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LEGO Rock Raiders is a 1999 video game developed by Data Design Interactive in conjunction with Artworld UK and published by LEGO Media International for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation. It is based on the LEGO theme of the same name. The Windows release was listed as 5708 LEGO Rock Raiders while the PlayStation release was listed as 5709 LEGO Rock Raiders

  • 1Gameplay
    • 1.2PlayStation version
  • 3Release

Gameplay

Windows version

The Windows version of LEGO Rock Raiders is a single-playerreal-time strategy game using grid-based maps, similar to Dungeon Keeper.[1] The player manages a team of Rock Raiders mining deep underground for energy crystals and LEGO ore to construct a base and expand mining operations. Ore can be obtained by clearing rubble from any mined walls, and is used in construction and to upgrade buildings and vehicles. Energy crystals are much more uncommon and precious, found only in specific walls, and are used to power buildings and vehicles. As the player gathers more resources, more powerful mining equipment can be teleported, allowing them to drill through tougher and more rock much faster. While mining, hidden caverns can often be discovered, some of which may contain missing units, secret energy crystal caches, or unanticipated threats.

Mining near buildings constructed next to water

The primary method of control is the mouse cursor, which can can interact with the interface, move the camera around the map, individually click on units or surfaces, or click and drag to select many units at once. Once selected, units can, depending on their abilities, be directly ordered to perform tasks such as moving to specific locations, picking up materials, drilling walls, or clearing rubble. Many units will automatically carry out tasks on their own without player input. The priorities menu can be used to set what order Rock Raiders should carry out tasks, or disable certain types of tasks entirely.

The game begins with only the first mission unlocked; completing it will unlock the next two missions in the row below it on the level selection menu. Each mission begins with Chief, the leader of the Rock Raiders, presenting an objective for the player to complete. Most of the twenty-five missions require the player to collect a specific amount of energy crystals for completion, starting with a goal of five in the first set of missions and gradually increasing in later ones up to fifty in the final mission. Some missions instead require the player to rescue trapped Rock Raiders, retrieve missing vehicles, or construct a specific building. Many missions have a limited air supply, which requires a Support Station quickly being constructed to begin purifying the air in the caverns. There are also eight training missions to teach players how to control the game and how certain units work. These can be accessed from either the main level select menu or a separate training missions menu.

The mission complete screen

As the game progresses, an increasing number of hazards stand in the player's way. Natural hazards such as landslides, cave-ins, and eroding lava can devastate caverns and destroy any units caught in them. A variety of creatures inhabit the caverns, some of which can be dangerous to Rock Raiders. Rock, ice, and lava monsters eat energy crystals and attempt to destroy buildings to get to the energy crystals inside, while slimy slugs will try to suck power from buildings. Defensive measures like weapons, reinforcement, power paths, or electric fences can be used to defend buildings from creatures.

Once the player has completed all objectives, the mission will end, usually by showing all remaining units teleporting back up to the LMS Explorer. Chief will then score the player percentage-wise based off of quota like the amount of energy crystals and ore collected, the number of walls drilled and hidden caverns discovered, or the amount of oxygen supply remaining. A 100% score is not needed to complete a mission, and is indeed impossible for some missions in the default game. After completing the final level, the outro cutscene plays and the credits roll. The player does not need to complete all twenty-five missions to beat the game, though they can go back afterward and complete skipped missions or replay completed ones. If a 100% score on all twenty-five missions is somehow achieved, the game ends with a special 'better' outro cutscene.

PlayStation version

PAL PlayStation cover

The PlayStation version of LEGO Rock Raiders is an action and strategy game, and can be played either single-player or multiplayer. The player controls a single Rock Raider exploring underground caverns to collect energy crystals and LEGO ore and rescue stranded Rock Raiders.

Characters

  • Axle – The driver; he is able to drive all land vehicles faster and gradually repair any vehicle he is currently driving.
  • Bandit – The sailor; he can navigate the Rapid Rider faster and does not take shield damage from water, at the cost of moving slower.
  • Docs – The geologist; he can gradually recharge his shield over time and – in the European version – see further on the radar.
  • Jet – The pilot; she can fly the Tunnel Scout and Tunnel Transport faster, jump further than the other Rock Raiders, and – in the European version – recharge her jetpack faster.
  • Sparks – The engineer; he can get double the amount of use out of most pickups.

