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Where :Short Game: by Mikeinel Where :Short Game: by Mikeinel
A short game i made in 3 days using DarkBASIC Professional.

How to play:
0. Must be 'Windows XP' or up
1. Download it from here: [link]
2. Unzip it
3. Run "Where.exe"
4. If "Unable to locate component. This application has failed to start because d3dx9_35.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem." appears, run "dxwebsetup.exe" with internet connection, then run "Where.exe" again

Small history:
It was a small project that started in 2004, but never got finished. I remade it in 2005, but again, i didn't finished it.

Beware, it has noobie music...


I've changed some parts, hopefully to fix the issue about a certain bug...

Feature Links: (Update 021709)
My Blog: [link] (Yikes)
TGC Newsletter 73: [link] (Thank you Steve Vink for the little interview!) [link] (Thanks, DarkBasicGames!)
TIGSource Forums: [link] (Thanks KniteBlargh/knitetgantt for posting it!) [link] (Thanks for featuring it! Without it, Kotaku wouldn't have seen it, lol) [link] (Thank you Kotaku! I'm honored to have it featured!) [link] (Thanks!)

DA just removed "How" game for having a "prohibited content" because they don't allow .exe games... Eesh...
I removed the "Download" here and linked it to Sendspace instead... Have fun...
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mojahataskraju Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Sendspace link is dead. Where also I can get "How" short game?
ChungSama Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Is awesome!
GaryOak Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
This was an amazing experience! Can you add Oculus Rift support in the furture?
pusheenthecat0403 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I played it! do you get the balloon though? I always find it, but there's no entrance so I may get, does that mean I win?
Raiyenn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
... I've been wanting to play this game for over a year now.
but it can't locate the component
even after running dxwebsetup.exe
It still wont work T~T...
the game looks beautiful though :o
SasuNaruLUV47 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I loved the brown maze, the music is so beautiful! though I finished the game rather quickly OA O
Pauca Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student General Artist
wow!! nice game! :3 really interesting concept :)
Sabamenides Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
I like this game, a lot.

It felt exactly like a journey, like one of those long bus trips in which you know you're going somewhere, but the fact and the details become blurred by the feeling of being in transit, with no obligations besides looking out the window as the world goes by. It's one of the feelings I love the most, and it's present very strongly in this game. It struck me especially hard when I found myself not wanting to get to the ending, the irony of which seemed to "justify" the previous feeling.
The concept of the game itself is good, I like how you gave an artistic twist to the "layered" nature of the maze. The way it begins and ends were unexpected at first; on retrospect, such emotive, surprising details are like your signature, an integral part of your art.
Also, you describe the music as "noobie". I'd describe it as calming, pretty, and unobtrusive. In fact, some of the melodies were so pretty that I found myself singing along, and they fit their environment perfectly.

In short, this is a little masterpiece. It's awe-inspiring that something can be so simple and abstract yet so full of pure emotion.
kitty000kat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have the games, (I think the older ver.) how do you win? I've been going around for weeks.
Jeevas-Chan Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've probably won already, but I can send you a note on how I did it, if you like?
kitty000kat Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No, I still can't do it. Please tell me how.
neonninja123321 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I have the dxwebsetup installed and have reinstalled the application about 5 or 6 times, it still tells me that MFC71.DLL is missing from my computer. It's not the same message you have in the information...but nothing works! (T-T)
Tmanstext Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Aparrently MSVCR71.dll is missing. That sucks, it looks like a neat game.
Fenori Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I liked the music... ;3; It was pretty, and so were the graphics. Whooo flying squares~ XD No, really though :D But the balloon had to fly away 3: I want mah reward D( Jk, this was a really good game :D

By the way, your game series is really interesting too~ Idc if Who doesn't have a Draw with me reference, but if you ever get around to finishing it (or a DWM sequel XD) it would still be awesome 8'D You don't have to though, if you're busy or don't want to or something >3>;;
himiska Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
I have to admit this game was a lot easier than I thought. I found out when I kept looking where the paths leaded to. But a great game nonetheless.
Growlstreak Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it didnt told me i had to download DriverX 9.0c so i did......and it still says i need to update? WTH?! heeeeelp~
TheKatiehurhur Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Tried it.. didn't work.

