ResidualVM: A 3D game interpreter
- What is ResidualVM?
- Current state
- Running GrimE games
- Running Myst III
- Bug Reports
1. What is ResidualVM?
ResidualVM is a game engine reimplementation that allows you to play 3D adventure games such as Grim Fandango, Escape from Monkey Island and Myst III.
ResidualVM utilizes OpenGL for 3D graphics hardware acceleration. A software renderer is also included for machines without hardware OpenGL.
2. Current state
At this point ResidualVM is fit for normal use, when playing supported games, it is however worth noting that you should still save early, and save often, as problems or dead-ends might still exist. (Grim Fandango itself originally had a few unintentional ways to get the game stuck).
2.1. Which games does ResidualVM support?
Currently ResidualVM supports Grim Fandango and Escape From Monkey Island, as well Myst III.
2.1.1. GrimE-games support
|Grim Fandango||Completable with glitches|
|Grim Fandango (demo)||Completable with glitches|
|Escape From Monkey Island||Completable with glitches|
|Escape From Monkey Island (demo)||Completable with glitches|
|Escape From Monkey Island (PS2)||Untested|
2.1.2. Other games support
|Myst III Exile||Completable with glitches|
Specifics can be found at http://www.residualvm.org/compatibility/
For more information, see the page on ResidualVM at the wiki page: http://wiki.residualvm.org/
3. Running GrimE games
3.1. Required files
For both Grim Fandango and Escape from Monkey Island, you will need the original game files as well as the official update patch.
3.1.1. Grim Fandango
You will need to copy the data files from your Grim Fandango CDs into one directory. Specifically, you'll need:
- All of the .LAB files from both CDs
- A copy of the Grim Fandango 1.01 update EXE The patch can be downloaded from: http://demos.residualvm.org/patches/gfupd101.exe
3.1.2. Escape from Monkey Island
You will need to copy the data files from your Escape from Monkey Island CDs into one directory. Specifically, you'll need:
- All of the .M4B files from both CDs. One of the files is easy to miss: local.m4b is located on CD1 in Monkey4/MonkeyInstall. Note: The file voiceAll.m4b is repeated on both CDs. Use the copy from the first CD, it contains all of the required voice data
- The Textures directory, combined from both CDs. When copying, rename the FullMonkeyMap.imt files to FullMonkeyMap1.imt and FullMonkeyMap2.imt from CDs 1 and 2 respectively.
- The Movies directory from each CD
- A copy of the Escape from Monkey Monkey Island update EXE You will need a patch specific to the EMI version you're using:
- "EFMI Installer" if you have the Mac version of EMI.
3.1.3. Escape from Monkey Island (PS2)
You will need to copy the data files from your Escape from Monkey Island DVD into one directory. Specifically, you'll need:
- All of the m4b files from the DVD
- The Videos, demos, jambalay, lucre, melee and monkey directores
3.2. Running the game
- Prepare the game directory as specified above
- Open ResidualVM
- Choose "Add Game"
- Select the folder you created in Step 1
- Click Start
If you want to play with software-rendering, see the configuration-section below, or use the ingame settings to disable 3D Acceleration.
When launching the game for the first time, ResidualVM will perform a full integrity check of your game data files. This can take a bit of time, but it will not happen again on successive runs. This prevents bugs from incompatible game data, and helps us to find game variants that we're not aware of.
3.3. Default Keyboard-settings
|e,u,p,i||Examine, Use, Pickup, Inventory|
|Shift||Hold to run|
|Enter||Selects items in inventory, conversation, etc|
|Escape||Skips cutscenes, exits certain screens|
|q||Exit Dialog Menu|
|Ctrl + c||Force Quit (from command-line)|
|Alt + x||Quit (ingame)|
|Alt + enter||Switch between windowed-mode and fullscreen|
3.4. Joystick/gamepad support
If you want to use a joystick or gamepad for navigation, the joystick support of the engine needs to be enabled using one of the following two options:
- start residualvm with "--joystick" parameter
- add "joystick_num=0" to the "[residualvm]" section of the configuration file (see section 5.1. how to find the file)
4. Running Myst III
4.1. Required files
You will need these elements from your game CDs or DVD :
- M3Data directory
- Data directory
- The menu language file '[LANGUAGE].m3u' (DVD only)
When using the CD version, you will need to merge the 'Data' directories from all four discs. Playing directly from the CDs is not supported.
The game must be at least version 1.1. For most releases of the game, the update is already applied on the installation media, no action is required. Otherwise, ResidualVM asks for the update to be installed and refuses to run the game. The updates can be downloaded from http://demos.residualvm.org/patches/.
The DVD version is multilingual, you can change the in-game language from the game menu. However, you must choose the language of the menus by copying the appropriate files. You have to copy the menu language file from your chosen language folder on the disc. On the DVD, the menu language file can be named 'language.m3u' or '[LANGUAGE].m3u' depending on the release. It should be copied to the 'M3Data/TEXT' folder. If the file is named 'language.m3u', it should be renamed to the explicit language e.g. ENGLISH.m3u for English.
The required files must be organized in the following manner to be recognized:
├── Data │ └── *.m3a └── M3Data └── Various files and folders (including the DVD version's menu language file)
4.2. Running the game
- Copy the necessary files to a folder on your Hard Drive
- Open ResidualVM
- Choose "Add Game"
- Select the folder you created in step 1
- Click Start
4.3. Input controls
The mouse is used to look around and interact with the ages.
