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How to use Cheat Engine

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Preliminary information

Prima di enter the dettaglio della procedura su how to use Cheat Engine, I think it is particularly important that you know some details about this program.

Well, Cheat Engine is a tool designed to enable numerous tricks in video games available for computer: this means that the user can, for example, obtain an infinite number of objects that are perhaps quite rare within a title or increase the speed. of movement of your character. Put simply, Cheat Engine is capable of making any type of game much easier.



As you may have already guessed, the software can be used both harmlessly and with "bad intentions". In fact, "crafty" players have often tried over the years to exploit the Cheat Engine to win games in online video games: this use of the program is obviously not well seen by gamers or developers and often leads to the ban of accounts that make use of it. Therefore, I invite you to do not use Cheat Engine in online video games.

However, the program can be useful to be able, for example, to overcome a certain rather difficult level in the campaign of a offline title: in this case, Cheat Engine is not a problem for other players and, often, it does not even affect the fun given by the title too much (therefore, usually, the community and the developers allow this use of the tool).

In short: if you act only at the client level (your computer) and do not go to touch the experiences of other users on the servers, there should be no problem in using the Cheat Engine. On the other hand, the tricks are a classic in the world of single player video games, so much so that they are often implemented directly by the developers.


Despite this, Cheat Engine is not a program that you use without problems. In some cases, in fact, to enable the tricks, the tool modifies the internal files of the games and, for this reason, it may be detected as a virus by some software or it could be due to ban in games protected by the VAC system, even if used in a morally appropriate way. For more information on the VAC ban, I recommend that you consult the official Steam guidelines.


That said, now I'll explain how Cheat Engine works. Before proceeding, however, I recommend: do an online search and find out if it is possible to use Cheat Engine with the game in your possession, so as not to run into problems whatsoever. I do not take responsibility for any problems that I might encounter as a result of using this software: then don't tell me I didn't warn you!

How to download and install Cheat Engine

After explaining in detail what Cheat Engine consists of and what are its possible uses, I would say that you are ready to download and install the program on your computer.

It was arranged di PC Windows, all you have to do is connect to the official website of Cheat Engine and press on the item Download Cheat Engine [version]. In some cases, you may be required to skip some advertisements before you can download the program. I advise you to pay attention to the smaller writings, where there is usually an entry to skip advertising and avoid installing other software. Unfortunately, I cannot be more precise with my indications, as the advertisements displayed change from time to time.


Once this is done, open the .exe file obtained and click the button Yes. After that, check the box I accept the agreement and press the button three times in a row Next. At this point, press on the items Click here to customize the installation present both on the right and on the left e remove all the ticks, to avoid installing other software. Finally, press on the buttons Next, install, Next e Finish, to finish the installation.

If you use a Mac, to download Cheat Engine, connected to the official website of the program, press on the item Download Cheat Engine [version] For Mac and skip the commercials.


Once the download is complete, open the .dmg file obtained and press twice on theparcel icon that appears on the screen, to start installing the software. After that, press the button apri, Then Continue and skips all proposed advertisements by pressing the button Skip.

Once this is done, hit the button Finish and open the file cheatengine-i386.app that appears on the screen. Finally, enter the administration password macOS, press the button Submit on the keyboard and the program will be installed and started.

How to use Cheat Engine

How do you say? Would you like to know what are the main features made available by Cheat Engine and how can you use them? No problem, I'll explain right away.


Well, at the first start, Cheat Engine should ask you if you want to follow the tutorial on how it works: my advice, if you know the English language, is to answer Yes, since in this way the program will explain to you in detail how to use its basic functions.

If your antivirus reports potential threats in the Cheat Engine (which shouldn't happen with the most up-to-date programs), I suggest you take a look at my guide on how to exclude a file from the antivirus (obviously by selecting the Cheat Engine file involved).

Next, to use Cheat Engine, you need to first start the game where you want to use cheats and set it with view mode in the window. After that, go up Cheat Engine, premi sull 'computer icon with loupe present at the top left, select the name of the game of your interest and press the button Open.

At this point, look carefully at the game screen and try to figure out how much the value you want to change could be. For example, life in a video game is usually set at 100 and, then, if you want to change it, enter 100 in the field Value, then click the button First Scan.


Now, on the left, numerous apparently meaningless addresses will appear. Well, these addresses correspond to all the values ​​used by the game and, by modifying them, you can be able to change the various parameters of the title you have chosen.

To proceed, double-click on the various addresses and read the descriptions that appear at the bottom of the Cheat Engine screen. In some cases, developers insert descriptions that act as clues as to what each selected value represents. In other cases, however (the majority), this field is left empty and therefore you may have to go a bit "by luck" or perform more targeted searches, as I will explain later.

To change a parameter, click on its field Value, in the list below, then type the new one value and click on the entry OK. If everything went well, you should notice the differences within the game, based on the parameter you changed.

In any case, my advice is to search online for more information about the game you are using Cheat Engine: often there are indications of other users who have already modified a certain title.

Beyond that, you can of course change the value within the game (for example, purposely taking away some life from your character) and keep an eye on the changes on the Cheat Engine, so you can understand which address each parameter corresponds to.

A feature that, on the other hand, does not require special research in most games is the one called Speedhack: it allows you to change the passage of time within the game, in order to make everything faster or slower.

To activate this feature, just check the box Enable Speedhack on the right, change the value Speed according to your needs and press the button Apply. If everything is correct, you will immediately notice the differences in the game.

To practice with the Cheat Engine, my advice is to press on the voice Help, present at the top, and to select the option Cheat Engine Tutorial give the menu check if you press.

Next, click on thecomputer icon with loupe present at the top left, select the process Tutorial and press pulsating Open. As you may have already seen, in the window that appears on the screen there is a clearly visible data, that is the one linked to the life of the hypothetical character of a game: it is set by default to 100 and, therefore, you must enter 100 in the field Value Cheat Engine and click the button First Scan / New Scan.

At this point, press the button Hit me present in the tutorial window, go back to Cheat Engine and check the values ​​marked in red in the list on the left: one of them is necessarily the parameter linked to life and you must therefore try to modify these values ​​and bring them to "1000" until you see that the key Next has been made visible.

To do this, double tap on theaddress that you think can be linked to that parameter, select it from the list at the bottom, change its value, bringing it to 1000, and press the button Submit on the keyboard.

If all went well, the key Next will now be visible and you will have learned how to use the Cheat Engine and modify game parameters.

Of course, you can also combine multiple searches to narrow down the number of addresses involved. For more details, I suggest you consult the Cheat Engine wiki (in English), an inexhaustible source of information about the program.

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