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8-24-13
Edit #1 - (I know it says distrib 3 but distrib 2 was the first version we released)
www.mediafire.com/download/rqn…




Hello everybody!

Drifter is finally here! Yes, it's a sequel to Derpy Buddy, but also to Stroll by Silly Mare Games.

The downloadable zip here on DA contains a few preview screenshots from the game.

Here is a download link for the game itself:
www.mediafire.com/download/rqn…

Also, I did not make this by myself. I was part of a team and we all contributed to this game.
I'm posting this here because this is Derpy Buddy 3, even though it goes by 'Drifter.'

Be sure to read the three text files included with the game, as they provide important information both technical and in-game related (don't worry, they are very brief, almost minimalist).
Some graphics options, like fullscreen, can be changed by opening Config.lua in notepad or other text editor.

This will be updated whenever we fix any bugs or resolve any other issues, so keep up to date with us if you can!

Enjoy!
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DracoBlair Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, finally got to beating it. I don't have to say how good the lighting was, now do I? I don't have more comments to what everyone here wrote, it was solid, but I would appreciate telling us the basics beforehand :) Hope to see more!
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MrSpanyard Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
You beat it?
I would appreciate some tips on how did you do it.

Fireflies last no longer than mayflies; the hunters are faster than my horsie and somehow manage to corner my pony into a dead end with a light, so the only options are starving or death by butchering; finding Twilight is hard as hell inside that maze, and twilights last not much more than the flies. And what do you do with the gems and rocks, please?

I wouldn't be asking this if it wasn't because the game doesn't save my perks and ponies, so I have to start over again. (And it's annoying because I have to remove all the food from her until she meets AJ so she have more apples to eat)
Please, I need some help or tips.
Thank you.
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DracoBlair Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gems are used for TwiLights that you get from Twi. Rocks and sticks are for campfires.

When it comes to a tip. Find the ponies above and rarity below (she's in a safe area without the hunters, look for gems in the lower left corner ccoming from AJ). Pity your game doesn't save progress (maybe someone could send you heir savefile? I don't have i on my HDD atm) because the easiest way to get Twi is to start from AJ and go down for the first fireflies you find, just above the pit. Then straight down with a bit of right, prioritising down, to reach the hunter lair (you will find 'walls' on your way) and go right all the way to Twilight (try to make haste and if the hunter is close, just move the camera all the way to the right. There you will find the TwiLight ability (right click) which will temporary crete an orb of light. If you found gems on the way, you should have quite a few. From there all the way LEFT (another wall on the way) to the graveyard. Pinkie is above it.

After finding both, goto the middle and down (watch out, hunter), to find an impassable wall. If you found all the other ponies (Mane6) you'll be able to move through

My advice would be to get to the chasm and scout for Twi. Once you know where she is you can start again knowing where to go

Good luck!
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MrSpanyard Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Finally beat it. Thanks for the tips.

Now I utterly appreciate been an human, and because of that, on top of the food chain.
Last question, what happens if Derpy is sad? I mean, the blue bar depleting.
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DracoBlair Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest, I've never gotten that low. I think it's game over, but I may be wrong
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dashrainbow9 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its just a picture :(
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DracoBlair Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You download the game with the button on your right
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TwoWorstSisters Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
how do I play...
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:icondracoblair:
DracoBlair Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You download the game with the button on your right
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TwoWorstSisters Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thanks!
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79089 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
hi
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DanaPegasister Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
How do u can play ._.?
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DracoBlair Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You download the game with the button on your right
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January3rd Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Have you considered making it playable on newgrounds? Or is that impossible?
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siku0101 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Oh man. That red thing killed me while I eat my muffin.
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FoxOfAutumn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
What in the world was that ROARING THING! 
DERPY CANT DIE, that is IMPOSSIBLE!!!Derpy Emoticon 
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RaceWings Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
I finished the game dtoday. Awesome.
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BlacktwilightSky Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
im sorry but i can't play 
reason: "d3dx10_430dll" ????
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BlacktwilightSky Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
what the hell... 2 message...