Regional Differences

Because the North American release was reworked and released months after the European release, a number of differences exist between the two versions:

  • The European and North American versions have completely different missions. The European version also has three bonus missions, each of which can only be unlocked by getting a gold medal in all six missions in each of the three sets of missions. In the North American release, the bonus missions have been removed.
  • The European version's two-player mode has six original missions and twelve reworked one-player missions, while the North American version has only six original missions.
  • In the North American version, nearly all missions follow the same formula: The player must collect green energy crystals and end the mission at the Teleport Pad; to get a silver medal, all red energy crystals must be collected, and additionally completing the mission under a certain time will reward the player with a gold medal. Missions in the European version have a far greater variety, with some missions having a strict time limit for any completion, some missions ending as soon as certain collectibles have been obtained, WRITE ABOUT THAT VARIETY LATER I FORGET FOR NOW.
  • In the North American version, the player goes through a teleportation animation at the beginning and end of missions; this effect is absent in the European version.
  • Many sound effects are present in the North American version that are absent or different in the European version.
  • Jetpacks in the European version need time to recharge after each use; in the North American version, they recharge instantly.
  • Lava monsters appear in some missions in the European version, while in the North American version they do not appear.
  • Large vehicles can roll over and squash scorpions and spiders in the North American version, while in the European version they will get caught on them like small vehicles.
  • Pickups do not respawn in the European version.
  • Dynamite in the European version.
  • Radar booster items can be picked up in the PAL version.

Development

Data Design Interactive, Artworld, etc.

PlayStation. In March 1999, six months before the PlayStation version of LEGO Rock Raiders was due to be submitted to Sony[2]

Release

LEGO Rock Raiders was initially announced in February 1999, along with LEGOLAND, LEGO Friends, and LEGO Racers. At the time, it was scheduled to be released in September for both Windows and PlayStation, and was to have a retail price of US$40–$45.[3] The September release date was still publicized as late as August of that year.[4] In May 1999, all four games were demonstrated at E3 1999 in Los Angeles, California, at LEGO Media booth #1524.[5]

Windows version

Rock

The Microsoft Windows version was released on 15 November 1999 in North America,[6] 30 November 1999 in Europe,[citation needed] in English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Portuguese. In Italy, the game was distributed by Leader and priced at 100 lire/ITL.[7][8]

The Russian version was translated by Logrus (Логрус) and released in Russia by Noviy Disk (Новый Диск) on 25 September 2000, with a retail price of 27 Y.E. (USD).[9][10] From 28 October to 12 November 2000, demonstrations were held for LEGO Rock Raiders, along with LEGO Chess, LEGO Loco, LEGO Friends, and LEGO Racers, in the foyer of Moscow theater Kodak Cinema World (Кодак Киномир Kodak Kinomir).[11]

The Japanese version was translated and released by Eidos Interactive (アイドス) in Japan on 8 December 2000 with an open price; it initially sold for around ¥6000.[12][13]

The Polish version was released in Poland by Cenega S.A. (cs, pl) on 26 July 2001, with a retail price of 99 złoty/PLN.[14][15] Cenega also released the Czech version in Czechia in 2001.[16]

Cover art in Taiwan

The Hebrew translation was released in Israel by Hed Arzi (הד ארצי‎‎) in 2000.[citation needed] The engine was modified for this release to display text right-to-left. This version's title was translated into Hebrew, and changed to LEGO Space Mission (לגו משימה בחלל Lego Template:TtTemplate:Tt).

In South Korea, the game was published by SsangYong (쌍용)[17] and distributes by Joypark with a retail price of 32000 KRW. All text was translated to Korean, but the dialogue used the original English audio instead of new Korean recordings.

