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Where :Short Game:

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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Stevoisiak's avatar

Download link no longer works.

Um, the sendspace link is dead, do you still have the file anywhere?

mojahataskraju's avatar
Sendspace link is dead. Where also I can get "How" short game?
ChungSama's avatar
This was an amazing experience! Can you add Oculus Rift support in the furture?
pusheenthecat0403's avatar
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's avatar
... 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's avatar
I loved the brown maze, the music is so beautiful! though I finished the game rather quickly OA O
Pauca's avatar
wow!! nice game! :3 really interesting concept :)
Sabamenides's avatar
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's avatar
I have the games, (I think the older ver.) how do you win? I've been going around for weeks.
Jeevas-Chan's avatar
You've probably won already, but I can send you a note on how I did it, if you like?
kitty000kat's avatar
No, I still can't do it. Please tell me how.
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's avatar
Aparrently MSVCR71.dll is missing. That sucks, it looks like a neat game.
Fenori's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
it didnt told me i had to download DriverX 9.0c so i did......and it still says i need to update? WTH?! heeeeelp~
Tried it.. didn't work.

I was so exciteddd. x.x
rotherhamu's avatar
When I saw the path to the balloon I was like : Yes, finally... Then.. I walked over to it.. QAQ......B-Balloon....
"The program can't start because MFC71.DLL is missing from your computer"... Any suggestions please? :(
lisa-lover's avatar
same here, please I wish really play the game but don't work by this DLL... (win 7 ultimate x64)
rotherhamu's avatar
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.
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