1. System Information
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Processor Architecture: x86
Number of Processors: 1
RAM Page Size: 4096



DX10 device and swap chain creation failed (in protcted)

2. ERROR: DX10 device and swap chain failed to initialize.
This may be due to an incompatable machine or graphics card.
CODE: UNKNOWN ERROR CODE
device creation failed, aborting... (unprotected) 
........................
which means?
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BlacktwilightSky Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
i hate my life... 
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siku0101 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Download the latest ver of directx.
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BlacktwilightSky Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
... ah? O.o
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Rippler1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
What's the song list?
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mlpstars123 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nooooooooooooooo
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MrSpanyard Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
How can I clear areas from memory so I can play properly, please?

The game doesn't run ok, the foreground is displayed behind the background and derpy can barely be seen. I tried what they said in the read me, both unprotected and protected, witho result.
First time I tried, months ago, it really amazed me, but then this bug happened after Derpy starved to death. I really want to play this again, is great, and somehow reminds me to Journey for some odd reason.

Thanks. And keep the good work. :)
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PonyMystic Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't play this.
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felifan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
don't work, D3D10.dll issue, I bored of looking for non-working directX update => delete this game
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SylrePony Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Did you download DX directly from microsoft's site?
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felifan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I tryed all kind of links,I try for hours to solve this "missing d3d10.dll file" even with few 'unofficial' programs but my computer is running in WinXP and DirectX_9c is the latest version fo this OS.

it seems the game is designed for higher versions? unfortunatly I can't try this game who looks very interesting TT_TT

thanks for your reply, sorry of being rude in my previous post
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SylrePony Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Yeah XP can't run DX10. We'll have a DX9 port out sometime though!
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felifan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
really? thanks guys, I can't wait to try it!
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JustHereForThePonehs Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Just finished the game and I loved it.  It was simple and beautiful in all the right ways. 
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CyberfoxVII Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I imagine it's safe for me to assume that I'm NOT supposed to be seeing red splotchies all over the screen.  This is correct, yes?

i.imgur.com/ahIgR55.png
i.imgur.com/qRpNfxV.png

I had no idea Fluttershy was even there until I looked over that screencap after the fact; 'twas purely by happenstance that I took that screencap right when it was panning over her...

I digress, though.  Is this a problem with my computer's specs, or what?
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Astonov Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Installed it, played it, loved it.

Also, it plays best with a wii remote controller
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muffyderp Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
This is a great game. I felt that is was more of "experiencing" the game rather than playing it. With it's great use of appropriate sounds, ambient music and retro-style graphics this makes me label "Drifter (0.8)" as a highly acclaimed art game. I've played this once; got curious if there is anything more, played it a second time just to see if there is any more things to find; and a third time when I've reasonably mastered the control scheme and map.

Here is a general spoiler-free review of the game:

1) Gameplay
(This assumes that the player jumps right in the game without reading any of the README)
Starting off with little instruction on what to do and where to go, it's up to the player to figure out what's going on. Challenge accepted; we are first introduced to an 8-bit Fluttershy, a breaking dawn, some lights and a sleeping Derpy. What follows is a very simple tutorial. Naturally, the correct direction to go would be to Fluttershy, and that would be to the right, and after that the game truly begins...

After some exploring the player realized that there is a dark, scary underground cave that is filled with danger as the player decends. (The surface is rather safe, and quite beautifully done) Since the idea is to explore the world, the player will realize that he/she can find useful objects to collect or a characters to interact with. There is also the ominous presence of 3 coloured bar at the bottom left of the screen. It will eventually dawn upon the player that these are stats that show Derpy's current state of wellness; and needs to be filled for her survival.

Surviving the night with needs to fulfill such as energy (red), hunger (green) and happiness (blue) is a classic. Some nostalgia triggered here as these features reminded me of fond memories of another old game called Wolf (1994, Sanctuary Woods) With this basic knowledge equipped, the player tries to defeat the game... understand the story... get frustrated or rewarded depending on the player's level of patience for an art game.

2) Graphics
Exploration in a single "megalevel" akin to Metroid, borrowing sprites from Cave Story is another classic. The key point to this simple graphics is the effective use of lighting: very well done, in a 2D world with complex shadows and shading to create a realistic experience. This is art; kudos on successfully pulling it off. The use of Desktop Ponies and their animations is very fitting; it makes sense when Derpy eats, sleeps and the others do what they do.

3) Story
It revolves around exploration and reviewing it would be spoilery, so I'll include it in a separate spoiler section.

