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.
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.