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De Blob (free) Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 15, 2017.

  • by booman, Sep 15, 2017 at 1:48 PM
  • booman

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    De Blob was a college project http://blob.oogst3d.net created by Joost van Dongen and 8 students where the goal was to make the city of Utrecht in 10 years. Play as an alient blob who can absorb colorful residents and paint this grey city. Collect coins, find secret areas and earn points by painting various popular locations in Utrecht. Just be careful to avoid the ink police!

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing De Blob (Free) in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Tips & Specs:

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 18.2 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.12
    Wine: 2.0.2

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 2.0.2
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 2.0.2 is installed and you can close this window

    Download De Blob

    Go to:
    https://de-blob.en.softonic.com/

    http://www.download-free-games.com/freeware_games/the_blob.htm

    Download "The Blob (English).exe"
    Save it to your Desktop

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Select "New virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name the virtual drive: deblob
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 2.0.2
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (DLL's, Libraries, Components)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your Desktop
    Select "The Blob (English).exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again

    Click Install
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    Click Close
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "De Blob.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: De Blob
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Select "De Blob"
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 2.0.2
    Arguments: EN
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    Note: Make sure to enter EN otherwise it will default to the Dutch version. Also click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Crash Hack

    Blob will crash every time unless you edit the following files

    Navigate to the Blob Menus directory
    Path:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/deblob/drive_c/Program Files/De Blob/Blob EN/Assets/Menus
    Copy/paste "CreditsMenu_EN.overlay"
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    Now you should have a "CreditsMenu_EN(copy).overlay"
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    Rename it to "00_CreditsMenu_EN.overlay"
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    Open the original "CreditsMenu_EN.overlay"
    Cut the three lines at the top that starts with "Template element TextArea"
    Save "CreditsMenu_EN.overlay"
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    Open "00_CreditsMenu_EN.overlay"
    Delete everything in the file and paste those three lines
    Save "00_CreditsMenu_EN.overlay"
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    Done!
    The goal is to move the template element TextArea code to the new 00_ file which will fix the crashing error.

    Launching Blob
    Select "De Blob"
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Video Options

    Click Options
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    Adjust:
    • Sound
    • Music
    • Resolution
    • Graphic Quality
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    Conclusion:
    Once I learned about the menu text area hack from WineHQ.org the game ran perfectly. I didn't have any futhur problems or crashes. It ran in 1920x1080 on my GTX 1060 and GTX 950 without any issues. Its actually a really fun and challenging game for all ages.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good non common game and good screens

    :)
  2. booman
    I can't wait to play De Blob on GOG or even De Blob 2 because it is co-op.

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