Well, something about the "underrated games" feature on Gamespy finally inspired me to finally take the shrinkwrap off this game (I purchased it one year ago maybe?) and install it.
Naturally, I have a problem. The game seems to run perfectly, but the sound stutters. Sound plays perfectly in every other application I have running on my computer.
I am running Windows 98 SE with DirectX 9.0b installed; my sound card is a Sound Blaster Ensoniq AudioPCI with the latest driver update from 2002. I have a voice modem (an ancient Zoltrix), but even disabling the "Wave Device for Voice Modem" in Device Manager does not solve the problem. I have also tried lowering the sound hardware acceleration level to no avail.
Any other ideas?