In Taiwan, the game was released by King's International Multimedia (協和國際多媒體股份有限公司) on 15 July 2000. In mainland China, the game was published by Ogilvy & Mather Electronics/Aomeisoft (奥美电子).[citation needed]

PlayStation version

The PlayStation version was released on 17 August 2000 in North America.[18]

The European release came with English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, Danish, and Finnish languages.

The game was released in Russia by Noviy Disk on the same day as the Windows version was; however, it was not translated into Russian, instead being just the standard ten-language European version.

Reception

Names in other languages

LanguageNameMeaning
Chinese 中文
Zhōngwén
20px China乐高:地心探险组
Lègāo: Dìxīn Tànxiǎn Zǔ
Roughly 'LEGO: Geocentric Adventure Team'
  • 乐高 Lègāo is a transliteration of LEGO
  • 地心 dìxīn meaning 'geocentric' in reference to the centre of the earth
  • 探险 tànxiǎn meaning 'adventure'
  • meaning 'team'
20px Taiwan樂高地心歷險
Lègāo Dìxīn Lìxiǎn
樂高 Lègāo is a transliteration of LEGO
地心 dìxīn meaning 'geocentric' in reference to the centre of the earth
歷險 lìxiǎn meaning 'to experience adventure'
Hebrew עִבְרִית
Ivrit
לגו משימה בחלל
Lego Mesima Bakhalal
Lego Space Mission
Japanese 日本語
Nihongo
レゴ・ロックレイダース
Rego Rokkureidāsu
Lego Rock Raiders
Korean 한국어
Hangugeo
레고 락 레이더스
Lego Lag Leideoseu
Lego Rock Raiders

References

  1. Lopez, Vincent (12 January 2000). 'LEGO Rock Raiders'. The Next Level. 2000. Archived from the original on 5 February 2018.
  2. Upchurch, David (September 2012). 'LEGO Rock Raiders (PS1)'. Archived from the original on 5 February 2018.
  3. Fudge, James (10 February 1999). 'LEGO Announces 4 New Titles'. Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 November 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  4. Fudge, James (20 August 1999). 'LEGO Racers Shipping August 23'. Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 November 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  5. Fudge, James (10 February 1999). 'Lego Media at E3'. Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 November 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  6. Lopez, Vincent (12 January 2000). 'LEGO Rock Raiders'. IGN. Archived from the original on 5 February 2018.
  7. Tagliabue, Cristina (January 2000).'Gita nel sottosuolo con gli amichetti a forma di Lego'. PC Open. No. 47. Editrice Agape. p. 48. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  8. Staff (April 2000).'Le schede di PC Open Cd rom e giochi'. PC Open. No.50. Editrice Agape. p. 119. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  9. Новый Диск - LEGO Rock Raiders. Archived from the original on 6 January 2001. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  10. Новый Диск. Date gathered from the twelfth announcement in the list, '25.09.2000 - Представляем новую стратегическую игру компании LEGO Media International - LEGO Rock Raiders!' (Introducing the new strategy game of the company LEGO Media International - LEGO Rock Raiders!). Archived from the original on 6 December 2000. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  11. Показ компьютерных игр LEGO в кинотеатре 'Кодак Киномир'. Noivy Disk. Archived from the original on 21 February 2001.
  12. Funatsu, Minoru (船津稔) (26 October 2000). 'レゴブロックで組み立てたマシンでレーサー気分PCゲーム「レゴ・レーサー」'. PC Watch (ja). Archived from the original on 5 February 2018.
  13. hamaken (21 December 2000). 'レゴ・ロックレイダース日本語版'4Gamer.net (ja). Archived from the original on 7 February 2018.
  14. Bobrowski, Michał (26 July 2001). 'Kolejna „gra z klocków”...'. Gry-Online (pl). Archived from the original on 29 April 2018.
  15. Lego Rock Raiders (PC). Miasto Giar. Archived from the original on 29 April 2018.
  16. Zach, Ondřej (9 August 2001). 'Lego Rock Raiders - drsná stavebnice'. BonusWeb. iDNES.cz (cs). Archived from the original on 29 April 2018.
  17. '레고 락 레이더스'. Game Chosun. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  18. Cleveland, Adam (16 August 2000). 'Lego Rock Raiders'. IGN. Archived from the original on 5 February 2018.

