Well, this game is indeed oriented towards a younger audience...
Yep! Anyone from 5 to 125!
The forum isn't. (Well, not for people below 13)
Because it is illegal for a web site to have memberz under 13 yearz of age (COPRA law.) Unless it can be proven that someone registerz illegally (under age), it must be assumed that the provided age is not a 'fiction' to circumvent the age restriction.
It was easier than I thought All the Gruntz files are just sitting there on the CD - the installer merely copiez them.
Installing Gruntz on 64-bit versions of Windows
1. Create the folder C:\Games\Gruntz. 2. From the CD, copy the contents of the GAME folder to the newly created folder on your hard drive. 3. Also, copy the contents of the DATA folder to the Gruntz folder. 4. Create a shortcut to GRUNTZ.EXE by right-dragging to the desktop and clicking "Create Shortcut Here." Rename it if you want.
Now launch Gruntz! It will automatically create the required entriez in the registry. Moviez work, and levelz are playable.
(Tested in a virtual PC running Windows XP.)
EDIT: It seems this method doesn't create a Gruntz.sav file, and therefore unable to save games.
Worked perfetly, thanks a bunch. Simply playing the game created the .sav file just fine, so no problem there.
Going through this old thread while checking for SPAMmer's postings, I did a search and found This site offering Gruntz for free. I did not go through the download process, so do not know whether it is truly the full game, and not just the DEMO version. In the original description that led me there, it mentioned it being Version 1.0, so may not have the "fix-it" patch to Version 1.01 available/applied.
The fact that they even exist, and have not been legally barred from offering it leads me to believe that Monolith considers it "abandonware". That means I could offer CD-ROM copies of the full game at my cost for materials, packaging and postage. I am nearing completion of the "GruntzExtraz" DVD, containing all the Custom Level Questz and Battlez, the Gruntz Level Editor, and the patches ... and every known Designer's folder containing folder for each puzzle, and walk-throughs (should they exist). I could make the entire package available to USA purchasers for a total of ten dollars ... slightly more (postage ... to be determined) for foreign purchasers.
If someone chooses to do the download, please respond to this thread with your observed results.
Post by Friedslick6 on Feb 16, 2014 6:49:54 GMT -8
Old Games does not offer Gruntz for free. All downloads from Old Games requires payment of an access plan, at $5.95 USD for 1 day's access or $8.95 USD for 30 days' access.
Monolith's rights to Gruntz expired on the 28th of January, 2009 (according to my best findings). I believe that means that a release of Gruntz by yourself would be considered a new product according to the law. Based on that assumption, you must also take other rights into consideration:
Post by Friedslick6 on Sept 18, 2014 3:27:10 GMT -8
This game is a hidden gem and once held a good community. But it's old now, and unpopular. If we wanted to make the game as popular as it used to be, it would take some effort. Blaze The Movie Fan's "retirement" makes me think that this game should perhaps be offered here for free.
The videos were encoded with a copyrighted format, so they would have to be excluded from the download. I could also attempt to remove the disk protection properly, and improve compatibility in general. I have completely archived every asset in this game, so I could even offer those as an empty 'project' online somewhere. But... Right now I'm working on my own game, for a diploma. So the idea would have to go on a to-do list for now.
Things have changed, and NOT for the better regarding the cost of providing the Gruntz CD-ROM to anyone who lost theirs for some reason. While the cost of materials (CD-ROM and DVD-R) remain the same, United States destinations now cost $3.65 ... and my recent experience to Belgium is $19.50 (on MY end) and about $30 at the destination.