Input Settings Check-->Turn off advanced text services for this program.
Click Apply. Click OK.
... and we're ready to roll.
*Note: I've noticed at first glance that there are only six save games, bummer. But of course, you can always replace them but there are no labels for them, so I suggest copying them to a separate folder maybe in My Documents with a "Notepad.txt" page on what they are.
Other than that the interface seems to be relatively easy and user friendly. Bring the mouse to the Upper Left part of the game screen and a little icon will appear. Click on it and it will bring up the inventory and other options for the game. This is a 3rd person point&click, but the end game and shooting sequences will bring you into a 1st person view and you'll need to use the keyboard for that. You'll be using 6 keys , 4 of them are the directional keys (the arrows) up, down, right, & left. Another is the "Space" key , there is one more key to use here... but I can't figure out which one it is yet. Actions are performs using the Right Click of your mouse. You can also Double Click to exit a scene immediately without walking. And the F1 key will minimize the game for you.
There is supposed to be a manual some where on the disc, but I haven't been able to find it... that's odd.
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