Available keyboard shortcuts:
|Escape||Original Myst III Menu|
|Ctrl + F5||ResidualVM Menu|
|Space||Skip cutscenes, interact|
|Ctrl + c||Force Quit (from command-line)|
|Ctrl + q||Quit (ingame)|
Currently, not all the settings for ResidualVM are available through the GUI, if you have problems with getting anything to work, first try to pass the settings from the command line, then, if that doesn't work, try to change your configuration file manually.
5.1. Location of configuration file
By default, the configuration file is saved in, and loaded from:
|Windows 2000/XP||\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\ResidualVM\residualvm.ini|
|Mac OS X||~/Library/Preferences/ResidualVM Preferences|
|Others||residualvm.ini in the current directory|
5.2. Interesting settings for GrimE games
The following settings are currently available in the config-file, however some of them might not work with your current build. And some of them might make ResidualVM crash, or behave in weird ways.
|show_fps||[true/false]||If true, then ResidualVM will show the current FPS-rate, while you play.|
|last_set||[set-name]||The set you were last on, ResidualVM will try to continue from there.|
|last_save||[save-number]||The save you last saved, ResidualVM will have that selected the next time you try to load a game.|
|use_arb_shaders||[true/false]||If true, and if you are using the OpenGL renderer ResidualVM will use ARB shaders. While fast they may be incompatible with some graphics drivers.|
|fullscreen_res||[desktop/WWWxHHH]||If set to "desktop" (the default), ResidualVM will use your desktop resolution in fullscreen mode. If set to a resolution such as "640x480" or "1280x720", that resolution will be used.|
6. Troubleshooting, Known Bugs, Issues
Grim Fandango had a few issues when it came out, and a few new and exciting issues when you try to run it on newer hardware. Some of these have been fixed in ResidualVM, but ResidualVM itself also has a few new issues that we know about: http://github.com/residualvm/residualvm/blob/master/KNOWN_BUGS
Look below for help with these issues, and if you can't find help here, try either the forums at our homepage, or IRC: #residualvm at freenode.
6.1. I played a bit, but can't start a new game!
This is because the last save and visited scene is stored in your configuration file, either delete grim-fandango from the ResidualVM-menu, and re-add it, or go to your configuration file, and clean out the last-save and last-set entries.
6.2. My Save Games don't work any more
Did you recently update to a newer build of ResidualVM? ResidualVM is still a work in progress, which means that the save format might change between builds. While attempts are made to keep save file compatibility, this isn't always possible.
6.3. In fullscreen mode, the picture is stretched!
This is know issue, in future versions it will be resolved.
WARNING: This section contains information about the various tools that are included for debugging ResidualVM, this should not be necessary for normal play at all! However, the curious might like to know how to access these tool. Please use at your own risk!
7.1. Debugging GrimE Games
The development console can be used to debug both Grim Fandango and Escape From
Monkey Island. To enter the debug console, press Ctrl + d. Use the
command to display a list of the available commands.
Some of the useful commands are:
|jump||Jump to a section of the game|
|lua_do||Execute a lua command|
|openlog||Show the log of errors/warnings/information from the engine|
|set_renderer||Select a renderer (software, OpenGL or OpenGL with shaders)|
jump targets can be found at:
7.2. Debugging Grim Fandango
Grim Fandango also includes a built in debug mode. To enable debug-keys and debug-mode, you will have to add the following line to your configuration file under the Grim Fandango-entry:
Development/debug keys from the original game:
|Ctrl + e||Enter lua string to execute|
|Ctrl + g||Jump to set|
|Ctrl + i||Toggle walk boxes|
|Ctrl + l||Toggle lighting|
|Ctrl + n||Display background name|
|Ctrl + o||Create a door|
|Ctrl + p||Execute patch file|
|Ctrl + s||Turn on cursor|
|Ctrl + u||Create a new object|
|Ctrl + v||Print the value of a variable|
|Alt + n||Next viewpoint|
|Apt + p||Prev viewpoint|
|Alt + s||Run lua script|
|Shift + n||Next set|
|Shift + p||Prev set|
|Shift + o||Toggle object names|
|F3||Toggle sector editor|
|Home||Go to default position in current set|
|j||Enter jump number|
Note that these are only available after enabling debug-mode.
7.3. Debugging Myst III
The debug console can be triggered using Ctrl + d. Use the
help command to
display a list of the available commands.
The most useful commands are:
|dumpArchive||Extract a game archive|
|infos||Display the name of a node and show the associated scripts|
|go||Jump to a node|
|var||Display or alter the value of a variable from the game state|
8. Bug Reports
ResidualVM still has a few bugs, many might already have been reported, but should you find a new one, don't hesitate to report it.
8.1. How, and where do I report bugs?
You can report bugs at our github-issue-tracker: http://www.github.com/residualvm/residualvm/issues
Please read the Wiki regarding how to report bugs properly first though: http://wiki.residualvm.org/index.php?title=Reporting_Bugs
Remember to always have the following information in your bug reports:
- Information about the game (Escape from Monkey Island, PS2 version)
- Language of game (English, German, ...)
- Platform and Compiler (Win32, Linux, Mac OS X, ...)
- Bug details, including instructions on reproducing it
- Preferably also a link to a save game right before the bug happened.