I was so exciteddd. x.x
rotherhamu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
When I saw the path to the balloon I was like : Yes, finally... Then.. I walked over to it.. QAQ......B-Balloon....
rizzot Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
"The program can't start because MFC71.DLL is missing from your computer"... Any suggestions please? :(
lisa-lover Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
same here, please I wish really play the game but don't work by this DLL... (win 7 ultimate x64)
rotherhamu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
sech "Download MFC71.DLL " in google, and it should be the first thing. Download the DLL and move it to windows- system32.. something like that =D
The same happened to me.
varebanos Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
same here...
midnightblack121 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
urm mines says 'failed to open .zip, file block is invaild or does not exist'
i'm not much of a computer expert... =(
Kuro-shiniyami Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
like the game as for the noob music its pretty apropriate actually

(nice little theme with the naming of ure games why,where,who(was stopped right?))
AkimotoPrince Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
woah very good, I like your game, is beautiful *-*!
zodiacspothole Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It says I;m missing a DLL :(
XxSPEAKxX Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Get a SL account.
Create rooms.
Do it.
Stezy07 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009   Interface Designer
Love the visuals and the glassy/underwatery look. Colours are gorgeous, the music adds a nice touch. This game is amazing and to think it was just a small project!
Albel-is-MINE Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
teeheeheeheee~ that was fun owo
Orca239 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
I've downloaded it and run the little setup thing, but when I go to play it, all I see is the welcome message / instructions, and then it's all white. If I go crazy with the mouse, I can see some... glowy outlines... sorta. Any idea how I can get it to work?
aaronpoirier Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
MFC71.dll missing
dan121314 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
same here :(
msosa Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
woow bonitooo :D
liquidfreedom88 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
peek a lot to the place u r aiming, trace the path, find the direction, and start changin the level. my eyes hurts after 15min and after i found it, that baloon just simply...
liquidfreedom88 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
well its nice man. rememberin me of myself
Kemaru-kuN1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
if u could just make a draw with me game....:D,i think that many people appreciate that so....
ionboy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
this game is simply amazing !!
qqhisoka Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was interesting and fun, though the maze was kind short....and too easy.
computeruser28 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
it's really nice. i like how the maze just assembles right in front of you.

one thing. i held the back button from those circle thingies and when the bars wet down, i (of course) automaticaly went out to the maze (my back was facing the maze). then i suddenly fount myself outside the maze. It seems that the maze was just forming when i went out and i just got out if it in time haha.

otherwise, really nice game.
Mikeinel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, u found a bug! I remembered i tried before to fix that a lot with various ways, but i guess it's still glitchy, lol...
mehcore Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Crash under vista SP1

Faulting application Where.exe, version, time stamp 0x48ce70b6, faulting module unknown, version, time stamp 0x00000000, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x00000000, process id 0x1d40, application start time 0x01c9a5daa635d850.
ChronomasterK Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
Liked. The fisheye lens was a nice touch. Somehow I get the feeling I should be wearing stereoscopic glasses for this.

Not much to say, but it was fun.
grieving-lost-soul Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
The music's great! But I am frustrated that I can't find the baloonn...
Craze-Crazy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
This is a very nice quick game I have played, it gives it such a awed feeling. It truly give you a new sense of wonder...

and I solved the game, too >_>
siverflagon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
It looks like it's a beautiful maze, but so far I have been unable to do anything using the arrow keys, and yet my mouse works?
I do have XP, so is there any way this can be solved?
Jason-NivEouS Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
The word serenity makes sense to me now..
Just beautiful.
sh4rdik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
great game, but two questions;

1. is there a way to use the wasd keys instead of the arrow keys?

2. how can i play this in fullscreen? the game traps my mouse so i cant maximize the window or anything...

k0sm1k Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Very nice game
I got frustrated, I couldn't finish it, but I lasted a good 10 minutes. It was nice.
I don't think the music was noobish. At least I can't do any better =)
I did have to download mfc71.dll and msvcr71.dll on my own, on xp sp3, to make it work.
I'd try to design some levels and make a nice difficulty curve. Keep up the good work =)
IchibanVagabond Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
That was nice!

It was enjoyable.
Sasajun Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Ah! so interesting too!
It doesnt have lame music O_O
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