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[Guide+Video]How to Play Classic PC Games on Android with Exagear RPG/Strategies

13th November 2014, 07:59 PM |#1  
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Additional resources:
-ExaGear RPG main page
-ExaGear Strategies main page
-Exagear RPG/Strategies Playable game list Here
-Join the ExaGear RPG Beta Testing community Here
-Join the ExaGear Strategies Beta Testing community Here
-Follow the Google+ pinned post for Beta testing community

[Guide+Video] How to Play PC Games on Android with DosBox Turbo
Note: If your device is unable to run ExaGear try Dosbox Turbo, it will run similar games.

What is ExaGear?
ExaGear is a complex emulation engine app that allows you to play many classic PC games on your Android device. It features one the most powerful emulated systems on Android and is relatively easy to setup. Official games have controller sets specially adapted for gaming on your mobile device. In addition many unofficially supported games are playable with the help of customs controllers and apps. The following guide will explain how to setup and play Games with ExaGear.

Emulated PC Gaming System
CPU: 1Ghz Pentium 3 (Core # Varies)
GPU: 130MB Wine DirectDraw
HDD: Emulated to the size of your devices internal storage.
RAM: Emulated to the size of your devices RAM
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Games are Not included! (Some Assembly Required)

How to Play Classic PC Games on Android with Exagear RPG/Strategies
1)Install the ExaGear RPG or ExaGear Strategies app on your Android device. Open the app from the device for the first time to unpack data and create the default Exagear folders in the internal storage. A basic set of instructions will be shown prompting you to transfer game data to the device. No Games are included with the app. ExaGear is offered as a free trial for 3days after a game is first started. Once the trial expires you can purchase a controller set or use short 10 minute gameplay sessions.
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2)A)Select an Officially supported game from the "Officially supported Games and controller types:" list below and view the recommended controls for that game.

Or

2)B)Select an Unofficially supported game from the Launched game list here and select a game that might be playable but could require additional modifications and controller setup covered in the, "How to setup Unofficially supported Games and Controls:" guide below.

Freshly install the selected game on your PC with the latest patches, I recommend GOG DRM free games but older CD/DVD versions work fine but may need NOCD games fixes. After fully installing and patching your games ,locate the install folder(s).

Officially supported Games and controller types:

ExaGear RPG
Current controls are customized and adapted for:
• Arcanum (Argentum controls are recommended)
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• Fallout 1, 2, (Ferrum controls are recommended)
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• Jagged Alliance 2 (Alluminium controls are recommendedl)
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• Might and Magic VI, VII, VIII (Magnesium controls are recommended)
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ExaGear Strategies
Current controls are customized and adapted for:
• Disciples 2 (Helium controls are recommended)
• Heroes of Might and Magic 3 (Helium controls are recommended)
• Panzer General 2 (Helium controls are recommended)

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3) Plug your android device into the PC with the USB cable and locate the "ExaGear" folder you created when running the app for the first time. The ExaGear RPG and ExaGear Strategies apps share the same "ExaGear" folder located in the root directory of your internal storage(Default location). If you wish to use an external SDcard for storage, create an "ExaGear" folder on the SDcard. Place your games folders into the "ExaGear" app folder in either location and your games be will automatically detected by the app. Please stand by while the game data transfers to your android device, this may take sometime....Wait for it. Once complete you may disconnect the USB cable. Alternately you could download the game data directly to the device and place it into an ExaGear folder with a file explorer program.
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Possible DVD\CD\GOG Default game data locations:
C:\Program Files (x86)\ (Game or Company Name)
C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG Games\ (Game or Company Name)
C:\Program Files\ (Game or Company Name)
C:\GOG Games\ (Game Name)
C:\Sierra\ (Game Name)