External Links

  • LEGO Interactive – Rock Raiders for PC CD-ROM (archived 24 November 2004)
Retrieved from 'https://kb.rockraidersunited.com/index.php?title=LEGO_Rock_Raiders_(video_game)&oldid=8869'
Lego Rock Raiders
Developers
Publishers
Release dates
WindowsNovember 15, 1999
  • 1Availability
  • 2Essential improvements
  • 3Game data
  • 6Audio settings
  • 7Issues fixed
  • 8Other information

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
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Key points

Can be modded.
Unstable and very difficult to run on modern machines, see Installing and running the game on modern Windows.

General information

Brickipedia - A detailed wiki for everything Lego-related.
Rock Raiders United - A fan forum for all of the classic Lego games. Mods and utilities can be downloaded from here, but an account is required.
Rock Raiders United Knowledge Base - A detailed wiki for Rock Raiders and some other older Lego games.

Availability[edit]

SourceDRMNotesKeysOS
Retail Original 1999 release; SafeDisc V1 DRM[Note 1].
Retail Re-release versions
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
The game is not available digitally.

Version differences[edit]

Re-release versions, such as the LEGO Masterpiece version, are DRM-free and don't require the CD to play, but the game's soundtrack will not play as it is Redbook audio-based.

Essential improvements[edit]

Installing and running the game on modern Windows[edit]

Depending on the operating system and hardware the game may run fine already after installation, or all the following steps may be needed to make it run. Before proceeding with any step run the game to test if it works first.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Put the LEGO Rock Raiders CD into the CD drive (cancel the setup if it starts automatically). Download and run LEGO Rock Raiders Alternate Installer to install the game.
  2. Open the LEGO Rock Raiders CD and copy the Data folder to the installation folder and replace existing files when asked.
  3. Download LEGO Rock Raiders Masterpiece edition executable. Extract the archive and copy the LegoRR.exe to the installation folder and replace the existing file.
  4. Right click LegoRR.exe or appropriate shortcut, select Properties and in the Compatibility tab set the following:
    1. Compatibility mode - Run this game in compatibility mode for Windows 98/Windows ME.
    2. Settings - Disable visual themes, Disable desktop composition.
    3. Privilege level - Run this program as an administrator.
    4. Click Apply and OK.
  5. Download dgVoodoo 2, extract the archive and copy all the files from the MS folder to the installation folder. When starting the game, a Mode selection window should appear with dgVoodoo DirectX Wrapper being recognized as the main driver, click OK to continue.

Notes

With dgVoodoo 2 some particle effects may appear brighter than it was originally.
dgVoodoo 2.54 seems to have introduced an issue under Windows 10 (and 8.1) causing the game to hang a few seconds after starting a mission. To solve the issue, download a previous version such as dgVoodoo 2.53 .
Under Windows 10 disabling visual themes is not available and compatibility mode can cause the game to lag and be displayed incorrectly. Try with and without compatibility mode.
Under Windows 10 not setting compatibility mode can cause movies to not play. Try with and without compatibility mode. Also try setting compatibility mode to Windows XP (Service Pack 2)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

SystemLocation
Windows <path-to-game>[Note 2]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARELego MediaGamesRock Raiders

Save game data location[edit]

SystemLocation
Windows <path-to-game>DataSave[Note 3]

Video settings[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game advanced settings.
Graphics featureStateNotes
Widescreen resolution Any resolution higher than 640x480 crashes the game.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)Zoom in/out is available in top down view.
WindowedSee Command line parameters.
Borderless fullscreen windowedSee the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)See Command line parameters.
60 FPS and 120+ FPSNo frame rate cap. Some 2d animations look faster but gameplay is fine.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouseStateNotes
RemappingSee the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller supportSee the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio featureStateNotes
Separate volume controlsMusic and sound effects.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

LanguageUIAudioSubNotes
English
CzechCzech only release. Published by Cenega.
PolishPolish only release. Published by Cenega.
DutchSpanish, Italian and Dutch were sold in a separate release.
ItalianSpanish, Italian and Dutch were sold in a separate release.
SpanishSpanish, Italian and Dutch were sold in a separate release.
DanishDanish only release.
NorwegianIncluded in Danish release.
SwedishIncluded in Danish release.
GermanGerman only release.
FrenchIncluded in German release.
Portuguese
HebrewHebrew only release. Text is displayed right-to-left. Published by Hed Arzi.
RussianRussian only release. Published by Noviy Disk.
JapaneseJapanese only release. Published by Eidos Interactive.
KoreanSpeech is in English. Published by SsangYong.

