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Old 10-24-2005, 05:59 PM   #1
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Patches for Crystal Caves & Secret Agent out!
This news story will probably surprise some people. We've got an update available for two of our older titles, Crystal Caves & Secret Agent. Crystal Caves was released originally back in 1991, and Secret Agent in 1992!



These updates fix a problem that we were made aware of last month. On some computers running Windows XP, if you played the games, your system clock would be set backwards 100 years after exiting the game. This patch corrects that problem. There are NO other changes to the game than this, so if you're not having this problem, you don't need the patch.



The games are now available for sale again in our online store in either floppy disk or registered download formats. We have also reissued the shareware episode with this fix, as well as patches for the existing registered episodes of the games. Here are some download links for these various files:

<ul>[*]Crystal Caves: [ Shareware Episode v1.0a | Registered Patch ][*]Secret Agent: [ Shareware Episode v1.0a | Registered Patch ][/list]
A special thanks go out to Peter Veenstra from the DOSBox crew and Frank Maddin (Crystal Caves' original programmer) for helping out in getting these problems fixed, so we can bring you an update.

A patch for a 14 year old game, that has to be some sort of record.
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Old 10-24-2005, 06:03 PM   #2
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Ubisoft could learn a thing or two from you guys
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Old 10-24-2005, 06:46 PM   #3
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Good job, nice that someone cares enough.
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Old 10-24-2005, 07:16 PM   #4
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Good job, nice that someone cares enough.
This is exactly what is missing in others.
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Old 10-24-2005, 07:36 PM   #5
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Lawsome. I may download the shareware versions of these and play them again. It's been a while.
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Old 10-24-2005, 07:51 PM   #6
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A lot of the applause should go to the DOSBox guy I mentioned, as he was the one who initially approached me about how to fix this.
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Old 10-24-2005, 08:04 PM   #7
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A lot of the applause should go to the DOSBox guy I mentioned, as he was the one who initially approached me about how to fix this.
You all deserve much applause as far as I'm concerned.

If only Micro$oft showed this much dedication

(PS: I actually downloaded Crystal Caves seconds after making my previous post )
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Old 10-24-2005, 08:09 PM   #8
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A lot of the applause should go to the DOSBox guy I mentioned, as he was the one who initially approached me about how to fix this.
The dosbox team (and all the cvs coders) are amazing. I go to them with problems all the time and its fixed within the next few days. Open source at its finest.
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Old 10-24-2005, 08:11 PM   #9
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Well done! I'm glad these games could be saved, and I feel privileged to have gotten to test them. A patch for a 14 year old game. Is there any question why Apogee has always been my favorite shareware company?
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Old 10-25-2005, 09:42 AM   #10
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Have any of you guys _used_ the patches?
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:04 AM   #11
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For those who didn't know this already: 2 days ago it was Crystal Caves 14th birthday.
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:07 PM   #12
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Here's a quote from Help.txt from both zip files
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NOTE: Either patch (BBS or disk) must be installed to the same directory that Raptor is currently installed to.
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:16 PM   #13
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Have any of you guys _used_ the patches?
I'm a dosbox user, so I haven't tried them. Although one question: this works for each of the three episodes? Mine are in their own seperate directories and have their own exe files.
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:58 PM   #14
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out of curiousity, what caused this bug?
why would the system clock get turned back 100 years in time? is there any specific occasion in the game where it calls the system time?
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Old 10-25-2005, 01:22 PM   #15
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Maybe Y2K artifacts. If you played this game in 1999, it probably would have no effect.

Patch works. \o/ (Registered version, had to go and install a floppy disk drive in my computer just for this occasion)
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Old 10-25-2005, 05:22 PM   #16
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out of curiousity, what caused this bug?
why would the system clock get turned back 100 years in time?
External code library that was common to both games was causing the problem. We have the source to Caves, but we don't for Agent. We were able to correct the problem in the external library once we found out it wasn't in the base game code.

I'm not a programmer, so don't ask me for a more techie explanation than that.
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Old 10-26-2005, 07:52 PM   #17
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This is neat, although it never messed up my computer clock, it is still cool to have the latest version. I redownloaded the registered versions I purcased last year just to have the new ones. I think I'll play through them again, they were the first Apogee games I bought, and still my favorites.
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