Cheat codes were once a ubiquitous feature in video games, but these days they’re rarely included – and if they are, it’s usually just a nostalgic nod to classic games. However, there is a way to add useful effects like invincibility mode to some games using Cheat Engine.
Cheat Engine is a third-party tool available on Windows and Mac (sorry, console gamers) that allows users to tweak a game‘s code to affect certain game settings. For example, you can give yourself unlimited health in games difficult as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Where Ring of Eldenor add any item to your inventory in Assassin’s Creed: Walhalla. If you want, Cheat Engine can even make games harder by making enemies stronger or increasing your character’s damage.
Playing with a game’s code can seem intimidating (and dangerous), but you can simply download “cheat tables” created by other users, rather than modifying the code yourself. The options available varies with the game you’re playing, but there’s a large and active Cheat Engine community, so chances are you’ll quickly find cheat tables and instructions for activating them in whatever you play. Of course, you’re also free to experiment with Cheat Engine on your own – just make sure you’re using it safely and legally.
Is Cheat Engine really safe?
Cheat Engine is a simple, Amusing, and useful tool, but there are some risks to note before downloading and using it yourself.
- Cheat Engine is known to conceal third-party adware during installation if you are not careful. Download only the latest version of Cheat Engine from the official website, Github project pageWhere Patreon page, and opt out of any “special offers” or additional installation packages offered during installation. Also, only download cheat tables/scripts from trusted sources like the official site Cheat Engine Forums and the Cheat Engine Subreddit.
- Only use Cheat Engine for offline single player games— and if you want to be additional be careful, only use it with your internet disconnected. Using Cheat Engine in online games will get you permanently banned. This rule applies to competitive games like Call of Duty and fortnite; cooperative games like left for dead; and even games with secondary online features like Ring of Elden Where Death Stranding.
- Back up your game files, back up your data and any important files you modify while using Cheat Engine. In some cases, you may need to modify a game’s files for Cheat Engine to work, which could cause bugs or crashes if not done correctly.
- Disable Cheat Engine and delete any save data or modified game files if you want to start playing online again. OOtherwise, you risk getting banned, even for some single-player games. This is especially true if you’ve had to remove a game’s anti-cheat protections, which is against a game’s End User License Agreement (EULA). The safest option is to remove the Game, perform a clean reinstall and play with a new, unmodified save file.
While it’s important to be aware of these risks, Cheat Engine is (mostly) safe to use as long as you follow the tips outlined above.