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3D Ultra MiniGolf Series

Matt Jernigan edited this page May 22, 2019 · 32 revisions

This underrated game fills a niche shared by few other games: broad appeal (as in family-friendly), turn-based, multiplayer, and even networkable. With 1,833 audio clips, it has more production value and depth than most realize. It is deserving of finding the original 3D models and re-releasing the courses under a modern 3D game engine.

Regarding online play, v1.1 supported SIGS and v2.0 supported the later version of the same service, called WON. WON later became Steam (which does not support MiniGolf) and a splinter group created WON2 (which no one has bothered supporting MiniGolf on... yet). Thus, the only current option seems to be to set up your own VPN for online play (which I have succeeded at doing with MiniGolf -- and was my main motivation for fixing MiniGolf -- but which is also beyond the scope of this wiki).


3D Ultra MiniGolf icon 3·D Ultra MiniGolf

Game Install

  • :information_source: Current "abandonware" copies:
  • :warning: Do not run the installer on the CD.
  • :heavy_check_mark: Copy the MINIGOLF folder from the CD to your hard drive.
    • :warning: Don't create a path with a space in it or else the MIDI music will not play (among other issues).
      • For example, this is my path: C:\Games\Sierra\MINIGOLF
  • :large_blue_diamond: Optional. Download and run Sierra's v1.1 update (below) from any folder.
    • This adds the network play feature.
    • :large_blue_diamond: Optional. MiniGolf v1.1 on Windows 10. Install DirectPlay for network gaming:
      • Hit the Windows key
      • Start typing "Turn Windows features on or off" and select it when the Start menu finds it
      • Enable these options:
        • Legacy Components
          • DirectPlay
  • :large_blue_diamond: Optional. Set the compatibility mode for MINIGOLF.EXE to:
    • Run in 640 x 480 screen resolution
  • :heavy_check_mark: Download and run the RBXIT Win7 Patch (below) from your MINIGOLF folder.

Sierra Updates

:large_blue_diamond: : v1.0 to v1.1, English and German: The Sierra Help Pages - 3-D Ultra Series Updates

:exclamation::exclamation::exclamation: WANTED: The :fr:French:fr: update to v1.1 from Sierra, MGPAT11F.EXE. :exclamation::exclamation::exclamation:

RBXIT Win7 Patches

:heavy_check_mark: v1.0 and v1.1, English: 3DUltraMiniGolf-English-10-11-Win7fix.r4.exe :us:

:heavy_check_mark: v1.0 and v1.1, German: 3DUltraMiniGolf-German-10-11-Win7fix.r4.exe :de:

:heavy_check_mark: v1.0 only! French: 3DUltraMiniGolf-French-10-Win7fix.r4.exe :fr:

Outstanding Issues

  • Very few GFX on the Preferences screen work. Same on various other UI screens. More of a Sierra issue than a Windows issue, I believe.
  • If you turn the music off (or have a space in your path so that the music cannot play [or maybe running v1.0]), the intro screens to the holes are then skipped and the voice overs for them get piled on top of the putter announcement voice overs.
  • v1.1: If you lose the game screens while attempting to set up networking, hit Alt+Tab to bring hidden dialogs back to the front to regain control.
  • Other issues same as listed for MiniGolf Deluxe below. Get a copy of Deluxe if you can. It cleans up the above issues.

Acknowledgments

Thank you to Timo Salmen for helping to get the German-language edition included in this patch.

Thank you to Cyril Martin for helping to get the French-language edition included here as well as for taking the time to learn the RBXIT tools to patch his own copy.


3D Ultra MiniGolf Deluxe icon 3·D Ultra MiniGolf Deluxe

a.k.a. Family Fun 3D Minigolf deLuxe
a.k.a. Family Fun Minigolf Fantasy

Game Install

  • :information_source: Current "abandonware" copies:
  • :warning: Do not run the installer on the CD.
  • :heavy_check_mark: Copy the MiniGolf folder from the CD to your hard drive.
    • :warning: Don't create long paths or folder names (23 chars appears to be the max folder name length) or nearly all of the graphics will display as black.
      • For example, this is my path: C:\Games\Sierra\MINIGOLF
    • :warning: European English and French copies include too many files in too many places when you copy the Minigolf folder from the CD. Therefor, delete the following files from your Minigolf folder after copying:
      • *.rbx (actually, it is just main.rbx -- the patcher patches DATA\main.rbx, not this copy)
      • *.mid
      • *.tap (the American copies don't have tape files ???)
  • :large_blue_diamond: Optional. :+1: Copy the mp3play.exe program from the CD root to your MiniGolf folder if you want to hear the MP3 background music instead of the MIDI background music. (Same music but better rendered.)
    • :information_source: European English and French copies already have this in the right place. Remove it if you don't want it.
  • :large_blue_diamond: Optional. Windows 10. Install DirectPlay for network gaming:
    • Hit the Windows key
    • Start typing "Turn Windows features on or off" and select it when the Start menu finds it
    • Enable these options:
      • Legacy Components
        • DirectPlay
  • :large_blue_diamond: Optional. Set the compatibility mode for minigolf.exe to:
    • Run in 640 x 480 screen resolution
  • :heavy_check_mark: Download and run the RBXIT Win7 Patch (below) from your MiniGolf folder.

RBXIT Win7 Patches

:heavy_check_mark: v2.0, English (USA & Europe): 3DUltraMiniGolfDeluxe-English-20-Win7fix.r5.exe :us: + :uk:

:heavy_check_mark: v2.0, German: 3DUltraMiniGolfDeluxe-German-20-Win7fix.r5.exe :de:

:heavy_check_mark: v2.0, French: 3DUltraMiniGolfDeluxe-French-20-Win7fix.r5.exe :fr:

Outstanding Issues

  • Using a folder name of greater than 23 characters causes nearly all of the graphics to display as black.
  • The videos on the help menu don't play from the menu. You can find the AVI files in the DATA folder.
  • The help program may not load. See info on Windows Help.
  • MIDI music does not respond to the music volume settings. If your audio driver has a volume slider for FM Synth then you can control MIDI volume that way (this is becoming less common). For other options see info on MIDIVOL.
  • MP3 music is loud and does not quiet much with the volume settings. Volume for an MP3 file can be changed without rewriting the audio data. See info on MP3Gain. (I dropped my MiniGolf MP3 files by 6dB across the set. These files are unusually loud for today's codecs.)

Acknowledgments

Thank you to Max for helping to get the European English-language edition included in this patch.

Thank you to lones710 for helping to get the German-language edition included in this patch.

Thank you to Cyril Martin for helping to get the French-language edition included here as well as for taking the time to learn the RBXIT tools to patch his own copy.


3D Ultra MiniGolf Deluxe Demo icon 3·D Ultra MiniGolf Deluxe Demo

Install Game

:small_blue_diamond: We have the original installer here if you really really want it: 3DUltraMiniGolfDeluxeDemo-original-installer.zip

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