Recovering Broken Games

by Jon (Updated on 2014-01-28)

What is a broken game?

We define a broken game as one that fails to open, with or without an error message. Broken games are a fairly rare occurrence, but occasionally happen due to certain contributing factors.


Backing up regularly is the best strategy

Nightly, ZIP up your game and drop it into a backup service like Dropbox. Don't leave your game to fate. Bad things happen unexpectedly. Just do it.


What to do when your game breaks

1) Don't Panic. Don't reinstall the software. You'll just make things worse.

2) Don't try to save a game that's been claimed to be broken. Close the app down without saving the game, ZIP the game up in its current state and post about it on the forums.

3) If you attempt to work off an older copy, file away the newer one, just in case.

Tip: Go to Debug > View > View Folder for this game if you have trouble locating your game on your computer.


What can make a game break?

  • Powering off your computer in the middle of a save.
  • Quitting out of Stencyl forcefully in the middle of a save.


What actually breaks about the game?

In most cases, the main resource listing gets partially written out or corrupted. This prevents the game from recognizing those resources.

In future versions of Stencyl, we will abolish the use of listings to eliminate this dependency and potential weak link.


Disclaimer: All articles are geared towards Stencyl 3.0 and above. Use comments to provide feedback and point out issues with the article (typo, wrong info, etc.). If you're seeking help for your game, please ask a question on the forums. Thanks!


hi guy

how and where do i post my broken game how do i turn it into a zip

0 6 months, 1 week ago
Tuve 2 hechos de XMLs corruptos: en ambos casos guarde el juego, luego suspendi la notebook (sin cerrar nada, ni juego ni stencyl), la cual se quedo sin bateria antes de que la vuelva a recuperar. Al encenderla y reabrir Stencyl no pude abrir el juego porque habia XMLs de Scenes corruptos. Eran los archivos de las escenas que habian quedado abiertas.
0 2 years, 7 months ago
my kit broke when i was using it to make a game the day after i published it to stencyl.com. ow it wont show up in kits. there is an empty spot where it used to be. how do i do zip? help!

0 2 years, 10 months ago
My game, mii vs anti mii broke about two week after I published it. Luckily, I had saved all the sprites. For all the other files, however, I had to dig around in Users/tommy/stencylworks.
0 3 years, 2 months ago
Yeah, Could Have Read It Before When My Power Krazy Game Broke. Gonna Go See If It Works Now.
0 3 years, 5 months ago

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