Order the Chaos Games versions 1.03 as zip-archive

(updated with v1.03 patch)

In my previous post I told about problems I had during developing versions 1.02 of Order the Chaos games. Since from the reason I explained in the previous post, I had to leave the icon of the main executable intact. Unfortunately I published version 1.02 too quickly. Sometimes it is the case when one fixes one small bug, two unexpected bug may arise and it is too easy to rely on that something that worked before, works still after a small fix elsewhere…

Because I had to leave the icon of the main executable intact, I decided to release versions 1.03 in a zip-archive, because the Start Menu of the Windows would look ugly with the “standard exe icons” and in the other hand OTC games are just small little games that can be installed somewhere else than in “Program Files” folder.

Let’s take a look how the Order the Chaos directory looks like after extracting the files from the zip-archive (notice that I have Finnish system):

Before extracting the files from the archive choose a folder where to install, the directory “Order the Chaos” will be created when extracting.

The file that starts the game is “LAUNCH Order the Chaos.exe”. If you want, you can make a shortcut of it to the desktop and rename it if you want. The launch program will make the usual subfolder to hidden folder AppData where the scores and config file are saved. When started, the launch program shows up following little window:

After pressing Launch button and before registration of the game, following familiar looking dialog appears:

The registering works like before and regard possible earlier registration; if registered this dialog doesn’t show up anymore.

(Pay attention to additional instructions in the e-mail after purchasing the license to add correct text into Name field.) While trying the 7 minutes demo pressing TRY button starts the actual game as before. The Launch program stays on the background until the game is closed and launch program itself is closed, but the the launch program can be minimized so that it doesn’t bother too much on the background. 🙂

As to uninstalling the game, please run first the “De-initialize” program, that deletes the data of the game in its own subfolder in the AppData folder and the subfolder too. Then just delete the files, if you want to.

Everything works in similar way with Order the Chaos II, below is the “Order the Chaos II” directory, which will be created to the directory of your choice:

The game can be played with PC’s with the touch screen too, below you’ll get an impression of Order the Chaos II played with the mouse:

If you find any bugs or have difficulties running either of the game, feel free to send me an e-mail.

 

 

Why The Exe Icon of Order the Chaos Versions 1.02 Is Left Intact

First I thought that my computer was under constant virus attack, but after working offline and after several full cleanings/checkings with F-Secure Safe, I finally found the answer why my AV considered my final main executable of Order the Chaos games as a virus.

The exe made with BlitzMax was always clean. Next I changed the exe icon with Resource Hacker, then protected the file with Enigma Protector. As the protecting was ready, my AV deleted the resulting file immediately considering it a virus.

The ”diagnosis” was ”SYMMI”/generic malware. Before publishing I wanted to be sure that my AV doesn’t find anything harmful from the installation package.

What was the solution? First I tried to protect all the resources (also icon and version) from Enigma Protector’s (the licensing system) options. My other computer’s AV found the installation package 100% clean after that, but on my desktop computer there is different version of F-Secure’s AV and it considered the main executable still a potential risk, because its behavior was similar to a virus.

The key was the changing of the main executable’s icon. I left it as Windows ”standard exe icon” and as a result of not changing the exe icon my both versions of F-Secure’s AV considered the whole installation packages 100% clean.

The exe icons differ from the other icons and require some ”hacking”. We’ll see at the future, if Order the Chaos games can have changed exe icon with protection of Enigma Protector. EP uses some kind of virtual system and with changed exe icons my executables were considered as potential viruses (generic detection / false positive)…

But as said above, the solution was keep the exe icon intact.

Though, I haven’t paid for the certificate, that is why smart screen at first blocks the games.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018

Blue Bit Entertainment wishes you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018!

The intro in the video is code in Monkey X.

Today is a good day wish merry Christmas, since today is Lucia day, that is also a Swedish tradition that lives here in Finland too. The day is related to Sancta Lucia. Lucia was a saint who was born in the year 283.

It’s been a hard year; so much more I would wanted to give to Blue Bit Entertainment… Eventually in the summer bad insomnia troubled me that seems to be behind now…

I’m trying to publish version 1.02 for both Order the Chaos and Order the Chaos II before 24th December. Let’s see, if I’m able to do that…

Perhaps next year finally my first Android game sees the daylight. I’ve plans for an Android app too… A life long project (well, kind of) that would get updates in order to get more and more features…. Hopefully the updates won’t be needed for any bug fixes… 🙂

Anyway, Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy New Year 2018!