4)Locate and start the Exagear RPG/Strategies app from your android device. Click "Show unsupported executables.." to show .exe files for games not officially supported. You will need to Select the .exe and controller type for the game you wish to launch, select trial or buy the controller set to launch it. You can edit the exe's default run config by selecting the three dots. Here you can change the default Resolution, Color Depth and Controller type. Once you've selected your defaults the game will load, please stand by..
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How to setup Unofficially supported Games and Controls:
Review the Exagear RPG/Strategies list of Launched games here and choose a game you wish to play. The column titles are in Russian and contain useful information for setting up your games. See the picture below for reference and translation.
Spreadsheet translation columns:
-C= Version, D= The Game, E= Suggested exe rename, F= Resolution, G= Color Depth, H= Language Encoding, I= Comments/Notes
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-Refer to column E, you may need to rename the unsupported game exe(s) to one that is supported.
-Locate the game data folder, make a copy of the exe file and rename it.
-Changing unsupported exe names can enable the game to be launched with ExaGear.
-Refer to column I, you will need to Download a dsound.dll here and place it into your game folder. Sound.dll Archive here.
-Refer to column F & G, you can change default Resolution and Color Depth from the run config menu. From app main click the 3dots by the exe name and set default values for games.

How to Add custom controls
-Many games are playable but not yet officially supported by ExaGear.
-Setting up custom onscreen controls or using Bluetooth/OTG devices can help make games playable on your device.
-I recommend adding custom onscreen controls with the paid GameKeyboard + app Here:
-Follow the apps setup instructions
-Customize the onscreen controls
-Reduce the transparency to better see the game with the onscreen overlay.
-Enable Non-Blocking mode so that the onscreen controls won't block ExaGears touchscreen input.
-GameKeyboard + Screenshot with Arcanum Setup.
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How to Patch and Play Games with ExaGear RPG/Strategies:

How to use Fallout Mods with ExaGear RPG
-I recommend using the GOG versions of fallout 1 and 2 but the CD and DVD versions should work fine. I don't believe the steam versions work.
-Locate your Fallout 1 or 2 game data folder in order to begin patching it. Get your copy of Fallout 1 or 2 setup with the latest patches and win9x compatibility by following the below instructions.
Note:The below setup instructions for Fallout 2 and the Restoration Project will get the game working on Android but may cause it not to run properly on your PC. To reverse this just go back to step 3 in the following setup instructions and overwrite the "Windows 95-98-ME" files with the newer "Windows XP-VISTA-7" files from Killaps Fallout 2 manual patch folder.
Note: Patching your game or installing the restoration project will require you to start a new game of Fallout.


Fallout 1/Fixt Mod
Download Fallout Fixt patch Alpha 6.7.2 FIXES ONLY from the main page here.
Note: Launch Fallout Fixt from the FALLOUTW.exe file.
Note: The Alpha 6.7.2 FULL CUSTOM install version of the patch caused some issues stick with the fixes only patch for ExaGear RPG.
-Goal of Fallout Fixt: "To enhance, fix and improve the Fallout 1 experience. This includes fixing bugs, restoring features, modifying balance, adding features, and many fixes to text/dialog. In addition to that, all other available mods and patches are rolled into Fixt, meaning that Fallout Fixt is the only thing needed for "the best" Fallout 1 experience. As of the most recent version, this mod fixes roughly 150 bugs still present in the unofficial patches, and adds roughly 170 features. In addition, there are hundreds if not thousands of text&dialog fixes."

(Optional)Download and extract my custom Fallout cfg files here then copying and paste it into your Fallout directory. These config files correct the game path for the sound data files. If you have issues with the game launching and crashing try this.

Fallout 2
-If you wish to play Fallout 2 I recommend installing Killap’s unofficial fallout 2 patch.
1) Download and Extract the Unofficial patch, open the folder.
2) Open the "data" folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. (yes to overwrite the files)
3) Open the "Windows 95-98-ME" folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. (yes to overwrite the files)
4) Open the “Batch_work’ folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. Run the "master_dat_fix_up.exe" file (A window will popup, wait for it..)
5) Next this is EXTREMELY important, in your Fallout 2 install directory delete a file called "patch000.dat"
6) Download and extract my custom Fallout cfg files here then copying and paste it into your Fallout directory. These config files correct the game path for the sound data files.

