Version 1.02 -- Saves & troubleshooting
Another update has been posted! The most important change in this build is that the game now sports an autosave when certain checkpoints are reached. A translucent "checkpoint saved" text will appear on screen for a moment when this happens, and when you come back you'll have the option to continue from that point. The checkpoint doesn't preserve your score or hidden diamonds (currently these are just for fun), so if you're going for a high score or for 100% you'll have to get it all in one go.
Better gamepad support is still on the way, so please hold on for that (and keep using a utility like Joy2Key in the meantime).
I've also been contacting everyone I can who has reported crashing errors in the game. I believe I've reached everyone but if you haven't heard from me, please contact me with a reminder of your error (or if you haven't contacted me about it, please do so). The particular errors are:
OpenGL problems: The first thing to do is to try updating your video drivers. In many cases this is a hardware requirement-not-met error, but I've been sending out some tests to make sure this is the case. (A few cases ended up with a playable game--yay!) If you're getting OpenGL errors, please let me know, but the requirement is that your video card supports PixelShader 1.1 and VertexShader 1.1. These are pretty old requirements but there are many laptops/notebooks/netbooks out there that still don't support them, some of fairly recent manufacture.
Sound problem: This is an error message like "External Component has thrown an error" and typically the game only runs for a couple minutes before crashing, and it doesn't play any sound. So far everyone with this problem has been running Vista or XP, and was able to solve the problem by going into DXDiag and turning off Hardware Sound Acceleration with the following steps:
- Press the Window Key + R to open the run tab.
- Type "dxdiag" (without quotes) and press enter or hit Ok.
- Find the Sound 1 or Sound 2 tab.
- Disable hardware sound acceleration by dragging a slider from acceleration to "basic." (Or disable it entirely if you have that option)
Big thanks to backer Richard Livesey for helping to solve that one. A future build should be able to work around that problem but in the meantime this is an easy fix. (It may also reduce popping or crackling sounds in other games, if you're experiencing anything like that.
Thanks again for your support!
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