4) Sound
The music simply exudes ambiance. Here is a list of what the combined elements of music, gameplay, story and environment managed to trigger (in alphabetical order, spoiler-free)

Affection
Ambiance
Anticipation
Chill, fear
Chill, relax
Confusion
Curiosity
Flusteration
Frustration
Relaxation
Understanding
Zen


5) Replayability
Unless there are achievements and / or Easter Eggs to find, there isn't much incentive to replay this game. Which is perfectly fine; as it is already backed up by a powerful story.

Overall / TL;DR
An excellent game for it's genre that manages to invoke some real emotions which doesn't happen too often. Can't wait to see the full release, if any!
(I won't deny that my opinion might have bias based on the fact that I come from a background of playing/enjoying retro style games like Cave Story and Wolf, triggering that Element of Nostalgia)
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muffyderp Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Here's some tips and tidbits I got from my playthough of the game:

1) On getting the most out of the game:
Reading the README  (as per the description mentioned)
Fullscreen (config.lua --> fullscreen = "true")
Headphones / Speakers + a quite environment
Medium to high volume
Night time
Understanding that the central white dot is important to make the control scheme easier

2) Control scheme:
It took me a little while, but I got a full grasp on how the control scheme works. See that central white dot in the middle of the screen, slightly faded? That is what you have direct control of in the game. As you navigate the world, it is this dot that you move; and Derpy follows the screen. So if you want to move quick you'll have to avoid hitting obstacles as that dot. With this is mind, very soon you'll be blazing through the world map like a hot knife through butter.

3) Map:
Part of the challenge of the game is the map. There is no easy way out from this barring a walkthough. Through trial and error and a reasonable amount of patience, you'll slowly get a feel for your surroundings. The angle statues serves as large landmarks. The small details of the map such as the lighting and little background objects are also landmarks. It does take some time and effort to memorize them, but if you don't have the patience for it then this probably isn't the game for you.

There is a map included in the game folder called "WORLD MAP" which gives a rough idea on what part of the game world looks like. It's semi-useful, and reminiscent of the stuff you get from game manuals of the old games. Very cleverly executed. It is these little things which, upon realization, makes for a good game good.

Shoutout to Night Breeze for great designing.

--SPOILERS START ---

Spoilery tips:

1) Surviving
Move fast. Get fireflies; they protect you from from the evil hunters who will eat (!) our wall-eyed hero. They only last a while, so make the most of it. When you find another group of fireflies while still having some follow you, they won't follow you till your current ones fades away... so consider sleeping and collect the new batch so you can explore more. Sleep in a safe place and get a campfire up if you can. Not getting enough sleep will cause a short pause and the screen blurs. Satisfy your hunger, eat as you please; if you're exploring enough you'll be collecting apples and muffins enough for the game. You don't want Derpy to suddenly stop to snack when she's being chased by a hunter! Happiness isn't much of an issue if you're moving fast enough and finding items.

2) The enemies: Hunters
The concept here is an unseen enemy. There are found in the dark, and are essentially red balls of light. They'll flash and make scary noises, and make the screen go dark. Once darkness claims you, you're dead and dinner. You best chance at avoiding them is to outrun them to a safe place. The other way to counter them is by using TwiLights, which is quite limited as they are only usable once per day. Dying means that you'll have to restart from when you find a pony; but you get to keep all the perks. The cue to listen out for when Hunters spawn is the music change (you can sort of cheat if you have that console window up spewing all kinds of text to know when exactly you're being chased)

3) Finding items
Scattered across the word are some useful items you can collect. Here is a list of them and what I think they do:
i) Apples - food. You'll also find food in bushes
ii) Giant Muffins - food, possibly appears after you get Applejack's perk?
iii) Sticks / twigs / branches - component for a campfire
iv) Stones / flints / rocks - component for a campfire
v) Red crystals, blue crystals, green crystals, white crystals - No idea. I suspect that one of these are components for a TwiLight and some affect your stats (energy, hunger, happiness) but I see no profound difference when collecting them

4) Finding the Mane Six

i) Fluttershy - Unless you've been snoozing through the opening cutscene, you already know that she is just to your right. She grants a very important perk in the game which I will describe in detail later.