Issues fixed[edit]

'The program can't start because d3drm.dll is missing' error[edit]

Add d3drm.dll to the installation folder[citation needed]
  1. In the Rock Raiders CD, go to DirectX6DirectX6Directx
  2. Copy D3DRM.DLL and paste it into the installation folder (the default is C:Program Files (x86)LEGO MediaGamesRock Raiders).

'No DirectX 3D accelerator could be found'[edit]

This also fixes cutscenes not playing and a low FPS issue.
Setup the game compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Right click on LegoRR.exe file (located in the installation folder; the default is C:Program Files (x86)LEGO MediaGamesRock Raiders) and select 'Properties'.
  2. Go to the 'Compatibility' tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to 'Windows XP (Service Pack 3)'). For Windows 8 and later, also enable Reduced Colour Mode (set to 16-bit).
  3. Run the game from the exe directly. When shown the display options, set the screen mode to Windowed.

Crash when launching the game[edit]

Force the game to emulate RGB for Voodoo 2 cards[citation needed]
  1. Right click on LegoRR.exe file (located in the installation folder; the default is C:Program Files (x86)LEGO MediaGamesRock Raiders) and select 'Properties'.
  2. Go to the 'Compatibility' tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to 'Windows XP (Service Pack 3)'). For Windows 8 and later, also enable Reduced Colour Mode (set to 16-bit).
  3. Run the game with the -ftm EXE parameter.
  4. Select RGB Emulation (Microsoft Direct3D RGB Software Emulation and Full Screen.

The installer on the CD doesn't work[edit]

Use alternate installer[citation needed]
  • Use LEGO Rock Raiders Alternate Installer.
Extract the game files manually[citation needed]
  1. Download a program that can extract .cab files, such as Universal Extractor.
  2. Extract the data1.cab file on your disc to wherever you want to install the game.
  3. Open the EXE folder on the CD, and copy the two files into the folder you installed the game in.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Rock Raiders Lego

Executable32-bit64-bitNotes
Windows

Command line parameters[edit]

Play Lego Rock Raiders Pc

See command line arguments on how to use the following options.
A full list is available at the Rock Raiders United Knowledge Base, but here are the major ones:

Lego Rock Raiders Download Mac Os

ParameterDescription
-cleansavesDeletes all saved games.
-programmerAllows the LEGO Media movie to be skipped.
-fpslockEnables VSync.
-testlevelsUnlocks every level.
-windowAllows the game to be launched in a window when in 16-bit color mode.
-bestDisables the Mode selection window on launch.
-ftmThis makes the video card use all available texture memory. Also turns off game lighting. Lighting still affects game models.
-fvfCauses models and level terrain in the distance to fade into a gradual fog effect rather than cutting off abruptly at the draw distance boundary.
-debugAllows resolutions up to 1024x768, but crashes on everything greater than 640x480.
-reducesamplesDisables some non-streamed sound effects.
Original game installer would create two shortcuts:
  1. LEGO Rock Raiders - Standard with parameters -best -reducesamples -reduceanimation -reducepromeshes -reduceflics -reduceimages.
  2. LEGO Rock Raiders - Enhanced with parameters -best.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
MinimumRecommended
Operating system (OS)9598
Processor (CPU)Intel Pentium MMX 200 MHz Intel Pentium II MMX 400 MHz
System memory (RAM)32 MB64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)150 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible
32 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRMdoes not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesVirtualStoreMACHINESOFTWAREWow6432Node (more details).
  3. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References

  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16