Fallout 2 Restoration Project Install Guide:
-If you wish to play Killaps Fallout 2 Restoration Project with Exagear RPG then do the following.
1) Download and Extract the manual Restoration patch(latest version Here), open the folder.
2) Open the "main" folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. (yes to overwrite the files)
3) Open the "Windows 95-98-ME" folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. (yes to overwrite the files)
4) Open the “Batch_work’ folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. Run the "f2.bat" file (A window will popup, wait for it..)
5) Next this is EXTREMELY important, in your Fallout 2 install directory delete a file called "patch000.dat"
6) Download and extract Mash’s older resolution patch Fallout2 Hi-Res Patch v3.06 here: Paste the contents of the folder into your fallout 2 folder and replace the files. This also fixes the Sync issue with touchscreen mouse.
7) Download and extract my custom Fallout cfg files here then copying and paste it into your Fallout directory. These config files correct the game path for the sound data files.

Fallout Tactics
-Show the hidden BOS game exe, it launches normally.
-Use the ‘Ferrum’ controls.
-Set the game to run at 800x600 16bbps before running the exe. from the main menu.
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Enjoy wandering the Restored wasteland with Exagear RPG.

Arcanum
Set the game to run at 800x600 16bbps before running the exe. from the main menu.
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-Unofficial Arcanum Patch v091225 worked with android
-Index of Arcanum Mods and Patches here

Diablo 2(LOD)
-Rename the Diablo 2 exe to fallout2.exe (Optional)
-You will need to place one of these additional sound files for Exagear RPG/Strategies
- Download and place this sound.dll file into your Diablo 2 game folder.
-Try using the ‘Alluminium’ controls for fullscreen fun on a tablet or Phablet. Ferrum controls work well and have side buttons for easy menu access.

Troubleshooting:

Sound Distortion and Crashing issues:
-If you experience sound distortion or frequent crashes while playing games like Fallout 2, then you may want to use the older Exagear Strategies 2.0.4 sound lib implementation. This will be slower to run but more stable overall(Recommended for HP TP). Newer versions of ExaGear use direct sound interfaces between wine and Android, which is more efficient but not currently as stable. Therefore changing the dsound.dll lib to version 2.0.4 can help to avoid crashes and fix sound distortion. You should backup or rename the original file, alternately you could reinstall the app to default the file.

Download the older 2.04 of dsound.dll.so here
Extract the zipped dsound.dll.so file then copy and paste it over the one on your device in the following location. Note: The location may vary depending on your device and Android version.

/storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com.eltechs.erpg/files/image/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/wine/dsound.dll.so


Saving and Loading Games:
-If you experience issues loading saved games try creating a new game. If you still have problems try switching the location of your data from internal storage to External storage or vice versa . Android 4.4..x Kitkat introduced a number of read write restrictions for apps files not located in the downloads folder. The app developer is working to sort out such issues but fixes could take time. Contact the developer here if you have purchased the app but can't play a game properly on your device @ support@eltechs.com or from the links on Play store page here.
-Support for image files is still being worked on.
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New version of Exagear Strategies and Exagear RPG are available on Google Play for beta-testing.

-Join the ExaGear RPG Beta Testing community Here
-Join the ExaGear Strategies Beta Testing community Here
-Follow the Google+ pinned post for Beta testing community


Changes in Exagear Strategies:

1. Official support for Panzer General 2 (Helium control)
2. New locale support (PL,CZ, DE, ES, FR, PT)
3. Scroll enhancement in Disciples
4. Fixed animation issues in Civ3
5. Heroes 3 Chronicles support
6. Sound bugs fixing
7. 64-bit devices support
8. Launch from external memory card support
9. Non-standard 2g/2g kernel support
10. Other controls minor enhancement

Changes in Exagear RPG:

1. Official support for Arcanum (Argentum control) and Jagged Alliance 2 (Alluminium control)
2. New locale support (PL,CZ, DE, ES, FR, PT)
3. Scroll enhancement in Fallout
4. Sound bugs fixing
5. 64-bit devices support
6. Launch from external memory card support
7. Non-standard 2g/2g kernel support
8. Other controls minor enhancement
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Hello Roland,

First of all thank you for starting this thread. I have already tried to install both ExaGear Strategies and Exagear RPG on the touchpad using two different CM11 data media builds (kernel 3.0 and 3.4) and I keep getting the same error message "The virtual memory is not 3G/1G split".

Do you have any idea if any of the older builds like 10.1 (non DM) could run the ExaGear mobile software? For the moment I don't see a solution to how it could run on our beloved touchpad.

