Pentium P-60, Windows 95
Local Bus video card with 1MB of RAM
capable of displaying thousands of colors
supports DirectX 2.0
Double Speed (300k/sec) CD-ROM drive
100% Sound Blaster compatible audio card
Clandestiny was the Third in the Trilobyte horror puzzle series. The first two being 7th Guest and Eleventh Hour. This is a game dear to my heart as it is about Braveheart's home. (And those of you who know me well, also know how much I adore my husband.)
The Setup original was an odd one. As I wound up using the viewer from 11th Hour to play this game on XP. Now, while it played just fine you couldn't save or load this game (what a pain!) Talk about Marathon Gaming! However, (all together now...) There's always a however! (heehee)
You're going to need a patch which was written for Clandestiny before Trilobyte's demise. This little program or "patch" is a DirextX Viewer similar to the ones written for 7th Guest and 11th Hour. And once added to the installed program will work perfectly in all respects. It seems for some strange reason it went missing from the internet not too long after it was offered.
I would like to say a big thank you to a fellow gamer named "Halgwet" for finding the lost file and posting the URL for it on The Staufmansion-line Forum, and "Bill2244" for storing it. Because of Halgwet's perseverance and love of this classic adventure we now can fully enjoy the gaming experience it will give us all.
So, Thank you, Halgwet! ....and let's get busy.
The General Drill
updated printable version
First let's take a look at the "General Drill"
Whenever I start a new game, especially an "older one"; I have always made it a habit to make sure my system is clean. (So let's clean house) Our cleaning products?? No, I'm not talking about special Orange Sprays or Pine smelly disinfectants! I'm referring to the "3 Musketeers" of WINTEL Systems. They are: "Disk Clean Up", Check Disc (the old Scan Disc in pre XP Windows based systems) and Defrag.
First, Let's do a Disk Clean Up (Don't know how?) GO to-->Start-->All Programs--> Accessories--> System Tools-->Disk Clean Up. Empty out what you don't need ( you'll be surprised at what you can accumulate!) Shut down all extra programs. (for those of you who know how to do this part...just skip onto the next area of the "Setup".) For those of you who don't, the easiest way to terminate your TSRs (terminated but staying resident programs, also known as
background applications") is to right click on each of the little icons in the lower right portion of your "Tool Bar" (located near your clock), As you right click on each of them you will get the option to either "exit", "close" or "unload". Do this for each of them. Then, if you have a Screensaver go ahead and disable it.
If you haven't done the "Ole' Scan Disk"...(in XP it's called "Check Disk") and Defragged recently here is a good time to do it. Go to-->My Computer-->Local Disc "C" ("C" is mine but your Local Disc maybe assigned another letter)-->Right Click-->Properties-->Tools-->"Check Now..." ->Make sure that both boxes are checked--> 1.)Automatically fix file system errors and 2.)Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.-->Click Start. You can follow this same path to locate your Defrag program as well or use Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Defrag Hard Drive.
Check your system by doing a "Ctrl, Alt & Delete", this will bring up "The Task Manager", If you have closed out all Windows Programs, the field under "Applications" will be blank.
(Leave the field marked "Processes" alone. Yep, I know there are lots of interesting files in there...but your really better off not touching anything in there unless you really know just what you are doing.)
You might want to check on your Video and Audio Acceleration at this time, make sure you set the video all the way to the right --> and audio should be set all the way to the right as well (I find that this is the best setting for this adventure on MY system. Yours may be different, but this is always a good place to start and you can increase or lower them as you see fit after the game is installed.)
I know this seems like a bother, but if you take the time to make sure your system is sparkling on the inside, you'll have less headaches later. Remember a healthy XP is a happy one.
note: This game doesn't like any TSRs especially Sitech Display Doctor or Univbe. So make sure they are completely shut down.
The name of the patch is Clanfix.zip and you can download it from here. If anyone has trouble downloading this file please either post a message to me in My Guest Book or email me and I'll be happy to send it to you.
- Insert CD1 into you default CDROM Drive. Go To--> My Computer -->The letter of your CD ROM Drive -->Right Click-->Choose Explore.
- Locate the file "Setup.exe". Right Click on this file-->Choose--> Properties--> Compatibility-->follow the chart below:
Compatibility--> Compatibility mode--> WinNT 4.0 Display Settings-->
check-->disable visual themes
input settings--> check-->turn off advanced text services for this program
- Click Apply Click OK.
- An auto install will appear. Click -->Install-->Follow through the install process--> Do not install DirectX 2.0, you don't need it.
- Go to--> where ever you downloaded your "Patch" to. (Mine is always the same : My Documents/My Downloads/Game_Patches)
- Unzip the patch to C:\Games\Clan. (It will ask you to replace a file-->Click Yes.
- Go to-->C:\Games\Clan-->Locate the file "V32WIN.EXE"-->Right Click--> Choose--> Properties-->Compatibility-->WINNT with SP5-->Check 640x480 screen resolution -->256 colors--> In the last two boxes-->Disable Visual Themes (Display Setting)-->Choose-->Turn off advanced text services for This program(Input Settings) -->Click Apply. Click OK.--> Close out of all windows back to the Desk Top.
- Go to-->Start-->All Programs-->Trilobyte-->Icon for Clandestiny-->(it's the purple castle). Run-->Maximized.
- Go to -->Properties-->Make sure that all boxes are checked: Compatibility-->WINNT--> 640X480-->256 Colors-->Disable all visual themes-->Turn of all text services for this program. Click Apply Click OK.
To run the game remember to start with CD1 in your CDROM Drive.
Start-->All Programs -->Trilobyte--Clandestiny.
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