ii) Rainbow Dash - She to your left of the starting point, hanging out on some clouds. Just keep going left until you hit some clouds, then go upwards to find her napping there. After you find her she'll be a little annoyed that you woke her from her nap, then she'll perform a stunning Sonic Rainboom in the background. She gives you a perk which halves your fatigue rate (essentially reduces the decay of your energy bar, making the need for sleep less)

iii) Applejack - Keep going to the left while remaining on the surface. You'll hit some clouds; follow it upwards and to the right and it'll lead you to a ridge. She is found snoozing under a tree, and after some rope antics will buck away leaving you with a perk that (?) doubles the effect of food or (?) doubles the food resource when picked up.

iv) Pinkie Pie - Found underground and in the general left-down direction. The landmark to look beside an angel statue are graves / tombstones. Once you see these graves you're close by, climb up till you reach the surface and walk left past some clouds to find her. She will give you a perk which increase your resistance to sadness (slower decay of the blue bar? I'm not too sure as the happiness bar doesn't decay significantly to affect anything in my playthroughs)

v) Twilight Sparkle - Underground and in the general right direction. There is a safer way to get to her: once you reach a "pit" which is essentially the centerpoint of the map, when the path branches to go down and right take the right. They both lead to the same place.  Once you reach a scary looking temple / shrine, you'll see Twi reading some books. She greets you by bursting in flames, giving you the ability to summon TwiLights once per day. This is your only active weapon against hunters. Right click and use it in emergencies; try to make use of fireflies as much as possible.

vi) Filly Rarity - Underground and in the general down and left direction. The landmark to look out for are glowy crystals / gems. She is found quite deep within the cave and doesn't grant you an immediate perk. However, she is essential in opening the path to reach the final character. "Perhaps you'll see her again..."

All Mane Six must be found before you can find the last character and finish the game.

5) Completing the game
You'll need to go in the general downward direction until you hit a point where there is a pillar of rock blocking your path. The landmark here is a yellow glowy crystal shining light in the rightward direction. Getting here is dangerous so you should prepare a TwiLight ready just in case. Filly Rarity will break down the pillar for you and you can continue walking to the right. Pick up a giant muffin, and continue walking until you find...

vii) Dinky Hooves
Which gives you the Element of Motherhood and just like that, you've completed Drifter. Congratulations! So, now let's proceed with...

Spoilery Story Interpretation:

This is an art game. As with most art games, different people interpret it differently. This is how I interpret the story.

Drifter tells the story of how Derpy drifts through the unknown, dangerous landscape while finding friends along the way to help her find her daughter Dinky. Except... you don't know this till you reach the end. That is a perfect twist. Why she is on this quest isn't important; the focus is more on the journey rather than the destination. The simple text provides minimal explanation on what you must do; the central goal is to just explore until you find a purpose / objective / meaning to what you're doing. I think this is relatable to young people who have yet to find what they are going to do with their life. At the end of the game, you're rewarded with a surprise that is not shipping, but a touching story about a mother reunited with her daugther. Even if they are ponies :) (Smile)

--- SPOILERS END ---

Overall, great job on this neat piece of interactive fiction here. I don't read fanfics, but I certainly felt that I read one while playing this game.

10/10, Would recommend to others. Keep up the good work & hope to see more from you guys in the future.
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fotland42 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Is anybody else having problems with random rectangles in which everything is highlighted in red?
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Soriokink Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OKay, some issues? It's supposed to save when i find  a new pony, but then i had to do something and i closed the game. when i came back it didn't remember  any ponies i saved other than Fluttershy, which is a major problem. Also There's no pause button, which is also a problem, cause i  don't want to be AFK and have Derpy Die of starvation or hunger or to a hunter. Also i have a very hard time finding any of the ponies cause there's nothing really leading you other then your sence of exploration, the only places i have yet to fully scearch are the caves, which with all the hunters and confusing caves, praticly have "Enter and die" written all over them(basicly makes you realy want to stay away). Even when i have fireflies they don't last long enough for me to get though the cave or ditch me while i'm exploring to suddenly. I may sound like a pansy for saying this but when my fire flies left me i never left that safe area deep in the cave. I closed out before leaving cause i was just to afraid to leave the safty of the light.

