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EBF4: Moving saves from Kongregate to Steam

Here’s a walkthrough of how to transfer saved games from the web version of EBF4, to the Steam version. Any version of the game should work, but only the Kongregate version is up to date, so the rest have a tiny chance of causing problems.

Here’s the basics:

• Flash files save data in .sol files, or Flash cookies, and puts them in hard to find folders, which are different for each operating system.
• EBF4 on Steam uses .meow files to save data, and puts them in the installation folder. It will try to load .sol files if no .meow files are found.
• The save files are always called “EBF4file[1-7]“, in both .sol and .meow formats.

Here’s what to do:

1. Create a save file in the Steam version. This will create a .meow file and a temporary .sol file. This will help identify which folder is being used for .sol files.

2. You’ll need at least one empty save slot in the Steam version. If you don’t have any, you’ll have to delete some saves by going into the installation folder, and deleting some .meow files. Do this while the game is running, otherwise Steam Cloud will redownload the .meow files when you start the game.

3. Search your whole computer (including hidden folders) for files starting with “EBF4file”, and open the two folders containing the Kongregate and Steam .sol files. The folder for the Steam files should have “localhost” in the path name, while the Kongregate folder should have “assets.kongregate.com/gamez”, or something like that.

4. Move the files you want from the Kongregate folder to the Steam folder.
Rename them if you have to. Remember to only use slots that aren’t used by .meow files in the installation folder.

5. Your files should now appear in the Steam version when you try to continue a game. To convert them to .meow files, just load them, and save them.

Your achievements and options will not be transferred, btw.

I hope that all made sense!

EBF4 in HD

Since the Steam release is going to have support for different resolutions, I’m replacing a lot of the bitmaps used in the game with bigger ones.
So here’s what the game looks like on the highest settings! (click for full size!)

Click for full size!

The current filesize is 137MB, which obviously wouldn’t work for a web game.

I’ve also implemented cloud saving now.
All of your .meow files will be backed up when you exit the game, and re-downloaded when you start it (if they need to be), no matter where you are.

Also there’s a fullscreen button in battle now.

That is all for now.

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After this, most of the remaining stuff just involves preparing the Steam store page.
I’ll have to update the screenshots and trailer to show off some of the new content too.

Oh yeah, I also need to implement the save game transfer.
It will probably involve moving your .sol file into a very specific folder, and giving it a specific name. The game will check for that file and convert it into a .meow file, overwriting the auto-save slot. Not very user-friendly, but I’ll post a walkthrough somewhere.

EBF4 Achievement Get!

Managed to connect to Steam and unlock an achievement, yusssss!
I think that’s the hardest part out of the way now. Since I’ve got the game communicating with Steam, the rest of the features should be quite easy to add.

Also, the game works fine if you run Steam in “offline mode”. A lot of people were asking if they would need an internet connection, and you don’t, unless you want to use cloud saving.

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EBF4 Achievements!

A Kongregate user named Liddian is probably the first person to get all of the achievements in the expanded version of EBF4. So gratz to them!

I’ve never even done it without cheating, because I’ve made the last few incredibly hard and time consuming on purpose. It only took Liddian 38 hours apparently, which is a bit quicker than I would have expected.

Anyway, I’m going to have much better achievement-tracking tools on Steam than on Kongregate, so I’ll be interested to see how many people get each of the achievements!

And in case you missed it earlier: All 104 in-game achievements will be available as Steam achievements. That’s quite a lot…

EBF4 Update List

I’ve decided to make a list of updates in the free version of EBF4, since some of them are easy to miss. Obviously this list contains spoilers if you would rather find all of the changes yourself.

SMALL GAMEPLAY UPDATES:
• NoLegs and the other cats have been re-skinned.
• Jellies and Green Slimes have also been slightly re-skinned, along with most of the returning bosses from EBF3.
• You now start the game with enough money to buy a few items.
• Secret jungle area has lower level enemies now, because people were going there earlier than I thought they would.
• Copper Fish and Slingers are no longer weak against thunder, because thunder was overpowered at the start of the factory.
• Some equips nerfed (like the Alchemist bow), others improved (Alchemist staff, Cursed Armor etc). I don’t remember all of the changes… but a lot of weapons which were quite useless now have higher stats.
• School Uniform and Shrine Maiden Dress double healing item power. (like the Casual Shirt)
• The Mage Hat doubles healing spell power. (like the Nurse Hat)
• Chips and Crisps now heal a percentage of max HP, instead of a fixed number. (making Chips very useful at high levels)
• Many of Anna’s skills were improved in either power or chance of status effects. The Sawblade skills also have a higher chance of instant death.
• Lance’s Double Shot and Unload skills select a new target if the original target dies. (like Cleaver)
• Damage numbers now change color if damage is effected by resistance. Yellow for super effective, dark gray for not very effective.
• The option to disable tips is back.
• Equip type is now shown when buying at a shop.
• “Sell All” button added to item shops.
• A new battle theme is used for the ??? and early Godcat encounters.
• Final Godcat is 1 level stronger. (actually makes a big difference)

NEW BATTLES (SPOILERS):
• Furry Slimes are found in many areas now.
• Kitten Igloos guard the entrance to the factory.
• The mammoth is now obtained by fighting the mammoth.
• Jack is a jungle miniboss now.
• Kitten Trojan Horses guard the entrance to the jungle.
• Sandworm is the boss of the beach area now, and guards the stepladder.
• Protector summon is obtained after fighting the Protector, after getting the 4 temple orbs.
• Hydra is found in the graveyard after getting the flying boots, and can be used for level grinding.

EBF4 Expansion Released

EBF4: Battle Mountain has been released on Kongregate!

Battle Mountain is a challenging new area which includes 8 new bosses, new equips, and survival and endurance battles. Everyone who purchased the Premium Pack gets the update for free, otherwise it’s $10. This version now has all of the content that the Steam version will have.

But do not fear! There’s also a lot of updates for the free version, including new bosses and music. So it’s worth replaying the game if you’ve wanted to.

The Steam version is coming soon, probably before the end of February. It’ll have trading cards, cloud saving, tons of achievements, and all of that cool stuff. Also considering bundling in the soundtrack.

EBF4 Expansion Almost Here

The EBF4 update should be on Kongregate in a day or two, and on Steam within a month if nothing goes seriously wrong!

As I mentioned earlier, your old saved games should be 99% compatible.
The Steam version will also be compatible with saves from the web version.
(the auto-save feature will still use the old way of saving, so you can overwrite that file)

ebf4exe

Omg, it’s a standalone application!