Thanks,
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Hello Roland,

First of all thank you for starting this thread. I have already tried to install both ExaGear Strategies and Exagear RPG on the touchpad using two different CM11 data media builds (kernel 3.0 and 3.4) and I keep getting the same error message "The virtual memory is not 3G/1G split".

Do you have any idea if any of the older builds like 10.1 (non DM) could run the ExaGear mobile software? For the moment I don't see a solution to how it could run on our beloved touchpad.

Thanks,
Andrei

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Hello Roland,

First of all thank you for starting this thread. I have already tried to install both ExaGear Strategies and Exagear RPG on the touchpad using two different CM11 data media builds (kernel 3.0 and 3.4) and I keep getting the same error message "The virtual memory is not 3G/1G split".

Do you have any idea if any of the older builds like 10.1 (non DM) could run the ExaGear mobile software? For the moment I don't see a solution to how it could run on our beloved touchpad.

Thanks,
Andrei

You're welcome, Exagear RPG has great potential and I can't wait to see support for Arcanum and Diablo I asked the developer about this problem in another thread about QEMU and he said that it would be fixed eventually... There was a recent update but unfortunately it didn't address these issues. I haven't had a chance to test any of the non data media roms, if you give it a shot please let me know if it works

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Nice its finally out in the wild I've been waiting for this to become available, I've been following along in the forums since this was just being talked about. I'm going to give it some testing and possibly make a video, are you the developer by any chance? I was wondering if this will also run Kilaps fallout 2 restoration project, I love that mod

Testing Fallout 1 and 2 Vanilla: Performance and load times are very good on my Note 2. Videos are choppy and the controls are a little difficult with a bit of a learning curve. Asking $7.99 for just the Ferrum controls to play just two games seems rather steep and could be a deal breaker when the app is past the Nov, 9th demo period. For kicks I tried to install the app on my HP Touchpad but unfortunately I got an error message, "The virtual memory is not 3G/1G split", so HP TP users may have issues with this app and data media builds.

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Roland, thanks for your feedback!

Yes, I'm a developer. We are planning to enhance Fallout mods support. About bug, there may be two reasons:
1. Kernel on device compiled with 2g user space. Usually it' rare case, but we plan to support such kind of kernels in future.
2. You install/copy Exagear RPG data files (image) on sd-card without exec permission. We'll fix that in future releases too.

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Had Diablo 2 running with an older sound dll.cowboy:

Diablo 2(LOD)
-Rename the Diablo 2 exe to fallout2.exe (Optional)
-You will need to place one of these additional sound files for Exagear RPG/Strategies
- Download and place this sound.dll file into your Diablo 2 game folder.









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Arcanum runs really well, I made a new game and played till the first town. Official support is coming soon, please stand by...










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Fallout 2 Restoration Project Install Guide:
-If you wish to play Killaps Fallout 2 Restoration Project with Exagear RPG then do the following.
1) Download and Extract the manual Restoration patch(latest version Here), open the folder.
2) Open the "main" folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. (yes to overwrite the files)
3) Open the "Windows 95-98-ME" folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. (yes to overwrite the files)
4) Open the “Batch_work’ folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. Run the "f2.bat" file (A window will popup, wait for it..)
5) Next this is EXTREMELY important, in your Fallout 2 install directory delete a file called "patch000.dat"
6) Download and extract Mash’s older resolution patch Fallout2 Hi-Res Patch v3.06 here: Paste the contents of the folder into your fallout 2 folder and replace the files.
7) Download and extract my custom Fallout cfg files here then copying and paste it into your Fallout directory. These config files correct the game path for the sound data files.

If this works, you are going to become my personal hero, mate.
f2 restoration project is an ultimate experience, it's for me, gamer since 1984(Or-well, hheh) something unbelieveable - to have such game in my hands.
I am mobile emulation fanatic since 2001.
I remember vividly launching f1 on wm03 machine, 312 mhz xscale cpu without gfx chip, OC'ed to 624mhz, at 3 am...man, it took 45 seconds for ONE hex movement... Atari xl, ST, Amy worked fine, pc is ..bitch to emulate even today.
(sorry i am drunk now...nostalgia weekend time, that is).
I better shut up now..g'night to all emumaniacs...

p.s. lemmings with dosbox and machine with usbhost+mouse is...great.
I cannot understand why NONE of good classics are remade for android. Honestly.
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