H̵͍̘̯̙e̟͙̻͓͎̰̼ ̛w͈͉͈h͙̬͕̤̼o͜ ̟̯͔̮̫w͍̗̣͖̜͓̘͢a̩i̭̗̘̪̰̘͢ͅt̸̹̩̝̯͈͚̯s͕͈͎͕͚ ̯̱̟̳̣͓b͈̙͈͕e̸̩͈̳̺͓̳h̳͚i̡ͅn̦̫̜͈̲̱̰ḍ ̤̜t̻̖͔̟̖h̭̩̺̯e̢̠ ̤͡w̱̜͙a̴̱̞l͕l͞.͍͈̖̖͚̟͘.͖̟.̤


Also the secret areas, they're nice and all, but they don't really seem to be at all worth the trouble to get then, considering the rocks and gems seem to have practically no use and the muffins don't seem to do much other then be a food source what you probably waited trying to find it. Also, it doesn't seem that fireflies or food respawns, and concitering how esensial they are, that's a major issue.

it'd say more but midnight Wonko seems to have said pretty much all the other issues that i have. It's a unique idea, but needs more tweeking. And less cave area that makes you feel like you're suddenly in slender or something.
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Kumorisan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Well, this is a bug. After placing the d3dx10_43.dll and then attempting to run the game I get the error;
ERROR: shader loading for:Gpu Programs/basicEffect.fx failed but error string was empty, DX device was probably null
ERROR: RefC<struct ID3D10Effect>::operator ->
attempting to dereference NULL value in ObjectReferenceC!

My laptop is weird. Dunno if it's to do with my SSD that it was running off of, or something to do with my nVidia GeForce GTI555M.

Hopefully this is known, otherwise, it's still a fun bug to play around with.
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felifan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Did You figured how to fix this? I've "d3d10.dll" problem too, I re-installed direct X 9, 10, scanned the registry for issue, but I still can't play this game TT_TT
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Kumorisan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Unfortunately I am not able to help so much. I did, however, re-install DX10 as well as place a copy of that file in the directory. It seemed to work for me. Also, I think it only runs on Win 7, if I recall them saying that on their page, maybe Vista too. Make sure you're running one of these two OS's. If you are, head to their website and send a bug report to them, explaining anything and everything you have done to try and play the game, along with the error reports.
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felifan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks for your reply! yeah it seems that the game is made only for Vista or highter OS , but my computer is running on win XP ( its belongs to my compagny, so I don't have the rights to upgrade it ^^; )  this means that directX_9c is the latest version I can put ...
some people pretending that's possible to put some kind of modified directX10 versions, but this is all fake! I spent hours to try solve this missing ddl file but I unfortunatly can't play this game
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Ooooook... What the deal with the '' can't find d3d10.dll '' ? What the hell is that ?

*Google* DirectX 10 ? The hell ? Windows XP can't work with DirectX 10, just DirectX 9 !
That game is Windows Vista/Windows 7-and above exclusive ?!
Well, that's dumb ?
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Heeeeh... Found something after some intense, concentrated, searching... www.techmixer.com/install-dire…
Allows to install the important Directx 10's dlls and insure compatibility with things needing *specifically* DirectX 10 on Windows XP (and 2000, 2003).

...I will see if this work. In any case, shame on this for not working on Windows XP's DirectX 9. -_-
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Good gods ?! Terrible idea this one was ! Totally a scam to force us to install some crappy 3rd-party program !

Sigh...
Back to square one for me.
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felifan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
did You manage to run the game? I have the same problem with this bucking ddl file...
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Well... not that I remember, from back then, when I tried several things to make it work, sadly...

BUT !, I did find a website that offered the ''install directX10 compatibility dlls for Windows XP'' without forcing the installation of any 3rd-party programs though : www.softpedia.com/get/System/O…

Installed it, everything seems absolutely fine... Now the message I get is ''something-something-program couldn't initialize correctly (0xc0000005)''.
Different, but no cookie. -_-
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felifan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for Your reply! saddly, I think I 'll have to wait for and XP compatible version of the game, or try it when I'll get Win Vista or seven computer for trying it TT_TT
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michealrock12 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
hate that red light district.....can't find the pink pony
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